UTA Accelerated Nursing Program Now Permanent

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    More nurses to graduate from the accelerated program this winter.

    An experimental nursing program at the University of Texas at Arlington is now a permanent fixture on campus, the Star-Telegram reports.

    The accelerated program allows students to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing in just 15 months.  Other programs take two years to complete.

    The program also pairs students with professionals for additional training and mentoring.

    "We feel that this is a strategy for student success," Elizabeth Poster, dean of UT-Arlington's College of Nursing, told the Star-Telegram. "It's an asset for students to have coaches in addition to faculty."

    The first group of 12 students through the program graduated this month, the paper reported.

    UTA developed the program with a $1.2 million three-year state grant.  The grant is funded by state funds and an in-kind donation from Texas Health Resources.