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Union Offers Accelerated BSN Program

JACKSON, Tenn.March 10, 2003 – Union University's School of Nursing will offer an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program for individuals with at least a bachelor's degree in another discipline beginning in Jan. 2004. The program is completed in 12 months.

The accelerated BSN program is designed for individuals who desire a career change and wish to pursue nursing. The program builds upon the education, career and life experiences of the individual.

"Our state faces a critical nursing shortage," said Susan Jacob, dean of the School of Nursing at Union. "We have designed this program to help curb that shortage while enabling professional men and women to improve their career opportunities."

To enter the program, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 and meet the following: anatomy and physiology (6 hours), microbiology (3 hours), pathophysiology (3 hours), statistics (3 hours), growth and development (3 hours), and six hours in the social sciences. Students must also successfully challenge a dosage calculations examination.

Students may apply while the prerequisites are in progress. All required courses must be completed before entering the accelerated BSN program in Jan. 2004. To provide for the needs of students who may not have completed the prerequisite courses, Union is offering microbiology in an accelerated 8 week format on both the Jackson and Germantown campuses. Classes will be held in Jackson on Tuesday evenings beginning April 1 and in Germantown on Monday evenings beginning March 31.

For further information, contact Judy Dulberg at the Union University School of Nursing at (731) 661-5200 or visit http://www.uu.edu/programs/seconddegreenursing.

Media contact: Chris Allen, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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