The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Columbia College of Nursing have signed an articulation agreement that will allow for credits to transfer more easily between the two institutions.
In 2010, the schools began offering a plan that establishes a path for students to take two years of pre-nursing courses at UW-Waukesha before transferring to CCON. The first cohort of students who followed the plan will be graduating from CCON in December.
The UW-Waukesha students who have transferred to CCON have been very positive about their experiences, said Lori Brock, a biological sciences professor at UW-Waukesha who worked to secure the agreement.
“All of our students have done very well there,” she said. “I think it is an outstanding opportunity for our students. Nursing schools are becoming more competitive and having a direct track for our students is a great benefit to them.”
Catherine Knuteson, associate dean for academic affairs at CCON, said students are able to achieve their professional goals more efficiently when they have a clear path to follow.
“By taking a pre-determined sequence of courses, they are able to meet the pre-requisites for CCON admission,” she said. “UW-Waukesha has a reputation for delivering high-quality courses and setting high standards for student achievement. Therefore, we look forward to helping UW-Waukesha transfer students achieve success in CCON’s rigorous nursing program.
"Tomorrow’s nurses must be flexible, creative, resilient, collaborative, and knowledgeable. With their strong foundation of pre-requisite courses, transfer students from UW-Waukesha will be the nurses we need to address current and future health care challenges.”
The new agreement, which will be reviewed annually, holds that a grade of C is required for all prerequisite essential courses to transfer. UW-Waukesha students will be encouraged to complete an associate of arts and science degree from UW-Waukesha, and courses will be identified at both institutions that will satisfy UW-Waukesha AAS degree requirements. Arrangements will be made to provide all former UW-Waukesha students with an application for graduation upon completion of courses taken at CCON that will satisfy the student’s UW-Waukesha AAS degree requirements.
UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses with more than 2,000 students. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an associate of arts and sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh.