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Walden University has announced that it will be introducing a new competency-based pathway for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Completion Program through Tempo Learning®, a custom-paced educational experience for students who want to earn a degree.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of registered nurses will grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for other occupations. Walden’s RN-BSN Completion Program is helping to meet that demand by preparing students through a competency-based format with the potential to accelerate their learning and reduce the cost of obtaining a BSN degree.

The competencies covered by the RN-BSN Completion Program include evidence-based nursing, leadership, informatics, healthcare policy, individual and population-focused interventions, quality improvement, ethics, and patient-centered nursing care.

Dr. Karen Ouzts, Walden’s RN-BSN Completion Program director, tells, “Our new competency-based RN-BSN program will enable nurses to apply the in-depth experience they acquire on the job toward earning their degree, with the online flexibility that working adults need. There has been an increased emphasis on advanced nursing education, and Walden University is proud to offer various programs and learning options for one of the most in-demand professions.”

Tempo Learning® is composed of competencies and rigorous assessments designated by faculty and validated by employers, creating a direct link between education and the workplace. Students receive individual help from nursing faculty while working at their own pace to pass the assessments, which are designed to reflect the needs of the workplace. Students have the ability to demonstrate their learning and speed their progress toward earning their degree.

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Walden University’s RN-BSN, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. To learn more about Tempo Learning® and its use to expand competency-based offerings in Walden University’s RN-BSN Completion Program, visit here.

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