WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Valley College has been approved to offer a bachelor of science nursing degree.
This is the first of two four-year degrees WVC expects to offer, both in high-demand fields. Expanding the programs is expected to increase the likelihood that graduates will stay in the area.
The other four-year degree is a bachelor of applied science engineering technology (BAS-ET). It is designed for students who have completed a related technical associate degree and allows them to seek employment as entry-level electrical or electronics engineers or applied engineers.
The nursing degree program will begin this fall pending final approval from the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Preliminary approval, and the go-ahead to start recruiting students, was received in early May. WVC Nursing Programs Administrator Dr. Kristen Hosey and Allied Health Dean Jenny Capelo said it’s taken six years to get this far.
“This process has been long, but it was all about ensuring quality education for nurses who wish to advance their career and knowledge base,” said Hosey, who was hired in 2016 to help launch the RN-to-BSN program.
The RN-to-BSN, or RNB degree, adds a fourth year of courses for students who have an associate degree in nursing (ADN). The ADN includes one year of prerequisites and two years of nursing courses. WVC currently offers an ADN on both the Wenatchee and Omak campuses.
WVC will accept 25 students into the RN-to-BSN program each year, Hosey said.
The program will be 80 percent online and 20 percent face-to-face instruction. Students will attend classes on the Wenatchee campus only three times a quarter so they can continue to work while completing their bachelor’s degree. To be accepted, students will need to have an ADN and a current, unencumbered RN license.
The program will take one year, or four quarters, to complete full-time.
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