The First Choice for a Second Degree

LaurenMae Petrillo had a degree, a B.S. in Athletic Training. She had a good job, at Northwell Hospital. But she wanted more.

"I wanted to help a wider range of patients," she said. "And I wanted something that would give me the flexibility to grow and expand what I already could do."

That's when LaurenMae made the decision to get a second degree, in an accelerated nursing program at Molloy College on Long Island. More and more students are returning to school these days for a second degree, something LaurenMae sees in her nursing classes.

"My classmates come from a wide variety of backgrounds," she said. "Some are history majors, some studied business. All of them realize that it's never too late to go back and get the education that works for you, to build the career The First Choice for a Second Degreeyou have always wanted."

The appeal of nationally ranked nursing programs like Molloy's is based on several factors. One is an aging population that is driving demand for more and more healthcare workers. Another is that many of these jobs, particularly in nursing, command high salaries. And yet another factor is that many people are looking for job satisfaction, not just a paycheck.

"I was always interested in the medical field," said Brittany DeMarco, who earned her bachelor's degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she was an advertising and marketing communications major. "I was working as a recruiter for nurses when I realized that I still had the passion for something more directly related to healthcare and so I enrolled at Molloy's nursing program."

Robert Francis likes that the Molloy second degree nursing program offers him the option to continue into graduate-level courses. "I am definitely going to pursue a graduate degree in nursing," he says. Nicholas Trentalange, whose first degree was in Sports Biology, also likes the graduate school option. "I intend to pursue a graduate degree in Nursing Education," he said, "because I want to impact a lot of people."

Unlike some programs, the Molloy accelerated second degree nursing program offers students the flexibility to work part-time, if needed, an option that many students find attractive. Whether working part-time or not, the students know they made the right choice with Molloy.

"They have the reputation, so it's just where you need to be for Nursing," said LaurenMae. "It was the right decision."

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