FROSTBURG, Md.—Registered nurses and current nursing students looking to expand their skills and advance their careers can now take advantage of a new learning opportunity at Frostburg State University. FSU has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Board of Nursing to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program, presented in collaboration with Allegany College of Maryland.
“Frostburg State University is proud to provide professional development and educational advancement for registered nurses in our area,” said Jonathan Gibralter, FSU president. “The R.N. to B.S.N. program is in line with our ongoing efforts to foster economic development in the region and provide better job prospects here.”
The R.N. to B.S.N. program is a first step in FSU’s efforts to address Maryland’s shortage of nurses and nursing educators. FSU’s long-term goal is to expand the program to offer a Master of Science in Nursing, with an emphasis on developing nursing faculty.
“Faculty shortages are cited as the number one challenge to increasing nursing enrollment in Maryland,” Gibralter said.
The program is open to those who have already been licensed as registered nurses or are eligible for a license and to students who are enrolled in an associate degree program that will lead to a license. Instruction will be presented using a blended format, which includes online offerings. Blended instruction maximizes a student’s scheduling flexibility while still maintaining the student-faculty connection that is essential to academic success.
ACM, an established leader in nursing and allied health education, has students enrolled in its existing nursing program who will now be able to continue their studies at FSU through the new R.N. to B.S.N. program.
“The partnership between ACM and FSU will enhance health care in the region. A close working relationship between the colleges’ nursing programs will provide additional opportunities for both students and faculty,” said Bruce Exstrom, Allegany College of Maryland president. “The collaboration between the institutions has created a unique path for nurses who previously had to travel out of the area to obtain a 4-year degree. Working together from the beginning, our institutions have not duplicated services but rather created opportunities.”
FSU was awarded $250,000 from the Maryland Higher Education Investment Fund to develop its nursing program. The fund is designed to develop new programs to meet the state’s particular employment needs.
“There has been significant public interest expressed in the program,” said Joseph Hoffman, dean of the FSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “That interest comes in the form of prospective students, interested teaching faculty and regional health-care providers.”
For more information about the program, contact Hoffman at 301-687-4120.