A new agreement between Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College will open the door for students to transfer credits directly from their completed licensed practical nursing program at ACC to BU’s bachelor of nursing program in the faculty of health studies.
The recent approval of a new block-transfer-credit for licensed practical nurse graduates from Assiniboine Community College paved the way for this new partnership.
In March 2009, Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College signed a historical memorandum of understanding — Connect 20/20 — in which the two institutions vowed to work together to provide improved opportunities for collaboration and student transfer of credit.
In recognizing the increasing demand for transfer of credit from the practical nursing program to the bachelor of nursing program and in the spirit of the Connect 20/20 agreement, the Brandon University department of nursing conducted an extensive review of the transfer of credit policy for practical nursing graduates who have completed the 15-month enhanced or the 20-month practical nursing diploma program through ACC. The result of this review is a significantly increased block transfer credit that recognizes the educational and employment background of practical nursing graduates.
Dean Care, acting vice-president, academic and provost, says he believes this initiative “is another example of a growing collaboration between ACC and BU. It recognizes the abilities and knowledge level of practical nurse graduates as well as the quality of instruction they have received.”
Judy Marvin, assistant professor in the department of nursing, and one of the BU’s faculty members who has been actively engaged in this initiative, says, “This change represents an important step in Brandon University’s efforts to work with stakeholders and partners to meet the needs of the health region.”
The new block-transfer-credit will allow LPNs to bridge more easily into the BN program and build on their knowledge base. For the region, this potentially translates into an increased number of registered nurses to help fill widespread vacancies.
“It is so important for the college and the university to work to the benefit of all of our students,” says Jack Moes, ACC vice-president academic.
“Launching this agreement adds to the list of transfers and articulations that we’ve already established with BU. We recognize that this is something that both students and employers are looking for. We are extremely pleased to move this new agreement for practical nursing forward.”
Demand for the new LPN-BN program is expected to be high, as LPNs have been inquiring and searching for an improved transfer credit system for years.
This new and exciting opportunity will allow LPN graduates to attend Brandon University for two years and become a registered nurse with a bachelor of nursing degree.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 30, 2012