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The University of Iowa, Iowa Lakes Announce New 3+1 Nursing Partnership

August 29, 2019
Emmetsburg News

The University of Iowa College of Nursing and Iowa Lakes Community College have entered into a new agreement to allow graduates of the Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing Program (ADN) to seamlessly transfer to the University of Iowa (UI) and complete their Bachelors of Nursing Science (BSN) degree in one year.

UI College of Nursing Dean Julie Zerwic and Iowa Lakes Community College President Valerie Newhouse signed the agreement on Tuesday, August 27, in the new Student Services addition of Iowa Lakes Community College on the Emmetsburg Campus.

This articulation agreement, which is called "RN to BSN 3+1," is significant for nursing students at Iowa Lakes who wish to pursue their BSN. Qualified Iowa Lakes students who have completed the (ADN) Nursing program may enroll in the "RN to BSN 3+1" program through the University of Iowa.

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A NEW AGREEMENT - Iowa Lakes Community College President, Valerie Newhouse (left), shakes the hand of U of I College of Nursing Dean, Julie Zerwic (right) after signing a new agreement to offer the new “RN to BSN 3+1” program. The signing ceremony took place on Tuesday, Aug 27. -- submitted photo

"Iowa Lakes Community College is pleased to offer a new opportunity to Iowa Lakes students through this articulation agreement. Our students will not only be able to seamlessly transfer into the University of Iowa, but to receive advanced placement in the RN to BSN program, and complete their degree within one year," said Iowa Lakes Community College President Valerie Newhouse.

The University of Iowa's RN to BSN program is ranked fourth in the country and is offered online to provide continuing education opportunities for nurses throughout the state of Iowa. This prestigious program allows students to acquire the knowledge and skill-set needed to enhance the quality of care given to diverse patient populations.

"The University of Iowa College Of Nursing is pleased to formalize this 3+1 agreement with Iowa Lakes Community College. UI's RN to BSN program is designed for associate degree and diploma-prepared RNs who are ready to expand their nursing skills and professional potential by earning the BSN. This new articulation agreement will provide qualifying ILCC nursing students a fast track to continue their educational journey by offering a seamless transition into our nationally ranked RN to BSN program," said Dean Zerwic, UI College of Nursing.

This new agreement is also significant because it will help combat state and national nursing shortages. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the average age of a nurse in the United States is 51. The Iowa Board of Nursing reports that nearly half (42.4%) of registered nurses in Iowa are 50 years old or older. This partnership will enable Iowa Lakes graduates to help fill the void of the aging and retiring nursing workforce while allowing the students to continue working in their communities as they complete their degree.



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