America’s nursing shortage is especially acute in Wisconsin, where experts say 20,000 additional nurses will be needed in less than 20 years. That’s why the University of Wisconsin-Madison created the new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which readies students for the workforce in just one year.
The program began accepting applications this September, and classes begin in May 2018. Students enroll as a cohort, which encourages them to support one another and learn as a team. According to Shamane Mills of Wisconsin Public Radio, 32 future nurses will go through the program together in its first year.
Linda Scott, dean of UW-Madison’s School of Nursing, says these students have at least two things in common before starting the program. First, they’ve earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree in another discipline. Second, they’ve “found nursing is what they want to do,” even though they started on another path, she told WPR.
The traditional nursing program takes two years after students complete their general education requirements. Since students in the accelerated program have already met many of the requirements for a nursing bachelor’s, they can graduate in a year by taking courses during a spring and fall semester plus summer and winter breaks.
Combining classroom instruction with hands-on activities in medical clinics, the program prepares learners to work in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, and community health programs. Practicing nurses and renowned School of Nursing faculty help them build clinical skills and the perspective necessary to lead and manage others.
By the end of the program, students are ready to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX)—and find fulfilling work in Wisconsin communities.
For more details about the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, see here.