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TMCC/NSC Nursing Partnership

Posted: May 13, 2013

Truckee Meadows Community College and Nevada State College form nursing articulation agreement
Collaborative program to help meet demand for baccalaureate prepared nurses

Providing an efficient and seamless pathway for Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) students to also complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Nevada State College (NSC) and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) have partnered to form a collaborative nursing program. With the completion of a new articulation agreement, the program will admit its first students during the fall 2013 semester.

“Our partnership with NSC will not only benefit students but will meet the emerging needs of the healthcare industry,” said TMCC President Maria C. Sheehan. “Together, we look forward to the growth and success of the program.”

The development of the program is in response to the recommendation by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for registered nurses (RNs) across the nation to complete their bachelor’s degree within 10 years of receiving their ADN. The Future of Nursing report released by IOM in 2010 also encourages 80 percent of nurses to become baccalaureate prepared by 2020.

“According to the IOM report, approximately 50 percent of nurses across the nation have completed their BSN – and in Nevada, that percentage is closer to 42,” said Sherrilyn Coffman, interim dean of the NSC School of Nursing. “Additionally, it is estimated that Nevada will be 30 percent short of the projected RN demand by 2020.”

“We are pleased to work with TMCC in order to provide quality educational opportunities for our students and future nurses,” said NSC President Bart Patterson. “Together, we will develop a highly-educated nursing workforce in Nevada to meet the State’s focus on building and expanding the healthcare sector.”

After successfully completing their first semester in the ADN program, TMCC students will be eligible to apply for provisional admission into the NSC RN to BSN program. Accepted students will then be required to complete at least one general education course at NSC each year while working on their two-year degree. Students will also need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) prior to full admission to NSC.

The RN to BSN program at NSC began in 2004. All post-licensure nursing courses are offered online with content designed for current RNs. Over 150 students were enrolled in the program during the 2012-2013 year. With the addition of the TMCC articulation agreement, enrollment is projected to increase to 425 by 2021.

Students in the TMCC Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program may contact the NSC Transfer Coordinator for additional program details by emailing or by calling 702-992-2118.

About Nevada State College
Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State College has grown to offer more than 24 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation and has expanded its physical campus. Committed to fostering a personal learning environment, students are taught by faculty who serve as mentors and guides in classrooms with an average size of only 23 students. Nevada State College serves approximately 3,400 students and has over 1,700 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit

About Truckee Meadows Community College
Truckee Meadows Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Reno, Nevada, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. With five college sites and more than 20 community locations, TMCC serves over 20,000 students each year in state-supported programs and another 12,000 students in non-credit workforce development classes. For more information, please go to 

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