Trinity College set to expand

Posted Online: June 03, 2013, 1:57 pm
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Press release submitted by UnityPoint Health -- Trinity

Trinity College set to expand: adds Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Trinity College of Nursing adds a Master of Science in Nursing with two specialty options and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences announced today that it will begin offering two new degree programs in August 2013 – the Master of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. Applications now are being accepted for both programs.

The Master of Science in Nursing Education track prepares licensed, registered nurses who have completed baccalaureate nursing studies and at least one year of clinical experience for a successful career as a nurse educator in a clinic, hospital or college/university setting. Courses for this track will use a combination of both online as well as face-to-face classroom discussion.

The Master of Science in Nurse Leadership in Health Care Systems prepares licensed, registered nurses who have completed baccalaureate nursing studies and at least one year of clinical experience for a successful career as a leader in health care systems. This specialty track provides a broad base of leadership and management experiences that can be effective across multiple health care settings. All courses for this track will be taught online.

"Research has shown that nurses with a master's degree are better able to translate the best available evidence into nursing practice. This ultimately impacts the patient through improved patient outcomes," said Tracy Poelvoorde, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences for Trinity College. "Master's-prepared nurses also engage in an expanded scope of practice that is characterized by critical analysis of problems and application of theories in the decision-making process. This results in the delivery of more effective nursing care, which benefits the patient and the health-care organization."

The MSN program requires a total of 36 credit hours – 18 credits in core courses and 18 credits in the specialty track.

According to Poelvoorde, the MSN in Education track will also prepare additional faculty members to meet the demands of increasing numbers of nursing school applicants.

"While the recent downturn in the economy the past few years temporarily has eased the nursing shortage temporarily, reports have predicted the U.S. nursing shortage is projected to grow to 260,000 registered nurses by 2025," Poelvoorde said. "Yet, the bigger crisis is that there aren't enough faculty members to keep pace with educating the number of nurses needed. Offering this program will educate future nursing faculty members to help meet this demand."

According to the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing's report on "2011-2012 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing," U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,587 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2011 due to insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraints. Almost two-thirds of the nursing schools responding to the survey pointed to faculty shortages as a reason for not accepting all qualified applicants into their programs.

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences also will begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in August 2013. This program will allow allied health professionals who already hold an associate degree/certificate the ability to earn a baccalaureate degree. Trinity is the only program within a 150-mile radius to offer this type and level of degree preparation for allied health professionals.

"Having patient-care staff with more advanced education often translates into improved results for patients because these employees have better critical-thinking skills," said Diana Werderman, Program Coordinator for Trinity College's Radiography and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences programs. "Having baccalaureate preparation in the allied health professions is quickly becoming the standard for hiring."

The BSHS degree requires 45-47 credits beyond the associate degree. Courses will be taught using both online as well as face-to-face classroom discussion.

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Illinois Board of Higher Education. All programs at the college are professionally accredited. The Master of Science in Nursing program will seek accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

For more information about any of the new degree options, call Trinity College Student Services at (309) 779-7700 or visit www.trinitycollegeqc.edu. In addition to the new degree options, Trinity College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), as well as the Associate of Applied Science degree in both Radiography and Respiratory Care.


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