First Students Welcomed to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Mercer County Community College

2-2-09

The first group of students to enter the bachelor of science in Nursing program offered by Felician College at Mercer County Community College were recently welcomed to the campus. Front row, from left, are Debra Masteron of the Felician Nursing faculty, students Maureen Rick and Svetlana Suran, MCCC President Dr. Patricia Donohue, and students Sandra Indara, Kemi Adegbola and Kareen Bernard. In the back row, from left, are students Erice Lynthcott and Jannet Vernon, Felician Associate Dean Dr. Christine Mihal, Felician Vice President Dr. William Morgan, and students Veronic Chmiel, Stephen Cuccini and Cassandra Harris.

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College welcomed 15 students to campus this semester under a new agreement with Felician College of Lodi, New Jersey, that makes it possible for nurses to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree right on MCCC's campus in West Windsor. The students will remain together as a cohort throughout the "Fast Track" 19-month program, which meets for a full day of classes every Tuesday at the West Windsor Campus. Admission requirements include licensure in New Jersey as a registered nurse, an associate degree, or a nursing diploma plus additional college credits.

As the students met for the first time on Jan. 20, they were officially welcomed by staff and faculty of Felician College and MCCC at a luncheon scheduled between classes. While a large-screen TV carried the nation's presidential inauguration ceremonies, Felician Vice President William Morgan said, "Today, we can't help but be inspired." He noted that the students would not only remember where they were on this historic day, but would always be aware of beginning a significant change in their own lives. He encouraged them to continue their education and pursue their master's degrees after completing the Felician BSN program.

Most of the incoming students are working full time in a variety of nursing venues. According to Felician Associate Dean Christine Mihal, the incoming students have very disparate backgrounds and experience. Svetlana Suran, who works as a psychiatric nurse at Princeton House Behavioral Health, said she is pursuing the program with the goal of continuing for a Nurse Practitioner degree. She is a graduate of Raritan Valley Community College. Other students are looking forward to a promotion or a career in teaching.

According to MCCC Dean of Science and Health Professions Linda Martin, the program is much needed in the region. "We constantly encourage students to get their bachelor's degree. The fact that Felician comes to our campus to offer the program is an amazing help to our students and graduates, as well as all area nurses. Most are working and have family obligations, so they need the flexibility that Felician's program provides. It's a good partnership for all involved."

Felician College plans to offer bachelor's degree programs at Mercer in other majors in the future, including business and criminal justice.

Open houses for the BSN program are set for Feb. 10, March 25, May 7, June 16, July 27 and August 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at MCCC's Student Center, Faculty Dining Room. For more information contact Admissions Representative Mark Baldwin at Felician College, 201-559-6077, or Director of Off-Campus Services Jennifer Kostic at 201-355-1113 (e-mail adultandgraduate@felician.edu). For directions to MCCC visit www.mccc.edu.


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