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Friday, March 30, 2012

Agreement transitions SCC ADNs to UNCP BSN program

Sandhills Community College (SCC) President John R. Dempsey and UNC Pembroke Chancellor Kyle R. Carter signed an agreement on March 19 that will advance nursing in the region.

SCC-UNCP Nursing Pact -- Seated from left: SCC’s President Dempsey and UNCP’s Chancellor Carter. Standing from left: Cheryl McNeill, nursing chair, SCC; Dr. Rebecca Roush, dean of instruction, SCC; Dr. John Turner, provost, SCC; Dr. Ken Kitts, provost, UNCP; Dr. Barbara Synowiez, nursing chair, UNCP; and Dr. Cherry Beasley, nursing professor, UNCP.

SCC-UNCP Nursing Pact -- Seated from left: SCC’s President Dempsey and UNCP’s Chancellor Carter. Standing from left: Cheryl McNeill, nursing chair, SCC; Dr. Rebecca Roush, dean of instruction, SCC; Dr. John Turner, provost, SCC; Dr. Ken Kitts, provost, UNCP; Dr. Barbara Synowiez, nursing chair, UNCP; and Dr. Cherry Beasley, nursing professor, UNCP.

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The articulation agreement paves the way for SCC nursing graduates to continue their education through UNCP’s Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) program. The pact will allow registered nurses (RNs), who graduate with an associate degree from Sandhills Community College to transfer 60 credit hours automatically, followed by 30 additional hours upon completion of two designated courses in UNCP’s BSN program.
           
SCC’s RNs will not have to leave home to earn the degree. Two of the nine nursing courses are taught on the Southern Pines campus; the remaining seven courses are delivered online.

“SCC graduates 40 to 50 RNs annually,” said Cheryl McNeill, chair of the community college’s Nursing Department. “For years, we have encouraged our graduates to continue their education; this is a national push for nursing education beyond the RN,” she said. “Initially, I would estimate one-third of our graduates will enter UNCP’s program.”

Chancellor Carter and President Dempsey also praised the ongoing UNCP-SCC partnership, which is in its second decade. This spring, UNCP has a record enrollment of 283 students at SCC in four undergraduate and five graduate degree programs.

It is the second nursing articulation agreement that Chancellor Carter signed in the past four months as UNCP seeks to bolster nursing education across the region.

“There is a need for highly-skilled nursing in North Carolina and particularly in our region,” Chancellor Carter said during the signing ceremony. “First, I congratulate the nursing faculty and leadership at UNC Pembroke and Sandhills Community College for making this agreement a reality. This represents a long-held goal.”

Dr. Dempsey agreed that it is an important agreement for both institutions and the nursing profession. “As the nursing profession moves forward, it is important that we have this agreement,” he said. “UNCP has been a paragon of cooperation with us. We are delighted to have Rebecca Roberts on our campus; it has worked nicely for everyone.”

Roberts is a UNCP employee who works full time on the Sandhills campus. She coordinates with SCC’s students and UNCP administrative offices.

UNCP offers several degrees at SCC, including undergraduate degrees in nursing, business administration and social work and graduate degrees in business administration, public administration and education.

Dr. Dempsey said the goal is to build a seamless network between SCC and UNCP for students to gain entry into health professions.  Dr. Barbara Synowiez, chair of UNCP’s Department of Nursing, offered her congratulations on the agreement.

“UNCP has been on [the] Sandhills campus since 1996, so this is a continuation of a great relationship,” Dr. Synowiez said. “This is a good day for both schools, our students and health care in our region.”

For more information about nursing at SCC, please call 910.695.3727 or email donadiot@sandhills.edu.

For more information about UNCP at Sandhills, please call 910.695.3919 or email rebecca.roberts@uncp.edu.

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