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To help meet the growing demand for RNs, Iona College in New York is about to join the ranks of schools offering a BSN program. This fall, Iona will provide students with two routes to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree: one option is to embark on a traditional 4-year undergraduate program with a core liberal arts curriculum, while students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field will be able to take an accelerated, 15-month second-degree program.

In announcing the launch of the new program, Iona College president Seamus Carey remarked, “As we have seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses truly are heroes – and the world needs more of them. In keeping with the mission and values of an Iona education, the nursing curriculum will prepare nurses who can both initiate and adapt to change, serve patients with compassion while demonstrating critical thinking in health care innovation, engage in bold leadership and advocacy, and seek knowledge wherever it presents itself in pursuit of a global culture of health.”

Darrell P. Wheeler, Iona’s provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs added, “Iona College is committed to and well positioned to offer a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary nursing program that will prepare students to meet the challenges of health care delivery and leadership in today’s and tomorrow’s complex health care system. Being in New Rochelle, just five miles outside of New York City in Westchester County, our students will have hands-on experience in some of the nation’s top facilities. We cannot wait to welcome our first class of exceptional students this fall.”

Located some 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan, Iona College is a Catholic, coeducational institution with a total enrollment of about 4,000 students. The new BSN program, under the direction of Susan Apold, Ph.D., RN, ANP-BC, GNP, FAAN, FAANP, is designed to take advantage of the school’s proximity to New York City and will provide students with clinical opportunities at leading hospitals in the Metropolitan area. For full details on the new program, visit the Iona College BSN page.

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