Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Situation Summary noted that, while unemployment in many fields skyrocketed due to economic difficulty, the need for nurses and nursing faculty continues to grow. A prominent nursing educator agrees. "I've been a nurse since 1969 and have experienced different economic up and down turns," notes Linda Norman, senior associate dean for academics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. "There has always been a sustained need for nurses and a shortage of nurses." If you are interested in this vital field, here's how the University of Minnesota, Morris and the power of the liberal arts can help you prepare.
Nursing programs are competitive. You'll need good grades—and more—to be admitted into a nursing program. Here are some of the advantages of preparing at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
- Outstanding teaching
- The Morris campus boasts the highest percentage of winners of the Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota. Many of these instructors teach subjects required for admission to nursing programs.
- University of Minnesota Infrastructure
- As part of a major research university, the Morris campus provides access to digital and technological resources not usually found on residential undergraduate campuses, including courses delivered via interactive distance technology.
- An on-campus Office of Community Engagement
- Taking advantage of undergraduate service opportunities demonstrates the kind of commitment sought by professional school admissions boards.
- A nationally recognized study abroad program
- Studying abroad helps prepare students for international health service trips common in medical professions.
- Preparation with options
- For those who are undecided about a specific healthcare career, the Pre-Nursing program at Morris prepares students for options ranging from Physician's Assistant programs to a Post-Baccalaureate Masters of Nursing.
Preparing for Nursing
Students interested in nursing can either complete their B.A. the University of Minnesota, Morris and then enter a 16-month post-baccalaureate program or complete just the pre-requisite coursework before transferring to a B.S.N. (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) program. There is no specific major required to enter this profession and nursing programs have varying prerequisites. In general, they require a solid grounding in a wide range of subjects such as:
- Psychology and Developmental Psychology