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DelTech to Offer Bachelor's in Nursing

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DelTech, which will offer a bachelor's in nursing degree beginning January 2017. (Photo: DTCC) DelTech, which will offer a bachelor's in nursing degree beginning January 2017. (Photo: DTCC)

DOVER, Del.- Nurses are in demand across the country, and they are increasingly being required to have a bachelor's degree.

Delaware Technical Community College is launching a bachelor's degree program in nursing in January 2017. Its goal is to better prepare students for work in the nursing field.

Bonnie Perratto, chief nursing executive for Bayhealth Medical Center, says they are needed all over the country.

"There is absolutely a need for nursing," she said. "Even though we do very well here at Bayhealth, nurses naturally retire, move away, and they take jobs that are outside the realm of a hospital."

She says they expect 80 percent of their nurses to have at least bachelor's degrees by the year 2020.

The DelTech program will provide students the opportunity to obtain that before they have to go to work.

Kelly Davis, a nursing instructor at DelTech, says there is a difference between what students learn in the associate degree program and what they will learn in the bachelor's degree program.

"The associate degree nurse is very important, as well," she said. "But they are skills-based. So they are based on providing hands-on, bedside care. Whereas the bachelor's prepared nurse is more able to integrate general knowledge with that liberal arts education with nursing knowledge."

Perratto notes this advancement at DelTech is a great success for the nursing field in general.

The associate's degree in nursing program at DelTech will stay the same and continue to be offered to students.

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