RAMSEY, N.J. -- After receiving approval from The New Jersey Board of Nursing in October, Eastwick College will once again offer a registered nursing associate degree program beginning in January.
"There are a surprisingly limited number of programs in the state that offer accessible, affordable RN training,” said Thomas Eastwick, the college's president. “We’re proud to help meet this demand with our registered nursing degree, which features a focused curriculum and flexible scheduling that allows students to complete the program in as little as 18 months.”
In recent years, registered nursing has seen historic levels of job growth.
The demand for professionals in the field continues to expand, with an increase of 439,300 new jobs expected by 2024 – more than twice the national average for all occupations – and an average annual income of $86,410 in the New York/New Jersey metro area, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Registered nurses' roles in promoting the health and wellness of patients include administering medication, monitoring patient recovery and progress and educating patients and their families on treatments and preventing disease.
More experienced RNs may be responsible for performing patient diagnosis and case management.
For many, becoming a registered nurse serves as the first step toward a career in health care administration or nursing education.
The registered nursing degree program at Eastwick stems from a lengthy history of medical education and training at the college.
In 2014, Eastwick became the first private sector college in the state to offer an associate degree in occupational therapy assisting.
The program has gone on to become one of the college’s most successful, earning accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
Earlier this year, the college also earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs for three of its programs: cardiovascular sonography at Eastwick College Ramsey and Nutley, and surgical technology in Eastwick College Ramsey.
“We’ve earned a large amount of respect among healthcare organizations in the area thanks to the specialized medical programs we’ve developed and our unique training methods,” Eastwick said. “Our students learn in hands-on lab classroom environments, with a curriculum that is focused on the skills and procedures they will need to know in their new careers. As a result, our graduates are frequently praised by employers for being some of their most confident and best prepared new employees.”
To learn more about the college’s RN program, call 201-327-8877 or click here.
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