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TU's Moultrie Nursing program to begin new classes

Since 2008 Thomas University’s Division of Nursing has offered classes at Colquitt Regional Medical Center for Registered Nurses with an associate degree who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree. Fall semester classes are scheduled to start in August with about 12 students.

“Classes are intentionally small to allow for individual attention to students’ learning,” said Dr. Susan Otto, Chair of the Division of Nursing at Thomas University. “Classes meet once per month face-to-face on Tuesday evenings; all other coursework is completed online.  The courses are designed this way so that students get the benefit of face-to-face interaction with the professor and classmates; yet, it is very convenient for Registered Nurses who have extremely busy professional and personal lives.”

For many Registered Nurses, having a BSN is required for career advancement into leadership or management positions. Many hospitals prefer or even require Registered Nursing to hold at least a bachelor’s degree as a condition of employment. One reason for this preference is research that shows patients have better outcomes when care is provided by a Registered Nurse with a BSN, such as a recent study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: http://tinyurl.com/BuildingtheCase.

At Thomas University, all students in the RN-BSN program receive a scholarship equal to 20 percent of the cost of tuition for each semester. This scholarship reflects Thomas University’s commitment to help meet the health care needs of our area. 

One student who benefitted from the BSN classes at Colquitt Regional Medical Center is Patricia Reese, a 2011 graduate who is Outpatient Dialysis Director at Tift Regional Health System.

“I chose to take Thomas University classes at Moultrie campus because of the flexibility,” Reese said. “I was able to work full-time and attend class once a week after work. It also worked well with my family. Since earning my bachelor's degree, I have had the opportunity to work in two different areas before returning to the Outpatient Dialysis Clinic as the Director.”

For those Registered Nurses who are considering pursuing a BSN, Reese offers some advice.

“If you have the desire to obtain your BSN degree and haven't because you haven't found a program which is flexible enough to work with your life, try Thomas University's RN to BSN

 Program,” she said. “The class sizes are conducive to learning, and the professors have a variety of experience and are committed to helping each student achieve their goals.”

For more information about Thomas University’s programs, visit thomasu.edu or call (800) 538-9784. Fall semester begins Aug. 17.

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