VCU Nursing Expands Co-Enrollment Program at Reynolds Community College
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT)—VCU School of Nursing offers the opportunity for nursing students at Reynolds Community College to co-enroll at the institution while earning an associate degree.
VCU first offered this co-enrollment option in 2019 for students studying at Southside Virginia Community College and Rappahannock Community College, the program was later expanded to John Tyler Community College in 2020 and now Reynolds joins the roster.
“Now more than ever, the role of nurses is vital to our society,” said Jean Giddens, dean of the VCU School of Nursing. “Offering students a chance to earn a bachelor’s degree faster increases their earning potential, opens up new career opportunities and makes this level of education more affordable. Meeting the need for more qualified healthcare professionals in our healthcare workforce in a timely manner is crucial to the health of Virginians. Programs like our co-registration option will help us and Virginia collectively meet this need.
Students can take up to four courses, or one academic year, in the online RN to BS program at VCU while completing their final year of their nursing degree at Reynolds.
Those in their first year of the co-enrollment program receive a scholarship that will cover three semesters at the VCU School of Nursing as well as a guaranteed admission program for graduates of the Virginia Community College System.
These offerings are in addition to the VCU School of Nursing Guaranteed Admissions Program for Virginia Community College System graduates, including those from Reynolds, who meet certain requirements.
“VCU and Reynolds’ co-enrollment pathway expedites the bachelor’s degree process for students, supporting Reynolds’ goal of meeting the critical labor market needs of the communities we serve,” said Lori Dwyer, acting vice president of academic affairs at Reynolds. “This new partnership offers our students more choice in their academic path and an opportunity to continue their studies.”
Applications for Reynolds students are open May 1st for fall 2022.
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