SMSU briefs for Feb. 13
Sharp completes student teaching 2012 fall semester
Tiffany Sharp, a Southwest Minnesota State University education student, has completed her student teaching this semester. Sharp was placed in kindergarten with classroom mentor Heidi Louwagie at the Lakeview School District.
Sharp is an early childhood education major from Marshall.
In order to reach this milestone, students must maintain a 2.8 cumulative grade point average and have completed 90 credits toward their teaching degree. They must have successfully completed all their core coursework, including all their methods courses with lab placements, Pre-Student Teaching Experience and passed the Minnesota Teachers Licensing Examination Basic Skills Tests in reading, writing and mathematics before being able to student teach.
SMSU’s student teachers are placed for a full semester, which provides them with a 15-16 week experience.
Stage completes student teaching 2012 fall semester
Dalton Stage, a Southwest Minnesota State University education student, has completed his student teaching this semester. Stage was placed in kindergarten with classroom mentor Nicole Jorgenson at the Redwood Area School District. Stage is an elementary education major from Vesta.
Flemmer completes student teaching 2012 fall semester
Keith Flemmer, a Southwest Minnesota State University education student has completed his student teaching this semester. Flemmer was placed in sixth grade with classroom mentor Kelli Larson at the Lake Benton School District.
He is an elementary education major from Marshall.
Giesler completes student teaching 2012 fall semester
Amy Giesler, a Southwest Minnesota State University education student, has completed her student teaching this semester. Giesler was placed in 10th through 12th grade with classroom mentor Marie Hanson at the Tracy School District. Giesler is a communication arts and literature/secondary education-speech major from Salem, S.D..
RN to BSN program applications being accepted
Applications for the new registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing degree program at Southwest Minnesota State University will be evaluated during the month of March, said Jane Wrede, director of nursing.
“First, someone interested in the program must be admitted to the university,” she said. “Once they are admitted, we will evaluate applications into the RN to BSN program during the month of March.”
The RN to BSN degree makes its debut in the fall of 2013. A cohort of between 25-30 nurses will be accepted into the program each fall and spring semester, she said. Students will enter the program with at least a two-year nursing degree and will take 60 additional credits – 30 nursing credits and 30 liberal arts credits.
The Institute of Medicine has recommended that 80 percent of nurses have a BSN degree by the year 2020, said Wrede.
“In southwest Minnesota, that number is about 30 percent,” she said. “We anticipate the degree will be in high demand because the program is designed for the working nurse. People are busy raising families and working in the health profession, and they don’t have an opportunity to travel.”
The RN to BSN program will be delivered, primarily, online.
For further information about the RN to BSN program, call 507-537-7590; Jane.Wrede@smsu.edu.