FLORENCE – In an ongoing effort to export its programs across the state, Francis Marion University (FMU) today announced its presence at Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC).
FMU will provide the four-year, baccalaureate-nursing program beginning this fall on the CCTC campus. This innovative option, will allow individuals who already have an associates degree in nursing from CCTC to seek the Bachelor of Science in nursing through the FMU RN (Registered Nursing) to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program.
“We look forward to moving to the Sumter area and collaborating with Central Carolina,” said FMU President Dr. Fred Carter. “Dr. (Tim) Hardee (President of CCTC) and I feel strongly that this is the beginning of a long-term commitment between the two institutions. I told him at our first meeting that our students have the same aspirations and expectations as your students, and that’s what will make our relationship with Central Carolina such a natural fit.”
Discussions began last year and have paved the way for a Memorandum of Understanding whereby CCTC will provide instructional space, as needed, and will help generate a cohort of RN to BSN students who would commence the FMU program in the fall of 2012.
“Looking to the future, it is significant that we have been able to partner with Francis Marion University to bring this new educational opportunity to nurses in this area,” said Hardee. “We’d like to thank Dr. Carter and everyone at Francis Marion for their willingness to partner with us. You have to have two to have a good partnership, and we are looking forward to having these classes filled when they begin and to see this program and partnership grow in the future.”
FMU’s RN to BSN track is for RNs with an associates degree or diploma in nursing seeking a BSN degree. The RN to BSN program assists registered nurses to gain new knowledge regarding roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse in a rapidly changing health care environment and to build on their previous education.
Of the partnership, S.C. Rep. Murrell Smith (R-Sumter and Clarendon) said, “We have the need, we have the facilities here, and the addition of this program will be a great complement to what is making us great in Sumter County in leading the health care effort.”