The University of Maryland School of Nursing and Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., recently signed an agreement of dual admission that will bring a seamless transition from the ADN program to the BSN degree. UMSON partnered with Montgomery to design a dual admission program that will be available to nursing students this fall, according to a news release.
“This dual admission program is an amazing opportunity for MC’s nursing students,” Barbara Nubile, MSN, RN, associate dean and director of nursing at Montgomery College, said in the release. “As a community college, the student population is more diverse and is less likely to leave the community to attend a university. This seamless articulation pathway provides an option that allows Montgomery County residents to complete their associate degree in nursing and then complete their baccalaureate degree, all while staying in the county.”
Through the agreement, nursing students will have simultaneous admission into Montgomery College’s ADN program and UMSON’s BSN program while satisfying the requirements of both schools. Students enrolled in the program will receive transfer credits for completed coursework, and will be granted special student status, allowing them to take UMSON courses while still working on their associate degree, according to the release.
Representatives from UMSON and Montgomery College worked for two years to design the pact, which has laid the foundation for similar dual admission arrangements such as one that was recently signed between UMSON and the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata.
The College of Southern Maryland and UMSON signed an agreement April 8 on a dual admission program that will allow CSM students pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing to simultaneously enroll in the BSN program at UMSON, according to a separate news release.
“The 2010 Institute of Medicine report [on the future of nursing] said that by 2020, 80% of our nurses need to hold a baccalaureate degree or higher,” UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in the release. “Baccalaureate programs in this country can’t meet that target; we can only meet it when we embrace and welcome these opportunities to partner together between associate degree and baccalaureate education.”
CSM’s nursing department graduates about 90 nursing students each academic year with the majority finding employment in the Washington, D.C., metro area and southern Maryland.
Pictured from left are Barbara Nubile, RN, associate dean and director of nursing at Montgomery College, and Rebecca Wiseman, RN, associate professor and chairwoman of the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove. The two schools recently entered a dual admission program that will allowed students to be simultaneously enrolled in the associate degree in nursing program at Montgomery College and the bachelor of science nursing program at UMSON. UMSON and the College of Southern Maryland have reached a similar agreement on a dual admission program.