Orbis Education, a leader in healthcare education solutions and Utica College, a nonprofit institution based in Utica, N.Y., have launched a new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in Miramar, Fla. The ABSN program, already offered in Tampa Bay, Fla. and Syracuse, N.Y., will address the state’s growing nursing shortage by providing quality nursing education to more students in a short amount of time.

Utica College’s accelerated nursing program offers qualified students the chance to transition their college credit or non-nursing degrees to nursing and earn a B.S. in Nursing in 16 months. Developed in partnership with Utica College, the program combines online courses with experience in a soon-to-be-developed skills lab in Miramar and clinical rotations at healthcare facilities in South Florida.

“As the need for nurses increases in our community, it is our responsibility to keep up with that demand through more quality educational options,” says Dr. Laura Casamento, Utica College President. “Our Accelerated B.S. in Nursing program allows more qualified students the opportunity to earn a quality nursing degree so they can begin their careers and serve in their communities as soon as possible.”

Utica College’s ABSN programs offer three starts per year and are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education. The first start in Miramar is scheduled for August 2018.