Delaware Technical Community College graduates were awarded the institution’s first Bachelor of Science in nursing Dec. 10.

Delaware Technical Community College graduates were awarded the institution’s first Bachelor of Science in nursing Dec. 10.

Twenty-one students, who live and work in healthcare facilities throughout the state, received their Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees in a special commencement held for the first graduates.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was approved by the Delaware Tech board of trustees in 2016 in response to a significant need in the state’s workforce. The first cohort of 60 students started in January 2017; and currently, there are 270 students enrolled in the program. This was the first time in the college’s longer-than-50-year history that bachelor’s degrees were awarded to Delaware Tech students.

The Bachelor of Science in nursing program is an online degree program designed for current registered nurses who are ready to pursue the next level of their nursing education while working. The program provides licensed registered nurses with baccalaureate-level education. The program builds upon the foundational knowledge and skills attained in previous nursing courses and experiences.

Baccalaureate education prepares professional nurses with a broad knowledge base for practice with expanded roles encompassing advocacy, leadership and scholarship. Coursework places emphasis on evidence-based nursing practice through a holistic approach enabling graduates to be designers, coordinators, leaders and managers of collaborative care.