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SCOPE brings BJU to Alumni

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The COVID-19 pandemic led the campus community into uncharted territory as professors and students quickly worked to move from conversing in the classroom to communicating by computer. No one imagined as they began the semester that their year would end this way. But for some students on campus, it was classwork as usual.

SCOPE provides options for undergraduate students to take online course work while also enrolled in on campus classes. This opportunity has allowed students to work around class scheduling conflicts, catch up on needed requirements, and find flexibility with work schedules.

But it’s not just current students who are finding value in BJU’s continuing and professional offerings. SCOPE serves the lifelong learning needs of residential students, faith-based and values-based organizations, and you. During this historic time the team is excited to be able to serve those in the health professions.

Barb Eldridge will be one of the first graduates of the RN to BSN program when she receives her degree this summer. This completely online program allows her to continue using her talents as a nurse while getting the education to help her grow in her calling. She did this while working full time and caring for her mother who just recently passed away.  

Recognizing the hard-earned experience of earning an RN license, SCOPE provides academic credit for Barb’s work. This Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE) accredited program, rounds out this experience with a number of courses with practical applications in her profession such as Health Informatics, Research and Statistics for the RN, and Leadership and Management for the RN. Of course, her degree will also be accredited by SACSCOC and TRACS.

“Getting my BSN was a personal goal of mine,” Bard told us. “I attended BJU, but did not finish. I then received my RN at a local community college. I always wanted to return and get my degree from BJU. Then life got in the way and I got comfortable.”

In 2018, Barb learned of the RN to BSN degree and was immediately interested. Her mother, who attended BJU and met her husband there, was also excited to see Barb walk across the FMA stage. They were both looking forward to seeing her march this past May.

Unfortunately, Barb’s mother’s health deteriorated and Barb faced a decision of what to do with her education. She almost backed out, but the encouragement of the SCOPE staff and her professors kept her working to finish the job. Her mother passed away before seeing Barb receive her degree, but because of the delay in graduation due to COVID-19 she is looking forward to returning to the campus in August for the first time since 1999. She will return an alumna!

“Nursing is a challenging profession — especially during this time. The work environment is very stressful,” Barb remarked. “My classes are a breath of fresh air that allows me to learn how to be a better nurse, but also allows me to see nursing again through a Christian perspective.” She is thankful for the technical things she learned, but she remarked, “It is the care of the professors that kept me engaged."

In addition to the RN to BSN degree, SCOPE provides a number of degree completion programs as well as graduate and certificate programs. These programs are meeting a need for those adult learners who are looking to gain new knowledge and skills, preparing for a new career field, or pursuing personal interest learning. The team at SCOPE desires to help all BJU alumni continue life learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic led the campus community into uncharted territory as professors and students quickly worked to move from conversing in the classroom to communicating by computer. No one imagined as they began the semester that their year would end this way. But for some students on campus, it was classwork as usual.

SCOPE provides options for undergraduate students to take online course work while also enrolled in on campus classes. This opportunity has allowed students to work around class scheduling conflicts, catch up on needed requirements, and find flexibility with work schedules.

But it’s not just current students who are finding value in BJU’s continuing and professional offerings. SCOPE serves the lifelong learning needs of residential students, faith-based and values-based organizations, and you. During this historic time the team is excited to be able to serve those in the health professions.

Barb Eldridge will be one of the first graduates of the RN to BSN program when she receives her degree this summer. This completely online program allows her to continue using her talents as a nurse while getting the education to help her grow in her calling. She did this while working full time and caring for her mother who just recently passed away.  

Recognizing the hard-earned experience of earning an RN license, SCOPE provides academic credit for Barb’s work. This Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE) accredited program, rounds out this experience with a number of courses with practical applications in her profession such as Health Informatics, Research and Statistics for the RN, and Leadership and Management for the RN. Of course, her degree will also be accredited by SACSCOC and TRACS.

“Getting my BSN was a personal goal of mine,” Bard told us. “I attended BJU, but did not finish. I then received my RN at a local community college. I always wanted to return and get my degree from BJU. Then life got in the way and I got comfortable.”

In 2018, Barb learned of the RN to BSN degree and was immediately interested. Her mother, who attended BJU and met her husband there, was also excited to see Barb walk across the FMA stage. They were both looking forward to seeing her march this past May.

Unfortunately, Barb’s mother’s health deteriorated and Barb faced a decision of what to do with her education. She almost backed out, but the encouragement of the SCOPE staff and her professors kept her working to finish the job. Her mother passed away before seeing Barb receive her degree, but because of the delay in graduation due to COVID-19 she is looking forward to returning to the campus in August for the first time since 1999. She will return an alumna!

“Nursing is a challenging profession — especially during this time. The work environment is very stressful,” Barb remarked. “My classes are a breath of fresh air that allows me to learn how to be a better nurse, but also allows me to see nursing again through a Christian perspective.” She is thankful for the technical things she learned, but she remarked, “It is the care of the professors that kept me engaged."

In addition to the RN to BSN degree, SCOPE provides a number of degree completion programs as well as graduate and certificate programs. These programs are meeting a need for those adult learners who are looking to gain new knowledge and skills, preparing for a new career field, or pursuing personal interest learning. The team at SCOPE desires to help all BJU alumni continue life learning.
If you are interested in learning more about the offerings at SCOPE, visit scope.bju.edu  or call (888) 253-9833. For specific questions about for credit courses contact Dr. Antone Goyak and for noncredit professional offerings contact Keith DeFreitas.

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