New online nursing degree at NSU

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – There will soon be a new addition to the nursing program at Norfolk State University.

Friday, the Board of Visitors voted to allow students to get an online Bachelors in Nursing degree. It was a unanimous decision by the Board.

Officials say they hope it will boost enrollment at the university.

The new undergraduate program is only for currently registered nurses who are looking to get their bachelor’s degree in nursing. It would take one year to complete.

Officials say the benefits of the program include the fact that there are no clinical placements required. Also, there is no nursing exam required which means there will be no impact on NSU’s pass rates.

In 2013, NSU closed its associate in nursing degree program because of graduates’ low passing rates on a national licensing exam.

The university is now expanding options for nurses with busy schedules.

“We’re in a unique position as we did have an associate degree program. The community clinical agencies have really pushed an online RN to BSN program as there is a lot of nurses in the area that are seeking their Bachelor’s degree,” Dr. Jessica Parrott, Chair of Nursing and Allied Health Department at NSU said.

Officials say the program could begin as early as this summer.

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