Manchester University President Dave McFadden says the university is now offering two nursing programs. The university says students can now submit applications for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Second Degree as well as a traditional bachelor’s degree.
The university says the accelerated program is available for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field and want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The BSN second degree track is a full-time, 16-month program at Manchester’s Fort Wayne campus.
The traditional BSN is a four-year program for high school graduates seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The university says the traditional BSN nursing students start with two years at the North Manchester campus before moving on to more advanced work at the Fort Wayne campus. Nursing classes begin in fall 2021.
“As a cornerstone of the health professions, nursing represents a major step forward in MU’s health science initiatives,” McFadden said. “Nursing is a natural extension of Manchester’s historic strengths in health sciences, from undergraduate preparation for medical, dental and optometry doctoral programs, as well as MU’s own Doctor of Pharmacy Program.”
MU says its nursing students will be introduced to many areas of the profession, including psychiatric and mental health, geriatric and pediatric health, maternity nursing, critical care, nutrition and pharmacology. Students will take part in a wide variety of clinical experiences, including specialized care facilities, regional hospitals and community-centered clinics.