Ball State University and Community Health Network are creating an accelerated, three-year bachelor's degree program to increase the number of registered nurses in Indiana.
The program called the Nursing Academy will combine traditional classes on campus and online and video-conferencing instruction. Ball State says the program will accept 48 students each year.
Ball State School of Nursing Director Linda Siktberg tells The Star Press that a survey that found more than 2,000 qualified nursing applicants were turned away from Indiana nursing schools in 2009 because of faculty shortages and a lack of clinical opportunities.
Registered nurse employment is forecast to grow by more than a quarter from 61,000 in 2008 to nearly 78,000 in 2018.
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