DCCC Enters New Nursing Partnership with UNCG

RN to BSN 2014

May 20, 2014 – Davidson County Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing recently entered into a partnership to offer the UNCG RN to BSN program on DCCC’s Davidson campus. UNCG faculty will teach the courses which are expected to begin as early as fall 2014.

“DCCC is very fortunate to have the opportunity to work in partnership with such a prestigious nursing program as the one at UNCG,” says Kim Benson, director of DCCC’s nursing programs. “This partnership will provide access to a four-year education to working nurses in the local area. The program will be cost effective for many DCCC graduates as it will require less travel and offer students the ability to take required BSN courses through the community college.”

Dr. Anita Tesh, associate dean for nursing at UNCG met with DCCC second-year Associate Degree Nursing students in January 2014, to discuss the new partnership and seek input regarding their interest in this new educational opportunity. Second-year students will be given first priority for enrollment into the new program. Practicing nurses from the surrounding community will also be eligible to enroll.

The partnership was developed in response to employment trends, state needs and a recent report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The IOM has called for an increase in the number of nurses prepared with a four-year degree or higher, as well as an improved education system that promotes more education for nurses. The IOM mandate will take effect in 2020. Many hospitals in North Carolina are seeking recognition as magnet facilities, and prefer to employ nurses with bachelor’s degrees. However, at present, less than 50 percent of all registered nurses in North Carolina hold a four-year degree in nursing.

“Our students, administration and academic leaders have expressed overwhelming support for options that enhance a graduate’s ability to obtain a BSN degree,” adds Benson. “The chief nursing administrators from Lexington Medical Center and Thomasville Medical Center have expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration, submitted documentation in support to Dr. Tesh and indicated that they will provide work schedules for their employees to accommodate enrollment in the UNCG RN to BSN program. Most importantly, our graduates will be able to meet the IOM mandate and secure and maintain employment.”

The Davidson County Community College Associate Degree Nursing faculty also worked closely with the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Associate Degree Nursing faculty in planning this opportunity. DCCC graduates will also have the opportunity to take RN to BSN courses on the RCCC North campus in Salisbury.

For additional information about the program, visit http://nursing.uncg.edu/undergraduate/Outreach.php. Registered nurses interested in enrolling in the program should contact Dandie Pennell at dandie_pennell@davidsonccc.edu or Linda Anderson at lmanders@uncg.edu.

Editor’s Note: DCCC nursing graduates enrolled in the RN to BSN program with UNCG are (front row, from left) Heather Cassada, Amanda Lio, Elizabeth Newsome and (back row, from left) Cheryl Bailey, Heather Burris, Lauren Styles, Jessica Trotter, Amy Essick and Olivia Bailey with Kimberly Benson, director of nursing programs at DCCC.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.