WCCC, Waynesburg sign Articulation Agreement
Officials of Westmoreland County Community College and Waynesburg University recently signed an agreement to ensure that students who completed the nursing associate degree program at WCCC will transfer to a parallel baccalaureate degree program at the university.
The agreement, which applies to the university’s RN to BSN program, was signed by Dana Cook Baer, interim provost, Waynesburg University and WCCC President Tuesday Stanley.
“This articulation agreement with Waynesburg University will provide WCCC nursing students with a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in nursing, which is a professional and personal goal for many,” said Stanley.
To be eligible, WCCC students must complete the associate degree nursing program, be in good standing with no history of academic probation and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
“We are pleased to partner with WCCC to provide an opportunity for students who want to obtain education and training in quality nursing programs at a time when the country and the region need well-trained and compassionate health care professionals,” said Baer.
“The agreement aligns with the Institute of Medicine’s proposed nursing education initiative to increase the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s degrees in nursing from 50 to 80 percent by 2020,” said Rebecca Gediminsksas, interim dean of health professions/natural sciences.
In Pennsylvania, only 27 percent of nurses have attained a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
“Intrinsic to nursing education is instilling that learning is lifelong and further education is imperative,” said Gediminsksas.
At WCCC, 484 students are currently enrolled in the college’s associate degree nursing programs conducted at the Youngwood campus and WCCC centers in Greene and Indiana counties.
“Our curriculum at Waynesburg University builds on what students have learned in their associate degree nursing program and is not a repeat of courses,” said Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, Co-director of Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs.
“For many of our nursing students, the cost of a four-year degree is an obstacle. After they earn their associate degree, they’re able to join the workforce and many employers offer tuition assistance for degree advancement,” said Gediminsksas.