NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 25, 2014) — Responding to the changes in the health care delivery system and to the projected shortage of qualified nurses, Aquinas College announced last month its intention to transition its highly regarded two-year A.S.N. degree to a four-year B.S.N. degree in the fall of 2015, pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. On the heels of that announcement Aquinas is now offering A.S.N. Alumni a scholarship to assist them in completing their B.S.N. through the R.N.–B.S.N. program.
The Aquinas College A.S.N. Alumni Scholarship will provide qualified alumni with a more affordable path to completing baccalaureate degree requirements. Scholarships, in the amount of $5,000 per year, will be available to all qualified alumni applicants beginning in the fall of 2014. This will allow Aquinas College A.S.N. Alumni to enhance their education and employability with a B.S.N. degree, which many health care providers are now requiring.
It is not only the affordability factor of the Aquinas College A.S.N. Alumni Scholarship that will make attaining a B.S.N. so attractive, but the opportunity to further the quality of the A.S.N. education they received at Aquinas College. Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N., Dean of the School of Nursing points out that “the R.N.–B.S.N. program at Aquinas College stands apart from other nursing programs by its focus on preparing confident and competent clinicians whose primary outcome is centered in affirming and protecting the dignity of all human life. This is the School of Nursing’s proper role in society and in the universal Church.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects tremendous job growth in the field of nursing in the foreseeable future. “It is expected that the number of employed nurses will grow from 2.74 million in 2010 to 3.45 million in 2020, an increase of 712,000 or 26%.” There are new roles and competencies required for the new and very different health system than what currently exists. As 35 to 40 million newly insured citizens enter the health care system, nurses will be required to hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing as the minimal preparation for practice.
For more information on the Aquinas College A.S.N. Alumni Scholarship contact Ian Turnbell, R.N.–B.S.N. Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions at 615-297-7545, ext. 433 or Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N., Director of the R.N.–B.S.N. Program at 615-297-2008 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.