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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 1, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Students interested in a career in nursing now have a more affordable option for earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree as a result of a new program established by Ramapo College of New Jersey and the County College of Morris (CCM).

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, President Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM, and President Peter P. Mercer, of Ramapo College of New Jersey, signed an articulation agreement that will allow nursing students at CCM to complete up to three years at CCM before transferring to Ramapo to earn their BSN.

“Such an agreement is important in light of the IOM (Institute of Medicine) recommendation stating that at least 80 percent of all nurses in the US should have BSNs by 2020,” said President Mercer. ”This will make such a recommendation easier to achieve.”

The agreement guarantees admission of qualified CCM students to Ramapo College.  Students who have earned an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing at the community college are eligible to transfer a maximum of 92 credits from CCM to Ramapo, where they could then complete the necessary credits to earn a BSN at Ramapo.

Nursing students who transfer to Ramapo after earning an Associate degree will benefit financially as they may pay for up to three years at CCM, which has a lower tuition as a community college.  Ramapo’s BSN Program has been offered at the College since 1993 and has many on-line options available for the working nurse.

“We are delighted to enter into this joint program with Ramapo College,” said President Yaw. “This agreement will ease the transfer process for our nursing students who wish to earn their BSN while providing them with a more affordable pathway for earning that advanced degree.”

The Nursing program at CCM began in 1968 and prepares students for employment as registered nurses in a variety of healthcare fields or for advanced education to earn their BSN.

Ramapo College’s nursing program received $2 million gift last year from Myron and Elaine Adler, of Franklin Lakes, in 2010 to establish the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence.  The gift will fund the new home of the College’s highly-acclaimed nursing program and its state-of-the-art labs.

Ramapo College provides three major academic tracks in nursing:

  • The Generic Nursing Program for individuals who are preparing to become a nurse
  • The RN to BSN track for nurses returning to school for the BSN degree
  • The MSN track to prepare future nurse educators

Students who take advantage of the joint agreement between CCM and Ramapo will benefit from Ramapo’s NLNAC accredited RN/BSN curriculum. The curriculum focuses on the further professional education of the associate or diploma prepared nurse. Through the program, RNs can complete another 32 credits in nursing and any remaining general education requirements at Ramapo College. Ramapo’s nursing courses are heavily web enhanced to allow RN students to easier deal with the multiple demands on their time.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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