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New Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs – October 2019

The University of Arkansas, Beal College, the University of Central Florida, Georgia Southern University, Marquette University, and Saint Leo University, are among the schools that have recently announced the launch of new online bachelor’s degree programs. These new programs include two online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs, as well as online bachelor’s in diversity studies, information technology, strategic communication, and emergency management programs.

University of Arkansas – Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN-to-BSN) Program

The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas (U of A) recently added a new option for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who would like to become Registered Nurses (RNs) by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The new program track joins U of A’s existing online RN-to-BSN program and is designed for LPNs who have a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience. The 120-credit LPN-to-BSN program offers all of its didactic coursework online and allows students to complete clinical placements in their geographic area. Students can graduate from the program in two to three years provided they enter the program having already completed a recommended 48 credits of undergraduate general education coursework, including courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, mathematics, history, social science, and English composition. The program has fall and spring start dates and offers courses in eight-week modules.

Beal College – Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) Program

Beal College, a private, non-profit school located in Bangor, ME, is expanding its bachelor’s degree options this fall with the introduction of a new online program for Registered Nurses (RNs) who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The RN-to-BSN program is designed to accommodate working RNs through a flexible structure that allows students to enroll in courses six times per year and complete their degree in as few as 14 months. In addition to coursework in pathophysiology, bioinformatics, population health, and evidence-based nursing practice, the program offers RNs the opportunity to study holistic approaches to healthcare, including acupuncture, aromatherapy, and Reiki.

University of Central Florida (UCF) – Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interdisciplinary Studies (Diversity Studies) and Online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) in Integrative General Studies

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has added two new bachelor’s programs to its growing slate of online undergraduate degree programs: an online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interdisciplinary Studies – Diversity Studies Track program; and an online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) in Integrative General Studies program. The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major at UCF is designed to allow students to tailor their degree by taking courses in a variety of subjects, and the Diversity Studies Track allows students to choose two curricular concentrations from among 18 focus areas, including American Indian Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Global Sociology, American Studies, Global Peace and Security, and Women and Gender Studies.

The 120-credit Integrative General Studies (IGS) program is designed for students who have completed 75 credits of prior undergraduate coursework and who are interested in finishing their bachelor’s degree requirements by taking courses in a variety of disciplines. Students in the program take two core courses in the IGS major – Contemporary Issues in Leadership, and a Senior Seminar – and can choose from additional online bachelor’s-level courses in a range of academic disciplines, including anthropology, criminal justice, history, political science, sociology, and psychology.

Georgia Southern University – Online Bachelor of Information Technology Program

Georgia Southern University is currently accepting applicants for a new online Bachelor in Information Technology program that will commence in January of 2020. The 124-credit program, which is being offered through the University of Georgia System’s eCampus initiative in conjunction with Georgia Southern’s Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing, provides foundational coursework in information technology infrastructure, computer operating systems, and database design. Students in the program can choose from one of two concentrations: Data Science, and Cybersecurity.

Marquette University – Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Strategic Communication Program

This fall, Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, launched its first fully online undergraduate degree program: an online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Strategic Communication program. The program is designed for high school graduates who have been in the workforce for five or more years and who want to advance in an applied strategic communication field, such as media relations, public affairs, or corporate communication. Students in the program, which is offered through Marquette’s Diederich College of Communication, must complete a 30-credit Marquette Core Curriculum and 12 additional general education requirements, as well as 48 credits in the Strategic Communication major and 30 credits of general electives. The Strategic Communication major includes coursework in media writing, social media analytics, international advertising, public relations, branding, and crisis communication. Courses are offered seven times per year in eight-week modules.

Saint Leo University – Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Emergency Management Program

Saint Leo University, a private, non-profit school in St. Leo, FL, has begun accepting applicants for a new online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Emergency Management program that will enroll its first cohort of students in January of 2020. Offered through Saint Leo’s College of Education and Social Services, the 120-credit Emergency Management program is designed for high school graduates with experience working in law enforcement, fire safety, utility systems, or a related field. The core of the Emergency Management major is nine courses that cover emergency management planning, disaster response and recovery, community risk reduction, and leadership in emergency services. The program has a Fire Services specialization featuring four additional courses that focus on the management and administration of first safety and response services.


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