Butler University in Indiana Introduces Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing to Address Shortage

Butler University recently announced on May 20 that it will introduce a new bachelor’s degree program in nursing to help address the nursing shortage in Indiana.

As per the Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana needs to produce an additional 1,300 nurses annually until 2030 to meet the increasing demand.

“The concept of offering a nursing program stemmed from the urgent need to address the significant shortage, coupled with Butler’s ability to deliver high-quality education for students pursuing a traditional four-year degree,” explained Seth Carey, the first director of Butler’s nursing program.

Other educational institutions in Indianapolis, such as IUPUI, Marian University, University of Indianapolis, and Ivy Tech, also provide nursing programs.

Butler aims to set itself apart by offering nursing students hands-on clinical experience from their first year. This early exposure in clinics and hospitals can pave the way for healthcare internships during their studies and potential nursing positions after graduation, preferably within Indiana.

“Our goal is to retain students in Indiana or the Indianapolis region, allowing them to give back to the community that supported their education,” Carey emphasized.

Under the Butler nursing program, students will gain exposure to various nursing specialties, such as OB-GYN, pediatrics, and behavioral health. Additionally, students will be required to complete a short-term apprenticeship, known as a preceptorship, supervised by an experienced nurse, before graduating.

How to apply

The nursing program is set to inaugurate its first class in fall 2025, with applications opening on Aug. 1. Initial enrollment will be limited to 48 students for the inaugural class, according to Carey.

Prospective students interested in the program should submit their applications via the Common App. Selecting nursing as the major will prompt additional queries to be answered.

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