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Accelerated Nursing Programs

The figures show that there is a current shortage of nurses in the United States
and the administrators must plan for the future. Accelerated Nursing Programs a
re proving to be an effective solution to the problem. This scheme involves Bacc
alaureate and Master's Degree programs. Non-nursing college graduates can apply.
However, the admission standards are high. The best candidates will be picked f
or their academic standards and the ability to learn at a brisk pace, as these p
rograms are intense. The minimum entrance requirement is usually a 3.0 GPA. The
faculties prefer the students not to have jobs, so that they can concentrate on
their studies.
The Baccalaureate scheme is the fastest way to become a licensed Registered Nurs
e, following the completion of a Bachelor's or Graduate degree in another subjec
t. The fast track Baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program takes between 11 -
18 months to complete, whilst the Master's Degree equivalent takes approximately
3 years. Programs of this type are offered in 43 states in the US and also in t
he District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The combination of classroom study and clinical experience will lead to a reward
ing career. Employers are keen to recruit graduates from the Accelerated Nursing
Programs, as they tend to be more mature and have shown academic excellence. Ce
rtain students will be eligible for financial assistance and some employers help
with the financial responsibility by forming a partnership with a school throug
h grant funding and scholarships. For some students, this educational path leads
them to become nursing educators themselves.
A nursing qualification opens up a wealth of opportunity. Highly qualified nurse
s are highly prized and can gain employment in a hospital, doctor's practice, wo
rkplace or even a cruise ship. There are many different aspects of health care t
o learn about. An understanding of theory and an aptitude for practical skills i
s essential. The Accelerated Nursing Program equips the student in everything th
at's expected of them and more.
Different specialties are to be found when looking at the curriculum for Acceler
ated Nursing Programs at the various nursing colleges. The School of Nursing at
John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland has a program that includes Commu
nity Health Nursing, Disaster Response and Pediatrics. The College of Nursing at
New York University includes Children with Special Needs, Nursing Education, an
d Palliative Care. The School of Nursing at the Virginia Commonwealth Universit
y in Richmond includes Nursing in Faith Communities, Psychology/Mental Health, a
nd Women's Health.
There is a useful guide on the market with regard to the delivery of medical qua
lifications. It is titled 2004's Definitive Guide to Combined Medical Programs:
Everything You Need to Know About Combined and Accelerated Medical Programs. The
book is by Neil Roy and Manosh Chakravorty.