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HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (6/12/14) — The Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997 mandates a seamless system of postsecondary education in order to promote transfer of students among Kentucky postsecondary institutions.

Further, there is a demonstrated need for a well-educated populace in Kentucky and an increased demand for nurses with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in West Kentucky and other areas of Kentucky.

The purposes of the joint admission agreement is to reduce student costs for completion of the BSN degree and to reduce the time required to complete it by providing students enrolled in Madisonville Community College integrated nursing program pursuing the Associate Degree in Nursing a "fast track" for completing the Murray State University BSN in four years after matriculating to MCC if the student meets all placement score benchmarks or three years after entering the ADN program.

This fast track program would require students to take summer classes and to successfully complete the sequence of nursing courses offered by MSU in its online distance learning program. Students who stay on track by completing the sequence of courses into which they are advised, developed for this agreement by MCC and MSU, will be able to complete the MSU BSN degree in as few as eleven months from the time they graduate from the MCC ADN program.

Students with a minimum 2.75 GPA when admitted to the MCC ADN program are eligible to participate in this joint admission agreement. Students, once accepted as part of the joint admission agreement, shall be considered to have an open admission status with the MSU BSN program provided they maintain the minimum 2.5 GPA, remain continuously enrolled in the MCC AON program, and meet MSU nursing requirements outlined in the advising plan established at the time they enter the joint admission program. These students will be advised by nursing faculty at MCC and MSU.

Other provisions of the joint admission agreement are:

  • MSU allows students to transfer the ADN degree at MCC seamlessly to the BSN program at MSU with junior year standing.

  • MSU will waive its application fee for the University charged to transfer students and MCC will waive all charges to MCC students for two official transcripts at the time of transfer.

  • Students will be subject to the MSU requirements in its catalog and the joint admission agreement at the time students become part of the joint admission agreement, unless students fail to meet the terms for continuation as part of the agreement described above.

Both institutions agree to:

  • monitor and support the provisions of this agreement to ensure consistency, program quality, and transferability for the benefit of the students who may benefit from this transfer agreement;

  • coordinate changes in course content or requirements for all courses listed in the transfer agreement in order to ensure continued compatibility among the courses offered by the programs at each institution;

  • renegotiate this agreement as needed due to changes in course content or graduate requirements at either institution;

  • observe Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, other discipline-specific accreditation, and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) guidelines and rules; and

  • comply with CPE requirements for reporting transfer information.

In the event that MSU determines that it will no longer offer this "blended" Bachelor of Nursing degree, MSU will provide MCC at least one-year notice of the termination of the degree program.

This agreement shall permit students to participate in the joint admission program at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. It shall be reviewed for continuation during the spring 2016 semester. It may be amended prior to that time, provided that any revisions shall be completed by April 1before the start of the next academic year.

In the event that this joint admission agreement shall be terminated, any students participating in the joint admission program shall be allowed to complete their program as provided in the agreement at the time when they were admitted.

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