Cedar Crest Adds Advanced Degrees as Need for Nurses Grows

May 8, 2017

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Cedar Crest College is celebrating National Nurses Week as it launches new advanced nursing degree programs. The new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs will launch this August, with the Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) to follow.

The decision to establish the DNP and add new MSN programs was based on both internal and external demand in the field. Internally, nearly 68 percent of the college’s nursing students indicated that they planned to pursue an advanced degree after earning their BSN. Externally, chief officers from major health care networks in the region encouraged Cedar Crest to pursue this program due to the high demand for nurse practitioners. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine issued a report calling on the country to double the number of nurses with doctorate degrees by 2020.

Cedar Crest College’s nursing department prides itself in preparing students to make a difference for their patients, community and world. In 2017, the College’s Registered Nursing Program was ranked number two in the nation by the Community for Accredited Online Schools. Our experts can talk about the industry demand for nurses with advanced degrees and the career outlook for nurses.


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