Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and New Jersey City University (NJCU) have formalized an agreement for an Associate-Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program – the HCCC-NJCU RN-BSN at Hudson County Community College.
Present at the Memorandum of Understanding signing on December 10 were HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber; NJCU President Dr. Sue Henderson; HCCC Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Eric Friedman; HCCC Dean of Instruction Dr. John Marlin; HCCC Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Christopher Wahl; NJCU Acting Nursing Department Chair Dr. Christine McSherry; HCCC Health, Science & Technology Affiliate Faculty Carol Fasano; and NJCU Associate Professor and RN to BSN Program Coordinator Dr. Joyce Wright.
Dr. Reber remarked that increasingly, the College’s partners in the healthcare industries seek professionals who possess a Bachelor’s degree. “Our partnership with NJCU affords our graduates greater opportunities for employment and career success,” he said.
“Our Nursing programs are among our greatest points of pride,” Dr. Reber stated. He noted that the College’s Registered Nursing (RN) Program is ranked in the top tier of two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide with 94% of HCCC graduates passing the NCLEX licensure test first time out. Additionally, the HCCC Practical Nursing (PN) program is top ranked among New Jersey PN programs, with 100% of the last two cohorts of HCCC graduates passing the NCLEX the first time out.
Dr. Henderson noted, “We are thrilled to embark upon this partnership with HCCC as it will provide tremendous value to nursing students and the communities in which they will serve. This new program reflects the University’s educational expertise, which earned us distinguished recognition as one of the best RN to BSN programs in the state.”
Dr. Reber said the HCCC Nursing and Allied Health program’s success is a result of the excellent instruction students receive from caring faculty who are medical professionals and who support students in attaining their degrees and preparing them for their licensing exams.
HCCC students also have the advantage of learning in the College’s state-of-the-art Cundari Center, which includes a mock hospital with interactive “patients” and the latest medical equipment.
“Thanks to this agreement, our RN graduates can earn the BSN right here on our campus,” Dr. Reber said. In the HCCC-NJCU RN-BSN Degree Completion Program, the required 100- and 200-series coursework for the NJCU RN-BSN degree will be taught at HCCC on the Journal Square Campus, with the credits for those courses transferring towards the NJCU Baccalaureate degree. The required 300- and 400-series NJCU courses will be also be taught on the HCCC Journal Square Campus.
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