Kaplan University’s School of Nursing, one of the leading educators of nursing professionals in the country, is committed to training nurses to deliver health care that is evidence-based, safe, and sensitive to the culture of the patient, family, and community at large. The School of Nursing helps its students and graduates build careers in nursing positions where they are expected to blend the latest advances in nursing science and other disciplines with outstanding leadership and interprofessional collaborative care.
Our nursing graduates are tasked with caring for an aging population with greater health care demands, and they play an important role in developing solutions to better manage care, costs, access, and more at a critical time when health care is undergoing unprecedented change.
Most nursing students at Kaplan University are already far along in their nursing careers. They are older (median age 37), working full or part time in the nursing field and raising families while attending school.
Kaplan University’s School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs. These include:
Associate of Science in Nursing: This program is designed to help students develop the knowledge, clinical skills, and work habits to direct and manage patient care, communicate with patients and caregivers, and participate as a member of a health care team in the nursing profession. Graduates who successfully complete the program and pass the NCLEX-RN® exam, are elgible to enter the online Bacheor of Science in Nursing — RN-to-BSN program.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing: This program emphasizes professional growth and continuous learning, and features a capstone course and a professional development plan that includes career planning. Students who successfully complete the required plan of study and all other graduation requirements may be academically prepared to apply to take the NCLEX-RN® exam.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing–RN-to-BSN: This program allows the student to customize his or her degree plan and is designed to prepare nurses for new professional opportunities and career growth. The curriculum is designed to expand the sturdent's knowledge base in evidence-based practice, leadership and management, and health care across the life span.
RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing: Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing–RN-to-BSN can choose to complete the accelerated Master of Science in Nursing option. This option allows students to complete graduate-level courses in place of open electives in the bachelor’s degree program.
ExcelTrack™RN-to-BSN: This competency-based program is a more flexible way to earn a BSN degree. Students can leverage their existing knowledge and skills to move quickly through topic areas they have already mastered, saving them time and money.
Master of Science in Nursing: Designed to build on a student’s previous nursing education and clinical experience, this program helps prepare students to pursue advanced practice in a variety of health care settings. Students can select from four pathways focused on specific roles:
Post-Graduate Certificates: Students who already have a Master of Science in Nursing, but are looking to expand their expertise, may enroll in one of our certificates:
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): The DNP prepares nursing leaders to practice at the highest levels in professional nursing. The DNP program is delivered online and prepares nurses to analyze data and scientific research to lead change in nursing practice and quality of health care.
More information about Kaplan University’s School of Nursing degrees can be found at https://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/degree-programs/nursing/.
The School of Nursing conferred nearly 1,500 degrees, certificates, and diplomas in Kaplan University’s 2015–2016 academic year. This includes 189 associate’s degrees, 856 bachelor’s degrees, 370 master’s degrees, and 6 doctorate degrees.
ACCREDITATIONS AND APPROVALS:
Part of Kaplan University (regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission), the School of Nursing’s baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kaplan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-
Below is a sample list of employers with which at least three or more School of Nursing graduates are employed:
Florida Hospital Network
Baptist Health System
Sparrow Health System
Fresenius Medical Care
Genesis HealthCare System
St. Luke’s Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
Lee Memorial Health System
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
Jackson Health System
Vidant Medical Center
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcar
Carolinas HealthCare System
Covenant HealthCare System
Mary Washington Healthcare
Select Specialty Hospital
Atrium Medical Center
Bon Secours Home Care
North Shore Medical Center
University of Miami
University of Michigan
GRADUATE SUCCESS STORIES
2017, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)
2017, Doctor of Nursing Practice
2017, Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus
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DR. LYNDA CRAWFORD
DR. CYNTHIA M. TURNER
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