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WCC Formalizes New Nursing Transfer Agreement With EMU

WCC nursing students who transfer to Eastern Michigan University will be able to apply more credits toward their EMU bachelor’s degrees starting this fall under a new articulation agreement signed by the two schools.

The three-year agreement allows students who complete a WCC Associate in Applied Science degree to transfer up to 82 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at EMU. To accomplish this, EMU will waive its 60-hour maximum transfer rule and require that students complete a minimum of 42 credit hours at Eastern.

“The timing of this agreement couldn’t be better,” said Gloria Velarde, department chair for Nursing and Health Science at WCC. “It responds to the current state of the economy, as well as the current nursing shortage, by offering a high quality, cost-effective joint program. Clearly, the WCC-EMU transfer program will give nursing students the best of both worlds.”

The new agreement is similar to one that WCC established in 1998 with the University of Michigan, which accepts 15 nursing transfer students each year.

Eastern will accept up to 16 WCC transfer students annually to fill positions in the traditional nursing program that have opened due to attribution, according to Patricia Cygnar, coordinator of community college relations at EMU. These students will be in addition to those who already have transferred from WCC’s RN program to EMU’s nursing completion program, Cygnar said.

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