Collaborative nursing program advances careers, feeds demand; OT & PT pull rank


Nursing-12The schools of nursing at the University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College are collaborating on a new program—the only one of its kind in the state—that will make it faster, more convenient, and less expensive for students to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Set to launch this fall, the new ASN/BSN Concurrent Enrollment Program will enable students to earn a bachelor’s degree in just three years. Students will take three key nursing courses through UIndy while still in the second year of Ivy Tech’s two-year Associate of Science in Nursing program. The UIndy courses will be available online or in a hybrid online/face-to-face format with class meetings at Ivy Tech’s Fairbanks Center for Health Professions on the city’s northeast side. Tuition is charged at low evening rates, and students are eligible to apply for tuition vouchers through the state’s WorkOne Centers. After completing the ASN requirements and passing the licensing exam required to work as a registered nurse, a student will be able to obtain the BSN degree with just two additional semesters of clinical nursing courses.

Nurses are in high demand and will be for the foreseeable future, said Anne Thomas, dean of the UIndy School of Nursing. Nursing schools are working to produce more graduates to meet the need fueled by the aging population of baby boomers and the aging nursing workforce. Currently, the United States has an estimated 100,000 job openings in nursing.The new program essentially allows Ivy Tech nursing students to join the RN-to-BSN program that UIndy already offers online, on campus, and through partnerships with local hospital systems. The University’s other programs include a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and several Master of Science in Nursing specialties.

School of Occupational Therapy ranks No. 3 in national survey

UIndy’s School of Occupational Therapy ranks third nationally in new student survey results from the website Students used a 10-point scale to score programs according to 15 criteria. UIndy’s Occupational Therapy degree programs—which include the Master of Occupational Therapy, the postprofessional Master of Health Science, and the Doctor of Health Science—also received Top 10 ratings in four key categories: Career Support (#5), Financial Aid (#2), Educational Quality (#7), and Quality of Network (#6).

The University’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy also ranks in the Top 10 nationally according to Its Physical Therapy programs—which include the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree as well as postprofessional programs—ranked fifth overall and in the Top 10 in four key areas: Faculty Accessibility & Support (#1), Grad Program Value (#1), Career Support (#8), and Financial Aid (#6). UIndy produces more occupational and physical therapists than any other institution in Indiana. Both schools are housed in UIndy’s College of Health Sciences.