Excelsior College, National Association for Hispanic Nurses renew educational partnership

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The National Association for Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and Excelsior College today announced a renewal of their academic partnership.

Under this agreement, association members and their spouses or domestic partners are eligible for reduced tuition and fees for associate and bachelor degree programs in the School of Nursing, as well as undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, Public Service and Business and Technology.

“By renewing our corporate membership with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Excelsior College can continue to support NAHN’s commitment to providing access to education, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. Likewise, the long-standing educational partnership between NAHN and Excelsior reduces financial barriers for both NAHN members and their spouses that choose to enroll in an Excelsior degree program,” said Chris Normile, healthcare partnership manager at Excelsior College. “The College’s School of Nursing is proud to offer accredited online associate, bachelor, and master degree nursing programs that produce graduates who positively influence nursing care and patient outcomes.”

Excelsior College is an accredited, nonprofit college that specializes in serving the needs of working adults. It provides flexible means for its students – average age of 37 – to earn their degrees through the use of a combination of prior earned credit, Excelsior’s online courses and credit-by-exam program, and evaluated industry and military training programs. In fact, Excelsior College’s largest academic program is the associate degree program in nursing with over 16,000 enrolled students.

Admission to Excelsior’s associate degree program in nursing is open to licensed practical nurses, paramedics, and certain classifications of military corpsmen seeking to become a registered nurse. The bachelor’s degree program serves the needs of registered nurses seeking the next level of academic and professional achievement. The School of Nursing also offers a master’s degree program with specializations in Nursing Leadership and Administration of Health Care Systems, Nursing Informatics, and Nursing Education.

Excelsior’s nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and designated a 2011-2016 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing, the third such recognition for the School of Nursing. Excelsior is also home to the Tau Kappa at large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. Excelsior has also been repeatedly named a “Best School” for men in nursing by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.

“We are delighted to be able to continue this partnership with Excelsior College. A part of our mission is to provide opportunities for our members to further their education,” said Celia Besore, executive director for NAHN. “It is wonderful to be able to count on Excelsior College for the implementation of these partnership programs.”

Commenting on the agreement, Excelsior College’s School of Nursing dean, Dr. Mary Lee Pollard, said “Being able to foster valuable partnerships with organizations like NAHN is reassuring in that we are actively pursuing our mission of access and providing opportunities for adult students to advance their nursing education and improve patient outcomes.”

For more information on the partnership, including benefits and available degrees, employees and media can visit the NAHN partnership page at www.nahn.excelsior.edu.

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The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
NAHN is actively involved in issues affecting Hispanic nurses and the health of Hispanic communities on local, state, regional and national levels. The organization is committed to work toward providing equal access to education, professional and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses and to improving the health and nursing care for Hispanic consumers.

Excelsior College

Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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