Northern Arizona University (NAU) has secured approval from the Arizona State Board of Nursing to expand its accelerated nursing program to the North Valley campus in Phoenix. The 12-month Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program, designed for students with existing bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing, will provide more opportunities for aspiring nurses to enter Arizona’s workforce, which is in dire need of their skills.

This expansion follows the recent announcement of a $6.4 million state-funded grant awarded to NAU’s School of Nursing. A portion of this grant will fund full-tuition scholarships for students enrolled in the ABSN program for the summer 2023, fall 2023, and spring 2024 admission cycles at the North Valley campus. In return for the scholarship, recipients must commit to working as registered nurses in Arizona for four years.

“NAU is on the forefront of tackling our extreme nursing shortages. The expansion of our accelerated nursing program to North Valley is one example of how we are working to get more well-prepared nurses from all backgrounds into the Arizona communities that desperately need them,” says Janina Johnson, executive director of NAU’s School of Nursing, who emphasized the university’s dedication to addressing the state’s nursing shortages.

Situated off I-17 and 28th Avenue, the North Valley campus boasts a state-of-the-art simulation and skills lab center. Applications for the summer 2023 ABSN program are now open.

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