FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University and MassBay Community College announced a new partnership that provides MassBay students who earn their associate’s degree in Nursing with seamless admission into Framingham State’s Nursing Program to complete their bachelor’s degree.
The “RN to BS in Nursing” Program aims to streamline the process for students to earn their bachelor’s degree in a field that is facing a large shortfall in qualified job applicants due to retirements.
“We are excited for this partnership and the educational opportunities this will provide our students,” said MassBay Director of Admissions and Recruitment Alison McCarty. “We have been flooded with interest in our nursing program from applicants who have noticed our strong license exam pass rates and have heard about our concept-based instruction designed for adult learners who thrive with experiential learning. Having this partnership in place will assist our students earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees and strengthen the local medical community.”
“This partnership is a great opportunity for MassBay Nursing students to take advantage of the rich resources of the University while still at the community college, such as program-specific academic advising and library access,” says Dr. Susan Mullaney, professor and chair of the Framingham State Nursing Department. “Students will also have the option to take general education courses at FSU. These benefits should assist them in feeling supported, informed, and more prepared before they begin their RN-to-BS program at FSU.”
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education is working directly with the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association to help prepare qualified employees to take over for an influx in retiring nurses. The “RN to BS in Nursing” program aligns with the department’s efforts to streamline the educational pipeline for quicker achievement of degrees.
Students will have to meet certain criteria in order to ensure seamless transfer to Framingham State University including:
- Successfully completing the Associate Degree in Nursing at MassBay with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Successfully passing the NCLEX-RN exam
- Presenting a current, unrestricted RN license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts