Inaugural Class of Second Degree, Part-time BSN Track Graduates

Second-degree, part-time working professional BSN track students

By brittany sylvestri | 8/10/2021

Due to a critical nursing shortage, Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing launched a second-degree, part-time track in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at FAU’s Davie campus to meet the growing need for registered nurses in South Florida and the nation. The first class of graduates from the program will earn their degrees on Tuesday, August 10 at 12:15 p.m.

The innovative six-semester track is the only one of its kind in Florida. It prepares working professionals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in another discipline, as professional nurses who are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) to secure licensure as a registered nurse.

“I am so proud to be among the first cohort of this program,” said graduate Edwouitte Noel. “The experience I’ve gained in the program will stay with me forever. Having the opportunity to participate in the program part time allowed me to achieve something I originally didn’t think possible.”

The cohort of 86 graduates includes inductees into Sigma, the Global Nursing Honor Society, Florida Blue funded Scholars, and federally funded Caring-Based Academic Practice (CAPE) Scholars in primary care.

“We are extremely pleased with the outstanding accomplishments of this inaugural graduating class of the working professional BSN track and the exceptional leadership of our director, Kyndall Prichard, Ph.D., the faculty and staff,” said Karethy Edwards, Dr.PH, associate dean for academic programs in FAU’s College of Nursing.

Features of the program include a dedicated state-of-the-art education facility on FAU’s Davie campus, clinical experiences in Broward County, and a dedicated program adviser who guides the students in the working professional BSN track with the same sequence of classes and educational support from admission to graduation.

The College of Nursing received assistance from FAU’s College of Business executive education team, led by Sybil Alfred, to provide concierge operations for students. The concierge service is a full-service, all-inclusive BSN track specifically designed for those who have busy personal and professional commitments, as well as those who prefer the convenience of a full-service, structured cohort program.

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