Students planning for a career in nursing will soon have a new option from Bevill State Community College. The College is set to begin a new part-time evening program in January 2017 on the Jasper Campus.
According to Penne Mott, dean of Health Sciences at Bevill State, the evening program is ideal for individuals who work during the day. “The program provides students interested in nursing more options and flexibility since the program will follow the College’s evening schedule and weekend clinical rotations.”
Students interested in applying for the Evening Nursing Program must compete an application and meet the minimum admission standards before submitting the application. The online nursing application will be available from Oct. 1 through Nov. 21 on the College’s website. The application, and the list of admission standards, can be found at www.bscc.edu/programs/health-sciences/nursing.
The Evening Nursing Program is scheduled for 8 semesters. Students admitted for Spring 2017 will take academic courses the first two semesters (spring and summer) and begin nursing courses Fall 2017. Students who have already taken academic courses will also be considered for admission. If selected, these students will also start nursing classes in Fall 2017.
Only 30 students will be accepted for the first cohort of students, but according to Dr. Reitha Cabaniss, director of Nursing at Bevill State, the College is implementing some assistance to ensure these students find success with the new evening program. “There will be meetings with the students admitted during the spring and summer semesters to make sure they are on task for completing their academic requirements. We are also hiring two new full-time employees exclusively devoted to the program,” explained Dr. Cabaniss, “We want this program to be successful, and we are dedicated to making sure we create a program that is designed for our students’ success.”
Bevill State’s President Dr. Larry Ferguson echoed Dr. Cabaniss’ desire of designing a student-centric program. “Providing greater option for our students is very important to us. We have discussed implementing the evening nursing program for some time, and I am very excited that we now have it ready to begin. I appreciate all of the effort and hard work that went into making this happen,” said Dr. Ferguson.
The mission of the Bevill State Nursing Program is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system. The program seeks to provide full and equal access to opportunities for educational success to meet the community needs.
The Nursing curriculum incorporates general education courses along with nursing courses. The nursing courses include classroom instruction with guided clinical experiences in varied health care agencies. Nursing graduates have the opportunity to become Registered Nurses in the healthcare field after successful passage of the NCLEX-RN exam. Registered Nurses are among the most in-demand jobs in the region and also are among the highest paying.
For additional information about the Evening Program and the other Nursing Program options at Bevill State, visit the website or call 1-800-648-3271, ext. 5877.