Online U Adds Grad Level Nursing Specialties

November 3rd, 2011

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Your options for earning a Master's Degree in Nursing have expanded since Capella University added three new graduate level programs. The accredited online university announced this week it now offers programs specializing in Nursing Leadership and Administration, Diabetes Nursing and Gerontology Nursing.

All three specialty areas will join Capella's other Masters level nursing programs by incorporating the Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

"There continues to be a strong need for highly educated health care professionals and we developed Capella's new MSN specializations to help fill that need," said Mary Bemker, DSN, director of Capella's Nursing Department, in a press release. "More than 650,000 health care jobs have been added since the recession began and nearly 30 percent require a master's degree. Within the health care industry, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has identified nursing as the largest and fastest growing profession."

The coursework for the new specialties will cover advanced theories and evidence-based practices in leadership and administration, diabetes, and gerontology. The MSN program also includes five field experiences, each connected to a specific course within the chosen specialization, offering students opportunities to put their class learning into action.

Capella University is an accredited online university which currently offers 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 17 certificate programs. More than 35,000 learners were enrolled as of September 30, 2011, from all 50 states and 59 other countries.

Review of these specializations is pending in KS, KY, LA, ND, SC, and WA. North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in these specializations.

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