Carroll introduces 15 month accelerated nursing program

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 22:30:06-05

HELENA — Carroll College has announced a new accelerated nursing program that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s in nursing in only 15 months.

The accelerated program will offer roughly 60 credits, and it is only available to students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree( in any field).

“This is an opportunity for Carroll College to reach out to adult learners who want to come back and become a nurse,” said said John Cech, Carroll College president.

According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, health care is the fastest growing economic sector in the state. There are approximately 17,300 RNs in Montana and 14 percent are expected to retire in the next ten years.

“Healthcare, nursing in particular, across the country is facing tremendous shortages,” said Cech. “These are jobs that are in high demand and they’re very well paid jobs. I think it's a great opportunity for someone looking for career advancement.”

The Montana Board of Nursing approved the expansion of Carroll’s nursing program on Jan. 15. 20 spots will be available for the inaugural class, which will graduate in August 2021.

Interested students can find more information on Carroll’s website. Applications are due March 20, 2020.

Carroll is also wrapping up the remodel of the holistic lab and nursing offices at the College.

The new classrooms are designed to create a realistic environment similar to that of a hospital.