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TESU Partners with Cumberland CC on Nursing Degree Completion

Dr. Filomela Marshall, dean of W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, recently joined Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez, president of Cumberland County College, to sign an articulation agreement at the Paul Navone Healthcare Education Center on Cumberland County College’s campus in Vineland.

The agreement will allow eligible Cumberland County College RN students direct entry into the RN-BSN and the RN-BSN/MSN degree programs offered by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State University. Graduates of Cumberland’s RN program can transfer 80 credits and combine them with 40 credits earned at Thomas Edison State University to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The 40 credits earned at the University can be completed in one year should the student choose.

The fully-online BSN program provides a good option for students who wish to transfer once they have completed Cumberland’s RN program, and have earned their NJ State Certification. Graduates can enter the workforce and gain experience while furthering their education and completing their bachelor’s degree.

“We’re delighted to partner with one of the best online education universities to provide another pathway to the BSN,” said Salomon-Fernandez. “Our working adult students want a flexible schedule and our traditional college students have an intuitive facility with technology. It’s an excellent partnership.”

“This partnership will provide Cumberland County College nursing students a seamless pathway to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, allowing them to do so in an efficient and economical manner,” said Marshall. “A highly educated nursing workforce is key to the health of the community, and through this collaboration, we will be able to continue to immerse more nursing professionals into the field.”

“The partnership between Cumberland County College and Thomas Edison State University will make our students more marketable when they go into the workforce,” said Stella Barber, associate dean of Science, Health Science and Allied Health at Cumberland. “The nursing profession is looking to have the BSN as entry-level to practice. With this agreement our graduates will already be enrolled in a baccalaureate program and will gain employment faster than completing associate degree nursing programs.”

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