The Boston-based college, which has had an uptown campus for five years, is offering a 16-month nursing program designed for professionals with bachelor’s degrees in non-nursing fields who are looking to change careers. Northeastern’s ABSN program combines online coursework, hands-on experience at its uptown Charlotte nursing center and clinical rotations at Charlotte health-care facilities. Northeastern will offer three start dates each year, with the first class starting in September.
Dr. Cheryl Richards, Northeastern’s regional dean and CEO, said one of the college’s goals is to address the nationwide nursing shortage, which is “reaching critical levels.” Nancy Hanrahan, Northeastern’s nursing school dean, said, “There has never been a better time to enter the nursing profession. Demand for baccalaureate-educated RNs is reaching unprecedented levels nationwide.”
ABSN students will graduate from the program prepared to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and become registered nurses. BSN graduates from Northeastern have a first-time NCLEX pass rate of 91 percent, which exceeds both the nationwide average and the 2011-14 average for North Carolina’s existing BSN programs.