Charlotte-based Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) offersa four-semester Associate Degree Nursing program that admits approximately 50 students each fall and spring semester. These students reflect the diverse population and the needs of our residents in the extended Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. After belonging to a state-widedual enrollment initiative to increase baccalaureate nursing in NorthCarolina, we opted for a different path that responds to the needs andpatterns of success for our students and graduates.
In February 2017, CPCC leadership signed a memorandum ofunderstanding with the local public university for a RN-to-BSN EarlyEntry Option Collaborative Agreement. The Early Entry Option allowsCPCC students to reserve an early, guaranteed spot in the online RN-to-BSN program. Nursing students must meet and maintain the admissionrequirements of both the university and community college programs.The two institutions each have responsibilities in supporting students andthe plan for academic progression in nursing. General education coursesrequired for the BSN can be taken at CPCC, in effect offering three years ofeducation at the community college and one year of online nursing coursesby the university.
Dr. Jeanette Cheshire, director of nursing education states, “The Christa A. Overcash Associate Degree Nursing program is committed to the affordable and accessible academic progression of our students andgraduates. Ultimately, our highest commitment is for the overall safe andcompassionate care for our community.”