Carroll Community College Offers New Pathway for Associate to Bacehlor's Degree in Nursing

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Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
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Carroll Community 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.

 The dual 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 average (G.P.A.)

 “Carroll’s 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.

 Dr. Jennifer 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.

 “Pre-requisites 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,” said Perry.

 Carroll courses 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 completely online.

 “The National 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.

 According to Nursing, “BSN programs prepare students to take on a wider variety of roles, such as teaching, consulting, research and administration.”