January 7th, 2011
Several New Jersey community colleges have announced plans to offer a nursing degree completion program on their campuses through a partnership with Kean University.
The plan’s framework will allow students who hold an associate degree in nursing from a community college to transition to Kean where they can complete a bachelor’s.
Community colleges involved include Bergen, Ocean County and Raritan Valley. Each of these institutions are in varying stages of partnering with Kean.
In the spring of 2011, associate degree holders who graduated from one of the three participating institutions will be able to enroll in the Kean partnership at their community college. To be eligible, students must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in addition to a New Jersey nursing license. They will also be required to complete 125 credits.
“This is another example of New Jersey’s community colleges coming together in a statewide way to solve a statewide challenge,” said Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, president of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.
Essex County and Middlesex County Colleges, which helped design the plan, are currently reviewing the nursing degree completion program on their campuses. The program, which will require at least 30 hours coursework, will focus on information technology and how to use computer systems knowledge in a business setting.
Online education enrollments now surpass traditional college enrollments by a five-to-one ratio, according to the Sloan Consortium. Internet-based programs continue to grow in popularity among working professionals.