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1 St. Petersburg College Increasing Baccalaureate Access to Programs In Critical Shortage Areas RN-BSN Dr. Jean M. Wortock, Retired Dean College of Nursing, St. Petersburg College With Gratitude to: Dr. Thomas E. Furlong, Jr., Policy Institute Consultant Kay Burniston, SPC Vice President Baccalaureate Programs

2 St. Petersburg College SPC is the oldest 2, now 4, year college in Florida 80+ years Comprehensive Community College mission

3 Historical Perspective Unique Needs of Pinellas County: Employers identified need for IT managers, teachers, and BSN prepared nurses Pinellas 67 of 67 counties in Baccalaureate access and degree completion Geographically unique - a peninsula with heavy traffic volume AS graduates with a high need for a smooth AS to BAS or BSN transfer option

4 State Response Community College System (CCS) strategic plan on Baccalaureate access solutions Branches; partnerships; distance learning; community colleges directly (Florida 49 th ; Pinellas 67 th among counties) Two hundred AS programs statewide and only five AS to Bachelor s articulation agreements

5 State & Federal Response Legislature chose to also support a few niche Bachelor s directly in high need areas; IT (22,000) Nursing (critical shortage) Teacher Education (162,000 shortage in ten years) Federal funding support for online and partnership development at St. Petersburg College (Project Eagle)

6 SPC s Challenges How to implement Bachelor s and be true to historical CC mission of workforce, 2+2, remedial and University Partnership missions? How to expand the open-door, keep instruction as a top priority, approach to a 4-year model? How to serve our community with 4-year bachelor s in high demand areas?

7 SPC s University Partnership Center 12 Partners public/private 26 Bachelor s degree programs 41 Master s and Doctoral programs SPC funded to provide support & Partners provide direct instruction

8 University Partners Barry University Case Western Reserve University Cleveland University Eckerd College Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Institute of Technology

9 University Partners Florida State University National University of Health Sciences St. Leo College University of Florida University of South Florida

10 Degree Standards State University System (SUS) academic policies for quality Time to degree: 120 hours (Minimim) Common pre-requisites Specialized accreditation Ability of graduates to transfer into state/private graduate programs

11 Key to Implementation Becoming 4-year across the College e.g. Institutional Effectiveness, faculty criteria, student services, library services SPC s challenge: become one College, one faculty, one Curriculum and Instruction Committee, etc. Planning funds provided to develop a full upper division at SPC by the Legislature; upper division to focus on teacher education, BSN nursing and AS to BAS articulation programs

12 First Step - SACS Accreditation Consultant ( April 2001) Legislature approved $1 million to develop; help w/ faculty, library, etc Document reviewed in October 2001 December 2001-annual vote of SACS Commission on Colleges on 4 year status November Team Visit overall commendation to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

13 Library Add two librarians and cross train Books service at multiple locations Courier service Community College statewide automated library tied to 4-year automated library

14 Financial Aid US DOE approval Bright Futures Scholarships Need based Scholarships Community College Minority Teachers Fund Financial Aid Fee

15 Finance Formula Fees less than SUS, more than fees in our 2-year programs CCS approach now at 85% of SUS upper division

16 Admissions Additional Recruiters Recruiting in the following areas: Corporate, hospitals, school districts Pasco Hernando CC and SPC campuses; other area community colleges Multiple CC in FL wanted SPC articulation agreements for upper division courses and degrees New admission form supplement for current SPC students

17 Records & Registration Earlier admission cycles Process and workload changes from open door at lower division to restricted admission at upper level. Work with 3 initial Deans on admission status by major

18 Student Services Three 4-Year Baccalaureate Specialists hired Each assigned to a different college site Each cross-trained in all 2 and 4- year programs

19 Marketing Strategies Earlier and intense Billboards TV/Radio Health care newsletters Becoming 4-year visitor to adjacent community colleges Joint letterhead with PHCC Direct mailing to current nurses & school teachers Information sessions

20 Three Initial Areas Technology Management Nursing - BSN Teacher Education Elementary Education Exceptional Education Secondary Mathematics Secondary Science

21 Current 4-year Programs College of Biology College of Business College of Computer & Information Technology College of Education College of Health Sciences College of Nursing BS in Nursing College of Policy and Law College of Public Safety Administration College of Orthotics & Prosthetics School of Veterinary Technology Certificates helors/index.php

22 FACILITIES COE building renovation at Tarpon Springs: Bilirakis College of Education in two locations Clearwater portables plans for new facility Nursing renovations in Health Education Center (HEC) Capital outlay through CCS and SUS

23 Baccalaureate Faculty The Pay schedule is the same for all SPC faculty Four year faculty have: 12 month contracts Teaching loads of 4 classes Release time for Faculty advising as part of responsibility Higher Adjunct rate of pay

24 RN-BSN Credentials The Dean and all Full Time Nursing Faculty possess a Doctorate* in Nursing Adjunct Faculty possess a minimum of a MSN; many are Doctorally prepared in nursing *SACS requires that 25% of all BSN classes be taught by faculty with a terminal degree in the field.

25 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING RN Completion Program Only Students must already be registered nurses Current, valid, unrestricted, unencumbered nursing license Can be either AS or hospital diploma graduates Seamless articulation with prior nursing education Can transfer up to 10 Upper Division Credits

26 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING Tuition Reimbursement; Hospital scholarships; Nurses Now and other Grants Enrollment goals consistently exceeded

27 Curriculum Overview AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education & NLNAC standards were used for curriculum development Transfer 39 Lower Division Nursing credits 40 Upper Division Nursing credits Must meet SPC AA general education requirements including foreign language requirement 121 credits for degree

28 RN-BSN Courses Professional Roles and Dimensions Pathophysiology Pharmacology Health Assessment Nursing Research Nursing in a Multicultural Society Family Community Health Community Health Practicum Legal Ethical Leadership Theory Leadership Practicum Nursing Elective

29 Learner Focused Immersion Model Courses taken one at a time Initially students could Attend class 2 nights per week or all day sessions during the week or on Saturday Currently either Face To Face (FTF) Tuesday, or Wednesday or Thursday or Totally online Projecting a Blended format in the near future Each course is 4-10 weeks depending on number of credits

30 Partnerships for Initial FTF Course Delivery Off College site Cohorts Morton Plant Mease Hospital Oak Hill Hospital Bayvista (Baycare Headquarters) Bayonet Point Pros and Cons

31 Accreditation Regionally Accredited by SACS Nationally Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) 1/2004 6/2009 CCNE Accreditation 4/07 4/2012; successful reaccreditation visit 9/11

32 American Association of Colleges of Nursing AACN member Deans endorsed a position statement on the Community College Baccalaureate in Nursing October 2005 Supports and guides community colleges offering BSN degrees; as well as the increased access to the BSN The position paper can be viewed online at on/ccbsn

33 Successful Outcomes Baccalaureate access expanded in Pinellas County Total program offered online MSN degrees via University Partners including MSN from USF, MSN in Forensics from Cleveland University DNP from Case Western & USF Increased upper division offerings at the St. Petersburg branch of our regional university USF Larger nurse workforce with a BSN

34 Successful Outcomes for SPC CON BSN graduates as Learning Lab Faculty BSN graduates now MSN and Doctoral adjunct and full time faculty Expanded AS and BSN enrollment assisting to alleviate the nursing shortage!

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