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UNCG Nursing fast-tracks medically trained veterans

Photo of military students during past Veterans DayAs a U.S. Navy veteran, Dr. Susan Letvak understands the challenges veterans face when they transition to civilian life. Letvak, chair of the Adult Health Nursing Department in UNCG’s School of Nursing, says military veterans trained in health care and medical support gain skills and experience that make them uniquely qualified to care for patients, but they leave the military without a degree that allows them to treat civilians.

“So many veterans have this unbelievable military training and experience that you can’t get as a civilian, but it equates to nothing in the civilian work force,” Letvak says.

To better meet the needs of those veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce, the School of Nursing is launching an accelerated bachelor’s in nursing degree program (BSN) for medically trained military veterans. UNCG-VAP (Veterans Access Program) is an innovative program that allows veterans credit for their valuable hands-on medical experience.

A cohort of about 24 veterans seeking the BSN that leads to RN licensure, will start in Fall 2015. RN-to-BSN students can enroll for January 2015.

UNCG-VAP is funded by a three-year federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant of just under $1 million. UNCG is the only university in North Carolina to receive the HRSA grant this year; grant funds will pay for teaching faculty, a tutor, a part-time counselor and family orientation days.

Many veterans worked as medics, physical therapists, nurses aides, licensed practical nurses, pharmacy techs and respiratory therapists in the military, says Letvak, who will direct the UNCG-VAP program.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Michelle Hines