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MTC, Columbia College form nursing partnership

Staff Report //May 3, 2018//

MTC, Columbia College form nursing partnership

Staff Report //May 3, 2018//

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Midlands Technical College and Columbia College have signed an agreement that allows students to earn Associate in Science degrees in nursing from MTC and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing from Columbia College in four years.

The two schools reached a bridge program agreement in May 2017.

“The partnership between our two colleges continues to evolve as we strive to meet the changing demands of the healthcare industry,” said Ronald Rhames, MTC president, in a news release. “This agreement will lead to an increase in the number of students who go on to complete their BSNs.”

Prospective students will only need to fill out one application and can live on the Columbia College campus all four years while participating in all student activities at both schools.

Students who are admitted to MTC’s nursing program will receive a start date upon admission to Columbia College. For the first two years, students will work on liberal arts core courses and general education courses at Columbia College while earning MTC nursing prerequisite requirements. In the third year, students transition to MTC for hands-on training.

“Students can earn two degrees in four years, and in their third year possess the tools and credentials needed to work as an RN,” said D’Michelle Dupre, program chair of the BSN Nursing Program at Columbia College. “This will permit hospitals to gain access to more nurses in a shorter amount of time.” 

While at MTC, students will complete their associate degree in nursing and sit for the nursing board exams. After receiving an associate degree, students will have the option of attending their final classes on campus or online at Columbia College.

“This allows students to take courses toward graduation and transition right into clinical hours at MTC without lag time,” said Trilla Mays, MTC’s Nursing Department chair.