Kaplan University’s slogan, “a different school of thought,” certainly defines the approach of this on-line educational institution and its flexible nursing program.
About the University
Offering the ultimate flexibility, Kaplan’s fully-accredited 125 programs include both online and on-ground class options. While Kaplan’s headquarters and its main campus are in Davenport, Iowa, an additional 11 campuses and learning centers can be found in Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Kaplan has roots in the American Institute of Commerce, an adult-learning institution founded in 1937.
With 29,000 alumni, KU claimed 75,000 online and campus-based students for the 2010-2011 school year. Kaplan’s innovative student-centered approach comes through in its program structures and flexible scheduling options as well as its new “Kaplan Commitment,” by which students can begin taking classes for a 5-week trial period, owing nothing but their $45 application fee, if they decide not to enroll.
In addition to its regular certificate and degree programs, Kaplan has branched out into tuition-free virtual middle school and high schools as well as a “career institute,” which helps provide externship opportunities with various employers. Kaplan is also a member of the Washington Post Family, which publishes The Washington Post and Newsweek magazines. While no general academic requirements seem to be required, there are many technological requirements, including a PC or Mac with at least 10 GB free hard drive space, Microsoft Office 2003 or a more recent version, updated antivirus and antispyware, a dedicated internet connection 128 Kbps or faster, and AOL Instant Messenger.
About the Nursing Program
While the main selling point for Kaplan’s nursing program is its flexibility, other benefits include teaching faculty who currently work in their fields and a community health care focus. Professional leadership is also encouraged within the program, which includes classes on research, health assessment, and informatics. In addition to on-line or on-campus classroom training, Kaplan’s nursing program does include guided patient care experience in students’ own communities.
School of Nursing Dean Sheila Burke has her BSN from a traditional school, Rush University, but her MSN and MBA are both from the University of Phoenix. In addition to functioning as Assistant Dean of Faculty at Kaplan, she has vast experience in health care education as well as over 15 years of nursing experience. However, none of that experience is hospital-based; instead, it’s focused on home care and hospice.
Kaplan’s RN-to-BSN completion program is a bargain, at $315 per credit hour, totaling under $29,000 for the required 91 credits.
For More Information
If you’re interested in finding out more about Kaplan University’s School of Nursing, you can request a live chat or more information at their website.