Starting next fall, graduates of the Grossmont College nursing program can seamlessly continue their education and receive their bachelor’s in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in just 15 months without ever leaving the community college campus.
The groundbreaking pact between the two institutions for the four-year nursing degree was announced this morning at a press conference at Grossmont College. Created to address growing workforce demand, the new agreement addresses the omission of nursing programs from recent legislation allowing select community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees.
Administrators hailed the partnership creating cohorts of 25 students each fall and spring as a major plus for Grossmont College’s nursing students, who will benefit from the instruction and student support resources from the university. Tuition for the accelerated degree program is $16,200 and includes the cost of books. PLNU will have a full time advisor at Grossmont College to provide scholarship information and enrollment assistance to interested students.
“PLNU is pleased to partner with Grossmont College to provide increased access to students across the San Diego region who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degree,” said PLNU President Bob Brower, who was joined at the press conference by Grossmont College President Sunita “Sunny” Cooke and nursing deans from both campuses.
The demand for nurses with bachelor’s degrees has grown in recent years. A national study by the Institute of Medicine recommended that by 2020, 80 percent of the nursing workforce should have a bachelor’s degree to meet the country’s healthcare needs. However, it has become a challenge for students to get into four-year university nursing programs. Further compounding the challenge, more hospitals continue to achieve magnet status, requiring them to hire a high percentage of nurses with the degrees.
For Grossmont students there is now a mechanism for students to seamlessly transfer and quickly obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our graduates to benefit from Point Loma Nazarene University’s excellent nursing program," said Cooke. "Together we can better meet workforce demand and support student success.”
Highly respected across the San Diego region, PLNU’s nursing program recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. “Today’s announcement is certainly an appropriate way to mark 40 years of excellence in training and equipping individuals called to the sacred work of nursing,” said Brower. PLNU’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Today’s announcement is one of several new programs in development at PLNU that seek to serve new populations of students and allow PLNU to further meet workforce development needs in the San Diego region and beyond. New educational delivery systems and partnerships, like the relationship with Grossmont, continue to extend the educational resource of PLNU as a mission-driven, quality university for the broader San Diego region.
For more information on the RN to BSN program, visit http://pointloma.edu/RNtoBSN.