Rutgers University–Camden, Atlantic Cape Community College sign 3+1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Agreement

Rutgers University–Camden and Atlantic Cape Community College signed a conditional acceptance agreement May 11 to enable students to complete three years of requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Atlantic Cape before seamlessly transferring to Rutgers–Camden for their final year.

The agreement offers guaranteed admission into the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden’s RN-to-BS program at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing campus upon successful completion of an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing from Atlantic Cape; a minimum 2.7 grade-point average; successful passage of the NCLEX exam; and subsequent licensing as a registered nurse.

“We are very excited that through this degree our nursing students will have access to continue their education to obtain an advanced credential at a lower cost,” says Myrna Morales-Keklak, chair of the nursing program at Atlantic Cape. “More and more, health care facilities require the bachelor of science in nursing as a condition of employment.”

“Through this new program, Rutgers–Camden and Atlantic Cape will collaborate to grow a diverse workforce of baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses who will help us better meet the health care needs of Atlantic and Cape May counties while also helping to grow economic and career opportunities for this region,” says Joanne Robinson, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.

Upon applying to Atlantic Cape’s RN program, students will be advised to begin the 3+1 RN-to-BS program, where they will complete 90 credits at Atlantic Cape and the remaining 30 credits at Rutgers–Camden. The current program is a 2+2 program in which students complete the RN program at Atlantic Cape and transfer to complete the remaining 60 credits at Rutgers–Camden.

The 3+1 agreement allows students to pay lower tuition and fees at Atlantic Cape for an additional year, a savings of more than $20,000, before transferring to the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.

“Many students who graduate from Atlantic Cape choose Rutgers–Camden in order to earn a world-class bachelor’s degree. Working together, our two institutions are giving area residents the exceptional opportunity to achieve their career and personal goals in a more convenient and expedient manner,” says Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students in our region who wish to pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing,” says Nancy Powell, director of nursing professional practice and development for AtlantiCare, who, as director of the RN-to-BS program at Rutgers–Camden, helped to design the 3+1 program.

“It also moves the profession closer to having 80 percent of nurses baccalaureate-prepared, as the Institute of Medicine called for in its 2010 report, The Future of Nursing,” Powell says.

This agreement expands the longstanding relationship between Atlantic Cape and Rutgers–Camden. Last year, the two institutions signed an articulation agreement that creates a direct path to Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

“This relationship is built on a successful model of higher education partnerships flourishing throughout the state and country and it is a cost efficient way to meet the growing demand for higher education in the state,” says Atlantic Cape President Peter Mora. “We have a strong relationship, and this is another increased level of high-end opportunity for our students.”

Rutgers–Camden and Atlantic Cape partnered in 2006 to expand opportunities for residents of southeastern New Jersey. “These collaborative efforts resulted in the opening of the Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center in 2012, which is currently serving over 300 students,” says Jason Jankowski, manager of academic programs for the Division of Continuing Studies at Rutgers–Camden.

Rutgers–Camden offers the following degree programs at its Lifelong Learning Center at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus: business administration; criminal justice; health administration; labor studies and employment relations; liberal studies; political science; psychology; psychology with a concentration in early childhood; public health; RN-to-BS nursing; and social work.

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