Berkeley College Launches Innovative Nursing Degree Program in New Jersey to Accelerate Career Ladder for Licensed Practical Nurses

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
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The School of Health Studies at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, has launched an accelerated program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees in less than three years. The program is the culmination of several years of development in collaboration with Union County College and supported through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives Program. Practical Nurses with active licenses earn 30 credits for their work in the field toward the BSN degree.

“The new BSN and expanded Health Studies program offerings at Berkeley College are providing a premier pathway to career growth in nursing and other health and medical-related fields,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “We see this program as yet another way Berkeley College is promoting economic development in New Jersey and the metropolitan area.”

“With Berkeley College we knew we had a partner who was committed to student success,” said Margaret M. McMenamin, EdD, President of Union County College. “This is an example of an educational career ladder for our students and for the healthcare practitioners of the future.”

“The employment landscape and educational requirements are changing for LPNs,” said Elizabeth Fitzgerald, RN, CCRN, Interim Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies. “This LPN to BSN program gives graduates a more competitive position with more opportunities to excel in the nursing profession.”

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO, National League for Nursing, acknowledged the value of this historic program in New Jersey. “The design and implementation of seamless models that promote academic progression and lifelong learning is vital to meet the national call for a highly educated and competent nursing workforce,” said Dr. Malone.

“The LPN to BSN program affords Licensed Practical Nurses the opportunity to seamlessly transition and advance their education at Berkeley College,” said Josiane Hickson, EdD, RN, Chair, Practical Nurse and Patient Care Technician programs, Berkeley College School of Health Studies. “Due to the fact that industry demand for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses is growing, this program will give nurses a variety of choices for professional experience and growth.”

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is

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