ISU, Ivy Tech partner to help nurses continue their education

March 27 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana State University have joined forces to make it easier for nurses to continue their education via distance learning.

The pilot program is designed for practicing licensed practical nurses who have completed Ivy Tech's practical nursing program. This partnership allows LPNs to transfer all applicable credit to Indiana State and complete a bachelor's degree. All courses are offered on-line with clinical courses arranged in the student's home community.

Jeff Pittman, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College - Wabash Valley Region, said the program is an opportunity for students to fulfill their educational goals without having to leave their community.

"The distance learning component of the program, combined with the ability of students to attend their local Ivy Tech campus for a portion of the degree, allows students to parallel their educational objectives with other life responsibilities. All of us at Ivy Tech are very excited about partnering with ISU on the program, as it is a win-win for everyone involved."

The LPN-BSN Program consists of two phases. In the first phase of the program, students will earn 30 lower division general education credit hours from Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley online.

During the second phase of the program, students will complete 84 hours of baccalaureate-level nursing courses online through Indiana State.

Students also have the option of completing all or a portion of either phase on campus.

Esther Acree, interim dean of Indiana State's College of Nursing, said the partnership will help address a growing need.

"We need to assist Indiana nurses at all levels to increase their education and marketability. Indiana was named as one of the top five states in the nation that will experience the greatest shortage of nurses. The greatest area of need is in the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse," she said.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the students will be awarded a bachelor of science in nursing from Indiana State, and will be eligible to apply for examination for licensure to practice as a registered nurse.

Indiana State's online nursing program was developed to help nursing professionals continue their studies while balancing work and family responsibilities.

"Since two of our own faculty have made the journey from LPN to advanced degrees, we wanted to reduce the barriers that hinder LPN's mobility to the professional degree. Our intention is to provide our baccalaureate courses in the most efficient and effective manner possible," Acree added.

Indiana State is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Indiana State Board of Nursing.

Students benefit from streamlined advisement and assistance with admission, credit transfer, registration, and financial aid. In addition, students have the option of full-time or part-time study.

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Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana State University have joined forces to make it easier for nurses to continue their education via distance learning.

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