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  1. Karlowicz, Karen A. EdD, RN
  2. Wiles, Lynn L. MSN, RN, CEN
  3. Bishop, Joanne F. MSN, RN, FNP
  4. Lakin, Mary Beth MS


In 1996, a weekend nursing program was created as an addition to the traditional weekday schedule to accommodate an increased number of qualified applicants seeking admission to the baccalaureate nursing program. Five years after the inception of the program, a comprehensive evaluation study was conducted to examine the impact of the weekend course schedule on students and faculty. The opportunities and challenges associated with the implementation of an alternative program schedule for entry-level nursing students are presented.