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Baker College increases nursing program ahead of growing need

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Being prepared for your new job requires that you are properly trained and credentialed in an employment sector with high demand. One such sector is nursing and Baker College in Clinton Township announced yesterday a new degree to prepare applicants for a career in nursing.

A four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program will replace their existing Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program beginning this fall, according to the announcement. The change from a two-year to a four-year program is based on anticipated needs and the growing healthcare industry.

“The move to the higher level degree was the result of extensive research and consultation with area health care professionals, including our clinical partners and advisory committee,” said Donald R. Torline, Baker College of Clinton Township president.

Baker is not the only college that has had an emphasis on nursing and healthcare programs. Macomb Community College, also in Clinton Township, and Rochester College in Rochester Hills have emphasized healthcare programs for several years.

But the two-year degrees offered by the Macomb Community College and Baker College were associate's degrees while the degree at Rochester College is a bachelor's degree.

“The trend of employers preferring nurses who have earned bachelor’s degrees is clear. This is definitely in the best interests of our graduates,” said Torline.

In addition to the Clinton Township campus the program will be offered at Baker’s sites in Cadillac and Muskegon. Because the program is new and was not announced until yesterday there is no waiting list. However it is anticipated, according to the college, that demand for the program will be heavy.

Baker College of Clinton Township Nursing Program Director Karen Grobson said the program will be limited to 80 students, 40 in the spring semester and 40 in the fall semester of each year.

How to apply for nursing programs in Macomb County:

  • To take advantage of the nursing program at Baker College of Clinton Township, contact the admission office at (586) 791-3000 or Annette.Looser@baker.edu.
  • Applications for the four-year degree at Rochester College are taken online up to June 1 for the Fall, 2014 semester.
  • The two-year program at Macomb Community College is limited to 40 students per cohort and the deadline there is February 15. To apply at Macomb, click here.

Sources: Baker College, Macomb Community College, and Rochester College.

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