Colorado Mountain College this fall will add a bachelor’s degree in nursing to its range of offerings.
The new bachelor of science in nursing degree, also known as the RN to BSN, will be based at CMC locations in Spring Valley-Glenwood Springs and Breckenridge. However, because the program involves mostly online learning, requiring only occasional visits to the college’s campuses, working nurses throughout the CMC service area and beyond may enroll.
RN to BSN functions somewhat differently than a standard four-year bachelor’s degree, as students must have already attained a level of nursing proficiency. Currently, CMC offers a two-year associate of applied science in nursing. To enroll in the college’s new bachelor’s program, students must already have earned their associate degree in nursing and hold a nursing license in Colorado, in addition to other requirements.
Nursing is a high-demand profession.
In April 2012, the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence reported that Colorado’s educational institutions graduate 1,900 new nurses each year, but the state needs an average of 3,000 a year.
“This includes 1,500 to replace retiring nurses (35 percent of Colorado’s nurses are over 55) and another 1,500 to support population growth, increased patient access due to health reform and the growing health care needs of an aging population,” said the report called “Colorado’s Nursing Faculty Shortage.”
CMC received approval July 8 from its accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, to offer the new bachelor’s degree. With that approval in hand, CMC is applying for candidacy status from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The college previously obtained approvals to offer the degree from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education.
Information sessions about the new degree will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday and at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 29 at 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs.
For more information, go to www.coloradomtn.edu/bsn or call 800-621-8559.