SOURCE: Marian University at Saint Thomas Health

Marian University at Saint Thomas Health

March 03, 2014 12:24 ET

Marian University at Saint Thomas Health Accepting Applications for Its Accelerated Nursing Program Through April 1

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - Mar 3, 2014) - The first cohort of Marian University at Saint Thomas Health nursing students will begin classes in May. Registration for this first class closes on April 1, 2014. Currently this program does not have a wait list allowing students who meet all pre-requisite courses to begin in their chosen term.

The accelerated nursing program offers those with a bachelor's degree the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through a program that combines online courses and hands-on clinical training.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the registered nursing workforce is the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2020. Marian University at Saint Thomas Health was established to address this need by educating highly-skilled, compassionate professionals to alleviate the nursing shortage in Tennessee as well as reinforce Middle Tennessee's nursing education infrastructure.

"Marian University at Saint Thomas Health offers Tennesseans a proven program that makes pursuing a nursing career possible for those who need more flexibility," said Amy Winters-Sakowicz, director of community and corporate relations for Marian University at Saint Thomas Health. "Because we offer three class starts every year, we are able to accommodate various schedules and needs students may have as they make the decision to go back to school."

Students at Marian University at Saint Thomas Health take online lecture-based courses with Marian University School of Nursing faculty and engage in onsite clinical experiences within the Saint Thomas Health network. The accelerated nursing site is located at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville and includes a nursing resource center where students can practice bedside skills. Marian University and its School of Nursing hold state, regional and national accreditations.

More information on the program and enrollment can be found at MarianNursing.com/Nashville.
Potential students also can begin the application process for the August 2014 and January 2015 classes.

About Marian University at Saint Thomas Health:
The accelerated nursing program in Nashville offered by Marian University at Saint Thomas Health allows those who already hold a bachelor's degree to enter the nursing field after 16 months of professional nursing study (completion of nursing prerequisites is required). The program results in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and prepares students to earn their RN license after graduation. Students complete lecture-based courses online and engage in onsite clinical experiences at facilities in the Saint Thomas Health network. For more information, visit www.mariannursing.com/nashville.

About Saint Thomas Health:
Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee's faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united under the common mission of one healing community. With more than 7,000 associates, Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes -- Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro and Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville -- and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.SaintThomasHealth.com.

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