Beginning in August, the UNM College of Nursing will launch two technology-based educational programs designed to help advance educational and career opportunities for nurses. The internet courses, which are available anytime, anywhere in the state, are the first complete programs available on-line from UNM.

Registered nurses throughout New Mexico will have the opportunity to obtain their baccalaureate degree in nursing via the internet. The curriculum requires students to spend four days in Albuquerque at the start of the program to complete an introductory course that will prepare them for their internet nursing courses. Faculty at the CON will travel to various regions throughout the state to meet with students to complete clinical assessments and evaluations.

The Master of Science in nursing administration will also be available on-line this fall. All students who are enrolled in the master's program in any specialty concentration will have access to the graduate core courses on-line.

"This exciting new approach brings education to anyone with access to a personal computer and allows greater freedom of choice about completion of course requirements," said Sandra Ferketich, Ph.D., dean of the CON. "Students don't need to free their schedule at any time to attend class. From nurses who balance home and work responsibilities to those who live in remote areas, or those who have constantly changing schedules, the flexibility of on-line is a necessity."

All courses will also be offered at the UNM campus for students in the Albuquerque area. For more information about the on-line options, registration and other opportunities at the CON call 1-800-690-0934 or 272-4223 or visit the website at http://hsc.unm.edu/consg.
Contact: HSC Public Affairs, 272-3322