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Milligan introduces RN to BSN program in Kingsport

labMILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (July 31, 2013) — Milligan College will offer a new adult degree completion program in Kingsport for registered nurses (RN) who want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Offered at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE), Milligan’s accelerated RN to BSN program is uniquely designed to accommodate the schedule of RNs who want to complete their BSN while working full time.

The program requires students to be in class on the KCHE campus only one day per week and will provide students with individual advising sessions to guide them through the curriculum.

The college is now accepting applications for the first cohort, which begins in January 2014.

“The format of this accelerated program makes it possible for RNs to earn a BSN conveniently, affordably and with the personalized attention that students have come to expect from the faculty at Milligan,” said Dr. Melinda Collins, chair of Milligan’s nursing program. “There is an increasing demand for RNs prepared at the baccalaureate level, and our program will help nurses to seamlessly continue their education while they work.”

The BSN degree is preferred by most nursing leaders and provides the best opportunities in today’s job market, including one of the highest starting salaries in any field. A BSN is a requirement for many positions and is an entry point for graduate studies, nurse practitioner and nurse anesthetist programs.

Milligan’s RN to BSN program is designed for adults who have completed 27 or more semester hours of college credit and are employed as an RN. The curriculum will be delivered over five semesters of full-time study through a combination of face-to-face, online and hybrid (a mix of online and face-to-face) courses. Completing the major takes approximately 19 months. Students also may formulate a part-time curriculum plan with the assistance of their academic adviser.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to offer Milligan’s RN to BSN curriculum in a way that will make it easier for registered nurses to advance their education,” Collins said.

This program will be offered at KCHE pending the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Please check www.milligan.edu/kingsport for the most recent update and status.

The RN to BSN program is one of five Milligan programs offered at KCHE, a $12 million, 54,000-square-foot facility that combines the resources of several regional colleges and universities under one roof. Other programs include undergraduate, graduate and executive certificate programs in business administration/operations, as well as an undergraduate degree program in early childhood education. KCHE is located at 300 West Market Street in Kingsport.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13, Milligan will host two free information sessions at KCHE. The 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. lunch session and 4:30-6:30 p.m. dinner session are opportunities for prospective students to learn more about Milligan’s graduate and professional studies programs at KCHE, including the RN to BSN. Registration is not required, but is requested. To register, visit www.milligan.edu/kingsport.

For more information about the RN to BSN program, contact Jennifer Duran at 423.461.8424. To learn more about KCHE, call Milton Carter at 423.354.5523.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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