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dult and graduate degree programs have been an element in the MNU experience for more than 20 years. The economic changes of the past several years, coupled with increasing desire for flexible degree options, has contributed to a 22% rise in adult studies enrollment over 2009. With each enrollment comes a life changing story along the way.


Career Options


Ben Taussig, a 2010 graduate of MNU’s Master of Arts in Counseling program, felt affirmed in his decision to obtain a graduate degree during the very first informational meeting he attended in 2008.


“The alignment of what I was looking for in a master’s program and the structure of this degree, with its focus on the ’science of compassion,’ felt providential,” he says. Taussig completed the 25-month program and his internship while balancing a young family and part-time work. For Taussig, a master’s degree has opened a myriad of career options. He is currently in private practice with two fellow MAC program graduates and is also a staff member at MNU’s Campus Counseling Center.


“This program is not teaching you how to do something,” he


shares. “It’s teaching you how to BE something.” Flexibility


The University’s newly expanded offerings in adult and graduate nursing degree programs are the focus of many prospective students. With the addition of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees, enrollment in adult and graduate nursing programs continues to grow. A total of 134 students are currently enrolled in one of three adult or graduate programs in MNU’s School of Nursing and Health Science.


The ABSN program allows students with previous college experience to complete a degree in 12 or 18 months.


“MNU recognized my prior accomplishments, and I didn’t have to start from scratch to obtain a nursing degree,” shares Kaylan Clevinger, a current ABSN student and 2008 All-American ranked Ohio State


Working Adults Seek Flexibility and Find Success A


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gymnast. Participation in NCAA collegiate gymnastics left no time for Clevinger to pursue her dream of a nursing degree as an undergraduate. Upon completing her senior year at Ohio State, Clevinger transferred to MNU and enrolled in the ABSN program.


“MNU was my number one choice,” says Clevinger. “I knew what I wanted to accomplish, and this program has allowed me to do that. It’s allowed me to be more than prepared to work in a hospital setting.”


More than 100 applications were received for the 35 available ABSN spots for the spring 2011 semester, indicating its popularity.


Advancement


The completion of three degrees in four years at MNU has had a strong hand in the advancement of Tashia Miller’s career. Upon completing her Associate of Arts degree at MNU in 2005, she went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Relations one year later.


“My experiences at other colleges were so impersonal,”


shares Miller. “I was ready to be more than just another student.”


Ben Taussig (’10) puts his Master of Arts in Counseling degree to use as a staff member for the MNU on-campus counseling center. Tausig is also a member of a private counseling practice in Olathe, Kansas.


To Miller, a degree was an important part of being successful in life; something her employer recognized, as well.


“I was given additional responsibilities with Proctor and Gamble after completing my associate degree, and was offered a full-time position once I earned my


bachelor’s,” she says.


Miller and her husband were able to balance being employed full-time while having two young children, even as she continued to pursue another of her educational goals, a Master of Arts in Organizational Administration. With the completion of her master’s degree in 2009, Miller was a well-qualified candidate for her current position as a senior human relations generalist with BNSF Railway.


“I now have the experience and education to make informed decisions on behalf of my company,” she says. “I am the biggest advocate for busy, working professionals like myself. It truly is possible, and I enjoy changing people’s perspective from ’I can’t’ to ’I did.’”


For more information


Kaylan Clevinger, senior ABSN student, right, assists Connie LaForce at MNU Health Fair.


regarding the many accelerated, flexible degree programs at MNU, visit www.mnu.edu/ graduateandadultstudies. ❡


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