Funding an Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Track for Non-Nursing College Graduates: An Academic/Practice Collaboration

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY▸ To expand nursing programs to better meet workforce demands, nursing education must offer nontraditional students more educational opportunities that are flexible, streamlined, and low cost.▸ Accelerated programs, particularly programs tailored to attract individuals with degrees in other fields and looking for career changes, are great examples.▸ The cost factors related to a successful accelerated degree program designed for non-nursing college graduates are described.▸ Based on the experiences with a previously implemented accelerated BSN program offered from 1987–1994 at one university, a revised accelerated option model was developed that included ongoing involvement with four community hospitals, shared budget responsibilities, student stipends, and a 3-year work commitment by graduates at a sponsoring hospital.▸ The investment of approximately $1.6 million over 7 years resulted in the education and graduation of 75 new registered nursing professionals to meet the health care needs of the citizens of the community.

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