MDC Partners with Jackson on New RN-BSN Program Miami Dade College’s acclaimed Benjamin León School of Nursing achieved a new triumph, thanks to a partnership with Jackson Health System. Starting this fall, licensed registered nurses (RNs) employed by Jackson Heath Systems have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree through its first on-site RN-BSN program, offered in conjunction with MDC. “Working nurses can now effectively complete courses at their places of employment,” said Dr. Richard Prentiss, interim president of Miami Dade College, Medical Campus. “This gives them the opportunity to enhance their education and knowledge base as employees of the Public Health Trust.” The part-time,125- credit program is broken down into five, two-course semesters, a pace that will allow nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in 18 months while remaining employed. Currently, 50 percent of the nursing staff at Jackson hold a bachelor’s degree; the goal is to raise that number to 80 percent by 2020.
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