SUGAR GROVE – Waubonsee Community College nursing students may have an easier time earning their bachelor’s degree, thanks to a new agreement with the University of Illinois Chicago.

According to a news release, officials from both schools created a dual-admissions pathway from the Waubonsee associate degree in nursing program to UIC's fully online RN and BSN degree programs.

"The UIC College of Nursing has long been dedicated to educating nurse leaders throughout the state,” stated Terri Weaver, dean of the UIC College of Nursing, in the release. “Now, through this partnership, we can make a meaningful and almost immediate difference in growing the nursing workforce across the northern region of Illinois at this critical time in health care."

“We are excited to partner with UIC to give our current and future nursing students the opportunity to continue their education in this important field during this time,” stated Jeff Gregor, dean for Health Professions and Public Service at Waubonsee.

Under the agreement, the dual-admissions pathway will allow nursing students to earn an associate degree in nursing at Waubonsee, while at the same time, enrolling in identified courses which are part of the fully online UIC RN to BSN degree completion program.

“With this agreement, we can provide a new level of convenience for students at Waubonsee,” stated Kate Tredway, director of the UIC College of Nursing RN to BSN degree completion program. “We have a history of Waubonsee nursing graduates joining the UIC RN BSN program. This new collaboration offers an additional option to current and pre nursing students at Waubonsee to participate in a doable, accessible, timely, and affordable pathway to a bachelor’s degree in nursing.”

Upon successful completion of Waubonsee’s ADN program, students will be awarded their associate degree and continue their progress in the UIC online RN to BSN program. UIC will confer the bachelor’s degree in nursing after graduation requirements are met.

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