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Schools Collaborate to Offer RN-to-BSN Program



Posted January 24, 2011 04:32 PM

Schools Collaborate to Offer RN-to-BSN Program
Schools Collaborate to Offer RN-to-BSN Program
As more associate's degree holders pursue education at the bachelor's level, a growing number of institutions are collaborating to make the transfer process simpler. Through articulation agreements with nearby universities, community colleges are making it easier for those who hold a two-year degree to continue on to a four-year RN to BSN program.

For example, the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) and the Lone Star College System (LSCS) have signed an articulation agreement that allows LSCS registered nurse (RN) graduates to transfer to UHV to earn a bachelor's in nursing (BSN), according to a press release.

"It's important for students to get their BSN because it's been shown through research that patient outcomes are better when nurses have a higher level of education," said Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the UHV School of Nursing.

Tart added that the agreement was signed after a report by the Institute of Medicine - an independent adviser on issues of improving health in the U.S. - recommended that nurses achieve higher levels of education through a system that promotes seamless progression.

"Having this agreement will be so beneficial to our students because it will allow them to plan their transfer activities without losing any credits rather than relying on chance," said Donetta Goodall, vice chancellor of LSCS.

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