Responding to a shortage of frontline caregivers, Chamberlain College of Nursing, based in Cleveland, is opening its first Michigan campus in Troy, with spring semester classes launching in January.
“Health care is adding more jobs than any industry in Michigan to meet the shortage of health professionals in Detroit,” says Susan Groenwald, national president of the college. According to a recent report from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, more than 2,000 qualified applicants were turned away from Michigan nursing programs in 2013, primarily due to faculty shortages and a lack of clinical training sites.
“Chamberlain looks forward to educating the future nursing leaders who can respond to the state’s healthcare needs and care for Michigan’s diverse and aging population,” Groenwald says.
The Troy campus, at 200 Kirts Blvd. (near I-75 and Livernois), will offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing that can be completed in as few as three years of year-round study. The Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of nurses hold a bachelor’s in nursing by 2020, although fewer than half of registered nurses in southeast Michigan do so now, says a recent survey from the Michigan Center for Nursing.
The campus — Chamberlain’s 16th in the nation — will provide high-tech simulated patient care in clinical learning environments, and a Center for Academic Success, which delivers comprehensive academic resources and support for students, Groenwald says.
The college will host open houses for prospective students Oct. 22 and Oct. 24. For more information, visit chamberlain.edu/troy.
IN OTHER HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS, Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School, which has a campus in Midland, will begin offering a two-year online MBA program in January.
“Our new Online MBA classroom provides students and faculty with a flexible way to not only engage with one another, but also capture learning via discussion boards, small group activities, and deliverables through our carefully structured cohort-based approach,” says Lisa Fairbairn, dean of the DeVos Graduate School.
The program requires students to complete 12 courses for a total of 36 semester hours of credit, while achieving a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. According to Fairbairn, students enrolled in the program should expect to spend between 15 and 20 hours a week studying, completing assignments, and participating in online activities and discussions.
“This method allows students to optimize their success both as working professionals and as graduate students,” she says, noting that the new online programming will offer the same content and rigor as those courses offered on campus.