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BSN Degree to be Offered this Fall

July 26, 2012

Averett University is excited to announce that it has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree at its new Riverview Campus.

"We are thrilled with the decision from SACS because it will enable us to fill a workforce need not only in our surrounding region, but throughout the nation," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks. "That the approval was granted with no stipulations or concerns is testimony to the exemplary preparation from our faculty and staff. We could not be more delighted with the outcome."

"This is an exciting time for the Dan River community," said Eric Deaton, chief executive officer at Danville Regional Medical Center. "We are extremely pleased that the program has received approval, and are very grateful for the support of everyone involved in getting this done. As a long-term educator of nurses in our community, we understand the importance of having highly-skilled and educated professionals caring for our patients. We are certain that our partnership with Averett to expand our current RN program to a BSN program will enhance the quality of healthcare in our region for years to come."

The approval from SACS allows the University to begin offering a bachelor of science in nursing degree to registered nurses who already hold an associate degree or diploma from an approved registered nursing program. The first class will launch on Aug. 22.

"Averett takes very seriously its role in raising education attainment levels, and equipping nurses with baccalaureate-level skills is just one more way we see our mission in action," said Dr. Janet Laughlin, vice president for academic affairs.

Since Averett began the approval process it has been working to make its Riverview Campus ready for students. The program has a state-of-the art simulation center that provides nursing students with the opportunity to practice on high-fidelity mannequins. The simulation mannequins include all ages from infants to senior adults and can include additional add-ons for the mannequins like tattoo sleeves and piercings.

"The sim labs are so real they’re excellent for training and education," said Dr. Mary Condon, associate professor. "Students will receive a holistic approach to nursing education based on our information and technology age."

The University is still awaiting approval from the Virginia Board of Nursing to provide a full baccalaureate nursing program for students from entry-level into practice.

For those interested in learning more or if seeking admission, contact Katherine Pappas, regional director of enrollment, at or 800-448-5233.