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Beginning this fall, Mount Saint Mary’s RN to BSN program is hitting the road; it is now also offered on the Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) campus in Walnut, Calif

Mount Saint Mary's nursing expertise aids another school

Across the nation, more hospitals and medical centers are requiring that their nursing staff hold bachelor’s degrees, a prerequisite beyond the former standard of an RN associate’s degree.

For years, the University’s RN to BSN program has helped working nurses who want to advance their nursing education to meet this emerging industry standard. And others have taken notice of Mount Saint Mary’s success.

Beginning this fall, the University’s RN to BSN program is hitting the road; it is now also offered on the Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) campus in Walnut, Calif.

The community college reached out to Mount Saint Mary’s because Mt. SAC has a large number of alums who are seeking BSN degrees, yet there is a shortage of available programs in their region. The partnership will enable a 2015 cohort of 30 students based at Mt. SAC to earn their BSN; within five years the goal is to increase that cohort size to 100.

RN to BSN participants will be considered Mount Saint Mary’s students, and the University’s faculty will help provide instruction and supervision.

“We have always been innovative with our nursing programs, and our graduates are well known and respected in the field,” says Diane Vines, the Mount’s dean of nursing.

“Moving forward, we have made a big commitment to get more ADN students to BSN levels because we see that’s the trend nationally. This partnership with Mt. SAC is a way to grow our program and to ensure that more nurses reach this new standard in California’s hospital systems.”

To read the joint press release by Mt. SAC and Mount Saint Mary's announcing this new partnership, visit our Press Release archives.

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