In an effort to ease the shortage of nurses in West Texas, EPCC and the Hunt school of Nursing have announced a concurrent enrollment agreement. The collaboration offers students an efficient way to pursue a nursing education by tying together early-college coursework in high school, the associate degree in the nursing program at EPCC and the Bachelor of Science in nursing program at the Hunt School of Nursing.
“This partnership between EPCC and the Hunt School of Nursing not only provides students a solid academic experience that prepares them for a rewarding career in nursing, but it also ensures that our region will have skilled nurses that can meet the healthcare needs of our community.
” Said Gail Meagher, EPCC dean of nursing. The program will create a seamless pathway allowing EPCC students to make a smooth transition into the Hunt School of Nursing’s bachelor program.
“Even more importantly,” said Hunt School of Nursing Dean Stephanie Woods, Ph.D., R.N., “The new agreement is part of a holistic, collaborative approach that can help guide students from high school to their bachelor’s degree and on to masters and doctoral degrees. It gives graduates improved career mobility.
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EXCELENCIA The collaboration offers students a way
to pursue a nursing education by tying together earlycollege coursework,
the associate degree in the nursing program at EPCC and the B.S. in nursing
” With the concurrent enrollment agreement, students working toward their Associate Degree in Nursing at EPCC can now begin to earn credit toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Hunt School of Nursing. Students at EPCC can complete up to six credit hours of the Hunt School of Nursing’s R.N. to B.S.N. program while they are enrolled in the community college’s associate degree program.
With agreements and assistance from area magnet high schools, EPCC, Project Arriba, Workforce Solutions Borderplex and hospitals, students will receive guidance and help along the path toward becoming nurses. “This is not just simply an agreement with EPCC; it’s that all the pipelines that feed EPCC are now pipelines that feed the Hunt School of Nursing bachelor’s program,” Dean Woods said.
“This is wonderful example of how we’ve tied the ends together across the community to benefit students and employees. If a student is advised early and moves through these well-articulated pathways, it conserves their financial aid and helps get them all the way through school without wasting time or money taking courses they shouldn’t.
It’s about comprehensive support to get students all the way to a bachelor’s degree.” -Tonie Badillo, dean of Dual Credit and Early College High Schools at EPCC, said, “We are excited about this collaboration. One of the pathways our students will have starts in high school. By developing a very structured dualcredit crosswalk for motivated high school students, we have ensured all the college credits apply toward the B.S.N. This will save our students and their families’ time and money.”