Pennsylvanian college expands range of online nursing degrees

posted on Tuesday, Nov 15 2011

Wilkes University in Pennsylvania recently announced the launch of a new online nurse practitioner degree program, according to university officials.

Aimed at working nurses who want to advance their skills through an online masters degree program without sacrificing their jobs, successful completion of the program will enable nursing professionals to develop their skill sets and sit for nationally recognized nursing certification examinations.

"In today’s healthcare environment, nurse practitioners are a necessity to maintain quality and cost-effective care," Mary Ann Merrigan, associate dean and chair of the School of Nursing, said in a statement. "We are glad to be able to provide this degree, which is so important, in our region."

The school also offers nurses who have already earned their online masters degree the option of completing an online certificate program which can be used towards gaining national certification.

Many schools are offering online masters degree programs, especially within the field of nursing. In addition to providing students with flexible scheduling and study options, online masters degree programs allow students to earn their qualifications without sacrificing their jobs or family commitments. According to the latest data from the Sloan Consortium, more than 6.1 million students were enrolled in some form of online education in the fall of 2010, an increase of 560,000 from the previous year.

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