SCC and Wilmington U. partner to offer BSN completion on SCC campus

SCC and Wilmington U. partner to offer BSN completion on SCC campus

(Photo courtesy of Susan L. Gregg/Wilmington University)

CAPTION: Salem Community College President Joan M. Baillie and Wilmington University President Dr. Jack Varsalona signed an agreement on July 21 for WU to offer a Bachelor of Science in nursing completion program on the SCC campus starting in September.

 

Starting this fall, Wilmington University will offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program at Salem Community College.

Through this partnership agreement, students can earn their Associate Degree in Nursing at SCC, and then continue on to Wilmington University and complete a BSN on the SCC campus. The program is also open to RNs who earned associate degrees at other institutions.

Wilmington has scheduled two seven-week courses, “Nurse as Professional” followed by “Nurse as Decision Maker” on Monday evenings, from Sept. 8 until Dec. 15 on the Carneys Point campus.

The BSN courses are part of an agreement that SCC and Wilmington officials signed on July 21 that enables residents of New Jersey and Delaware to complete upper-division courses required for certain WU undergraduate degree programs on the SCC campus.

“Today’s signing is only the beginning of providing more opportunities to nursing students in a field that will soon require the BSN for many jobs,” said SCC President Joan M. Baillie.

“By partnering with Wilmington University to create new academic pathways for nursing students, we will be able to provide our students more options to continue their education,” said Charles McGlade, SCC Director of Nursing and Allied Health Programs. “This new collaboration allows SCC to increase access for our students, along with South Jersey-based RNs, to continue on a path and gain more complex skills that are needed for healthcare in today’s world.”

Wilmington’s fully accredited BSN program includes nine core nursing courses, English and mathematics courses, and electives. The program offers flexible format options, transfer credit options and seamless transition into graduate studies.

WU President Dr. Jack Varsalona praised the caliber of students who transfer from SCC.  “They’re raring to go,” he said, “and ambitious, caring and smart.”

Denise Westbook, WU Dean, College of Health Professions, pointed out the importance of continuing education for nurses. “The complexities of the rapidly changing health care system and the diverse demographics of our society demand that nurse professionals be prepared to function as autonomous decision-makers and innovative leaders,” she said. “New nurse graduates are encouraged to continue their academic pursuits toward the BSN, MSN, and doctoral preparation."

SCC and WU have a long-standing partnership of over 40 years.  The two institutions previously signed a dual-enrollment agreement for 15 programs of study, including nursing, allowing for a seamless transfer from SCC to Wilmington.

For more information, about Wilmington University BSN courses offered at SCC, contact Angela B. Steele-Tilton, MSN - Chair of BSN Program, at (302) 356-2021 or e-mail angela.b.steele-tilton@wilmu.edu