Competency-Based Online Degree Path is COVID-19 Proof
Dr. Terry Keller, Vice
President of Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce a new
online degree pathway option for nurses. Through a
competency-based education approach, RNs can be in control of
their learning experience. The speed to degree completion is
based on each student’s skills and schedule.
This innovative and flexible approach is 100% online, offers
frequent starts throughout the year, provides personalized
mentorship, and the opportunity for accelerated degree
completion at an overall cost savings. Because of its online and
flexible nature, the student may not experience any delays in
academic delivery due to a pandemic or other unexpected event.
Students can choose to enroll in the RN to BSN (Bachelor
of Science in Nursing) program or the Master of Science in
Nursing program for those seeking to become Nurse
Educators. The first start date for these degree option
programs is January 2021.
In the Summer of 2020, the Higher Learning Commission approved
Lourdes University to offer this type of degree delivery.
Lourdes has chosen to offer this option first to nurses who want
to further their career while continuing to work on the front
line where they provide essential and important care.
While not an entirely new concept in higher education, very few
universities and colleges across the US have incorporated
competency-based education, a highly personalized path to degree
completion. Dr. Angela Dunn, Coordinator of
Competency-Based Education, has been working with the College of
Nursing and University personnel to fully integrate this new
“Lourdes is known for providing excellent nursing programs. Our
nurses are some of the most sought after professionals because
of the integrity they possess and the quality of care they
deliver,” says Dr. Sandra Greniewicki, Dean of the
College of Nursing. “Our traditional face-to-face and online
programs already offer a tremendous level of personalized
education. The difference with a competency-based education
approach is that there are not set lesson plans and deadlines
for the class. Instead, the student completes the competencies
or courses at their preferred pace without having to wait or
adhere to a specific time frame.”
What is unique about the Lourdes competency-based education
approach is the level of personalization in the online programs.
With a 1 to 1 student to faculty ratio, RNs enrolled in the
degree programs work one on one with a faculty mentor with full
access to academic resources and guidance when needed. Each
semester, students pay a flat tuition rate and can enroll in and
complete the number of competencies (equal to credit hours) that
best fit their schedule. Those who progress quickly through this
degree path option could very well realize a cost savings and
increase the speed to degree completion.
To learn more about the RN to BSN and MSN: Nurse Educator
competency-based education degree programs, contact Dr.
Angela Dunn, Coordinator of Competency Based Education at
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