For Immediate Release
Contact: Lea Ann Scales
Assistant Vice President of
Public Relations and Marketing
Contact: Michael Ratty
Director of Communications
Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
January 19, 2011
(Worcester, Mass) -- Worcester State University (WSU) President Janelle Ashley and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) President Charles F. Monahan, Jr. will sign a joint transfer agreement, Monday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the WSU Student Center Blue Lounge.
The articulated transfer program will allow WSU students to complete 80 credits of study toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health-Pre Nursing program, and then transfer to MCPHS to complete the requirements of the accepted BS in Nursing degree (BSN). The dual-degree program can be completed in four years.
“I am so proud that our two institutions are joining forces to create another path to a degree in nursing,” said WSU President Ashley. “This partnership will leverage the best of both institutions,” added Ashley.
“As a Worcester native, I am proud to say that Central Massachusetts is home to some of the state’s premier hospitals and health care institutions – one of the major reasons an innovative public-private partnership like this is possible,” said MCPHS President Charles F. Monahan Jr. “The health care field is evolving faster than ever, and we are proud to offer such a unique pathway to the nursing profession.”
WSU Board of Trustees Chair John Brissette applauded the announcement. “I commend both institutions for crafting this outstanding public-private partnership,” said Brissette. “In these challenging economic times, it’s innovative thinking and collaboration like this that will make a world of difference for our students.”