UT nursing students to pay more tuition beginning this fall

UT nursing students to pay more tuition beginning this fall

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Students have several dummies to work with, some static and others more interactive. Students have several dummies to work with, some static and others more interactive.

By ANN KEIL
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - University of Tennessee College of Nursing students will pay more as they earn their undergraduate degrees beginning this fall.

UT officials say student demand is outpacing their ability to accommodate students in the costly program.

"In order to be able to maintain our enrollment at the current level, we needed to do something in the face of budget cuts," says College of Nursing Dean Joan Creasia.

Months ago, a plan was in motion to cut the number of students admitted to the college in half. According to Dean Creasia, this is a better alternative.

The university will charge students an extra $90 per credit hour. That means juniors will pay $9,550 a year for tuition and fees and seniors will shell out $9,640 a year.

In return, students will have continued access to state of the art technology in a small classroom setting.

"They have a protected environment where they can make mistakes, if they're going to make mistakes, and no human beings are involved," Creasia says.

Students have several dummies to work with, some static and others more interactive.

One of the dummies is pregnant, and once plugged in, students can hear fetal sounds.

For critics who question a tuition increase at a public university, Dean Creasia says, "The only response I have is, if we don't do it we'll have to cut enrollment so a larger number of people wouldn't be able to get into the public university."

The increase in the tuition will also come back to the program in the form of additional faculty and a newly created scholarship.

"If they absolutely can't afford it and the need is there, we will have some scholarship money to help them," Creasia says.

The differential tuition plan is also impacting students in other popular career fields. Undergraduates taking business courses will have to pay an extra $50 per credit hour.

For full-time business majors, it adds up to $3,100 above tuition.

Engineering students already pay a $25 per credit hour charge.

The new plan increases the fee to $45 or about $2,700 over the course of a four-year degree.

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