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Columbia Gorge and Linfield College representatives sign nursing studies agreement May 27

Columbia Gorge and Linfield College representatives sign nursing studies agreement May 27. From left: Marilyn McGuire-Sessions, CGCC nursing program director; second-year CGCC nursing student Natascha Stolhand; Linfield College Adult Degree program marketing director Janet Gifford; Dr. Susan Wolff, CGCC chief academic officer; first-year nursing student Lindsay Keever; and Dr. Frank Toda, CGCC president.

Columbia Gorge and Linfield College representatives sign nursing studies agreement May 27. From left: Marilyn McGuire-Sessions, CGCC nursing program director; second-year CGCC nursing student Natascha Stolhand; Linfield College Adult Degree program marketing director Janet Gifford; Dr. Susan Wolff, CGCC chief academic officer; first-year nursing student Lindsay Keever; and Dr. Frank Toda, CGCC president.

 

Nursing graduates from Columbia Gorge Community College who wish to earn their bachelor's degree in nursing through on-line studies now have a guaranteed admission route to Linfield College, thanks to a new agreement between the two institutions.

The program, approved May 27, follows an earlier "dual enrollment agreement" between Columbia Gorge and Linfield that took effect in August 2007, which allows students enrolled at Columbia Gorge Community College to earn simultaneous credit toward a Linfield College four-year degree. Columbia Gorge maintains comparable "degree partnerships" with Oregon State University, Portland State University, Marylhurst University, Concordia University and Oregon Institute of Technology. While those partnerships apply to all students, the new, separate agreement with Linfield is specific to nurses who have already graduated as RNs with associate degrees from Columbia Gorge Community College. As licensed RNs, these graduates may now take advantage of an offer of guaranteed admittance into Linfield's RN to BSN program. Students must meet Linfield's requirements, including completion of at least 30 semester credits and registration within one year of admission. This is a 21-month course of study, with competitive tuition rates.

"Linfield College is proud to join forces with Columbia Gorge Community College to provide a program that gives options to working Registered Nurses to advance their education, and for greater leadership in the nursing profession," said Janet Gifford, marketing director for Linfield's Adult Degree Program. "When visiting the campus, we were impressed with the commitment to excellence in training future RN's. It was very clear to us that the facility, the faculty and the administration were all invested in the success of the students." "Each year the nursing faculty, as part of their advising activity, counsel students regarding the importance of continuing their nursing education beyond the associate degree. With this articulation agreement, faculty and students have a real mechanism to access in guiding students in the next step of their professional development as practicing nurses." said Marilyn McGuire-Sessions, director of nursing at Columbia Gorge Community College.

"This agreement is focused on providing more opportunities for our students, and ultimately for making a difference in our community," said Dr. Frank Toda, Columbia Gorge president. "I am absolutely committed to expanding these types of arrangements that are a win-win for all concerned."

Columbia Gorge Community College's nursing program began in 2001, and when this year's formal pinning ceremony for nursing graduates arrives June 11, more than 100 RN's will have completed the program since its beginnings. Most are employed by healthcare providers in the local region.

An important component of Linfield's RN to BSN program is that courses are available on-line.

"This convenient format for learning is ideal for those who desire to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing without leaving their home area," Gifford noted. "Linfield College wants to assist RNs living in Columbia Gorge communities to further their education without having to commute or relocate."

To learn more about the program, contact either Columbia Gorge Community College, (541) (541) 506-6011 or www.cgcc.cc.or.us, or Linfield College, (800) 452-4176, www.linfield.edu/dce or adultdegree@linfield.edu.