Fayette, Iowa (January 22, 2007) – Upper Iowa University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program began Friday, Jan. 19 on the Fayette campus. The registered nurses enrolled in the program were welcomed by UIU President Dr. Alan Walker and other key university personnel at an orientation luncheon.
"You are all to be commended for taking the next step to enhancing the quality of your careers through higher education," said Dr. Walker. "We look forward to expanding our nursing program and curriculum in the future to include all aspects of nursing education and training, but having this program mark the beginning of Upper Iowa’s sesquicentennial year makes it even more exceptional."
Dr. Margaret Wimmer, associate professor of nursing and director of nursing education at Upper Iowa said, the timing is right. She said, "Advancing nurse education is important to everyone because research shows quality patient care depends on having enough highly educated nurses. Upper Iowa University has developed a program that builds skills to address the workforce shortage today and create leaders for tomorrow." Upper Iowa has not had a nursing program on campus since the early 80’s.
Upper Iowa University's nursing program requires the successful completion of 11 courses totaling 35 credit hours. The bachelor’s degree requires the completion of a total of 120 semester hours, including transfer credit and credit for coursework completed at Upper Iowa. Applicants must present a RN license, CPR certification and a GPA of 2.5 or higher, among other qualifications, for admission.
For more information about Upper Iowa’s nursing program curriculum and admission criteria, visit www.uiu.edu or call 800-553-4150, ext. 2 to speak with an admissions counselor.