Florida International Universitys Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Miami is launching a new baccalaureate nursing degree to help medically trained military veterans become civilian nurses.
The FIU Medic-to-Nurse program is designed for U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force medics and U.S. Navy Corpsmen to receive their BSN degree and RN license in approximately 18 months to quickly transition their healthcare skills from military to civilian work settings, according to a news release.
1 of 9 schools to receive funds
FIU is one of nine universities nationwide receiving funds from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration under the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention: Veterans Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing program.
With its $1.3 million grant award, FIU Nursing is developing an accelerated, three-semester program with a goal of enrolling nearly 100 students over the next four years, beginning with a 30-student class in January 2014.
The Medic-to-RN program is part of a push to address a national shortage of registered civilian nurses that is expected to worsen in the next 20 years. Through the program, recent military veterans and current reservists are eligible to qualify for credit for military medical training that may be applied toward the completion of a BSN degree.
The Medic-to-Nurse program was planned with input from students, recent alumni, Reserve Officers Training Corps, and community and faculty military veterans.