Opportunities are growing at Craven Community College (Craven CC) in health programs. The general education in nursing (AGE-N) pre-nursing degree program and NC Career & College Promise (CCP) high school dual enrollment nursing pathway are two new options for students.
The AGE-N degree program is in addition to the traditional associate applied science nursing degree (ADN) offered at Craven CC. Both two-year degree programs allow students to transfer to a university to complete a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN).
“For those students who want to get their bachelor of science degree in nursing, this pre-nursing track can help them get the financial aid they may need,” said Tracy Calcutt, director of nursing programs at Craven CC. Potential students who are waiting to be accepted into the ADN program will be able to take prerequisite courses under this degree and financial aid would apply to all these options.
Students desiring a career in nursing will be able to complete nursing program courses “for a seamless transition to BSN completion,” said Renee Batts, associate director of academic programs for the NC Community College System.
The AGE-N degree meets the University of North Carolina system RN-to-BSN program requirements. Students can apply these classes for transfer credit.
The CCP ADN Pathway will allow high school juniors and seniors to take 24 hours of prerequisite nursing classes for free. Many of the ADN classes are offered both online and in classrooms at the Havelock and New Bern campuses.
“This (ADN Pathway) will be great for high school students,” said Sarah Rigert, ADN student. She completed many college credit hours tuition-free as a homeschooled CCP student. Rigert took a full load of college classes her last semester of her senior year. She has recently passed the Certified Nursing Assistant exam and is currently employed by the Home Place of New Bern assisted living residence.
“I really like the care aspect of nursing. I am interested in becoming a midwife and Craven’s ADN program is one of the steps for me to begin,” said Rigert.
Students interested in nursing could qualify for available scholarships and grants for this new degree.
Another nursing education option that is currently offered through Craven CC, in conjunction with East Carolina University (ECU), is the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) program. Students are dually enrolled in community college and online university classes.
RIBN students receive an ADN degree at the end of their third year, pass the nursing licensure exam and advance to the fourth year of the program at ECU. “This is great for students who are pro-active in getting streamlined to further their education at a university,” said Sarah Sawyer, Coordinator, of Craven CC’s CCP program. Sawyer said students can save money and work as a nurse during their fourth year.
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