Career advancement for Cincinnati State nursing students just got a little easier thanks to an innovative partnership with the University of Cincinnati that grants early admission to UC’s online RN to BSN program.
The partnership, called Cincinnati Pathways, is an expansion of a comprehensive agreement that allows academically qualified Cincinnati State graduates to transition seamlessly into a variety of UC degree programs. In accordance with the Cincinnati Pathways program, Cincinnati State students with a GPA of 3.4 or higher who matriculate to UC through Cincinnati Pathways will receive a UC Transfer Scholarship.
Cincinnati State students graduating with an associate degree in nursing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher can apply and expect entry into UC’s online RN to BSN program before receiving RN licensure, accelerating entry into the program. UC’s online RN to BSN program is fully accredited and is ranked “No.3 Best Online RN to BSN Program” by BestCollegeReview.org. It offers greater flexibility than a traditional classroom-based program and requires 27 credit hours and can be completed in 12 to 18 months.
The RN to BSN program went completely online in the summer of 2013. Since then, a total of 711 students have been admitted to the program, 126 of them coming from Cincinnati State; 39 of those met the requirements for the Cincinnati Pathways transfer scholarship.
“Early admission into UC’s program gives Cincinnati State graduates more time to prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination, while ensuring there is no delay in their continuation toward a BSN,” said Denise Rohr, RN, associate dean of the Division of Health and Public Safety at Cincinnati State and director of the Cincinnati State Bethesda School of Nursing.
It’s no secret that career opportunities abound in the healthcare fields. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts registered nurse employment will grow 16 percent through 2024 as home healthcare needs increase and the U.S. population ages.
BLS reports the median salary for a RN is $66,640, but notes that while entry-level RN positions are available with an associate’s degree, the industry standard is fast becoming a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
A 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” recommended increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent—from 49 percent at the time the report was released—and doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
“Employers take notice of registered nurses who are pursuing their bachelor’s in nursing,” said Kathleen Carissimi, RN, director of UC’s RN to BSN program. “It’s our hope that health care providers who are seeking to grow their population of baccalaureate-trained nurses will look to UC and Cincinnati State as they seek to recruit qualified and motivated nursing talent.”