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Tuscarawas News Detail

BSN Creates Career Opportunities

Posted Mar. 7, 2012

The nursing program is one of the largest academic programs at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. Students can choose from three degree options: the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated program (BSN) offered on campus and the same course as an online program.

"While an RN has wonderful job opportunities, a BSN will open doors for career advancement, especially in management," explained Joan Lappin, director of nursing at Kent State Tuscarawas.

Christen Fenton, RN, BSN, is very successful in her nursing career because she took advantage of two of Kent State Tuscarawas' nursing degree programs. Since 2006, Fenton has earned an ADN and a BSN, graduating from both programs with honors. She earned her BSN through the Kent State Tuscarawas Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN Accelerated program, which can be completed in 15 months. 

"The RN to BSN program offered at Kent State Tuscarawas appeals to students who prefer the face-to-face interaction in a classroom setting and desire to progress from the associate level to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing," said Lappin. "Our program assists students accomplish this goal by offering nursing courses one day a week, with two courses scheduled back-to-back. This provides students the opportunity to work while earning a BSN."

Fenton is employed as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at Akron Children's Hospital, a career she began after earning her ADN. She chose Kent State Tuscarawas because of the faculty and the quality of the education.

"Kent State Tuscarawas was just a good fit for me," Fenton commented. "I think the nursing faculty are all outstanding and want you to succeed. They expect excellence and really prepare you for the professional role of nursing by stressing academics, research and evidenced-based practice and the profound effect that has on your role as a nurse."

"We are very proud of Christen, whose dedication to the program allowed her to earn her BSN in only five semesters while working full-time," said Lappin. "She is excelling in her career because she is a phenomenal nurse."

After earning two nursing degrees at Kent State Tuscarawas, Fenton now attends Case Western Reserve University to earn a master's degree to become a nurse practitioner.  Fenton also holds  a bachelor 's degree in biology from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. She and her husband, Tyson reside in New Philadelphia.

For more information about all of the nursing programs offered by Kent State Tuscarawas, contact Joan Lappin, Director of Nursing, at 330-308-7451 or visit