Bryant & Stratton College has added a bachelor of science in nursing degree program to its Wauwatosa campus, the college reported last Thursday, Feb. 11.

Beginning this week, students can enroll for the spring 2016 semester, which begins May 4, at the private, for-profit, career college. The new offering will help fulfill the demand for registered nurses with bachelor's degrees in southeastern Wisconsin, the program's director said.

'Employment surveys indicate the need for nurses will increase significantly in the next four years due to current workforce retirements,' said Linda Krueger, dean of nursing at Bryant & Stratton.

Over eight semesters, students will be trained for care in all health care settings, according to a news release from the college. The Wauwatosa campus recently unveiled 'cutting edge' simulation labs that emulate a hospital setting.

'The BSN program is a great option for newly enrolled college students who would like to earn their bachelor's degree in 2 1/2 years compared to many traditional college programs of four years,' said Krueger.

After passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam — the qualifying exam for an entry-level nurse — RNs will be prepared to work in direct contact with patients and collaborate with a health care team. Job responsibilities include assisting and caring for others, recording patient medical histories, examining patients to assess general physical condition and analyzing test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.

The college also offers a practical nursing diploma, an associate degree in nursing, and an RN-to-BSN program for current RNs looking to complete their bachelor's degree.

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