Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) President Mark Ojakian has signed an agreement between six Connecticut Community Colleges and Charter Oak State College – Connecticut’s public online college – that guarantees students of the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) admission to Charter Oak’s new online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The agreement additionally provides a seamless path for the transfer of nursing credits to Charter Oak’s program.
“This new agreement provides a valuable career ladder for NCC nursing students, who will be able to advance their nursing credentials to the next level through an affordable online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program whose tuition will be the same as attending NCC,” said NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D. “Many nursing employers today require the B.S.N. degree, in addition to the R.N.”
The agreement outlines specific benefits for participating students:
- Early identification of interest in, and preparation for, advancement to the B.S. degree in Nursing through Charter Oak;
- Consistent, integrated academic advisement and support;
- Guaranteed enrollment in the B. S. in Nursing program at Charter Oak and
- Smooth transition from the Connecticut Community Colleges Nursing Program to Charter Oak State College.
Additionally, students will receive 35 Nursing credits in transfer with an earned A.S. degree toward COSC degree requirements. Charter Oak will also waive its $50 application fee.
According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 500,000 nurses are expected to retire nationally by 2022, and 1.1 million new nurses will be needed by 2023.
Requirements for students interested in participating in the agreement include proof of current licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Connecticut, graduation from their CT-CCNP A.S. degree program with a minimum 2.3 GPA, and enrollment in Charter Oak’s program within one year of graduation from their A.S program.
“This is an exciting option for those seeking to enter the field of nursing,” President Ojakian said. “Our community colleges offer the highest quality, most affordable option for potential nursing students, and the opportunity for guaranteed admission and a seamless transfer to the BSN program at Charter Oak is yet another reason to explore a nursing career through our state colleges and universities.”
Photo Caption: Shown from left are Charter Oak President Ed Klonoski, NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D. and CSCU President Mark Ojakian.