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New bachelor’s nursing degree

Dallas North Lake College is launching a new Registered Nurse to Bachelors in Nursing program. It is one of the approximately twelve colleges in Texas to offer RN to BSN programs.

This is the program designed for the student who has already completed their associate degree in nursing and has the license.

The program is starting from the summer session with just 20 students, and it is all virtual excerpts for the clinicals which will take place in the community.

The first group will start in the summer with eight-weeks courses, but the following fall and spring semester will be structured with over two, eight -week sessions each.

Students who have completed their associates and want to gain a bachelor’s degree for their work force will pay $2,800 for the total cost of the program. Universities offer the same program at a higher price.

The classes will be virtual except for the three courses that require clinical training and must be completed both virtually and in person.

Dr Justin Lanon, Human Resources Chancellor, said students must be Texas core-complete before beginning the RN to BSN program and they need to have a RN license completing prerequisite courses with a minimum of GPA 2.5.

He further said that the new bachelor’s program is part of Dallas College’s mission to provide trained and educated nurses to fill the needs of an expanding workforce.

The addition of this degree program unlocks exciting territory for Dallas College, reaffirming our position as an institution committed to eliminating barriers for students on their path toward career and life advancement.

Most importantly, the program’s impact transcends our campuses, ensuring a stronger, more qualified health care workforce for Dallas County and beyond.

Harold, who is teaching Health Assessment and Population Community Health starting this summer, also said, It feels good to be the first instructor teaching in this program and being an online class technology can be one of the challenges students might have as students might feel isolated, easily distracted and less motivated.

Students will be able to use new technology that allows them to contact their instructor via email or messages to get support 24/7.

Urmila also said about the important things that the student must understand which include independent study format which means it is highly up to them how to be successful in that.

It may require spending time on the computer by themselves, self-motivation, perseverance, and a zeal to achieve the goal while still fulfilling their responsibilities at home and work, and not attending a physical classroom.

However, I would like to convey to all our potential students that even though you may feel alone, it’s important to reach out to your faculty and your success coaches via your course threads, email, or messages to discuss your feelings and or concerns.

We are here to support you and see you succeed in this online learning journey while you seek to earn your baccalaureate degree.

This program is not applied for the international student as it is online based, and the international student needs to have 12 credit hours in person.

Rachana Thapa, a student of associate in nursing said she is happy that they having a BSN program but unfortunately, she cannot enroll in it as she is not a registered nurse yet and is an international student.

This program is mostly focused for the working nurses and is quite competitive as there are certain students that will be taken for the BSN program.

The students who will be in the program will have access to experienced nursing faculty and will be provided with guidance and support during their academic journey.

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