Fort Morgan, CO. 09/28/18. Morgan Community College (MCC) continues to progress toward adding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) to the College’s growing list of program options. During a special meeting of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education in July, 2018, MCC and six other Colorado Community College System (CCCS) colleges received approval to proceed with developing BSN programs.
The Colorado General Assembly authorized colleges within the CCCS to develop BSN programs during its winter 2018 legislative session. The legislation specifically allows these community colleges to offer a BSN completion program to students who have already completed an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). BSN completion programs are often referred to as RN to BSN and RN-BSN programs. The curriculum of a BSN completion program primarily consists of Community Health, Leadership, and Research course topics.
A major step toward developing the BSN at MCC is to obtain approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer baccalaureate degrees at the College. HLC is the regional accrediting institution that accredits all of MCC’s programs and courses. The initial request for BSN approval was submitted August 31, 2018.
MCC Vice President of Instruction, Kathy Frisbie said, “The development of a BSN program is a monumental opportunity for the College.” She continued, “Our nursing students have expressed significant interest in staying at MCC to obtain their BSN degree.”
In addition to regional accreditation, MCC will pursue BSN program accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
In support of the new BSN program, the Williams Family Foundation gifted MCC $2,275,000 to fund an Endowed Chair for the BSN Director position. The endowment will fully fund the Director position in perpetuity, significantly decreasing fixed costs of operating the program for the College. In return, MCC plans to reduce the cost of student participation in the BSN program as a way of increasing accessibility to this important career step for students throughout the region. MCC Director of Development, Kari Linker said, “This endowment from the Williams Family Foundation will create a lasting impact on every student who goes through the new BSN program. MCC is blessed to have such an important partner as the Williams Family Foundation.”
MCC President Dr. Curt Freed said, “The BSN program represents a major step for the College – our mission will shift from that of an associate degree granting institution to one that is a baccalaureate granting institution.” Freed continued, “Our role as a community college is to meet local and regional needs in basic skills, academic transfer, and workforce preparation. The BSN degree is a perfect extension of our intent to meet workforce needs by providing a high quality and affordable program to our students. The endowment from the Williams Family Foundation is the most incredible contribution I could ever imagine, and will touch the lives of every student the College serves with this exciting new program.”
For more information about Morgan Community College, visit www.morgancc.edu or call 970-542-3100.