by Alana J. Mauger
Alvernia University has joined Montgomery County Community College’s University Center initiative, becoming the first partner to offer nursing and health care science degree programs.
At the College’s University Center in Pottstown, Alvernia will offer its RN to BSN Completion Program, as well as its Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs.
“Through our discussions with community health care leaders, such as Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, we recognized the need for a partnership of this kind,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president. “As a sector, medical professions are growing in the tri-county region, and together, Montgomery County Community College and Alvernia University can help health care professionals at all levels to plan and advance their career pathways.”
“Our partnership will allow Montgomery County Community College students and area residents to pursue their interest in these programs with all the convenience that comes from accessing a great education close to home,” said Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn. “We hope it will also prove to be a valuable resource for local nurses who are seeking to attain their BSN degree.”
First introduced in 2006, the University Center framework offers an entrepreneurial approach to expanding higher education opportunities for residents of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. Through partnerships with select four-year institutions, students can now choose from 10 bachelor’s degrees, five master’s degrees, one graduate certificate, two doctorates and six professional development certificates.
“The University Center framework builds crucial pathways by which our students, faculty, staff and the community at large can conveniently pursue advanced degrees from our outstanding partner colleges and universities,” said Dr. Stout. “Montgomery County Community College and Alvernia University have a long-standing dual admissions transfer agreement, and we’re pleased to build on that partnership to bring high-demand health care programs to our campus.”
Alvernia University joins six existing University Center partners — Albright College, which offers programs at MCCC’s campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown; Immaculata University, which offers an Doctor of Education program at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell; and Chestnut Hill College, Drexel University, Temple University and Villanova University, which offer programs at the College’s West Campus in Pottstown.
“The University Center is part of our overall effort to expand the way our students think about transferring and what they are capable of achieving,” said Dr. Stout. “Partnerships, like the one with Alvernia, are so important in higher education, and they show a great deal of entrepreneurship.”
To learn more about the College’s University Center initiative, visit mc3.edu/academics/university-center.aspx.
To learn more about Alvernia University, visit alvernia.edu.