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Competency-Based Online Degree Path is COVID-19 Proof

Dr. Terry Keller, Provost, is pleased to announce a new online degree pathway option for nurses. Through a competency-based education approach, RNs can be in control of their learning experience. The speed to degree completion is based on each student’s skills and schedule.

This innovative and flexible approach is 100% online, offers frequent starts throughout the year, provides personalized mentorship, and the opportunity for accelerated degree completion at an overall cost savings. Because of its online and flexible nature, the student may not experience any delays in academic delivery due to a pandemic or other unexpected event.

Students can choose to enroll in the RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program or the Master of Science in Nursing program for those seeking to become Nurse Educators. The first start date for these degree option programs is January 2021.

In the Summer of 2020, the Higher Learning Commission approved Lourdes University to offer this type of degree delivery. Lourdes has chosen to offer this option first to nurses who want to further their career while continuing to work on the front line where they provide essential and important care.

While not an entirely new concept in higher education, very few universities and colleges across the US have incorporated competency-based education, a highly personalized path to degree completion. Dr. Angela Dunn, Coordinator of Competency-Based Education, has been working with the College of Nursing and University personnel to fully integrate this new degree pathway.

“Lourdes is known for providing excellent nursing programs. Our nurses are some of the most sought after professionals because of the integrity they possess and the quality of care they deliver,” says Dr. Sandra Greniewicki, Dean of the College of Nursing. “Our traditional face-to-face and online programs already offer a tremendous level of personalized education. The difference with a competency-based education approach is that there are not set lesson plans and deadlines for the class. Instead, the student completes the competencies or courses at their preferred pace without having to wait or adhere to a specific time frame.”

What is unique about the Lourdes competency-based education approach is the level of personalization in the online programs. With a 1 to 1 student to faculty ratio, RNs enrolled in the degree programs work one on one with a faculty mentor with full access to academic resources and guidance when needed. Each semester, students pay a flat tuition rate and can enroll in and complete the number of competencies (equal to credit hours) that best fit their schedule. Those who progress quickly through this degree path option could very well realize a cost savings and increase the speed to degree completion.

To learn more about the RN to BSN and MSN: Nurse Educator competency-based education degree programs, contact Dr. Angela Dunn, Coordinator of Competency Based Education at 419-824-3834, adunn@lourdes.edu or visit https://nursing-cbe.lourdes.edu/.

Lourdes University College of Nursing

In addition to the RN to BSN Competency-Based Education and MSN: Nurse Educator Competency-Based Education delivery programs, undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered by Lourdes University include a Traditional BSN, Online RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN: Nurse Anesthesia, MSN: Nurse Educator, MSN: Nurse Leader, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Lourdes University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Lourdes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The College of Nursing Programs are approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The College of Nursing Programs are approved by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The most recent Lourdes University College of Nursing graduates had a 100% NCLEX passage rate. The NCLEX exam, also known as the National Council Licensure Examination, is used by state boards of nursing to decide whether or not a candidate is ready to begin practicing as an entry-level nurse. This comprehensive exam touches on a number of nursing concepts, and is only open to students who have already completed an accredited nursing program.

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