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Name change for nursing degree approved

May 3, 2005

KALAMAZOO--To the general public, the news media and in most printed materials, it's known as a bachelor of science degree in nursing. And now, it will be called by the same name at the Western Michigan University Bronson School of Nursing.

Acting at its April 22 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees changed the degree name from a "bachelor of science with a major in nursing" to a "bachelor of science in nursing" or BSN degree.

The change is in keeping with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the accrediting body for colleges and schools of nursing. The commission reports that the vast majority of nursing colleges and schools award the BSN rather than a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts with a major in nursing. Of the 17 baccalaureate programs in Michigan, only WMU and Andrews University conferred a bachelor of science degree with major in nursing rather than a BSN. The move, which becomes effective with fall 2005 nursing graduates, puts WMU in line with most other nursing colleges and schools.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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