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UT Arlington creates seamless path to bachelor’s degree


A new partnership between the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and more than a dozen Texas community colleges will give nursing students graduating with an associate degree a seamless path to earning a bachelor’s degree, according to a UT press release.

The new Professional Nursing Pathways Program provides community college nursing students access to course plans designed for quick entry into UT Arlington’s RN-to-BSN program. By taking certain courses, students can begin the RN-to-BSN program about 60 days after graduating with an ADN.

“We wanted to take away the barriers that keep these new nurses from completing bachelor’s degrees,” said UT Arlington College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster, RN, PhD, FAAN. “This program creates an accessible and affordable … transition, and it begins while students are still at the community college.”

UT nursing students earn their BSN by segueing into the RN-to-BSN online courses. More than 3,000 of UT’s 6,600 nursing students currently are enrolled in the online RN-to-BSN program. The Pathways initiative is a response to the 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that recommend that 80% of nurses in the U.S. hold bachelor’s degrees by 2020.

Partners include Dallas County Community College campuses in El Centro, Brookhaven and Mountain View colleges, as well as Trinity Valley Community College, Grayson County College (Denison), Navarro College (Corsicana), Weatherford College, Baptist Health System School of Health Professions (San Antonio) and the Lone Star College System (Houston).

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