IUON Announces Upper Division BSN Program
Starting in September 2011, the International University of Nursing (IUON) will offer an Upper Division BSN program. The Board of Trustees confirmed its support of the program following approval by the IUON Faculty Committee and University Administration.
President Warren Ross notes that “The majority of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada offer upper division nursing programs. This program is an important step forward for nursing education at IUON. Students will be able to complete their nursing courses in St. Kitts in as few as three semesters before being placed at a partner school.”
Students who are accepted into this program will be required to complete general education and science course pre-requisites as part of the admission process. These courses consist of the first two semesters of IUON’s degree and must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from accredited U.S. or Canadian schools.
Dr. Charlene Connolly, Executive Vice President, comments on the timeliness of this program change: “I believe that it is the right time to implement a program which requires only nursing courses to be taught at the IUON campus in St. Kitts. The positive benefits of this decision are many, including being able to complete a BSN degree in two years or less.”
Dr. Connolly emphasized that the upper division program will give students a focused educational experience as students are fully immersed in a traditional nursing program.
Dr. Connolly, Geraldine Mitchell, Dean of Nursing, IUON, and members of the campus Curriculum Committee have worked for several months to make this transition possible. IUON anticipates receiving approval for the Federal Direct Student Loan Program in the near future which will greatly increase the enrollment of students at IUON. Dean Mitchell advised that IUON is currently accepting applications and can enroll up to 100 students for the opening class. Seats are still available! Dial-in information sessions will be scheduled on a monthly basis.
For additional information about the new nursing program and for assistance in planning courses to complete for entry to the Upper Division program, call 1-866-868-4720 and ask for the Office of Admissions.