September 13, 2007 — Vol. 43, No. 5
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MGH Institute program puts students on fast track to nursing degree

Recognizing the urgent need to build the nation’s pool of qualified nurses, the MGH Institute of Health Professions has announced a new baccalaureate degree program designed to quickly move graduates into the nursing workforce.

The 14-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program provides students with the knowledge and skill preparation that employers increasingly prefer for nurses who provide direct patient care. Designed for applicants who already possess a bachelor’s degree in another field, no prior nursing education or experience is required to apply to the Accelerated BSN.

The intensive, full-time Accelerated BSN program puts students on a fast track toward direct patient care and flexible career opportunities. The MGH Institute provides outstanding preparation for this professional development path by offering:

• A unique learning environment. The curriculum is designed to foster adult learning in a collaborative environment, offering individual attention, innovative teaching methodologies and access to the premier minds, practitioners and facilities in the health professions.

• A highly regarded faculty. The Accelerated BSN program was developed by the same nationally recognized faculty who teach in the MGH Institute’s graduate-level nurse practitioner program. Many faculty members are highly regarded experts in a variety of research and clinical practice areas.

• An exceptional track record. As a clear measure of the MGH Institute’s 30-year success in preparing nurses for clinical practice, the Institute has an exceptionally high pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam required for licensing. It is consistently above the national average for first-time test-takers.

• Top-rated clinical placements. The MGH Institute operates within the framework of the Partners HealthCare System, enabling students to work and learn in some of the region’s finest acute care and community-based facilities including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. With more than 600 clinical partners overall, students get exposure to a full range of clinical experiences.

• A network of nursing professionals. As MGH Institute graduates, students become part of an alumni and professional network of more than 1,000 nurses. Fellow alumni, as well as nursing faculty, can help expand graduates’ professional knowledge and aid them in discovering new ways to approach problems within a rapidly evolving health care environment. An Institute education also positions graduates to return later for advanced practice nursing preparation.

The MGH Institute is inviting students to get started on a rewarding career in nursing by applying to the Accelerated BSN program. In addition to having a bachelor’s degree in any field, prospective applicants must complete certain prerequisite courses to qualify. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2007, for classes beginning in May 2008.

To learn more, attend the MGH Institute’s BSH information session on Sept. 27, 2007, or visit

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