Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Department of Nursing will receive almost $1 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for programs assisting veterans seeking Bachelor of Nursing degrees.
The Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is funded by the federal Bureau of Health Professions to help colleges and schools modify BSN programs to meet the special needs of veterans. NCCU will begin by offering additional support services for veterans and allow academic credit for relevant training and experience gained while enlisted.
“This award will help NCCU expand access to the Bachelor of Nursing degree by supporting veterans as they seek professional credentials for transition back into civilian life,” said Dr. Randolph Rasch, interim chairperson for the Department of Nursing.
“There are many veterans who gained valuable nursing skills in the service and would like to continue to work in the medical field. This program will make it easier for them to take the steps they need to do this in an efficient and timely manner.”
The grant funding will be distributed over three academic years - $349,983 in 2015-1016, $308,580 in 2016-2017, and $302,463 in 2017-2018.
Elements of the program will include mentoring, faculty development, and academic and social support services.
Rasch said the funding advances goals set by the Health Resources and Services Administration to create career ladder programs aimed at increasing the participation of veterans in BSN programs to expand the country’s supply of qualified nurses and to increase job opportunities for veterans