The demand for nurses is rising.The rising demand for employees in the nursing profession has opened a number of doors for individuals who are looking to pursue careers in the industry. Online programs can help working professionals earn a degree in nursing to broaden their job opportunities.

This week, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (CCHS) announced that it will begin offering an online program for individuals studying to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing sciences. Two weeks ago, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) gave accreditation to CCHS to begin offering nursing courses online, according to the Independent Tribune.

"There is a good majority of students who are older women that are in their late 20's or 30'swho have a family and professional jobs already," graduate Lori Chesterson told the news source. "This is more convenient. You can log on at night or [at] your leisure, and do your homework."

The tuition for online nursing courses is the same amount as it is on-campus nursing classes. Students are offered an orientation on how to access their online programs and who to contact with any questions or concerns. The number of registered nursing jobs is expected to increase by 22 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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