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Are State Favoring Nurses with BSN’s?

Jennifer Matton of Abington, PA had to carve time out of her busy schedule to go back to school for the 3rd time to obtain her BSN. Matton, a mother of four boys and a registered nurse (RN) at Abington Memorial Hospital, noticed a trend of hospitals preferring nurses with BSNs versus RNs.

Hospitals in New York and New Jersey are starting a quiet trend as talks of possibly passing legislation that will require nurses to have a bachelor in nursing have been brewing. The law, nicknamed “BSN-in-ten,” has yet to be enforced or finalized however, some hospitals have already implemented that requirement in their hiring process. The legislation states that current registered nurses in those states are given 10 years to return to school and obtain their degrees in order to keep their licenses and practices.*

The push for this act started back in 1974 and was approved in 1985 however, due to many objections, implementation of the act stalled. The main argument against this legislation is that experience overpowers classroom learning. Also, that due to the shortage of registered nurses and hospital schedule demands; it would be a hard requirement to enforce.

Matton believes in this requirement due to the importance of the required decision making of her profession.

“It blows me away how much influence nurses have on serious treatment decisions,” Matton said. “After going back to school, I think more critically about what we’re doing, and I have a better understanding of why we’re doing it.”*

This trend may carry across the U.S. as cities in Rhode Island and Long Island are considering to follow in New York and New Jersey’s footsteps. Matton decided to go back to school to obtain her BSN after noticing the trend that hospitals prefer to hire nurses with higher degrees. Regardless if this law is enforced in your state or not, knowing that hospitals prefer a nurse with a higher degree, wouldn’t you like to gain an edge with an advance degree? Contact us to find out how.

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*BSN-in-10 act will require nurses to obtain a BAN in 10 years. (Source: http://www.nursezone.com, 01/2012).

*Jennifer Matton returned to school for the 3rd time to obtain her BSN and quote from her. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com, 06/2012).

*Rhode Island and Long Island are considering applying the BSN-in-10 act in their cities (Source: http://news.nurse.com, 03/2011)

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Unitek College Welcomes Veterans Back to School

There were many reasons why Lannel De Los Reyes chose to pursue a nursing career. The most compelling reason was watching her dad suffer through rheumatoid arthritis and gout. She decided to dedicate her life to helping others.

“It just motivated me to become a nurse and take care of people, especially my loved ones,” Reyes said.

Reyes served six years active duty with the Air Force and decided to use her GI Bill to attend Unitek College’s Vocational Nursing program in Fremont, CA. Her ultimate goal is to graduate with a Bachelor in Nursing (BSN) and return to the military.

In the same nursing classroom sits another fellow Air Force veteran, Grecia Benitez. One of Benitez’s motivations to enlist into the Air Force directly out of high school was the educational benefits. After completing 5 years of service, Benitez was ready to start on her career path. During an open house tour at Unitek College, she found the start of her nursing career with the Vocational Nursing program.

Benitez’s plan after college is slightly different from Reyes’s.  While Benitez does not shy away from the idea of returning to the military, she is currently focused on completing the Vocational Nursing program and continuing on to become a Registered Nurse through Unitek College’s LVN to RN bridge program. After finishing school, Benitez plans to either pursue a nursing career in a hospital or rejoin the Air Force.

Benitez and Reyes share both a dedication to their country and a desire to achieve higher learning. The Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI bill, amongst other Veterans Assistance (VA) benefits, reward veterans for their service and allow them to pursue higher education.  Although many institutions have yet to accept VA benefits, Unitek College made accepting VA benefits a top priority to make quality education available to America’s returning vets.

The majority of healthcare training programs offered by Unitek College are VA approved. “Unitek College is 100% committed to assisting our dedicated service men and women in making a successful transition into civilian life. Our main priority is to help them obtain the necessary education and training that can be parlayed into a lasting and rewarding career. Serving our veterans is a privilege we don’t take lightly.” Navraj Bawa, COO and Executive Vice President, Unitek College stated in a press release.

“If nursing is what you want to do…I would definitely recommend this school”, Benitez said.

Unitek College anticipates growth in enrollments from veterans who are looking to achieve their goals of higher education. This is particularly true with the recent deep budgetary cuts at public schools. Reyes, in advising other veterans said, “Definitely take advantage of your GI bill. That is part of why I joined the military.”

Are you a VA looking to get into the field of nursing?  Unitek College offers Training in Vocational NursingRegistered Nursing (LVN to RN), Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN).  Contact us today at 888-735-4355 to see how you can get started on a very rewarding career as a nurse.

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Unitek College Earns the Title of Military Friendly School

Military families are finding more options for higher education at Unitek College of California. G.I. Jobs magazine recently named Unitek College’s Fremont campus to its 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools®. Not every institute of higher education is qualified to be a military friendly school. G.I. Jobs reserves the prestigious title for just the top 15 percent of VA-approved, accredited colleges, universities and trade schools that fully support the G.I. lifestyle.

The school earned its military friendly stripes by providing exceptional educational programs and superior financial assistance for qualified U.S. service veterans and spouses. Unitek College is a nationally accredited school and particularly well-suited to military lifestyles.

Specific Unitek College courses directed to veterans and G.I.s would include Medical Assistant (MA), Pharmacy Technician (PT), Vocational Nurse (VN), Registered Nurse (LVN to RN), LVN to RN Transitional Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Unitek College also offers training in the areas of Accounting, however, this programs is not yet eligible for VA funding.

Veterans looking to complete LVN training or LVN to RN training will find a wealth of educational resources and financial assistance at Unitek College. The school is wholly dedicated to the success of its students. In fact, an astonishing 92 percent of nurses who complete Unitek College’s RN course will also pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) — more than any other non-profit private vocational school in the area.

Abundant G.I. benefits are available to help service personnel and veterans stay in school, and Unitek College is a champion in this field. For example, the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill provides housing and financial support for qualified veterans and their families. Another helpful benefit is the Montgomery G.I. Bill, which provides up to 36 months of financial assistance toward higher education. Military survivors and dependents may benefit from the Dependents Education Assistance program, which can provide up to 45 months of financial funding for eligible students. Additionally, Unitek College proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for G.I.s, wherein tuition monies donated by the school are matched by the Veteran’s Administration.

It is hard to imagine a more supportive environment for military families than Unitek College. Qualified G.I.s and veterans who desire a quality education can find a wealth of on-campus resources, expert guidance and financial assistance there. Unitek College well-deserves its designation as one of the top military friendly schools in the U.S.

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Military Veterans can now get VA Benefits for their Healthcare Training

Military personnel looking to use their VA education benefits by enrolling in college now have another excellent option – Unitek College. The majority of healthcare training programs offered by Unitek College are VA approved. The school provides accredited training in fast-growing careers such as medical assistant, pharmacy technician, licensed vocational nurse, registered nurse and Bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Unitek College Administrators are excited to help veterans meet their educational and career goals once they complete military service. Most military veterans are looking to enter a rewarding career as quickly as possible, which is why Unitek College’s healthcare training programs are ideal. For example, the school’s Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN Program) is designed to be completed in just 11 months. Students also receive employment assistance increasing the chances they will land that dream job.

Unitek College’s healthcare programs are perfect for veterans looking to receive hands-on training. The institution’s programs feature:

  • NCLEX Passing Assistance (for nursing majors)
  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Employment Assistance
  • Hands-On Experience
  • Financial Aid (for those that qualify)
  • Experienced Instructors

 

About VA Education Benefits

There are currently two veteran education benefits programs: the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill. Both programs are designed to assist veterans in achieving postsecondary training through financial assistance.

The Post 9/11 Bill provides tuition coverage up to $17,550 per academic year. In addition, the student receives funding for books, supplies, and housing. The plan separates its payouts to students according to the type of educational expense.

Under the Montgomery GI Bill, qualifying veterans receive benefits dependent on a variety of factors (length of service, education level, etc.) and vary for Active Duty or Selected Reserve. For further information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill, veterans should speak with a military benefits officer or a financial aid professional.

About Unitek College

Unitek College, located in Fremont, California, is a fast-growing leader in providing career training for the pharmaceutical, medical and healthcare fields. The vocational school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Programs offered include medical assisting training, pharmacy technician training, vocational nursing training, registered nursing training, and Bachelor’s degree in nursing. To learn more about VA Education benefits with Unitek College, visit https://www.unitekcollege.edu/financial-aid/veteran-benefits.

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Federal Student Aid Approval for Sacramento & Bay Area Received

Unitek College’s Sacramento campus has received Department of Education (DOE) approval to offer Federal Student Aid to students for all existing programs. This approval opens the door for more students to take advantage of training with fewer financial barriers that previously had left numerous prospective students unable to afford training.

Federal Student Aid loans and grants ensure accessibility, affordability and accountability in higher education. The financial aid options at Unitek College include:

  • Pell Grant
  • Federal Subsidized Loans
  • Federal Unsubsidized Loans
  • Parent Plus Loan

Unitek College’s DOE approval for Title IV Federal Student Aid funding for Sacramento and the Bay Area underscores that it has adhered to and met with stringent criteria that includes proof of financial responsibility, quality of curriculum, accreditation, and state authorization. To apply and qualify for Federal Student Aid funding, Unitek College went through a rigorous application process to meet and surpass all requirements and standards set by the DOE.

Expressing great enthusiasm and pride, Navraj Bawa, COO, Unitek College said, “One of our guiding principles is to provide an opportunity for all students to earn the skills and expertise to scale great heights in their nursing and allied healthcare careers. Obtaining Federal Financial Aid approval for our Sacramento and Bay Area campuses is a momentous occasion for us and the students who will be able to achieve and surpass their dreams of a better future through education.”

The Sacramento and Bay Area campuses offer in-demand healthcare training in Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN), Registered Nursing (RN), and an Online Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). Each of these campus locations feature modern classrooms and labs.

To learn more about Unitek College’s Federal financial aid options, prospective and current students can go online to the financial aid section of the Unitek College portal or speak with Financial Aid Representatives at 888-735-4355.

About Federal Student Aid: Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 covers the administration and management of the United States federal student financial aid programs. The goal of all Title IV programs is to better prepare students for employment and future learning.

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Unitek College Welcomes Oikos Faculty and Students to Fremont

Following the tragic shooting that killed six students and a receptionist at Oikos University in Oakland, the Nursing Training school, Oikos University, is struggling to get its nursing students to resume classes.  The nursing students of the small Christian university are scheduled to resume classes shortly but are understandably still shaken from the shocking event. Many are still traumatized by the events of April 2nd and are fearful of returning to the site where they saw their classmates and friends brutally gunned down in cold blood. To help with the transition of returning to classes, Unitek College has extended an invitation to Oikos University faculty and students to use facilities in its campus in Fremont.

The classes will be conducted by Oikos University faculty. Unitek College’s executive leadership have extended this help to Oikos in an effort to help the faculty and students move forward with their program, and to try and put the tragic shooting behind them. Nav Bawa, COO, Unitek College said “The students and faculty at Oikos University are devastated by this tragedy. We want to do everything we can to help them feel safe, and continue on with their education and careers.”

This is not the first time Unitek College has reached out to students of other institutions. Just this past February, Unitek College administrators assisted students who were victimized by the sudden shutdown of the Institute of Medical Education. Unitek College had reached out to IME’s students and provided guidance and training options to students who had lost all other training options.

The Oikos tragedy shooter and former student, One L. Goh has been formally charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder since the deadly shooting spree that took place on April 2nd. He has yet to enter a formal plea. Oikos’ future is still up in the air, but thanks to partners such as Unitek College, the students can move forward and focus on their future.

News Links on the Oikos Shooting Tragedy

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Classes-Resume-at-Oikos-148535105.html

http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/oikos-university-set-reopen-monday/nMfnd/