To ensure nursing students receive their degrees efficiently, the nursing departments from The University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas Community College signed an articulation agreement Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the STCC Dr. Casso Nursing and Allied Health Building.
"This is truly a privilege and an honor because we have been working on this agreement for some time," said Dr. Helen Castillo, dean for the UTPA College of Health Sciences and Human Services. "Our faculty and staff will work together to help community college students continue their education and promote another edition of new nurses."
The articulation agreement will now allow students who receive an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) from STCC to transfer courses to the University that will count towards a bachelor's degree.
"The purpose of the articulation agreement is to facilitate student transfers from STCC to our University," said Dr. Carolina Huerta, chair of the UTPA Department of Nursing. "We believe that our articulation agreement will encourage students who complete their ADN and transfer to our BSN program."
Wanda Spratt, STCC director of Nursing/Allied Health, said the agreement demonstrates the schools' devotion to Rio Grande Valley students.
"This agreement is the first step toward good community involvement," she said. "Students don't always start at the top; they have to advance their nursing practices, and this agreement is the best way to do that."
Last year, UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez and STCC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed signed an articulation agreement between the institutions to help students obtain their college degrees in the Valley.
The agreement fulfills the "2+2" function of traditional articulation agreements between community colleges and universities by assuring students that associate degree programs at STCC satisfy the freshman- and sophomore-year requirements of four-year baccalaureate degrees at UTPA.