In October 2012, the Colorado Board of Nursing approved Adventist University’s Denver site to begin a Generic Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (GBSN) program.
The first students will begin the four-year program in fall 2013.
The approval process took approximately three years of researching, developing curriculum, and altering the program to comply with the regulations of the Colorado Board of Nursing. All of the nursing professors at the Orlando campus also had to obtain licensure to teach in Colorado.
Up to 24 students will be admitted annually and clinical opportunities will be available for them at the local Adventist hospitals.
“Clinical spots for nursing students are characteristically at a premium nationwide, but our relationship with the Adventist hospitals in Denver has opened these doors for us,” said Jan Preston, chair of the Department of Nursing.
The Denver site is located at Porter Adventist Hospital and is an extension of the Orlando campus. Classes there are taught with a two-way video conferencing system that allows for real-time, interactive classroom experience between students and professors in Denver and students and professors in Orlando.
Adventist University opened the Denver site in 2009 at the request of Adventist Health Systems’ four Denver-area hospitals, which sought qualified, mission-oriented healthcare professionals.
In addition to the new GBSN program, the Denver site already offers accredited sonography and radiography programs, and general education classes from the Orlando campus via video-conferencing.
Ruben Martinez, vice president of operations, said the new program is a great chance for the University to continue expanding. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to extend the reach of our program to the mountains of Colorado.”
-by Sarah Crowder