Southern State and UC agree on nursing deal


By Jacob Clary - jclary@aimmediamidwest.com



This photo shows of the main entrance to the Southern State Community College central campus in Hillsboro.

This photo shows of the main entrance to the Southern State Community College central campus in Hillsboro.


Southern State Community College (SSCC) and the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing are signing a dual-admission agreement that will allow nursing graduates to seamlessly transition to UC’s RN to BSN online programs. Students applying to SSCC’s ADN program have the choice to simultaneously apply to the RN to BSN program and have their application and confirmation fees waived by UC. These students will be able to access UC resources and support while pursuing their degree at SSCC.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity and partner with Southern State to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses in the Adams County region,” Rebecca Lee, PhD, director of the RN to BSN program at UC, said.

The UC College of Nursing has offered its RN to BSN program for over 20 years. The program offers the flexibility working nurses need as they pursue their BSN, be it by requiring only nine core nursing courses to graduate, by offering an adjustable schedule with six start dates per year or by providing course load flexibility so students can choose to pursue full-time or part-time options. An accredited program, UC’s RN to BSN program allows its graduates to progress to graduate education, if they choose to do so, a news release from SSCC said.

“One, it helps recognize Southern State as the quality nursing program that it is,” said Peggy Chalker, dean of articulation and transfer and director of student success at SSCC. “Sometimes, we happen to be the best-kept secret around and this just confirms that one of the top nursing programs in the state recognizes the quality of our education and our students and are ready to be helped forward immediately.”

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at SSCC has been preparing nurses to serve the community for 35 years. Students may enter the ADN Program in the traditional pathway of four semesters or as a licensed practical nurse in the transition pathway and complete in 12 months.

These can be the first steps to obtaining a BSN in nursing practice and offers the students opportunities to identify the best pathway for them.

“We look forward to the success of our graduates as they easily access this pathway to expand their nursing education which will positively impact the care they provide our community,” Dr. Julianne Krebs, SSCC director of nursing, said.

The official virtual signing of the partnership took place on June 24.

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This photo shows of the main entrance to the Southern State Community College central campus in Hillsboro.
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By Jacob Clary

jclary@aimmediamidwest.com