INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College graduation trends for its nursing program have grown from 314 to 1,030 graduates per year, making Ivy Tech a leading institution in providing nurses to the state of Indiana. The school announced that with the 2008 class for the first time in school history the number of AS in Nursing graduates surpassed 1,000. This is an increase of 228 percent from 1996 when the school announced 314 graduates.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development lists registered nurses as number one in its posting of Indiana’s “Hot 50 Jobs.” The DWD shows this position as growing in demand from 51,900 in 2004 to 67,300 in 2014, showing a 29.7 percent growth rate with an average salary of $49,067 a year.
“Ivy Tech’s important role of educating the nurses of tomorrow is something we are very proud of,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “As the state of Indiana looks toward its future, we look forward to building on this history of providing the skilled nurses that our state demands.”
Ivy Tech’s nursing programs are accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission.
In order to provide Ivy Tech’s continued success in its nursing program, numerous internal initiatives are being developed, including using more non-traditional clinical sites; using high fidelity simulations and other technology-enhanced instruction; and taking different approaches to college-sponsored graduate education for nurse educators.
Ivy Tech remains Indiana’s most affordable and accessible option in higher education. An associate degree from Ivy Tech costs less than $6,000, and Ivy Tech is within a 30-minute drive of most Hoosiers’ homes.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is one of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems and the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with nearly 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.