CMU to offer online nursing degree program

Students soon will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing through a new online program offered at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

The CMU Board of Trustees approved a contract with Academic Partnerships to market and deliver the program.

Students who’ve already earned an associate of applied science degree in nursing and those licensed as practical nurses will be eligible to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing online.

The starting date hasn’t yet been set, but the program should be available within six months, said Rick Taggart, executive director of marketing and student recruitment at CMU.

CMU offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing through a traditional, semester-based online format. But the new program will allow students to complete coursework on their own schedules. Additional degree programs with online courses are planned.

Academic Partnerships works with more than 40 public universities in the United States in delivering online degree programs. Under the agreement with CMU, Academic Partnerships will market the program and staff a call center to enroll, support and retain students.

The company will work with CMU faculty to design the online degree program and develop best practices for delivering the program.