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TWU College of Nursing announces agreement with Collin College


DENTON – A new agreement between Texas Woman’s University and Collin College will streamline the timeline to a bachelor’s degree for nursing students.

Starting this fall, Collin College nursing students can have concurrent enrollment with TWU. Students will be able to select which program he or she would like to partner with while completing the associate of applied science (AAS) degree in nursing in addition to an associate of arts or science (AA or AS) degree. Having completed their core curriculum, the student will then have a seamless transition to a bachelor of science in nursing (BS) at TWU.

“As one of the state’s leaders in nursing education, the TWU College of Nursing values partnerships that make a quality nursing education more accessible to those who want to become nurses,” said Dr. Patricia Holden-Huchton, dean of the TWU College of Nursing. “This partnership with Collin College is another excellent example of how institutions can work together to meet the state and national demand for new nurses.”

According to Dr. Nell Ard, director of the Collin College nursing program, the agreement with TWU is response to the Institute of Medicine’s “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report published in October 2010. The report called upon nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training to respond to the increasing demands of patient needs.

This BS in nursing program will be online, making it possible for Collin College students to earn a bachelor’s degree without leaving Collin County. With a degree plan, students can complete all core curricula at Collin College. TWU will then offer “bridge” courses online.

Details on the TWU/Collin College bachelor of science in nursing program can be found at or at or by contacting Suzanne Ackers via email at or phone at (940) 898-2401.

With more than 15,000 alumni and 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Denton, Dallas and Houston, TWU has one of the largest colleges of nursing in Texas and is among the nation’s leading providers of nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse educators. According to the Texas Board of Nursing, TWU nursing students’ first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is 98 percent, well above the state average.

Collin College serves about 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.

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page updated 11/12/2015 5:12 PM