It's been a year of changes around the campus of Alderson Broaddus University, and on Friday morning, administrators announced more changes, this time to the college's academics. ABU is now offering an online program designed to make it easier for nurses with an associate's degree to get a bachelors. Staff said that higher degree is even more important now than ever before.
"We want to reach out to those and actually give them the opportunity to go to a program that is asynchronous, meaning that they can take classes at 9 o'clock in the morning, 9 o'clock at night, they can do it from their own homes, and have the opportunity to advance their careers. For them to work in a hospital and to advance at the manager level or supervisor's level, they have to have a bachelor's degree," said Dr. Brenda Mason, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Alderson Broaddus.
Associate Provost Eric Shor said it's not the only new program the university is rolling out in the near future.
"We're really excited to offer new academic initiatives. This is just the start. We've got so many things going on here at Alderson Broaddus University, and starting new academic programs, and this online program is just the start of what we're going to be rolling out here in the upcoming months," Shor said.
While the increased enrollment from the online program will benefit Alderson Broaddus, Mason said the easier access to higher education in nursing has the potential to reach much farther.
"West Virginia and throughout the United States. It's a wonderful opportunity. The Institutes of Medicine has asked by 2020 that eighty percent of the nurses have bachelor-level degrees and what we do is try to help make that happen," Mason said.