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Innovative partnership allows students to earn bachelor’s in nursing in only three years

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A new partnership between Augsburg College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) gives students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in only three years. The program, the first fast-track BSN professional program in Minnesota between a two-year public institution and a four-year private college, allows the schools to respond to the changing needs of health care professionals and local communities.

“Augsburg has long been committed to offering high-quality bachelor’s and master’s programs in nursing,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “We are excited to partner with MCTC given our shared commitment to educating diverse student populations.”

The partnership leverages unique relationships and strengths in each program. Students will study for two years at MCTC and then transfer to Augsburg for the third year. During their study at Augsburg, students will experience first-hand community health nursing in diverse settings including at the Augsburg Health Commons in downtown Minneapolis and at Dar Ul-Quba in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. In addition, third-year students in the program will be offered BSN practicum opportunities locally or abroad in Namibia or Nicaragua. Prior to their time at Augsburg, students will study in new, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs at MCTC.

State, local, and education offi cials attended an opening ceremony at MCTC to announce the partnership. Those in attendance included Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, and leaders from Augsburg, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and MCTC.

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