|SVSU Nursing Program to Expand by 50 Percent|
September 24, 2013/SVSU News
The Michigan Board of Nursing recently approved Saginaw Valley State University’s application to increase opportunities for qualified nursing students. Starting with the 2014-15 academic year, SVSU will be able to admit up to 96 students into its nursing program each semester, up from the current limit of 64.
“Our partners are telling us they need more nurses who have completed bachelor’s degrees. That’s why we did this,” said Judy Ruland, dean of SVSU’s College of Health and Human Services.
Sixteen regional hospitals wrote letters in support of SVSU’s application. The program expansion will mean more opportunities for current SVSU students who want to study nursing, and for students who transfer into SVSU from community colleges.
Nationally, the Institute of Medicine has set a target for 80 percent of the nursing workforce to have completed bachelor’s degrees by 2020. A statewide study last year by the Michigan Center for Nursing found only 44 percent of nurses currently have a bachelor’s degree, and an SVSU survey of nurses in the Great Lakes Bay Region showed only 28 percent are prepared at the bachelor’s degree level.
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