Centre College has recently partnered with Vanderbilt University to offer students an avenue for obtaining a master’s degree of science in nursing (MSN).
The 4-2 dual degree option allows students who are accepted to Vanderbilt’s master’s program to apply course credits from Centre to Vanderbilt for acceleration through the nursing program, obtaining the MSN in just two years.
“There has been an upsurge in interest in nursing,” says Beth Glazier-McDonald, associate dean and H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Religion. “This program enables students to combine education in a liberal arts setting with education in a big university setting. Students can finish their bachelor’s degree in whatever major they want and then enroll at Vanderbilt for their MSN for advanced practice.”
“This will be beneficial to students because it directly connects them to one of the outstanding nursing programs in the country,” says Peggy Richey, professor of biology and biochemistry & molecular biology.
Students must fulfill eleven prerequisites at Centre—but upon entering the MSN program at Vanderbilt, the credits from Centre apply toward the students’ degree.
“This partnership is a great compliment to what we do,” says Glazier-McDonald. “Students have credit going in because of what they’ve taken at Centre, and I think those things are important.”
This comes on the heels of another partnership with Vanderbilt’s Peabody College as well as the University of Louisville to offer students a master’s of education and a professional education license.
“It became important for us to find pathways for students to leave Centre to get master’s degrees in education or nursing,” says Glazier-McDonald. “These are pathways—if students know this is what they want, there’s now a clear way for them to get these degrees.”
The program also allows for those students interested to obtain a dual master’s of theological study (MTS) or master’s of divinity (MDiv).
Vanderbilt has also partnered with Millsaps College, Rhodes College and Sewanee: the University of the South.
by Centre College News
July 19, 2012