LOGAN – There was a time when the Utah State University nursing program could only accept one in every three qualified applicants.

That changed Monday, June 10, with the opening of USU’s Emma Eccles Jones Advanced Nursing Education Suite, a state-of-the-art facility providing students the chance to learn in a risk-free environment.

It allows the Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program to double in size, allowing a total of 60 students to be admitted each year, 30 per semester. Going forward a total of 120 students will be enrolled in the program at any given time.

Al Smith, the newly endowed dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, said the new facility represents the college’s commitment to excellence in nursing education.

A medical manikin in each simulation room mimics human physiology, including heartbeat and pulse. Students are able to interact with manikins as if they are live patients.

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