On March 2, 2011, The Missouri State Board of Nursing approved Moberly Area Community College’s expansion to offer the Accelerated Associate Degree Nursing (AADN) program in Kirksville pending completion of an onsite visit. This will allow 10 students to attend the Kirksville program and upon completion, they will be eligible to apply to take the licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse.
According to MACC’s Allied Health Director, Ruth Jones, this approval is an important link to getting Missourians back in the workforce and thus, stimulating the economy which was exactly the goal of the Governor’s Training For Tomorrow Grant that is funding this expansion.
“The Missouri Economic Research Information Center (MERIC) has published a recent report entitled, Missouri Regional Outlook 2008-2018 that lists the top 50 occupations for the Northeast region. Registered Nurses are identified on this list. It is predicted there will be 418 openings for RN’s and the average wage is currently $56,667. Implementing the Accelerated Admissions Option for LPN’s in Kirksville will assist in steadily increasing the number of registered nurses in the Kirksville community. It will also serve as an economic stimulus for this area,” commented Jones.
This exciting new program is extremely technology enhanced and will be delivered with a mix of traditional face-to-face instruction, along with virtual instruction, via the Internet, for the classroom portion of the curriculum. This program is also rich with additional technology such as computer-based simulation mannequins and electronic health record systems. The clinical component will be done in a traditional format with clinical partners throughout the region.
The first cohort of 10 students in Kirksville begins the first week of August. The deadline for admissions is May 30, 2011. Students must have current licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse and must have at least 23 college credits completed prior to the beginning of the August session and 14 of those 23 credits are required classes such as: Human Anatomy, Physiology, General Psychology, and Human Lifespan. A 2.5 cumulative college GPA is required. The start date for this new program is August 1, 2011, and prepares LPN’s to become Registered Nurses in 12 months. Please contact the Allied Health Office for admission packets at 660-263-4100.