|[March 11, 2013]
Kaplan University-Augusta's New Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program to help bridge Maine's Growing Nursing Skills Gap
AUGUSTA, Maine --(Business Wire)--
Kaplan University's Augusta (News - Alert), Maine campus is now offering its new
Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program that will not
only help fill Maine's need for qualified nurses, but also assist in
closing a persistent skills gap prevalent throughout the state.
Kaplan University-Augusta nursing lab (Photo: Business Wire)
Based from Kaplan University's new 19,500 square foot campus in Augusta,
which had its official grand opening this past October, and featuring a
state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory, the new program is
designed to equip students with the education and training needed to
offset a decline in the number of qualified nurses as well as other
"The program incorporates our finest technologies including online
learning, advanced laboratory space, simulation experiences and
partnerships with local healthcare providers," said Dr. Colleen Dutile,
director of nursing at Kaplan University Maine. "Our faculty developed a
program that continuously supports the learner. We have integrated
content, skills and procedures in order to increase a student's
knowledge and competencies, while providing a foundation for
progressively higher levels of nursing practice."
The curriculum encompasses the instrumental research of the Institute of
Medicine's Future of Nursing Report, the American Association of
Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for
Professional Nursing Practice, and the Quality & Safety Education for
Kaplan University's program combines on-ground courses for all clinical
and nursing specific work with online classes for the supporting
curriculum in the sciences and liberal arts. Moreover, Kaplan
University's year-round schedule and shorter terms help meet the needs
of nontraditional students, many of whom are already working full-time
in the healthcare field while pursuing their education part-time. This
permits students to complete the full bachelor's degree program in just
over three years.
"Kaplan University's program comes at a critical juncture for Maine and
the nation. Tens of millions of baby oomers are beginning to retire
across the country-a growing segment of the population that will live
longer than previous generations and rely more and more on healthcare
and the nursing profession," said Dr. Christopher Quinn, President of
Kaplan University Maine.
Quinn noted that this is a particularly acute issue for Maine, which has
one of the nation's oldest populations. Reportedly, Maine is expected to
see some 400,000 Mainers retire in the next two decades.
Quinn also announced that Kaplan University will be hosting a nursing
general information session open house on April 4 at its Augusta campus,
located at 14 Marketplace Drive.
To learn more about Kaplan University-Augusta's Prelicensure Bachelor of
Science in Nursing program, visit www.kumaine.com
or call 207-213-2500.
Additional fast facts as widely reported:
While Maine lost more than 20,000 jobs during the recession, Maine's
Healthcare and Social Assistance sector grew by more than five
percent, adding some 5,100 jobs between December 2007 and August 2011.
Looking forward, hospitals and healthcare sectors in Maine are
projected to add more than 8,000 jobs by 2018, with an additional
2,325 jobs expected for registered nurses-professionals who will
increasingly need to have baccalaureate degrees.
Today, nationally as well as in Maine, approximately 20 percent of
nurses have baccalaureate degrees. This is well short of a national
goal of 80 percent by 2020, which was established by thought leaders
in the field.*
*In 2008, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of
Medicine (IOM) launched a two-year initiative to respond to the need to
assess and transform the nursing profession. The committee recommended
that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to
80 percent by 2020. While it is anticipated that it will take a few
years to build the educational capacity needed to achieve this goal, the
committee maintained that it is bold, achievable, and necessary to move
the nursing workforce to an expanded set of competencies, especially in
the domains of community and public health, leadership, systems
improvement and change, research, and health policy.
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher
education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by
providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for
careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which
has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago,
is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org)
and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and
Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 44,000 online and
campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska,
Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers
in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan,
Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career
services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves
approximately 65,000 students online and through approximately 70
campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan's higher education
schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates
and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris
doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array
of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional
training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc., is a
subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (News - Alert) and its largest division. For
more information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu today.
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