Crowder College officials inked an agreement Thursday with Missouri State University, offering Crowder students another opportunity to receive a bachelor's degree without leaving Neosho.
The agreement allows Crowder College students to transition easily into pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing or social work from MSU.
"We want to give our students as many high quality options after graduation as possible," said Glenn Coltharp, Crowder's vice president of academic affairs. "When a student graduates from Crowder College with an associate degree, he or she needs to have a variety of options on moving right into a bachelor's degree program."
D'Ann Dennis, Crowder's director of nursing and health programs, said the partnership will make it possible for nursing students to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing in a little more than three years.
"They can co-enroll," Dennis said. "They can be dual enrolled in the BSN and their ADN at the same time. It's online and then they do their clinical here in Neosho."
Dennis said the associate degree in nursing offered by Crowder usually takes five semesters to complete. She said continuing on to the MSU nursing program could allow students to receive their BSN one year after completing their associate degree.
"It's a great opportunity and it's really reasonable," Dennis said. "They'll let them transfer an unlimited number of courses, rather than some universities only let you transfer 60 credits, they're letting them transfer all their general eds that they can take here at Crowder."
Dennis said students have expressed interest in the bachelor's degree program.
She said one Crowder studenthas already started her first class in the MSU nursing program.
"I think that people will look at us, not only as a facility where they can get an ADN but as a facility where they also have the ability to get a BSN," Dennis said.
Crowder already had similar agreements with MSU in the agriculture, business and education programs at the Neosho campus.
The partnership is also offered at the Cassville and Nevada campuses for education and business degrees.
Crowder College will also begin a similar partnership with Central Methodist University this fall, allowing students to complete a bachelor's degree from CMU in nursing, accounting, business and applied behavior analysis.
Crowder signed off on the CMU agreement just last week.
Crowder College also has an existing partnership with Missouri Southern State University, allowing students to take classes toward a business degree at the Neosho campus.