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Cardinal Stritch to offer BS degree in nursing this spring

By Laura Gossman

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Cardinal Stritch University plans to offer an accelerated nursing program this spring at its downtown Rochester campus, marking the first time the university has offered any nursing degree program in Minnesota.

The 30-month bachelor of science in nursing program is structured with courses held one night a week to accommodate the schedules of working professionals and is geared toward nurses who already have an associate’s degree or nursing diploma, school officials said.

"The trend is to have the university come to the working student," Ruth Waite, dean of the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing at Stritch, says in a statement. "Unlike the traditional student, the adult student continues to work full-time while attending school."

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Waite said the program would be flexible enough to meet the needs of busy registered nurses.

The program is expected to attract students from Rochester Methodist Hospital and Saint Marys Hospital as well as other hospitals and facilities in southeastern Minnesota, officials said. They hope the school’s proximity to Mayo Clinic will be attractive to students.

For more information about the program or to register for an information session in Rochester, call Holly Krebsbach at 1-800-878-7482, extension 30.

For more information, go to Postbulletin.com/weblinks.

Cardinal Stritch University http://www.stritch.edu

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