ASUMH honored the first class of graduates from its Registered Nursing - Distance program on December 4, 2013. The program is designed for LPN and Paramedic students who wish to move to a Registered Nursing degree. The inaugural class of 19 students started the program in January of 2013. Graduates were recognized for having 60 years of combined work experience in health-related fields.
The RN - Distance program at ASUMH is unique, says Dr. Julia Gist, Division Chair of Health Sciences/Director of Nursing at ASUMH, for a number of reasons. "This program is tailored for the working student's schedule. It is also one of the few paramedic programs to transition to RN this quickly," said Gist. Students can complete the program in just 11 months, once all prerequisites are completed. "Each week, students meet one evening and also complete 8-20 hours of clinical work. Much of the theory content is delivered through distance education methods. Additionally, we give students credit for prior learning and experience," added Gist. ASUMH students in the program have completed clinical requirements at various facilities in the Twin Lakes area including Baxter Regional Medical Center, Mountain Home Surgery Center, Community Medical Center of Izard County, Fulton County Hospital, North Arkansas Medical Center, Mercy Hospital Berryville and St. Bernard's Medical Center.
Twenty four students have been accepted into the second class of RN-Distance program students at ASUMH and they will begin classes in January 2014. The next application period for the program will open August 1, 2014.
Learn more about the program by calling Sarah Smith at (870) 508-6266 or online at http://asumh.edu/programs/lpnparamedic-to-rn-bridge.dot
Pictured are graduates Kayla Alkire, Tosha Applegate, Josh Arnold, Martha Dill, Virginia Edwards, Tracie Gilliland, Monica Gower, Jeremy Gunn, Misty Hughes-Jackson, Gary Lambert II, Rachel Langmaid, Peggy McCullough, Melissa Melton, Olice Moore, Zachary Reed, Jennifer St. Clair, Phillip Taylor, Amanda Holland Vitense, Lrae Wintercorn.