Touro College and University System, which has multiple locations in New York City, is adding two new baccalaureate nursing programs at the Brooklyn campus of its School of Health Sciences.
Alan Kadish, MD, president and CEO, announced in a news release that the school has received approval from New York state to offer a four-year BSN degree, as well as an RN-to-BS program. The second is a one- to two-year program for RNs who have graduated from an accredited nursing program and wish to apply those credits toward a BS degree.
The programs started being offered in the fall semester.
Growing numbers of employers in New York state and elsewhere are strongly encouraging nurses to earn their bachelors degrees, Sandra Russo, RN, MS, professor, chairwoman and program director of the Touro College School of Health Sciences nursing department, said in a news release. In fact, we expect that the degree will be required by virtually all major employers down the road. The bachelors diploma is rapidly becoming a critical stepping stone for professional advancement, especially for nurses aiming to take on management responsibilities.
In addition to the new bachelors programs, Touro also will offer a combined Associate in Applied Science/Bachelor of Science, which will qualify students to sit for the NCLEX-RN. Touro has offered the two-year AAS degree with a major in nursing since its founding in 2005.