HCA Methodist Healthcare Joins UT Arlington Academic Partnership Nursing Program

San Antonio and Dallas, TX  September 24, 2012

HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio has launched a new partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses throughout Texas.

Beginning Sept. 24, 2012, HCA Methodist will offer clinical assignments for students in the University’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The program features classroom content delivered online with clinical experiences provided in partner hospitals supervised by UT Arlington faculty. It can be completed in as few as 15 months.

UT Arlington partners with more than two dozen hospitals through its Academic Partnership BSN program, including sites in Arlington, Longview, Beaumont and Dallas. The addition of HCA Methodist marks the first hospital partner in the greater San Antonio area.

“The Academic Partnership BSN program allows UT Arlington to educate nurses in their communities and, in doing so, provides a ready workforce for our hospital partners,” said Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing. “We have been gratified at the response to our approach in addressing the state’s nursing shortage. We are especially proud that the graduates of this program option have licensure pass rates and graduation rates of more than 90 percent and employment success as new RN graduates.”

Continuing a long history of innovation in nursing education, The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing has one of the state’s highest graduation rates in the state, 94 percent for students seeking initial licensure in 2011.

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies has reported that Texas’ demand for full-time registered nurses in 2008 exceeded supply by 22,000. This gap is predicted to increase to 70,000 by 2020. Despite this shortage, Texas nursing schools routinely turn away thousands of applicants due to lack of funding, available faculty and clinical slots. The UT Arlington Academic Partnerships program is helping meet demand and close the gap.

In addition to its array of undergraduate and graduate programs, the UT Arlington College of Nursing recently launched the Professional Nursing Pathways Program to streamline the coursework for community college students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UT Arlington in as little as 13 months in the Academic Partnership RN-to-BSN program.

About UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas. With nearly 33,500 students, it is the second largest institution in the UT System and the sixth largest in Texas. The UT Arlington College of Nursing is one of the largest and most successful nursing programs in the nation with more than 7,500 students in Spring 2012. For more information about the College of Nursing, please visit http://www.uta.edu/nursing/.

About Academic Partnerships
Dallas-based Academic Partnerships works with universities to deliver traditional degree programs online, supporting higher education institutions at all stages of the process. The company is founded by education entrepreneur Randy Best and guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please see http://www.academicpartnerships.com.

Media contact: Sam Friedman, Group SJR for Academic Partnerships, 646.493.1105, sfriedman(at)groupsjr(dot)com

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