by Mike Lee
Personalized education. That’s what awaits students at Concorde Career College in Aurora, Colorado.
Susan Bosold, MS, MA, RN serves as the Nursing Program Director at Concorde Career College and says Concorde can give students the resources they need to be successful.
“We’re very excited about the faculty we have on board, the support we get from the administration and the opportunities we’ve had to have students graduate, go to be licensed and be out there contributing to the health care needs of our communities,” Bosold said.
From the moment you step on campus you know that Concorde is different.
For starters, Concorde offers tremendous flexiblity for students entering the RN program. The program enrolls students every 20 weeks and allows students the opportunity to begin their new career on their timetable.
The RN program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree and prepares students to take the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX.RN). Graduates who pass the NCLEX.RN can enter the healthcare workforce as confident, competent professional nurses.
Armed with the foundational education and training this program provides, the RN is highly skilled and prepared to function in the following roles in this growing medical field: provider of care, manager of care, and contributing member of a healthcare team. At bedside, the RN is accountable for decisions that impact healthcare outcomes for the patient.
Beginning students in this program are enrolled in general education courses, nursing theory courses, and clinical practice.
The nursing courses begin with Foundations courses that introduce students to the practice of nursing, nursing theories, legal and ethical issues in nursing, and basic concepts of patient care. Students then advance through nursing courses that include more complex concepts in patient care and specialty nursing areas such as mental health, maternal-child nursing and care of pediatric patients.
“We want to make sure we have the person who is prepared, not only prepared to take the licensing exam but prepared to serve the public in the most professional and safe manner possible,” Bosold said. “We’re trying to really balance meeting the needs of the community and having excellent quality in our graduates. We’ve been very pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish in that regard.
Class sizes are small with generally 30 or fewer students in each cohort.
“We know the students by name and they feel comfortable coming to our office,” Bosold said. “That’s our goal. While students are here and they’re in that role we really want to meet their need.”
Concorde boasts 19 faculty members and two assistant directors of nursing in addition to Bosold.
Cindy Cobb serves as the academic dean at Concorde.
She said the campus offers an onsite student services department. She says the goal is to meet the entire student’s needs.
“It works with students who may have challenges in which they need resources,” Cobb said, listing resources from work placement support to childcare available to Concorde students. “Anything we can help the student with while they are going to school. There’s lots of support and resources available here and students can meet with them any time of the day.”
Tutoring is also available at Concorde with instructors available Monday through Friday.
“It’s unlike some traditional programs where tutoring is only available at request at best. We actually do tutoring daily by faculty for every program a student is involved in they can seek tutoring for that course.”
Concorde also has a unique program known as the Lamp Lighter program which recognizes exceptional students. These students work in a peer-support role to help their fellow students.
“It exemplifies leadership and achievement in academics,” Cobb said. “This person is a very good role model for students and could be a person who may have struggled at one point but has become exemplary in their leadership and is very helpful with their peer groups.”
Bosold said the task ahead for nursing schools is a large one with so much more expected from the profession in coming years.
“It’s really an endeavour that is going to involve schools and communities and agencies and clinical facilities in the community to all work together,” she said. “That’s the way it’s going to have to be to be the most successful. We obviously need strong support of clinical resources and we know they have a lot of demands placed on them but in order for students to have the best experiences that’s really important to us.
“We all have the same end-goal in that we want qualified, professional personnel to work with those most in need and at-risk.”
Currently, Concorde is actively recruiting additional faculty members to keep up with strong student demand. Enrollment is also open.
“The faculty we have here are very collegial. We have people who have been here for quite an extensive period of time because they’re really invested in our program,” Bosold said. “They’re really committed to the students and are rewarded accordingly. It’s a win-win situation for both of us.”
Susan Bosold, MS, MA, RN serves as the Nursing Program Director at Concorde Career College in Aurora, Colorado.