New Collaborative Online Nursing program approved
The first hybrid online RN nursing program in northern Illinois was approved by the Illinois Board of Nursing September 5, 2008, at their regularly scheduled meeting in Springfield, Illinois. According to Kathleen Johnson, MN, RN, program coordinator, Board approval allows for the start of a class January, 2009.
Plans call for the first group of 40 students to begin instruction in January 2009, and finish in June, 2010. The program is the result of a collaboration between Highland Community College, Kishwaukee College, Rock Valley College, Sauk Valley Community College and CGH Medical Center, Freeport Health Network, KSB Hospital, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Rockford Health System, and Swedish American Hospital. Northern Illinois University, Rockford College, and OSF St. Anthony College of Nursing will act as completion programs for students desiring a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
Ten carefully selected students from each of the four college districts will be accepted at the respective colleges. All applicants must be Certified Nursing Assistants on the registry in good standing and meet other requirements. All nursing theory courses will be offered online. Students will still have a minimum of two clinical experiences per week in a campus lab or hospital setting. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and be qualified to sit for the national examination to become a registered nurse.
Anyone interested in the program must first attend an information session. For more information about NIOIN and the schedule of sessions, click www.NIOIN.org.
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