Colleges and universities throughout the country have been adding nursing schools, bachelors degree programs in nursing and more as a means of addressing an anticipated nursing shortage and help working registered nurses advance their education. What's more, colleges and universities report, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has made changes to entry level requirements for advanced practice nurses who, by 2015, are to need a clinical doctoral degree instead of a masters degree. New nursing schools, bachelors degree programs in nursing and more include:
These accelerated programs also are picking up momentum, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing notes. These programs at the bachelor's degree level particularly often include intense, full-time instruction where there are no breaks between sessions, according to the association. Admission standards for these nursing programs typically involve thorough screenings, the association notes. These programs come at a time when the Tri-Council for Nursing reports that urgent needs exist in occupations such as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and nurse educators and when the Council is encouraging registered nurses to recognize entry level employment trends and advance their education and their careers. While some contend that a nursing shortage has eased in many parts of the country, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that there also are employers who have reported difficulties attracting and retaining registered nurses because of a lack of young workers who can fill positions within an aging workforce. Qualified program applicants are being turned away as a result of a faculty shortage, according to the Labor Bureau, which also anticipates that employment growth for registered nurses between 2008 and 2018 is to be much faster than the average for all occupations. Nursing employment prospects, according to the Labor Bureau, are to be particularly good for registered nurses with bachelor's degrees and those with advanced practice specialties.
The United States has a number of registered nursing schools in different states. The American Career College in California is a registered institution and one of the largest and most respected training schools. It offers short and intensive nursing programs of eight to ten months. The University of Phoenix in Colorado offers suitable, competent, and valuable nursing programs that are targeted towards the working professional.
Registered nursing schools are those schools that have been recognized by non-governmental associations and have been found to meet basic standards or exceed the criteria of educational quality. Presently, there are two nationally recognized accreditation organizations for nursing, the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Concordia University, which has locations throughout the United States, has made several nursing degree additions. In addition to Concordia University Portland, Ore., which in June announced that it was expanding its nursing degree program for freshmen, Concordia University Irvine, Calif., has announced a new "second degree" accelerated bachelors degree in nursing. The accelerated degree is for students who have already obtained bachelors degrees in other disciplines and who want to change their careers, according to the institution's website. Concordia University Austin, Texas, meanwhile announced that its new bachelors degree in nursing was approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, a News 8 Austin report noted. Registered nurses and others interested in enrolling in bachelors degree programs and higher in nursing can find scholarships available through Colorado Nursing Schools and universities. Private scholarships also are often available through non-profit associations, professional organizations and more. In addition to online scholarship searches available through fastweb, scholarships.com and others, students can refer to scholarship searches offered by the US Department of Education, the US Department of Labor and the non-profit College Board. Some scholarship providers require that students first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is available online.