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Oct. 24, 2012
Northwest Missouri State University and North Central Missouri College celebrated a new cooperative agreement between the two schools today with a signing ceremony on the Northwest campus.
The new agreement to share the costs of a nursing director was approved by Northwest’s Board of Regents Sept. 13. The cooperative agreement allows the two colleges to share the costs of an employee who will serve as the director of Northwest’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program and a facilitator of North Central’s nursing program.
In remarks before signing the agreement, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and NCMC President Dr. Neil Nuttall emphasized the two schools’ rich history of collaborating on academic programs and forming partnerships. In addition to partnering on the BSN completion program, the schools have a reverse transfer agreement and articulation agreements for teacher education and agriculture programs.
Jasinski encouraged community leaders to consider how they might partner with other institutions and businesses to benefit northwest Missouri.
“Never has there been a more important time for what we do on a daily basis, and it isn’t just educational institutions coming together,” he said. “It’s regional medical centers, it’s manufacturing jobs up in Burlington Junction. It all goes together and it’s all connected.”
Said Nuttall, “This is much more than two educational institutions aligning their programs. What we’re saying to this community is it's really, really important that your staff has a pathway to the future.”
Amy Kemper, who completed her BSN degree in August after taking courses at Northwest and North Central, praised the partnership and said the education she received will continue to provide benefits for her. Kemper is employed as a medical surgical nurse at St. Francis Hospital and Health Services in Maryville.
“There were times I struggled to figure out the path I wanted to take,” Kemper said. “During those times I was able to reach out and get guidance and advisement and support from people not only here at Northwest but also at North Central as the program was in the beginning stages. I feel fortunate that I was able to complete my degree here at Northwest. The online classes for the BSN program allowed me to work part time throughout my last year of classes, and I was able to stay close to home.”
Recognizing nursing is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the United States, Northwest launched its BSN completion program during the fall of 2009. The program is designed to meet the needs of working professional nurses, and all courses associated with the program are offered online. Northwest and NCMC hope by sharing a nursing director they will grow their programs and begin the path toward accreditation.
“The agreement today represents the next logical step to move the nursing programs at both institutions forward,” Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of Northwest’s College of Arts and Sciences, said. “Sharing this position, the director of our nursing program, enables us to provide leadership and expertise to this program while being very cost-efficient with this person filling an important role both at NCMC and Northwest at the same time. Residents in our region can take pride in the fact that our two institutions take our role as good stewards of state funds and the responsibility to prepare highly educated and skilled healthcare professionals very seriously.”
To enroll in the BSN program, students must have a current unencumbered registered nurse's license and a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 for all undergraduate courses. The degree requires a minimum of 124 academic hours, including 42 credit hours of general education courses and at least 40 hours in courses numbered above the 300 level.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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