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MCPHS Announces New Pathway To Nursing Career


On January 24, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Worcester State University signed a joint transfer agreement. On hand to sign the agreement were MCPHS President Charles F. Monahan Jr. and WSU President Janelle Ashley. The lunchtime announcement, held on the WSU campus, drew more than 100 dignitaries, students, faculty, staff and administrators.

The joint agreement will allow WSU students to complete 80 credits of study toward a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health-Pre Nursing program, and then transfer to MCPHS to complete the requirements of the accepted BS in Nursing degree (BSN). The dual-degree program can be completed in four years.

“As a Worcester native, I am proud to say that Central Massachusetts is home to some of the state’s premier hospitals and health care institutions – one of the major reasons an innovative public-private partnership like this is possible,” said President Monahan. “The health care field is evolving faster than ever, and we are proud to offer such a unique pathway to the nursing profession.”

Among those who spoke at the event were Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray, State Senator Harriette Chandler, State Senator Michael Moore, State Representative John Mahoney, Francesca Purcell, Department of Higher Education (DHE) Associate Commissioner of Academic Policy, and Gladys Rodriguez-Parker from Congressman James McGovern’s office.

Lt. Governor Murray commended, “our well-known and respected public university and well-known and respected private college,” for the innovative partnership. “Higher education turns out a well- trained and well educated workforce that creates innovation that is so important—particularly in allied health and health care.”

George Humphrey, MCPHS Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, noted that the new program should give graduates a leg up as they enter the job market. “Our nurses are educated alongside physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists and soon, we hope, optometrists,” Dr. Humphrey said. “We have a unique academic environment – a small university of health professions that draws on and expands the rich clinical resources of central Massachusetts.”