Partnership forms to offer RN2BSN
Program at HCC
Halifax Community College (HCC) has formed a partnership
with North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Halifax
Regional Medical Center to extend one of HCC’s oldest
programs into the larger regional area. Individuals who are
registered nurses can pursue a Bachelor of Nursing degree
through NCCU at HCC.
is a critical need for nurses to stay in the area,”
explained Dr. Joy Cooley, former vice president for
Instructional Services, who is now working to promote the
program. “We are not recruiting students for HCC. We are
recruiting graduates who already are RNs. In fact, you must
be an RN to attend the program.”
The first cohort will start in the summer
2010. The RN2BSN program will take, on average, two years or
less for students to complete, depending on the courses that
they need to take. Information sessions were held Dec. 3-4
so those interested could meet one-on-one with NCCU nursing
faculty. More than 30 individuals attended the sessions and
Cooley is receiving calls and e-mails daily from other RNs
who are interested. The program will be ongoing, depending
on the need.
“Folks are employed and have families.
They need access to education and support,” Cooley noted.
NCCU has dedicated resources to the program just as they
would on their campus. Plus, HCC is currently enhancing the
nursing skills lab so that clinical work can be completed on
Cooley cited North Carolina Employment
Security Commission figures that show there are 480
registered nurses in Halifax and Northampton counties, which
is an estimated one for every 159 citizens. The demand is
expected to increase by more than 22 percent by 2016.
“We want to have the best-trained,
well-educated nurses as possible. …There are economic and
health care ramifications for our area,” said Cooley.
Dr. Joy Cooley, far left, with NCCU Nursing Counselor/Tutor
Melusian Wright, Nursing Department Assistant Chair Dr. E.
Joyce Roland, Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Jennie De
Gagne, and Nursing Department Chair and Professor Dr. Lorna
NCCU Nursing Department Counselor/Tutor Melusian Wright,
left, and Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Jennie De Gagne
talk with Halifax Regional Medical Center RN Lacey Mooney,
right, a prospective student for the RN2BSN program.