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Ferris State recognized for its online graduate nursing program, a guide for healthcare students and working nursing professionals, included Ferris State University’s Master of Science in Nursing degree among the 25 best programs in the nation at 21st.


Ferris’ bridge program for registered nurses has concentrations in Nursing Education, Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics, according to MSN program coordinator Stephanie Gustman, an associate professor in the School of Nursing. She said the online curriculum is accessible anytime to accommodate and inform nurses in the field.


“We know these students are adults with jobs and busy lives,” Gustman said. “We strive to be supportive and accommodating in all regards, so they can accomplish their goals while serving in the profession.” cites Ferris’ success in providing a return on investment for MSN Nursing students. Ninety percent advance to a leadership position in the nursing field within six months of graduation. Gustman said Ferris’ Nursing faculty take coursework through a continuous improvement and review process.


“We incorporate information on current healthcare issues as they relate to best outcomes in practice, along with topics related to global health trends as part of our learning,” Gustman said. “Obviously, considerations related to COVID-19 have been a primary focus during these last few years.”


Ferris’ College of Health Professions has entered other initiatives recently to help address workforce demands and nursing shortages. The university signed an affiliation agreement with MedStar, an Illinois-based nonprofit focused on assisting international nursing students to enhance their credentials and receive training to support healthcare workforce development. Also, a third cohort has been added to the university’s five-semester prelicensure Nursing program, so 96 students are accepted annually.

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