TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kent State University (KSU) is proud to announce the launch of the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN/BSN) for the registered nurse in collaboration with Embanet ULC, a leading partner in higher education with a history of partnering with academic institutions to aid in the development of successful online programs. In keeping with the standards met by all KSU's College of Nursing programs, the RN/BSN is expected to be academically outstanding and highly profitable to the University.

The RN/BSN online degree, which can be completed in two years, will begin in January 2009. Met with great response from the nursing community, the program is aimed at nursing professionals who want to expand their qualifications, increase their competitive edge and gain further knowledge in the ever-expanding field of healthcare. The flexibility of being able to work at any time from any Internet connection is ideal for busy professionals and the varied experiences brought to the program by their online colleagues extends the breadth and range of each student's learning. Dr. Thomas E. Downey, Embanet's Chief Academic Officer commented: "Embanet is excited at further expanding our offerings into the online Health Care Education field. We have been in this market successfully for several years. Recently, one of our graduates won the highest honor from her university for academic excellence. We are proud she completed her degree using Embanet designed courses."

About Kent State University

Kent State University has almost a century of teaching experience with over 184,000 alumni worldwide. With its eight campus systems (one of the largest regional systems in the country), the Kent Campus provides the resources and facilities of a large, diverse university. In all, KSU has more than 200 academic departments in both undergraduate and graduate programs for qualified students. KSU is ranked among the nation's top 77 public research universities by the Carnegie Foundation and among the top 76 top universities and colleges in community engagement. As one of the largest universities in Ohio, KSU serves more than 34,000 students and offers classes and degree programs for regional, national and international students. For more information on the Kent State University RN/BSN, please visit www.kentstateonline.com.

About Embanet ULC

Embanet (www.embanet.com) is an integrated, full service provider of online learning services to schools, colleges and universities. In addition to safeguarding the academic integrity of these institutions, Embanet's mission is to maximize student enrollment and graduation by providing capital and expertise in program development, admissions, student services and marketing. Embanet's services allow the educational facility they partner with to focus on its core expertise -- building their reputation as a leading institution in higher education.

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