The University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., and Kankakee (Ill.) Community College recently announced a plan to work together to make the path to a BSN more convenient and cost effective for students through an RN-to-BSN fast-track program, according to a news release.
The fast-track program will enable licensed RNs who have completed their AAS degree at KCC to more efficiently transfer credits to USF in order to earn their BSN.
“We need to prepare nurses capable of advancing their education through the baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees to replace our retiring professors,” USF College of Nursing Dean Carol Wilson, RN, PhD, CNP, said in the release. “Nurses wishing to teach nursing or become advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists, need a minimum of a masters degree. Completion of a baccalaureate degree puts them on this path.”
The arrangement allows students to begin USF coursework while still enrolled at the community college. Subsequent courses through USF are online.