By Heather Tomafsky
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Starting in the summer of 2013, nursing students will have a chance to earn a bachelor of science degree right from the comfort of the Camden County College campus in Blackwood. Rutgers University – The School of Nursing and Camden County College have joined to create a program that will allow prospective nurses to earn their bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University at Camden County College.
The program will take effect this summer, when students will start by taking regular courses, and then will continue on to the fall semester, when they will begin their clinical courses. Before earning the bachelor’s degree, students will take two years of general education courses, and once those are completed the student can apply to the Rutgers nursing program. Students hoping to get accepted into the program must first earn 60 prerequisite credits before being considered for the bachelor of science in nursing degree.
The dean of nursing, health science and human services at Camden County College, Dr. Anne McGinley, noted that Camden County College has no say in the admissions process and the prospective nursing students must meet all Rutgers University criteria. McGinley was the liaison who made the connection to sign the agreement between Rutgers and Camden County College.
“There is a lot of interest in nursing,” McGinley said. “This will just be one of the many choices offered at the campus.”
Price is a big factor when any college student is searching to continue their education. McGinley said the first two years of the general education courses will be the price that all Camden County College students pay. Then when the student is admitted into the Rutgers nursing program, the tuition paid will be the cost of Rutgers tuition, which McGinley emphasized is still very affordable.
CCC student Anzania Barbee, who intends to study nursing, stated, “It saves me the hassle of applying to many different schools, and it makes it easier for me to just stay at one place.”