Memorial University’s international reputation for excellence
in distance education was enhanced Aug. 4 through a partnership
with American Learning Solutions to attract students to the
online bachelor of nursing program (post RN).
The agreement formalizes the recruitment of students into Memorial’s
bachelor of nursing (post RN) program over a multi-year period.
Beginning with the January 2004 class, American Learning Solutions,
an American e-learning company, will attract new students from
the United States for Memorial’s online bachelor of nursing
program. Over the life of the agreement over 500 US-based nurses
may become Memorial students.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to expand our
nursing student population and provide nurses participating
in this program with cross-border sharing of how nursing and
health services are offered,” said Dr. Carole Orchard,
director of Memorial’s School of Nursing. “This
agreement will enhance our program by opening new opportunities
to US students and providing more course offerings each semester
for our existing domestic students. The partnership will allow
Memorial University to expand its offerings creating opportunities
for local students as well as US students.”
Students who enter the program will take all courses through
online learning at Memorial University. They will be able to
stay at home, interact with local students online and complete
the bachelor of nursing (post RN) program.
Ann Marie Vaughan, Memorial’s director of Distance Education,
noted that “this opportunity clearly recognizes the strength
of Memorial University in distance education as a whole and
the strength of our nursing program in particular. Distance
education is a great way for nurses and other professionals
to further their education at a time and place convenient to
their busy work lives,” she said. “We are pleased
that American Learning Solutions has recognized our capability
in this area and we welcome the new students who will connect
with us as a result.”
Dr. Richard Oliver, president of American Learning Solutions,
noted that in the US, about 60 per cent of practicing registered
nurses do not have a bachelor of nursing degree. “The
need for a program to allow nurses to earn a degree and maintain
full-time employment led us to search for a partner with online
leadership and a track record for quality and efficiency. Memorial
University is the obvious choice,” he said.
Memorial University has been offering distance education to
nursing professionals for 20 years. In 1998, the School of Nursing
expanded its undergraduate offerings to an online bachelor of
nursing (post RN) program. The school also offers a graduate
degree in nursing by distance.