Atlantic Cape Community College and Rutgers University–Camden signed a Conditional Acceptance Agreement May 11, allowing students to complete three years of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Atlantic Cape and seamlessly transfer to Rutgers–Camden for completion.
The agreement offers guaranteed admission into Rutgers–Camden RN to BS program offered on-site at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, on successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing from Atlantic Cape with a minimum 2.7 GPA, successful passage of the NCLEX exam, and subsequent licensing as a Registered Nurse.
“We are very excited that through this degree our nursing students will have access to continue their education to obtain an advanced credential at a lower cost,” said Myrna Morales-Keklak, chair of the Nursing Program at Atlantic Cape. “More and more, health care facilities require the Bachelor of Science in Nursing as a condition of employment.”
“Through this new program, Rutgers–Camden and Atlantic Cape will collaborate to grow a diverse workforce of baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses who will help us better meet the health care needs of Atlantic and Cape May counties while also helping to grow economic and career opportunities for this region,” said Joanne Robinson, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.
Upon applying to Atlantic Cape’s RN program, students will be advised to begin the 3+1 RN to BS program, where they will complete 90 credits at Atlantic Cape and the remaining 30 at Rutgers. The current articulation with Rutgers’ Nursing program is a 2+2 program where students complete the RN program at Atlantic Cape and transfer to complete the remaining 60 credits at Rutgers.
The 3+1 agreement allows students to pay the lower tuition and fees at Atlantic Cape for an additional year, a savings of more than $20,000, before transferring to the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.
“Many students who graduate from Atlantic Cape choose Rutgers–Camden in order to earn a world-class bachelor’s degree. Working together, our two institutions are giving area residents the exceptional opportunity to achieve their career and personal goals in a more convenient and expedient manner,” said Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for students in our region who wish to pursue their Bachelor of Science degree in nursing,” said Nancy Powell, PhD, MSN, CNM, RNC-OB, director of Nursing Professional Practice and Development, AtlantiCare, who, as director of the RN to BSN Program at Rutgers, helped to design the program. “It also moves the profession closer to having 80 percent of nurses baccalaureate-prepared, as the Institute of Medicine called for in its 2010 report, The Future of Nursing.”
This agreement expands the long-standing relationship between Atlantic Cape and Rutgers. Last year, the two institutions signed an articulation agreement that creates a direct path to the New Brunswick campus.
“This relationship is built on a successful model of higher education partnerships flourishing throughout the state and country and is a cost-efficient way to meet the growing demand for higher education in the state,” said Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president. “We have a strong relationship, and this is another increased level of high-end opportunity for our students.”
Rutgers and Atlantic Cape partnered in 2006 to expand opportunities for residents of southeastern New Jersey. “These collaborative efforts resulted in the opening of the Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center in 2012, which is currently serving over 300 students,” said Jason Jankowski, manager of academic programs for the Division of Continuing Studies at Rutgers.
Rutgers offers the following degree programs at its Lifelong Learning Center at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Health Administration, Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Psychology with Early Childhood Concentration, Public Health, RN-BS Nursing and Social Work.