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Community Health Centers and Western Governors University Partner to Address RN Shortage
Date:9/17/2009

National Association of Community Health Centers to Support Clinical Training for WGU's New Nursing Prelicensure Program

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu, will partner to provide clinical training opportunities as part of WGU's new competency-based bachelor's degree program leading to initial RN licensure. The program, which began in California last July and will launch in Texas next month, combines WGU's online, competency-based academic approach with intensive clinical simulations and clinical practice supervised by onsite clinical coaches serving as WGU adjunct faculty.

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Community Health Centers across the U.S. provide primary care services to 20 million people in America. Like hospitals and other healthcare providers, these centers must address the growing shortage of registered nurses. According to Department of Health and Human Services statistics, there will be more than 1.2 vacant nursing positions by 2014. In addition, nursing schools turn away tens of thousands of applicants each year -- there is an increasing shortage of nurse educators as well as clinical training opportunities.

To develop its new prelicensure degree program, WGU has collaborated with national and state workforce agencies, healthcare foundations, and major hospitals and healthcare providers. Fully accredited and approved by the California and Texas Boards of Nursing, the program is designed to be the first national, online, competency-based bachelor's degree program in nursing (prelicens
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