UM-Flint nursing program links with Alpena Community

Alpena Community College nursing students can now complete a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Michigan-Flint. Representatives from the two schools recently signed an articulation agreement, which enables ACC nursing program graduates to enroll in the UM-Flint nursing bachelor degree program.

“The classes offered at ACC are in a mixed mode format, with online and on-campus courses,” said Margaret Andrews, director and professor of nursing at UM-Flint. “We will provide opportunities for Alpena students to have face-to-face contact with UM-Flint faculty approximately every four weeks by rotating classes between Flint and Alpena.”

A major focus of the agreement is to increase opportunities for ACC nursing graduates to complete a bachelor of science in nursing. According to Andrews, about 50 percent of the nursing workforce has a BSN or higher; she would like to see that number jump to 80 percent by 2020. Andrews also called for the doubling of the numbers of those nurses pursuing a doctorate.

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