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WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — The nursing school at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is joining with the school’s Watson College of Education to learn online.

A statement from the school says the effort is the result of an innovative venture with Academic Partnerships. The new curriculum will allow registered nurses seeking to earn their bachelor of science degree, or teachers seeking to earn their master of education with a specialization in elementary education degree, to do so through online classes.

Courses will be offered in seven-and-a-half week intervals. The bachelor’s program begins this month and the master’s program starts in October.

Word of the venture comes as the UNC system aims at increasing the state’s bachelor’s degrees or higher educational attainment rate to 32 percent by 2018 and 37 percent by 2025.

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