College Offers New Pathway for
Associate to Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
Community College Signs Memoranda of
Understanding with Three Universities
Westminster, Md.—Carroll Community College (Carroll) has
signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) this summer with three Maryland
universities. The MOUs open a path for Associate
Degree in Nursing students to accelerate their studies in order to obtain Bachelor
of Science in Nursing degrees. The first class at Carroll to participate in the
new partnership starts at the community college in fall, 2016.
enrollment option is available to eligible students once they are accepted to
the Carroll Nursing program. Admission to the universities is competitive.
Admission is based on the applicant’s roster of completed courses and grade point
Nursing students now have the opportunity to take courses that count towards an
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), while at the same time taking bachelor’s
level coursework at Stevenson, Towson and Frostburg State Universities,” said
Interim Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nancy Perry, D.N.P, R.N., C.N.E.
Fritzges, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.E. is the Interim Nursing Program Director at
Carroll who worked with the three universities to establish the MOUs.
can be taken at Carroll and additional credits required to complete the
bachelor’s at the transfer university can be completed in about one additional
year at the transfer university after finishing the Carroll associate degree,”
will be held at the 1601 Washington Rd. campus in Westminster, Md. Stevenson
courses will be offered initially in the university’s classrooms, will progress
to blended courses and then to completely online offerings. Towson courses will
be taken on the Towson campus and Frostburg State courses will be taken
Academy of Medicine is recommending that 80 percent of nurses have bachelor’s
degrees by 2020,” said Perry. “The ADN to Bachelor’s degree path allows
students to benefit from the affordability of courses at a community college
and to also to become credentialed with a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree.”
Already, 15 of
the 79 students who are accepted into the Carroll Nursing program for fall 2016
have also been admitted to study concurrently at Towson University this fall.
Nursing Licensure.org, “BSN programs prepare students to take on a wider
variety of roles, such as teaching, consulting, research and administration.”