COA, ODU ink nursing program pact


From staff reports

Friday, January 19, 2018

Students enrolled in College of The Albemarle’s nursing program are now eligible to pursue a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing at Old Dominion University at the same time.

COA officials announced the college’s new agreement with the Norfolk, Virginia-based four-year university last week.

The agreement outlines courses, the transfer of courses between COA and ODU and the requirements for students to be concurrently enrolled in both programs.

Depending on the student and their course load, it is possible for them to graduate from COA’s associate in nursing degree program, take the National Council Licensure Examination, become a registered nurse and then have their bachelor of science degree in nursing conferred after completing all the required courses at ODU.

The ODU program offers a rolling admission process and is very flexible based on the nursing student’s individual needs.

The program is already underway and students who are currently enrolled in COA’s associate degree in nursing program may take courses toward a bachelor’s of science degree starting with their first semester of nursing school if they meet the ODU requirements for entry. COA officials say the partnership with ODU offers an innovative, efficient and affordable pathway to the bachelor’s of science in nursing.

“This is one of the first community college ADN programs in North Carolina to allow students to work on their BSN courses from the very beginning of their ADN program and potentially graduate with both degrees at the end of the two years,” said Robin Harris, dean of health sciences and wellness programs at COA.

The agreement was first proposed after a COA student pursuing an associate degree in nursing in fall 2017 asked about enrolling in ODU’s program. Because the student met the criteria for ODU’s program, officials at the Norfolk university contacted COA. Approximately nine months later, Janice Hawkins and Jeanie Kline from ODU and COA’s Harris developed the partnership.

“This speaks to the need for this type of agreement as this was student-driven,” said Hawkins, chief academic adviser at ODU.

Tuition for technology-delivered courses for students outside of Virginia is comparable to in-state tuition fees. Students are able to take classes anywhere a WiFi connection is available. There is no commute because the bachelor of science degree in nursing classes are online.