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Nursing enrollments jump

Nursing students utilize the simulation lab in the Maureen A. Fay, O.P. Center, located in the former south wing of Lansing Reilly Hall.

There are a lot of new faces at the McAuley School of Nursing this term.

“We’ve been focusing on growing enrollments in all of our programs and we’re seeing some significant results,” says Judith Lewis, School of Nursing associate dean.

The Accelerated Second Degree Option Program, now in its third year, has enrolled 53 students. That’s up from 36 last year and 17 the year before. The prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has 36 new freshmen, compared to 24 a year ago. The sophomore class added 40 transfer students for a total of 63.

Lewis attributes climbing enrollments to a stepped-up recruitment effort and key changes to admission procedures and policies.

“Our faculty and staff have been very involved in the recruitment process and have worked closely with Admissions to make this happen,” says Lewis.

Their efforts have included a monthly information session for prospective students held on campus and hosted by faculty and admissions representatives, and the addition of an Admissions officer dedicated full-time to recruiting prelicensure, Second Degree Option and transfer students. The admissions process also was revamped, including a new online application option.

The School also made it easier for students to transfer as sophomores.

“Previously, students had to have all their prerequisites finished before they could apply to transfer,” explains Lewis. “Now qualified students can be admitted and finish those classes here as UDM students. Just that one change resulted in a significant increase in transfer applications.”