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January 09, 2012

Responding to continued demand from people wishing to change their careers, the MGH Institute School of Nursing has launched a second cohort with 85 new students in the 14-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

“National trends suggest that the need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses will continue to grow," said Laurie Lauzon Clabo, PhD, RN, Dean of the School of Nursing. "With the increasing popularity of our accelerated bachelor’s program, we have been forced to turn away a number of highly qualified applicants each year since the program was launched in 2008.

"Adding a second class has allowed us to both provide options for talented candidates who wish to enter nursing and to meet the demands of an aging society with needs for complex, highly skilled care," Dr. Clabo said.

Studies have indicated that the United States currently has a shortage of 100,000 registered nurses.

Gathered in a start-of-the-art interactive classroom at 2 Constitutional Center—the school’s newest building—the new BSN students received their initial introduction of what they can expect throughout the coming months. It includes being placed, within the first month, in their first clinical education setting to work with live patients—far quicker than in other BSN programs. It’s a key component of the MGH Institute Advantage that the school’s more than 1,100 students receive.

Upon graduating in May 2013, the students will be prepared to sit for the licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse. The Class of 2011 had an 87% first-time pass rate, equal to that of the national average.

The next Information Session for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 6 p.m. The deadline to apply to the January 2013 cohort is July 1, 2012.

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