Mercer County Community College President Dr. Jianping Wang and Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon shake hands following the signing of an agreement to offer new educational opportunities for Mercer Nursing students.
Faculty and staff at Mercer County Community College tours the Nursing education facilities at Thomas Edison State University.
WEST WINDSOR – For the second time in the new year, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) has expanded opportunities for Nursing students to earn bachelor’s degrees and beyond through new agreements with area four-year institutions.
On Jan. 19, officials from MCCC and Rutgers University–Camden announced the Rutgers RN to BS Express program, which will allow Mercer students to complete three years of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at MCCC and seamlessly transfer to Rutgers–Camden for completion.
“This agreement with Rutgers–Camden has opened up a wealth of opportunities for students committed to serving the community through a quality education in the healthcare industry,” said MCCC President Jianping Wang. “Our new partnership opens doors and enhances accessibility for a new generation of healthcare professionals, enabling them to overcome obstacles otherwise created through cost, inconvenience, or a lack of opportunity.”
The agreement offers guaranteed admission into the Rutgers–Camden RN to BS program offered on-site at MCCC’s West Windsor campus upon successful completion of the Associate in Science in Nursing degree from Mercer with a minimum 2.7 GPA, successful passing of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), and subsequent licensing as a registered nurse. The agreement allows students to pay the lower tuition at MCCC for an additional year – a savings of more than $20,000 – before enrolling in Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.
On Jan. 17, MCCC joined leadership at Thomas Edison State University (TESU) to sign an agreement creating a new dual enrollment Nursing program that enables students to complete a BSN degree in four years through the “3+1” program, which allows the transfer of up to 90 credits to the TESU online RN-BSN program.
“This partnership provides students the opportunity to earn a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree in an efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Filomela Marshall, dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at TESU. “Our collaboration provides a seamless pathway into our RN-BSN program for students at Mercer.”
Upon completion of their BSN degree, students will be prepared to advance their education and pursue a Master of Science in Nursing and eventually a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Eligible students enrolled in the program will be granted provisional acceptance in the RN-BSN program at TESU and full acceptance upon completion of the Associate in Science in Nursing degree from Mercer and passage of the NCLEX-RN.
“This exciting new agreement with Thomas Edison State University is all about creating choices for students,” Wang said. “By offering choices and enabling students to study close to home, more students will complete their education. We are creating opportunities for students from a variety of backgrounds and learning styles while allowing them to continue to meet family and work obligations.”