Kennesaw State University receives funds for accelerated nursing program

Kennesaw State has received $270‚000 in state funds to step up its efforts to combat the…

Georgia (Jul 10, 2002) — Kennesaw State University receives funds for accelerated nursing program



Kennesaw State has received $270‚000 in state funds to step up its efforts to combat the critical shortage of health−care professionals in the state of Georgia. The dollars will be used to fund the first year of an accelerated program to produce registered nurses.

KSU will be one of 13 institutions in the University System of Georgia to participate in the new "ICAPP Health Professionals Initiative." This $4.55 million initiative is a part of the University System's Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP) − the ICAPP Advantage Economic Development program.

"This new accelerated nursing program is designed to enroll motivated students and move them rapidly from other career fields into the field of nursing to respond to the critical shortage‚" said Kennesaw State University's Dean of the College of Health and Human Services Richard Sowell. "While we have moved up the time−frame in this program‚ we will still maintain high−quality academic standards and student performance."

KSU nursing graduates consistently have ranked high in passing rates on the NCLEX −− national nursing exam. "KSU currently has one of the highest passing rates in the system. We expect for students coming out of this new program to continue doing well‚" said Dean Sowell.

The new program looks to enroll 40 students for fall 2002. Compared to a typical 30−month nursing program‚ the accelerated program runs 16 months and requires intensive classroom and clinical training. Students entering the program will benefit from clinical experience with one of KSU's four health−care partners in this effort. They include WellStar Health Systems Inc. in Cobb County; and Emory Cartersville Medical Center‚ Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center in Floyd County.

"While we have been long−time partners with WellStar hospital in Cobb County‚ we look forward to our work and partnership with northwest Georgia in the Rome area‚" said Sowell.

Following the successful ICAPP Advantage workforce development model‚ participating health−care employers have committed to providing jobs for program graduates. Work cancelable loans of up to $7‚500 may be available to eligible students through the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

Candidates interested in the new accelerated nursing program should possess a Bachelor of Science degree in another field from an accredited institution and meet other entrance standards. For more information contact KSU's Chair of the School of Nursing Dr. David Bennett‚ 770−423−6061.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100 from 118 countries‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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