Schools strive to provide students with access to the fast-growing nursing industry

Many institutions are working to provide degree programs to meet the increasing demand for nurses.
Many institutions are working to provide degree programs to meet the increasing demand for nurses.

Although it is currently the largest health care occupation, the number of jobs for registered nurses is expected to increase even further through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The source reports that the number of jobs in the nursing industry overall will increase by about 22 percent, while professions in physicians' offices in particular will grow by approximately 48 percent. Such extreme growth will come as a result of technological advances in patient care and the increase in the number of elders who will require nurses.

As the demand for professional nurses increases, universities across the country are looking for innovative ways to give students access to flexible degree programs. For example, Ohio's Hondros College recently announced that it is expanding its 1+1 nursing course to its Cleveland campus.

Hondros' 1+1 program includes a variety of steps and gives students the ability to decide what type of nursing certification they want. For example, level one prepares students to become a licensed practical nurse, or LPN. Participants may then enter the workforce or move to level two, which gives students a registered nurse's license, according to the college.

Individuals who are interested in a flexible nursing program may also want to consider an online degree.

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