With its initial location in Kansas, Midland University have come a long through a number of mergers. It was founded in 1887 under the Evangelical Lutheran Church. About 22 years later, the Midland College, as it was known then, moved from Kansas to Fremont in Nebraska. Here, the college merged with Luther junior college to form what was known as Midland Lutheran College (MLC). Recently, in 2010, the college gained full university status and as such, dropped the name ‘Lutheran’ to become Midland University (MU).
Nursing at Midland University
Nursing at midland university has three major nursing tracks that lead to the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. One of the baccalaureate tracks is a traditional entry level program while the other two are completion programs for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs). Two minor nursing tracks in nutrition and gerontology fulfill some of the requirements of the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree requirements. A certified nursing assistant course is also offered. The Baccalaureate programs are accredited by the National League in Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing. Specific program details are provided below:
Certified Nursing Assistant Course
At Midland University, qualified candidates have the opportunity of starting a nursing career at the most basic point as a nursing assistant. The nursing assistant course takes 76 hours of both classroom and clinical experience to complete. Students earn a certificate in nursing assisting and are entered in the state’s Nurse Aide Registry upon completion of state competency exams.
The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year full time program that prepares entry-level students to become registered nurses. The curriculum consists of 55 nursing major credits and 42 supporting courses which must be taken at Midland. Other credits required for graduation are derived from either of the two minor nursing tracks offered ie Nutrition or gerontology minor credits. Each of the minor tracks consists of 24 credit hours bringing the total number of credits to graduate with a BSN to 121.
As a church affiliated university, the nursing at midland University promotes holistic nursing in bringing wellness, shaping societal structures and moral responsibly in a strong liberal arts foundation. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses.
LPN Connection (LPN-BSN)
This program is specifically designed to meet the career advancement needs of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. The LPN Connection students receives advancement placement after completion of 3 freshman and sophomore level courses. Midland also recognizes all equivalent non-nursing credits of LPN programs. Students enrolled in this program are then required to complete any other remaining supporting courses in addition to all junior and senior level nursing courses required for the BSN at Midland.
Those enrolled for this program must meet their assigned faculty advisor to device a personalized method of covering the courses depending on the number of courses transferred from the LPN program. After completion of the program, students are awarded a BSN degree besides gaining eligibility to apply the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses (RNs).
RN to BSN
The RN to BSN program at Midland University aims at building on prior nursing experience to enable RNs complete a baccalaureate degree. Students are tested in order to receive general education courses while validation procedures are carried out to enable transfer of nursing courses. Once the actual number of transferable credits is determined, the credits are escrowed into the student account and they only take the remaining courses to fulfill the BSN requirements. Again, students come-up with a personalized plan of study depending on the credits received.
The two minors: Gerontology and Nutrition consist of credits that make-up the requirements of the BSN degree. Since there are 55 nursing major and 42 supporting and liberal arts credits, student can choose between the two minors for the remaining credits.
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