UI Seeking Students to Apply for Accelerated Nursing Program


The Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Practice program is available for students of any age, with any type of degree, and will be offered in spring 2023.


The University of Iowa is looking for students with various degrees to apply for the new accelerated nursing program for spring 2023 during a national nursing shortage.

Julie Zerwic, dean of UI’s college of nursing, said she thinks the program would be a great way to attract students who may already have the skills they’re looking for, at a time when nurses are indispensable in the labor market.

“There is definitely a need for more nurses. We knew this shortage was happening before the pandemic, so I think the pandemic accelerated that,” Zerwic said.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nursing profession will grow by 9% from 2020 to 2030 due to a shortage of nurses due to factors such as the aging population and workforce and Professional exhaustion.

The Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Practice program is an accelerated, five-semester nursing program that gives students who have entered non-nursing career fields or who have completed different degrees the opportunity to switch majors to become nurse.

Sandra Daack-Hirsch, a professor and associate executive dean at UI’s College of Nursing, said the college hopes to attract students from a wide variety of backgrounds to increase workforce diversity.

Daack-Hirsch said she would be in charge of the application process. She was a teaching assistant for another UI program on which the Master of Science in Nursing is based.

“I was a teaching assistant in the old program, and students who graduated with a different degree and have different experiences bring such richness to the program,” Daack-Hirsch said. “I think they bring a very hands-on perspective to the program.”

The program offered before the Master of Nursing program was a practical master’s program, so it offered students the opportunity to gain more knowledge and insight into the field of nursing.

“This program gives us the opportunity to add a different curriculum to the programs we currently offer, which offers more to students in general,” Zerwic said.

According to the program’s website, after graduating from this course, students will be fully prepared to take the licensure exam.

Although the actual program does not begin until spring 2023, applications for the program are due March 15.

Zerwic said the program will accept up to 48 students at its peak. The current UI nursing program graduates approximately 160 nurses each year.

Zerwic said the admissions deadline was set so early that the overall admissions process was also expedited. This gives students time to obtain any required prerequisites that may not be completed, completed by the time the course begins in January 2023.

Although the pandemic has affected the desire for more nurses, the conversation for this program began in fall 2019 before COVID-19.

“These students will have unique knowledge, insights and experiences to bring not only to the field of nursing, but also to our nursing family,” said Angelina Cotroneo, first-year nursing student at UI. . “I’m excited to see these students on campus next spring.”

Students entering the program must have completed one graduate-level statistics course, eight natural sciences, and three social sciences.

“The reason we are accepting applications so early is to give people who are admitted the opportunity to complete their courses,” Zerwic said.

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