University of Iowa and EICC Announce New 3+1.5 Nursing Partnership
The University of Iowa College of Nursing and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) have entered into an exciting new agreement, allowing EICC nursing graduates to seamlessly transfer to the University of Iowa (UI) and complete their Bachelors of Nursing Science (BSN) degree in a year and a half.
This articulation agreement, which is called “RN to BSN 3+1.5,” is significant for both EICC nursing students who wish to pursue their BSN, and the healthcare community as the need for nurses continues to rise. By enrolling in this online program, qualifying EICC students who have completed their nursing degree can continue their education by attaining their BSN through UI’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the national average compared to other jobs. The Iowa Board of Nursing reports that nearly half (44.9%) of registered nurses in Iowa are 50 years old or older. This partnership will enable EICC graduates to help fill the void of the aging and retiring nursing workforce while allowing them to continue working in their communities as they complete their degree.
UI College of Nursing Dean Julie Zerwic and EICC’s Nursing Program Director Lori Haugen introduced the new agreement at Scott Community College in Bettendorf on Thursday.
“This agreement provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to continue their education,” said Lori Haugen. “We are excited the University of Iowa recognizes the quality of our nursing program and values EICC graduates.”
“The University of Iowa College of Nursing is pleased to formalize this 3+1.5 agreement with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges,” said Dean Zerwic. “UI’s RN to BSN program is designed for Associate’s Degree and diploma-prepared RNs who are ready to expand their nursing skills and professional potential by earning the BSN. This new articulation agreement will provide qualifying EICC nursing students a fast track to continue their educational journey by offering a seamless transition into our nationally ranked RN to BSN program.”
Ranked fourth in the country, UI’s RN to BSN online program provides access to baccalaureate education for nurses throughout the state. Nurses who graduate from this prestigious program acquire knowledge and skills that help enhance their ability to provide quality care to diverse patient populations that have increasingly complex health care needs.
“This articulation agreement opens up great possibilities for those seeking nursing education in the Quad City area and beyond,” noted UI President Bruce Harreld. “This agreement is a model for the ways in which public higher education institutions in Iowa can work together to provide the best opportunities possible for Iowans.”