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Students Begin Earning Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at NTC through Upper Iowa University Partnership

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Kelsi Seubert
Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 715.803.1509
Email: seubert@ntc.edu

September 2, 2015 (All day)
 
(WAUSAU, Wis.) – A cohort of students at Northcentral Technical College (NTC) will begin earning both an Associate Degree of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) simultaneously this fall. The concurrent enrollment program is a partnership between NTC and Upper Iowa University (UIU) that gives nursing students the opportunity to complete a BSN degree faster by taking courses for both programs at the same time.
Students who begin the pre-nursing program at NTC can typically complete their general education courses in one year and can apply to the concurrent enrollment program when they are ready to begin core nursing program courses. Additionally, students who begin their college career at another institution may be eligible to apply to the concurrent enrollment program sooner, depending on the credits they have previously earned. Once students are accepted into the Associate Degree of Nursing program at NTC, they can earn their BSN degree online in two years and eight months through the partnership program.
 
Taylor Kolinski, a Wisconsin Rapids native, previously earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and will begin the concurrent enrollment program at NTC this fall. According to Kolinski, the program will allow her to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing faster than other programs.
 
“It’s so convenient because you’re doing it at the same time,” said Kolinski. “Most bachelor’s degrees for nursing you have to complete your associate degree and then go on, but I will graduate with my bachelor’s degree only a few months after I graduate with my associate degree.”
 
The partnership is designed to assist in meeting the Institute of Medicine 2010 Future of Nursing goal to increase the percentage of BSN registered nurses in the United States to 80 percent by 2020.
 
“A more highly educated nursing workforce benefits the entire community and I commend NTC for their visionary approach to nursing education,” said Virginia Wangerin, Director/Department Chair of Nursing at UIU.
 
Anyone interested in pursuing the concurrent enrollment program at NTC can contact Justin Willis, NTC Advisor, at 715.803.1372 or Deborah Feldbruegge, UIU Nursing Academic Advisor, at 715.803.1967.
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