DMACC AND IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY ENTER INNOVATIVE NURSING PARTNERSHIP
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Iowa Wesleyan University (IW) sign an innovative agreement resulting in the first-ever RN-BSN 3+1 (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) completion program in the State of Iowa. This partnership enhances healthcare across Iowa and advances healthcare education.
Iowa Wesleyan University President Steven Titus and DMACC President Rob Denson signed an articulation agreement in a ceremony on November 21 at the DMACC Ankeny Campus.
As a result of this agreement, DMACC Nursing graduates will be able to complete their BSN degrees in one year online, allowing them to stay in central Iowa and work. Also, there are financial aid opportunities through the Iowa Tuition Grant program.
“DMACC and Iowa Wesleyan are leading the way for state initiatives and industry needs to advance the nursing workforce in Iowa,” said President Titus. “The RN-BSN 3+1 completion program provides nursing students a seamless pathway from the associate degree to the BSN program either on campus or online.”
The Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2011) issued The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report stating, “Community colleges have an important role to play in ensuring that more BSN-prepared nurses are available in all regions of the United States and that nursing education at the associate level is high quality and affordable and prepares associate degree nurses to move on to higher levels of education.”
“I am excited for the strong partnership with IW to ensure that our ADN graduates will be able to stay in central Iowa and work while completing their RN-BSN degree online,” said DMACC Nursing Education Director Kendra Ericson. “I am proud we will be offering a seamless pathway to the RN-BSN where all DMACC Nursing credits will be accepted. I am confident that the DMACC-IW partnership provides new pathways in the state for community colleges and university nursing programs to partner and bring about a stronger nursing workforce able to meet Iowa community health needs.”
Current DMACC Boone Campus nursing student Cassidy Bissen understands the benefits of a RN-BNN 3+1 program.
“Going to a school that has a 3+1 partnership would make the decision where and when to get my BSN easier since the transition would be simple,” said Bissen. “It would make me more apt to further my education right away.”
Bissen acknowledges that employers are growing more and more interested in graduates who have a BSN when looking at applicants.
“This partnership is ideal as IW has six starting dates per year to make it as convenient as possible for students to complete their BSN,” said Dr. Margaret Trousil, Chair for the Division of Nursing at Iowa Wesleyan. “The same highly qualified instructors on campus teach online courses as well making it possible for our students to work, have a family and get their education. Iowa Wesleyan’s focus in teaching is the whole person, not just the patient.”
- DMACC offers nursing at its Ankeny, Boone, Carroll and Newton Campuses, and at the DMACC Capitol Complex in Des Moines.
- DMACC and Iowa Wesleyan Nursing programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing
- DMACC and Iowa Wesleyan Nursing programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- DMACC is the first community college nursing program to implement Iowa Consortium for Advancing Nursing Education (ICANE) recommendations towards the BSN.
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About Iowa Wesleyan University – Celebrating its 175th Anniversary and a new era of excellence, Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.
About DMACC – Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. As Iowa’s largest two-year college, DMACC offers 167 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 75,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and in three learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC has experienced record growth and is the 15th fastest growing two-year college in America. For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu.