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CCM and Ramapo College Develop Joint Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Easing the Transfer Process and Affordability of a BSN

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 County College of Morris (CCM) and Ramapo College.

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM, and Dr. Peter Mercer, president 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.

“We are delighted to enter into this joint program with Ramapo College,” said Dr. 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.”

“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 Dr. Mercer, ”This will make such a recommendation easier to achieve.”

As with the articulation agreements CCM holds with other four-year institutions, the BSN program with Ramapo provides guaranteed admission to the four-year school for qualified CCM graduates. To qualify, students must first earn their Associate in Applied Science in Nursing at CCM. They then would be eligible to transfer up to 92 credits from CCM and complete the remaining credits for their BSN at Ramapo, allowing them to pay up to three years of credits at the lower community college rate.

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

In 2010, the Nursing program at Ramapo College received a $2 million gift from Bergen County philanthropists Myron "Mike" and Elaine Adler for establishment of the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence. The gift funds the new home of Ramapo College's highly acclaimed and expanding nursing programs, as well as state-of-the-art labs to enhance the education of all the college’s science students. 

Ramapo College provides three major academic tracks in nursing:

o   The Generic Nursing Program for individuals who are preparing to become a nurse

o   The RN to BSN track for nurses returning to school for the BSN degree

o   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.

In addition to this new articulation agreement with Ramapo, CCM holds numerous other transfer agreements with colleges and universities across the country. For a list of CCM articulation agreements, visit the CCM website at www.ccm.edu and search for “articulation.”

Photo 1: Dr. Peter Mercer (l), president of Ramapo College, and Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of County College of Morris (CCM), sign an articulation agreement easing the transfer process for CCM nursing graduates to enroll in the BSN program at Ramapo College.
Photo 2: Faculty and administrators from County College of Morris (CCM) and Ramapo College join Dr. Peter Mercer, president of Ramapo (bottom, second from left), and Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM (bottom, third from left), at the signing of a joint BSN program between the two institutions. Pictured are Dr. Kathleen Burke, assistant dean of Nursing at Ramapo (bottom left) and Dr. Dwight Smith, vice president of Academic Affairs at CCM; (top l-r) CCM nursing Professors Suzanne Gilmore and Kathleen Prokop; Monica Maraska, CCM Nursing chair; Christopher Romano, Ramapo associate vice president for Enrollment; Joan Cunningham, CCM dean, Health and Natural Sciences; and CCM nursing Professor Vivek Agnihotri.

Credit: John Hester