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Nursing Offers Basic Undergraduate Program in Daytona Beach

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By Karen Guin

The School of Nursing will offer its basic undergraduate program in nursing at UCF's regional campus in Daytona Beach, beginning next week.

Until now, the school has offered a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program at UCF Daytona Beach for students who already have a registered nurse (RN) credential. By adding a clinical component to the existing RN to B.S.N. program, the school is now able to offer its basic B.S.N. program there for students without an RN.

"I am grateful to the university for its support in enabling students from the greater Volusia County area to attend UCF without traveling to Orlando," said Jean Leuner, director of the School of Nursing.

There were more than 80 applicants for 24 openings in the first basic B.S.N. class at UCF Daytona Beach, which is located on the Daytona Beach Community College campus. To accommodate these students, the school has added a nursing skills laboratory, classrooms and faculty offices to the extensive resources already present. They will attend classes offered both face-to-face and through interactive television.

All basic B.S.N. students participate in a community-based curriculum and are assigned to a Community Nursing Center, where they gain clinical experience while working with clients across the lifespan, Leuner explained.

"For our Daytona Beach students, a Community Nursing Center has been developed at the Volusia-Flagler Coalition for the Homeless in Daytona, and a second will be located at the First United Methodist Church in DeLand," she said. "Clinical nursing practice experiences will also be provided in Volusia County hospitals and health-care agencies."

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