Nursing Program Experiences Rapid Growth After CCNE Accreditation

Posted by Janae Melvin on November 29, 2016 in CCNE, Maricopa, Nursing, Ottawa, University Since Ottawa University added an online RN-to-BSN program to the University’s degree offerings in 2013, student inquiries have continued to increase at a rapid pace. Once the program was accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in the summer of 2015, it received the validation necessary to recruit nurses from across the country to enroll in courses and improve their quality of life and professional expertise.
 
While the program is still in its relative infancy at OU, it is quickly becoming a major educational component within the Adult, Professional and Online Studies (APOS) thanks to the vision and leadership of the program’s director, Kathy Kump. The OU nursing program completed its agreement with Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) nursing program in establishing a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (CEP) between their associate degree in nursing program and the OU online BSN program. In this trend-setting nursing educational model, students earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree online from OU while concurrently pursing their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree on site from the MCCCD nursing program. The eight participating MCCCD nursing schools are: Chandler-Gilbert; Estrella-Mountain; Gateway; Glendale; Mesa; Paradise Valley; Phoenix College; and Scottsdale. This new CEP program was implemented in fall 2016 and 12 students are already enrolled and there are many more indicating interest. Currently, the online RN-to-BSN program (not including CEP students) is approaching 85 actively enrolled students and the retention rate within the program is high. These students are serious about their careers and the education they require.
 
OU has also seen a large number of nurses, both OU grads and those who did not attend school here, interested in a Master of Science in Nursing program. While OU currently does not offer this, program the increase in inquires about the program has escalated internal conversations about next steps in creating the degree. While no timetable is currently set for making a decision or implementing a MSN program at
OU, evaluation of this and other future programs continues.