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Release: June 23, 2000

UI College of Nursing to offer bachelor's degree program at NICC Calmar campus

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Nursing will offer its bachelor's degree program for registered nurses at Northeast Iowa Community College's Calmar campus beginning in May 2001, UI and NICC officials confirmed recently. The program -- called the RN-BSN Progression Program -- allows registered nurses holding an associate degree or nursing diploma to earn the bachelor of science in nursing degree.

To increase awareness of the new program, the UI College of Nursing is inviting nursing and health care administrators from the Calmar area to attend an informational meeting Thursday, July 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Wilder Auditorium on the NICC Calmar campus. Faculty and staff from the College of Nursing will provide information about the RN-BSN program and seek input from nursing leaders regarding possibilities for projects the RN students might develop with local agencies.

The RN-BSN program has offered baccalaureate education to registered nurses in off-campus centers since 1985 and now has sites in Fort Dodge, Mason City, Orange City and Spencer. Courses are taught by College of Nursing faculty over the interactive Iowa Communications Network, and a faculty facilitator in each region assists students in meeting their educational goals and responsibilities. The program recently received the Iowa Distance Learning Association's Points of Presence award for an initiative to offer the baccalaureate degree to Veterans Affairs Health System nurses in the state.

Students in the RN-BSN program attend classes just one day a week for a full year, a structure intended to make it easier for working nurses to complete their degrees in a timely fashion. The program provides students with all courses needed to complete the nursing major, but students may need to take general education and prerequisite courses prior to enrolling.

Individuals interested in applying for admission to the RN-BSN program should contact Kathy Keasler, RN-BSN program associate, at (800) 553-4692, or by e-mail at, to receive information. Prospective students should also plan to send transcripts from all schools attended, including the institutions where they earned their associate degrees or nursing diplomas. This will allow program staff to evaluate how the student's academic credits will transfer and meet requirements for the UI BSN degree and identify what general education and prerequisite courses the student needs to take before enrolling in the program.