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Agreement with OCC puts nursing grads on fast track at Wayne Oakland Center

November 26, 2013

Signing the WSU-OCC nursing agreement

Graduates of the Oakland Community College’s associate degree program in nursing have a new route to advancing their credentials: An agreement with the Wayne State University College of Nursing will ease the transition of OCC alumni into Wayne State’s program, allowing them to receive their bachelor’s in five semesters with classes taken in Oakland County.

The agreement was signed Oct. 30 by Margaret Winters (left), WSU provost; Richard Holcomb, OCC vice chancellor for academic and student affairs; and Nancy Artinian, interim dean of the College of Nursing. 

The agreement allows graduates with an OCC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to transition to the nursing bachelor’s (BSN) at WSU with minimal duplication of courses.

Nancy T. Artinian, interim dean of the WSU College of Nursing, said the college hopes to start enrolling OCC nursing graduates now to start in the program in January.

“Wayne State University nursing graduates are prized for their leadership, case management and practitioner skills in all areas of the healthcare system,” Artinian said. “We are excited to see what this partnership leads to.”

Wayne State is committed to serving community college students and recognizes the challenges faced by adults who want to continue their education but find it difficult to schedule classes around their work and personal commitments, says Ahmad Ezzeddine, associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs.

“We are pleased to have created this program with our partners at Oakland Community College,” Ezzeddine says. “This program provides OCC students and alumni a clear and accelerated pathway to a bachelor degree in nursing, and by offering these classes at our Oakland Center, we hope to make it easier and more convenient for some graduates to continue their education.”

The agreement is designed for students who follow a prescribed plan of study and receive the ADN at OCC. The credits transferred from the ADN will be included in the total credit hours required for the BSN. All other standard admission, curriculum, and graduation requirements of OCC and WSU must also be met.

“This program is very advantageous for our students,” says Lori Przymusinski, OCC Interim Dean of Nursing and Health Professions “The caliber of students we will provide Wayne State is very high.”

For details on the program, visit nursing.wayne.edu.