Hodges and Nova to improve access to nursing education

Starting this fall, Hodges University and Nova Southeastern University will offer the opportunity for students to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Hodges will provide the pre-requisite courses needed for entry into NSU’s BSN program. Previously, local students interested in the program would have to travel to the NSU campus in Ft. Lauderdale to complete the program.
The Hodges program, an Associate in Health Studies with a Pre-Nursing emphasis, is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in health care professions or to matriculate into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered by Nova Southeastern University. This program is an addition to the on-going agreement that Hodges has with NSU.

The agreement between Hodges University and Nova Southeastern University allows Hodges the opportunity to recommend  up to ten students a year  to be considered for admission to Nova's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Ft. Myers,” said Dr. Carlene Harrison, Dean of the School of Allied Health at Hodges. “The previous agreement with Nova required that students travel to Ft. Lauderdale to complete their nursing degree.  That agreement is still in place so students may be nominated for either the Ft. Myers or Ft. Lauderdale campus of Nova's nursing program.”

Dr. Harrison explains that the course work is tough. “The Hodges students who wish to qualify for the program will have to take all of their science classes here, must earn a “B” or better in those classes, and they must meet general GPA requirements. It’s an excellent program to get in to, but it is very rigorous,” she said.

Nationally, the country has been facing a nursing shortfall for the past decade. Unfortunately, nursing schools do not have enough experienced nurses with advanced degrees to train new students or enough nurses whom students can follow to get the necessary hands-on experience.  That means schools can grow only so much and risk turning away qualified applicants.

“Hopefully, by offering this program to our local students, more will become interested in completing a nursing degree,” said Harrison.

Complete information about this or any of the degree programs at Hodges may be obtained by calling (239) 513-1122 in Naples, or (239) 482-0019 in Ft. Myers.

For more information regarding Nova Southeastern University, contact Ken Ma, Senior Public Relations Coordinator, at (954) 262-5354, or email kennma@nova.edu.

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