West Shore Community College (WSCC) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Davenport University (DU) to offer their nursing students, graduating with an associate degree, an opportunity to earn an expedited bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN).
“I’m excited about this latest partnership agreement with Davenport University. Each agreement we’re able to secure shows our students that universities in our state recognize and respect the work they’re doing at West Shore. We are committed to working together with our communities and other educational institutions to ensure students have the best possible pathway to success,” said WSCC President Scott Ward.
This new partnership agreement enables WSCC students working on their associate of applied arts and sciences degree in nursing to formally enroll in DU’s Bachelor of Nursing Concurrent Enrollment program. Students will take classes at both institutions and receive their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) three semesters after earning their associates degree.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for nursing students to quickly advance their degrees and increase their earning potential with Michigan’s highest performing hospitals,” said Dr. Richard J. Pappas, president of DU. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to support our local community colleges and make it more convenient for students to earn a bachelor’s in nursing degree in as little as three years.”
The Bachelor of Nursing Concurrent Enrollment program is a special program designed for specific, dedicated students who want to earn their nursing degree in a shorter amount of time.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nurses needed will grow from 2.74 million in 2010 to 3.45 million in 2020. This program will address the nursing shortage by preparing more nurses to enter the workforce in Michigan.
The agreement is set to begin the fall semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.