June 16, 2015 – Louisville, Ky. – Quality Matters (QM), a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer-review process that certifies the quality of online courses, has recognized Galen College of Nursing’s commitment to quality assurance in designing courses that meet Quality Matters’ widely respected set of standards for the design of effective online courses, and its rigorous process for applying these standards. Through this process, reviewers provide instructors and instructional design teams with insights and recommendations that increase learner engagement, retention, satisfaction and achievement.
Galen launched its Online RN to BSN program in the summer of 2014. “I am thrilled that our first RN to BSN courses have been Quality Matters certified,” said Kathy Burlingame, Dean of Online Programs. “Because Quality Matters is a peer review process that is focused on the students’ online experience, this external validation is a testament to Galen’s commitment to create an exceptional Online RN to BSN program experience.”
Galen College of Nursing custom built the curriculum and all coursework, using a team of instructional design experts who work directly with regional and national industry experts and subject matter specialists to bring the multimedia-rich content to life. Experienced online faculty actively facilitates the courses, offering a more engaging and interactive classroom than can be found in most online educational programs today.
“The combination of subject matter expertise, multi-media presentation and design, and student support creates an online classroom like nothing I’ve ever seen,” said Academic President Dr. Anne McNamara. “With a sole focus on quality nursing education, we are uniquely positioned to translate the needs of the working RN into continuing online education that is flexible and engaging, and applies real-world expertise to the relatable skills and knowledge they practice every day. We are proud to contribute to the evolution and strengthening of a nursing workforce that is essential to the health care needs of the county.”
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Founded more than 20 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate and online baccalaureate degree nursing programs to more than 3,000 students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla. and Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an online campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.
Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning. QM subscribers include community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, government agencies, corporations and other education-related organizations.www.qualitymatters.org