The collaborations will help the state meet the Massachusetts Action Coalition goal of having 66 percent of the state’s nurses hold a B.S. in Nursing degree by 2020, and 80 percent by 2025.
“These agreements will help students achieve their academic and professional goals while supporting the state’s public health objectives,” said Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus. “Our public higher education institutions will continue to look for productive collaborations.”
“This agreement is a win for students and the communities they will serve as nurses. It creates a clear path from an Associate’s Degree in nursing at a community college to a Bachelor’s Degree while being able to work in the field,” said MWCC President James Vander Hooven. “This is a fantastic example of what the strong relationship between MWCC and Fitchburg State University can accomplish for our communities and students.”
“Providing Bristol’s students with seamless admission to Fitchburg State’s baccalaureate nursing programs is an exciting extension of our mission to bridge access to critical healthcare education for high-paying career opportunities in our region,” said Bristol Community College President Laura L. Douglas. “The college is excited to provide students with innovative learning resources from both institutions, while promoting a college-going culture in our local communities.”
“Middlesex is pleased to work with a tremendous public higher ed partner like Fitchburg State University on a much needed ASN to BSN transfer program,” said Middlesex Community College President James C. Mabry. “This program is both a great opportunity for community college students, but also helps expand the pipeline for high quality health care professionals that are in great demand across the state.”
“This agreement will allow our nursing students to easily and seamlessly matriculate to a four-year nursing degree program at Fitchburg State,” said Quinsigamond Community College President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “At QCC, we are constantly working to facilitate ways for our students to fulfill their all of their educational goals, through articulation agreements with both private and public four-year institutions.”
The agreements were created with support from a Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Nursing & Allied Health grant. The project is expected to produce at least 18 additional students a year with the bachelor’s degree.
Participating students will be guaranteed acceptance to Fitchburg State when they sign up for their first year of community college and will be placed in contact with the University’s admissions and continuing education offices. They will be allowed to transfer up to 88 credits (including 39 from the nursing major) from the sending community college. Application fee and essay requirements will also be waived for participating students.
Fitchburg State’s baccalaureate nursing options include in-person and online programs, as well as a program tailored to LPNs seeking to complete their BS in Nursing degrees.