Massachusetts community college adds new online qualification for nurses

posted on Monday, Dec 05 2011

Bristol Community College (BCC) in New Bedford, Massachusetts, recently announced the launch of a new nursing qualification to coincide with the one-year anniversary of its eHealthCareers program, according to the Herald News.

BCC will expand the program to include an additional 24 students per intake, beginning in the fall of 2012. Officials at the college say that although nursing is the most sought-after career specialization in the hybrid certificate program, many students were previously unable to study for their qualifications due to restrictions in class sizes.

Students enrolled in the eHealthCareers program complete the majority of their coursework online, meeting once a week on-campus to take advantage of laboratory facilities and other practical lessons that are not suited to online delivery. Since its launch one year ago, more than 300 students from 36 towns across Massachusetts and Rhode Island have studied for their healthcare qualifications through the program.

Hybrid attendance models, such as the one offered by BCC, not only provide students with a more convenient way to study, but can also potentially improve their grades. According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, students enrolled in online certificate programs that also include classroom-based lessons tend to achieve higher academic results.

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