|ACC, UM-Flint Ink Nursing Agreement|
June 27, 2012/The Alpena News
By Emily Siegmon
ALPENA - Alpena Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint signed a nursing articulation agreement on Wednesday, allowing nursing students to complete a bachelor of science in nursing degree at ACC. The articulation agreement will provide a joint academic program, which enables ACC nursing program graduates to enroll in the UM-Flint nursing bachelor degree program, with classes offered at ACC in a mixed mode format, with online and on-campus courses.
"Our goal is to bring some classes for a bachelor of science in nursing to Alpena, student curriculum will be seamless and will prevent future redundancy. We want to get as many qualified nurses out there as we can," Margaret Andrews, director and professor of nursing at UM-Flint, said.
Andrews said Flint faculty are working closely with ACC staff to provide online classes and face-to-face education, and will offer field trips to the Flint campus to introduce students to their health care facility.
"I hope the cooperative partnership is popular and will meet the needs of the people in this region, the more education the better," Andrews said.
According to Andrews, one of the major goals of the articulation agreement is to continue education while increasing opportunities for ACC nursing graduates to complete a bachelor of science in nursing or doctor of nursing practice degree at UM-Flint.
Other goals include supporting and promoting the value and benefits of ACC transfer students to obtain a bachelor's or higher academic degree, to promote academic alliances between UM-Flint and ACC through dialogue and interaction, enhance academic preparation and transfer planning, assist transition from community college to the UM-Flint, and increase retention of transfer students through enhanced advisement and closely articulated academic course work.
"It's good to be here and see this team come together. There's been a lot of behind-the-scenes work, but providing mixed mode education is important and necessary to cater to different learning styles," UM-Flint Dean David Gordon said. "The collaboration will help further educate the local nurse force and enable students to get the education they need, it's a win-win situation."
Gerard Voland, UM-Flint provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the partnership is necessary and should have been done before.
"It's important that we have faculty that will be here working closely with ACC staff to serve Alpena, I'm very happy about this," Voland said.
The signed agreement allows ACC students to transfer up to 34 ACC nursing credits to UM-Flint's School of Health Professions & Studies toward a bachelor of science in nursing.
"This is a great day for students, faculty and administrators ... we're promoting upgrades in education and encouraging advancement and high levels of education in our region," ACC President Olin Joynton said.
For more information on the UM-Flint BSN program contact UM-Flint Nursing Adviser Anne Stratton at 810-762-3420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.