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Community College Agreement Streamlines Path To Nursing Degree

Two university leaders signing an agreement at a wooden table
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The North Carolina Community College System and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities signed an agreement Thursday that could make it cheaper and easier for nursing students to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The two systems agreed on a list of general education and prerequisite courses community college students can take to transfer seamlessly to one of 10 select private universities.

“Students can take those classes, be prepared, know what he or she needs and can apply at any one of the universities and know that those courses will transfer towards their major and they will not have to duplicate coursework,” said Renee Batts, associate director of academic programs at NCCCS.

A standardized course list reduces the chance that a nursing student in community college will miss a prerequisite or have to repeat a course after transferring, according to Batt.

The State Board of Community Colleges is expected to approve the agreement Friday.

Private colleges participating in the agreement:

  • Barton College
  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Lees McRae College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Mars Hill University
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • University of Mount Olive
  • Wingate University
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