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MCC, FPU and Elliot Health System Form Partnership for Bachelor Degree Nursing Education

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Posted: March 12, 2012

A new partnership between Manchester Community College (MCC) and Franklin Pierce University (FPU) will allow students to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from FPU in one year after earning their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from MCC. Students in the Pathway for NH’s Future Nurses program will not have to apply separately to FPU after earning their ADN because they will have been accepted to both colleges as freshmen. By spending most of their first three years at MCC, students will save thousands of dollars in tuition over the cost of attending a traditional four-year college for their BS in Nursing.

Elliot Health System (EHS) in Manchester is a key partner in the new program. Students in the Pathway for NH's Future Nurses program will do a 192-hour preceptorship in their third year, working alongside an Elliot RN, an experience not available in a traditional associate degree program.

Students accepted into the Pathway program will take courses that meet the requirements of both colleges during their first three years at MCC, receive their ADN, and be eligible to take the RN state board exam (NCLEX-RN). They will then complete their bachelor degree in nursing at FPU during the fourth year.

"This new agreement offers real advantages to nursing students who want to achieve their bachelor degree in nursing within four years of beginning their college careers," says MCC President Dr. Susan Huard. "Students in this new program will earn their ADN and be ready to take the RN exam while they're still working towards their bachelor degree. And they’re assured from the first day on MCC's campus that they have a place at FPU to finish their bachelor degree!"

"FPU has a strong RN-to-BSN program in place," says Associate Dean John Ragsdale of FPU, "and the graduates of MCC's ADN program consistently show the highest pass rates on the state nursing exams, so they're well-positioned to succeed in our program. Students in the new program will transition seamlessly from MCC to FPU and benefit from the high quality of both programs. It's a win-win-win for the students, for MCC and for FPU."

"And it's a win for EHS as well," says Joni Spring, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Elliot Health System. "We have a strong relationship with MCC, and have served as a clinical site for their nursing students for many years. We encourage our RNs with associate degrees to continue their education, so this new partnership will help us assure a strong nursing staff throughout our system."

Applications will be accepted for the Fall 2012 class after March 8th. Interested students should plan to attend one of the information sessions for details about the Pathway for NH's Future Nurses program.