The University of Northern Iowa will launch a bachelor of science in nursing program in the fall of 2024, according to a news release from UNI officials.
The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a proposal from UNI to proceed with the planning, development and implementation of the new nursing program.
“Long-term projections by Iowa Workforce Development indicate that registered nurses represent the top employment need in the state that will require a four-year baccalaureate degree,” said Mark Nook, president of UNI. “Research also indicates that health care, and specifically nursing, is the most in-demand field of study among Iowa students seeking a four-year degree.”
UNI anticipates introducing an executive director of nursing and chief academic nurse administrator in the near future. This individual will play a strategic role in developing a cutting-edge curriculum and assisting the university in obtaining state and national accreditation. This leader also will assist in developing strategic community partnerships with clinical experience providers and future employers of program graduates.
UNI joins fellow Iowa Regent institutions at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University in offering a bachelor of science in nursing degree program.