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ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Fortis College in Orange Park has been preparing students for careers in various allied health care fields for 18 years. The campus now has expanded its career education options to include an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.

Fortis College in Orange Park currently is enrolling students for its new Associate Degree in Nursing program with classes starting soon. Additional program starts will occur throughout the year.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program will provide the knowledge and skills to prepare students to sit for the NCLEX licensure exam following graduation and pursue careers as entry-level registered nurses in a variety of clinical and hospital settings. The Associate Degree in Nursing was developed as a hybrid program to give students more options when scheduling their classes.

“Hybrid learning provides students in selected courses the best of both worlds — the ability to study at anytime, anywhere on their courses via the Internet and also have access to both campus and online-based faculty to support their learning,” says Fortis Vice President of Nursing Robert L. Anders, Dr. PH, CS, CNAA, ANEF, FAAN, LTC USA (Ret). “The Fortis hybrid approach also means students will have fewer days on campus, providing more flexibility in achieving their educational goals.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 (Jan. 8, 2014) reports RNs will have the largest projected employment growth nationwide among licensed nurses through 2022 — an increase of 19% or 526,800 positions.

The Florida Center for Nursing anticipates Florida’s nursing shortage will re-emerge as nurses retire or reduce their hours, health care access is extended to more Floridians, and the continued aging of the state’s population heightens the need for more nurses.

The 2014 Demand for Nurses in Florida report (Jan. 2014) notes that vacancies for RNs in the state are trending upward and 90% of hospitals and 85% of skilled nursing facilities hire new graduate RNs. The Center’s forecast of future need for RNs predicts a statewide shortfall of more than 11,000 full-time equivalent RNs in 2015 and in excess of 50,000 by 2025.

“The combination of healthcare reform and improving state and national economies are expected to bring even more changes to the nursing workforce,” notes Orange Park Campus President Wyman Dickey. “Our Associate Degree in Nursing program will help address the anticipated growing need for highly trained registered nurses in Jacksonville and throughout northern Florida in coming years.”

About Fortis College in Orange Park
Fortis College in Orange Park, located at 560 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073, provides career education and training to residents of the greater metropolitan Jacksonville and Clay county area since 1996. Approved for Veterans Training, the school is committed to providing skill training and practical education for careers primarily in allied health and medical fields. Degree and diploma programs include Associate Degree in Nursing, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Office Basic X-ray Technician, Sterile Processing Technician, and Surgical Technology. In addition, the campus offers a degree program in Criminal Justice, along with continuing education courses in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS), Computed Tomography, and Expanded Functions for Dental Assistants. For more information, visit the campus or call 904-269-7086.

About Fortis
A leading post-secondary network of colleges and institutes that engages students in a powerful learning and training experience, Fortis delivers focused individual career education experiences: Your Life. Powered by Learning. The Fortis network offers career-based certificate, diploma and degree-granting programs at more than 40 schools in 15 states. Fortis College and Institute campuses prepare students for careers in healthcare, business and technology and various trades. Fortis also offers online learning platforms for many of its programs. Each Fortis campus is accredited by a nationally recognized body. Program offerings and accreditations vary by campus. Fortis also is affiliated with the Denver School of Nursing, St. Paul’s School of Nursing and All State Career School. For consumer information, visit www.fortis.edu to learn more about Fortis educational opportunities.

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