September 22, 2016
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This fall, the Saint Anselm College RN to BSN program began what promises to be a sixth successful year by increasing its number of affiliations with local and regional colleges. These affiliations allow current nursing students and registered nurses (RNs) advantages to enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Saint Anselm College, including waived application fees and transfer of credits.
According to Susan Kinney, director of the program, "The BSN degree gives registered nurses a more comprehensive nursing education, an important academic credential and the opportunity for greater responsibility, compensation and advancement." She adds that the Saint Anselm BSN program is a rare hybrid model of on-line nursing instruction combined with the opportunity for in-person interaction with faculty and classmates.
To help RNs obtain a BSN, Saint Anselm has two types of affiliations with local and regional community colleges: Pathway to Admission and the Articulation Agreement. This fall, the New Hampshire Technical Institute-Concord's Community College (NHTI) joined Manchester Community College (MCC) as a Pathway to Admission program. Additionally, NHTI and MCC offer their students opportunities through the Articulation Agreement, the second type of affiliation.
"Pathway to Admission allows students in RN courses at our partner community colleges to apply for conditional admission to our BSN program," explains Kinney. "This conditional admission is very beneficial to the new graduates as they search for nursing jobs."
"Articulation Agreements with regional community colleges allow RNs who meet admission requirements to transfer their associate degree credits to the BSN Program," adds Kinney.
Nine regional schools now have Articulation Agreements with Saint Anselm College: Bunker Hill Community College, Great Bay Community College, Lawrence Memorial Regis College, Manchester Community College, Middlesex Community College, Nashua Community College, New Hampshire Technical Institute-Concord's Community College, North Shore Community College, and Saint Joseph School of Nursing.
Jennifer Hagman '17 entered the RN to BSN program after transferring credits from Great Bay Community College.
"It made a lot of sense to me to be able to meet my professors and other students and put faces to names, but also be able to stay home and work at my convenience due to my hectic schedule," says Hagman. "Also, Saint Anselm has a great reputation for nursing and was accredited which was also important to me.
My experience has been wonderful. The professors have all been helpful and available when you need them for questions or concerns. They want you have a positive experience and to know that they care about you as a person for which I'm grateful. I wish Saint Anselm had a master's program for Nursing because I would like to continue the positive experience."
Alumni of the program feel the same. Changing her career from human resources to nursing, Kara May '04 chose the RN to BSN program because of "the reputation of the Saint Anselm program," and says she "really liked being able to meet with the staff." Now a clinical nurse on a general surgical floor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, May notes, "It was important that I could do most of the work online as I lived and worked in Boston while attending the classes." As a Saint Anselm graduate with a business degree, May says she has a greater knowledge of hospitals than some of her coworkers: "I understand surgical residents and why hospitals do certain things, from a business sense."
The RN to BSN program may be taken full or part-time and features class sizes of only 5 to 12 students. The program can be completed in as little as 15 to 18 months.