OGDEN, Utah – In an effort to meet student and community needs, the Department of Nursing will begin offering an accelerated nursing program at Weber State University Davis for the upcoming school year.
The program is designed for people who already have a college degree, have met nursing pre-requisites and need only nursing courses to become a registered nurse. Students will take more courses each semester, allowing them to save one semester's tuition and finish an RN program in one calendar year, rather than two school years.
"What's exciting about this new program is that it offers people who already have degrees but are interested in nursing as a profession the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing," said Catherine Earl, Department of Nursing chair. "The accelerated program format provides the opportunity for students to graduate sooner than the traditional program, which will help to ease the nursing shortage."
According to Earl, the program will be challenging, with courses and clinical work running Monday through Saturday. "Since the nursing students must have a degree as part of the prerequisite criteria for this program, they already will have developed good study, time management and critical thinking skills."
The program will begin this fall with 30 students and is made possible through a donation from Intermountain Healthcare. "We are immeasurably grateful for Intermountain Healthcare's consistent and generous support of the nursing profession," Earl said.