Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing enrollment increases more than 14 percent

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Enrollment numbers increased for Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences slightly over 14% from the last academic year. Area with the largest growth include radiology and the Direct Transfer option. | Photo courtesy of Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

QUINCY — Student enrollment climbed by double digits at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences for the 2023-24 academic year.

Admission is up just over 14 percent with 311 students enrolled this year versus 267 last year. This is the largest increase since 2020.

The largest areas of enrollment growth are in the radiology program and in the direct transfer option for nursing, radiology and respiratory care degrees, which allows students to transfer directly to Blessing-Rieman after completing their pre-requisite courses at another educational institution.

Brenda Beshears, president and chief executive officer, credits the enrollment jump to new programs and new ways to earn a Blessing-Rieman degree and financial support.

In a press release, Beshears said, “Over the past several years, we have expanded program offerings to sustain the college’s enrollment and to provide the supply of excellent, competent health care professionals our region needs. We also offer a variety of pathways to start and complete our programs which provides flexibility and affordability for our students.”

Affordability also plays a role in drawing students to Blessing-Rieman. Students who qualify can utilize the Blessing Education Revolving Fund Loan, which pays for 100 percent of tuition and fees. This loan will be forgiven for students who choose to stay and work for Blessing Health System.

The college also offers an associate of science in medical laboratory technology degree, an RN-BSN online completion program, an online master of science in nursing program as well as dual enrollment courses for high school students.

For more information about the programs offered, contact the Blessing-Rieman Admissions Office at 217-228-5520, ext. 6949 or email at .

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