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Mayville State online nursing program accredited

MAYVILLE, N.D.—A budding online nursing program at Mayville State University has received full accreditation.

Mayville State's registered nurse to bachelor's of science in nursing program received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education last month, retroactively effective from November 2015 through June 2021.

Director Tami Such said the program is open to those who have already earned an RN certification and is meant to help address North Dakota's shortage of healthcare workers by producing nurses who are educated at a higher level.

"It's about training nurses beyond just technical skills," she said.

Lake Region State College has hosted a satellite RN program on Mayville State's campus since the fall of 2010 and Such said conversations about starting a RN to BSN program began the following year.

The RN to BSN program started with 21 students enrolling in the 2014-15 school year. Such said there are now 29 enrolled for the coming fall semester alone.

Due to the three full-time and one part-time instructional faculty members who were all newly hired to teach the program's courses, enrollment is capped each semester at 36 students.

"We want to grow that but the challenge is faculty limitations and also clinical placement," Such said.

The program curriculum focuses on complex healthcare problems and theoretical concepts, as most hands-on technical training happens in the RN program, Such said.

"With rural health care needs and the complex, changing health care situation we want to make sure nurses have that knowledge and expertise," she said.

While all courses are online, the program does require clinical experience. Such said students can fulfil that requirement from wherever they're taking courses through partnerships with healthcare providers. The courses are also in a five-week block format, allowing students to focus on one or two classes at a time.

"That ability to focus while still working or having families it makes it possible for them," Such said.

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.