of Oakland Community College’s associate’s degree program in nursing have a new
route to advance their credentials.
agreement with the Wayne State University College of Nursing will ease the
transition of OCC alumni into Wayne State’s program, allowing them to receive
their bachelor’s degree in five semesters with classes taken in Oakland County.
Wednesday, the agreement allows graduates with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
from OCC to transition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at
Wayne State with minimal duplication of courses.
program is very advantageous for our students,” said OCC Interim Dean of
Nursing and Health Professions Lori Przymusinski, MSN, RN. “The caliber of
students we will provide Wayne State is very high.”
Nancy T. Artinian, PhD, RN, FAAN and interim dean of the Wayne
State University College of Nursing, said the college hopes to start enrolling
OCC nursing graduates now to start the program in January.
“Wayne State University nursing graduates are prized for their
leadership, case management and practitioner skills in all areas of the
healthcare system,” Artinian said. “We are excited to see what this partnership
agreement is designed for students who follow a prescribed plan of study and
receive an ADN at OCC. The credits transferred from the ADN will be included in
the total credit hours required for a BSN. To qualify, standard admission,
curriculum, and graduation requirements of OCC and WSU must also be met.
The agreement is in effect now through June 30,
2016, and subject to review for continuance after three years. Wayne State University is a premier urban research
institution offering 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to
nearly 29,000 students.
also signed a reverse transfer agreement recently with Grand Valley State
University. Signed October 22, the accord helps students who transferred to
Grand Valley from OCC to complete an associate’s degree at OCC. The initiative
applies to students who completed at least 40 credits at OCC and transferred to
Grand Valley before earning an associate’s degree. GVSU, located in Allendale, enrolls
more than 24,000 students a year and offers more than 200 areas of study, and 81
undergraduate and 31 graduate degrees.
Community College is the largest community
college in Michigan and ranks 23rd among the nation’s 1,200
associate degree-granting schools. With five campuses throughout Oakland
County, it offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields, including
university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts, as well
as workforce training and certificate programs. Three quarters of a
million students have enrolled at the college since it opened in 1965.
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