(University of Iowa President Bruce Herrald and DMACC President Rob Denson signing agreement)
Des Moines Area Community College and the University of Iowa have entered into a new agreement to allow DMACC Nursing graduates to finish their Bachelors of Nursing Science degree from the University of Iowa in one year. Nursing students can stay at DMACC for three years, then complete their BSN degree in just one year through the University of Iowa's online program.
The agreement is called "RN to BSN 3+1."DMACC Nursing graduates who are working can also come back to DMACC, take an additional year and then transfer to the University of Iowa for their final year to complete their BSN.
DMACC Nursing students who have at least a 3.0 grade point average (G.P.A.), have successfully completed their DMACC nursing requirements and are on the BSN nursing track will automatically be accepted into the University of Iowa’s BSN program, where they can complete their final year of studies. Others can be admitted based on their application.
Currently, 21 percent of DMACC Nursing graduates plan to continue their studies in Iowa's RN to BSN 3+1 program.
“The University of Iowa’s Nursing program, has excellent outcomes and produces highly educated nurses able to advance the profession of nursing in Iowa and nationally,” said Kendra Ericson, MSN, RN, DMACC’s Director of Nursing. “Iowa’s RN to BSN 3+1 program is an excellent fit for DMACC graduates looking for a high-quality online program that allows them to work and continue their nursing education. This agreement demonstrates the collaborative efforts between the University of Iowa and DMACC in meeting the state’s goal of 50 percent BSN prepared nurses in Iowa by 2020 and ensuring a highly skilled nursing workforce in Iowa.”
“The University of Iowa College of Nursing is excited to formalize this 3 + 1 agreement. DMACC’s new curriculum will provide quality preparation for their students to continue their educational journey. The College will work to ensure that students completing their BSN will have opportunities for leadership experiences, expanded employment options, and be well-prepared to advance their education,” said Dean Julie Zerwic, UI College of Nursing.