Vance-Granville Community College links nursing program with N.C. A&T

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 06:38 PM

Leaders of Vance-Granville Community College and N.C. A&T University signed a partnership in their respective nursing programs Friday.

The “RN to BSN” pact will allow graduates of VGCC to transition more easily into A&T’s four-year nursing degree program. Registered nurses will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree at A&T in as little as one year after earning an associate’s degree at VGCC.

The bilateral articulation agreement is the first RN to BSN for the Greensboro university with one of the state’s 58 community colleges. It is also the first bilateral agreement uniquely between the two institutions and not included in the University of North Carolina system’s comprehensive articulation agreement to all of the state system’s four-year public universities.

In a prepared statement, VGCC president Dr. Stelfanie Williams said, “This partnership will mean greater opportunities for our nursing students to succeed and to grow as professionals. Granville is honored to be the first community college to sign an RN to BSN agreement with North Carolina A&T. Our educational collaboration will help us to meet the changing needs of our health-care system.”

“This partnership is an exciting opportunity for N.C. A&T and Vance-Granville Community College to educate well-prepared nurses to meet the growing health care needs across our region and nation,” said Harold L. Martin Sr., the A&T chancellor, in a prepared statement. “We want to ensure that graduates of the VGCC nursing program make a seamless transition into the bachelor of science nursing completion program at A&T.”

In the timeline for implementation, VGCC students will gain advising this summer and enrollments could potentially begin in the fall 2014 semester. Students in the program will be able to complete a majority of the courses online and travel to Greensboro one day a week for traditional classroom work.

Nurses with BSN degrees are coveted by hospitals wanting “magnet” status as certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.