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New agreement streamlines bachelor’s degree for nursing students

November 30, 2011 – Collin College’s newest partnership with the Texas Tech University Health Service Center will streamline the timeline to a bachelor’s degree for nursing students.

Through a unique agreement, Collin College nursing students can have concurrent enrollment with Texas Tech University Health Service Center’s Anita Thigpen School of Nursing. 

Students will be able to participate in the program while completing the associate of applied science (AAS) degree in nursing in addition to an associate of arts or science (AA or AS) degree. Having completed their core curriculum, the student will have a seamless transition to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) at the Anita Thigpen School of Nursing.

“Collin College believes that partnerships with local and regional universities are vital in streamlining the track toward a bachelor’s degree,” said Brenda Willard Goodell, chair of the Collin College Board of Trustees. “Without our nursing professionals, our hospitals and communities would struggle as the need for healthcare continues to increase.”

According to Dr. Nell Ard, director of the Collin College nursing program, the agreement is a response to the Institute of Medicine’s “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report published in October 2010. The report called upon nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training to respond to the increasing demands of patient needs.

“This agreement with one of our university partners continues a spectacular year for our nursing program,” said Cary Israel, district president at Collin College. “Our college takes great pride in being a primary hub for healthcare professionals that work in our community’s clinics, emergency rooms, intensive care units, hospital rooms and surgical units.”

As a perk to the student, the BSN program will be online making it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree without leaving Collin County. With a degree plan, students can complete all core curricula at Collin College. Texas Tech University will offer the “bridge” courses online.

In July, Collin College’s nursing program was named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education™ by the National League of Nursing. The program became Texas’ first and only Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. Of the more than 1,800 nursing programs in the country, only 19 have been named a Center of Excellence.

“We are honored to be a Collin College partner,” said Dr. Yondell Masten, R.N., dean of nursing at Texas Tech University. “As evidenced by the Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation, Collin College graduates are excellent candidates for helping the nursing profession meet the Institute of Medicine future of nursing recommendations. We look forward to and are extremely excited about our partnership with Collin College.”

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Collin College serves about 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.