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Students will be granted special status allowing them to take UMSON courses.
Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and Carroll Community College (CCC) in Westminster, Maryland, recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will ensure students’ seamless transition from CCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program will be available to nursing students this fall.
Through the agreement, students can apply and be admitted to UMSON’s BSN program while in CCC’s ADN program. Students enrolled in the program will receive transfer credits from UMSON for completed coursework at CCC and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree, thereby saving them time and money in completing their BSN degree.
“We are very excited to begin this partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing. As part of academic progression, the BSN degree is the next step for associate degree graduates. All nurses should continue their education to their fullest capacity,” said Nancy Perry, chief academic officer, CCC. “This agreement will encourage nursing students at Carroll Community College to move seamlessly toward their BSN degree.”
An effort to increase qualified nursing candidates, the agreement will also help further the mission of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing Campaign for Action to advance comprehensive health care change. Specifically, it will address one of the eight goals set forth in the IOM report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health: to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.
“Our partnership with Carroll Community College is exciting for the University of Maryland School of Nursing. It provides ADN students at Carroll Community College with a flexible option for obtaining their BSN degree as they work on prerequisites or take UMSON courses while still enrolled in their pre-licensure program,” said Linda Murray, DNP, CPNP-Ped, assistant professor and director of the RN-to-BSN program at UMSON. “This partnership provides students with the comfort of knowing that they have been provisionally admitted to a BSN program with anticipated matriculation upon graduation from the ADN program.”
To matriculate to UMSON’s BSN program, students must graduate with an ADN from CCC and satisfy UMSON’s progression criteria.
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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools in the nation and is ranked among the top 10 nursing schools in the United States. Enrolling more than 1,800 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.