UNM, San Juan College sign nursing partnership agreement

San Juan College and the University of New Mexico have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to offer San Juan College students the opportunity to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in addition to an associate degree in nursing.

Officials from UNM and San Juan College officially signed the MOU before the regularly scheduled San Juan College Board meeting on July 1.

“San Juan College is proud to partner with UNM to offer our nursing students a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing right here in the Four Corners,” San Juan College Vice President for Learning Dr. Barbara Ake said. “The Nursing Program is a vital pillar of the College and the community and academic progression in nursing education is an improvement for everyone. Students benefit from baccalaureate-level education and those graduates can then provide a highly qualified and more diverse healthcare workforce to the community.”

The agreement is a result of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium’s statewide common curriculum. San Juan College is able to participate in this innovative nursing curriculum redesign as a full-member NMNEC school due to SJC’s regional and nursing accreditation. This agreement will allow students to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNM and an associate degree in Nursing from San Juan College.

“The community has asked for more baccalaureate nursing education for almost 20 years and finally we are able to do just that through this innovative partnership,” said Director of Nursing Program at San Juan College Nisa Bruce. “The Nursing Program would like to thank everyone at San Juan College and the University of New Mexico for their collaboration and leadership during this process. Additionally, we appreciate NMNEC for their dedication and support in this venture.”

The BSN will require eight semesters of coursework and will be offered for the first time in January 2015. San Juan College will continue to offer students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in nursing, as well as the new bachelor’s degree option.

For more information about the agreement or the nursing program, contact Nisa Bruce at 505-566-3226.

Dr. Nancy Ridenour (center), Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico, signs a Memorandum of Agreement between the UNM and San Juan College’s Nursing Programs on Tuesday, July 1. The MOU will give SJC nursing students the opportunity to graduate with both an Associate Degree from SJC and a Bachelor’s Degree from UNM in nursing from SJC’s Farmington campus. Dr. Barbara Ake, SJC Vice President for Learning (left), Nisa Bruce, SJC Director of Nursing (right), and Oliver Borden, SJC Dean of Health Sciences (not pictured), also signed the MOU.