Nicholls State University and Delgado Community College are partnering to produce more registered nurses with four-year nursing degrees. The schools have signed a transfer articulation agreement making it easier for Delgado’s associate degree in nursing graduates to continue their education in Nicholls’ online bachelor of science in nursing degree program.
"Through this agreement between Nicholls and Delgado’s nursing programs, we hope to expand the education and future career options for Delgado’s registered nurses prepared at the associate degree level,” said Dr. Sue Westbrook, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Nicholls.
“This articulation agreement allows Delgado students earning an associate degree in nursing to complete studies for their bachelor’s degree online, which minimizes possible disruption in their employment and other obligations while they achieve their educational and career goals,” said Delgado Charity School of Nursing Dean Dr. Cheryl E. Myers.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Delgado is ranked in the Top 25 among community colleges nationally for associate degrees awarded in nursing (registered nurses): 301. The Delgado Charity School of Nursing is the only nursing school at a community college in Louisiana to appear among the Top 25 or Top 50 on the list.
Delgado graduates about half of all new registered nurses in the greater New Orleans area each year, and graduated the most RNs among the 13 associate degree-awarding nursing schools in the state last year—accounting for 13 percent of the statewide total. Of the Delgado nursing graduates, 93 percent passed the licensing examination and 97 percent were employed within six months of graduation.
In addition to the nursing agreement, Nicholls and Delgado maintain a transfer articulation agreement in business.
Nicholls State University and Delgado Community College signed a transfer articulation agreement in Thibodaux on Jan. 12 to make it easier for Delgado nursing graduates to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nicholls. Pictured (front row) are Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis; Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy; (back row, left to right) David Zerangue, Nicholls director of academic services; Dr. Lynn Gillette, Nicholls provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Kathleen Curphy, Delgado vice chancellor for academic affairs and college provost; Dr. Cheryl Myers, dean of the Delgado Charity School of Nursing; and Dr. Sue Westbrook, dean of the Nicholls College of Nursing and Allied Health. photo provided by Nicholls State University