Rapidly growing Nursing program at the college is now a key contributor to the healthcare shortage in Maine
Bangor Daily News – Following a series of significant achievements, the Beal College Department of Nursing is advancing into a new era of growth and innovation.
Recently, Beal College graduated its first cohort of Registered Nurses, enrolled its first students in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program, and received approval to begin a Master of Science in Nursing. Beal College is making its mark in nursing education in Maine.
The Master of Science in Nursing offers two concentrations. The Nursing Education option and the Nurse Executive option. The Nursing Education option will prepare students to teach within Associate and Bachelor programs, while the Nurse Executive option provides the additional education needed for clinical nurses to become leading executives in their medical facilities.
“I’m really excited about where we’re headed as a program,” said Dr. Colleen Koob, Dean of Nursing and Biomedical Sciences. “Our program is growing, and it’s not only a sign of success, it’s a key contributor. This growth is incredibly important to meet the increasing need for highly qualified nurses, and I am proud to say that Beal College is a leader in the field.”
The Nursing degrees at Beal College are designed like no other in the state of Maine. The programs are flexible, allowing for students to enroll and graduate times throughout the year. The Associate degree in Nursing is typically completed in 18 months, the RN-BSN in 14 months and now the MSN in 12 months.
The nursing facility at Beal College features state-of-the-art classrooms and clinical simulation labs, which better prepare students for careers in an ever-innovating field.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our nursing students and faculty for all they’ve done to exceed expectations,” said President Sheryl DeWalt. “With the new nursing simulation lab facility, we will be able to continue to support the quality enrollment growth of the program and provide our students with the best possible learning environment.”
The Associate degree in Nursing is enrolling from May through July for a September cohort. The RN-BSN enrolls year round and is currently offering a scholarship of up to $6,000 for students enrolling in July and September. The Masters Degree in Nursing is currently accepting applications for enrollment in September.