Friday, December 5, 2014

Grossmont College, Point Loma Nazarene University partner for 4-year nursing degree

Seated l to r: PLNU nursing dean Barbara Taylor;
Debbie Yaddow, Grossmont College dean of allied health and nursing
Bob Brower, PLNU president
Sunita V. Cooke, Grossmont College president
Starting next fall, graduates of the Grossmont College nursing program can seamlessly continue their education and receive their bachelor’s in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in just 15 months without ever leaving the community college campus.

The groundbreaking pact between the two institutions for the four-year nursing degree was announced this morning at a press conference at Grossmont College. Created to address growing workforce demand, the new agreement addresses the omission of nursing programs from recent legislation allowing select community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees.

Administrators hailed the partnership creating cohorts of 25 students each fall and spring as a major plus for Grossmont College’s nursing students, who will benefit from the instruction and student support resources from the university. Tuition for the accelerated degree program is $16,200 and includes the cost of books. A university advisor will be stationed full time at Grossmont College to provide scholarship information and enrollment assistance.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for our graduates to benefit from Point Loma University’s excellent nursing program,” said Grossmont College President Sunita “Sunny” Cooke, who was joined at the press conference by PLNU President Bob Brower and nursing deans from both campuses.

PLNU is pleased to partner with Grossmont College to provide increased access to students across the San Diego region who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degree,” Brower said. “Together we can better meet workforce demand and support student success.”

Bower described the university’s nursing program as a hybrid model, combining online with traditional classroom instruction.

The demand for nurses with bachelor’s degrees has grown in recent years. A national study by the Institute of Medicine recommended that by 2020, 80 percent of the nursing workforce should have a bachelor’s degree. More hospitals are also achieving magnet status, requiring them to hire a high percentage of nurses with the degrees.

 “As more and more healthcare institutions begin requiring four-year degrees from their ranks of registered nurses, it is getting tougher for students to get into university nursing programs, so this is a huge benefit for our students to be able to seamlessly transfer and quickly obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree,” Cooke said.

Grossmont College nursing student Poppy Miller, one of the speakers at today’s press conference, said she is excited about the opportunities the new program offers.

“I have loved my experience at Grossmont College and to be able to stay on campus and continue on for my bachelor’s is a terrific idea,” said Miller, who will be joining 32 other students graduating next week from the college’s nursing program. “Our instructors here at Grossmont College have told us from day one that an associate degree is not the end of our educational journey. Grossmont College is a stepping stone to further my education and to become a better nurse.”

Highly respected across the San Diego region, PLNU’s nursing program recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing. For  information about the nursing program, go to