Aquinas to phase out associate nursing degree

New bachelor's program to begin fall 2015

Aquinas College announced today a multi-year transition plan for its School of Nursing, under which it will phase out its associate degree track and transition to a bachelor's program.

The School of Nursing will admit two more Associate of Science in Nursing classes this coming August and in January of 2015. Pending approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing, the community-population based bachelor of science in nursing program will be inaugurated in August of 2015.

"Aquinas' residential life program and proposed BSN degree will increase the College's capacity to draw nursing students nationally and extend Aquinas' tradition of educating and forming excellent nurses," according to a statement from the school, whose leaders last fall said they would buy Welch College's campus and begin to add a range of programs.

The associate degree program began at the Catholic Nashville college in 1983 and has graduated more than 1,700 students.

"The excellent, comprehensive training for which Aquinas' School of Nursing is known will continue to impact the lives of many people," said Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, Aquinas' president. "We are delighted about this new initiative and Aquinas College's capacity to be of even greater service to those in need of care."