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Touro College Set to Launch Nursing Program at New York Medical College

Westchester Community College signs transfer articulation agreement with the nursing program of Touro School of Health Sciences at New York Medical College

Date: May 18, 2017
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Westchester Community College signs transfer articulation agreement with the nursing program of Touro College School of Health Sciences at New York Medical College - New location beginning Fall 2017 in Valhalla, New York

Westchester Community College, State University of New York, and Touro School of Health Sciences/New York Medical College (NYMC) have combined efforts and collaborated on a new pipeline from the associate’s degree to bachelor’s degree studies in nursing. An agreement between the two colleges was publicly signed on the Valhalla campus of Westchester Community College on Thursday, May 18.

Due to the new partnership, all of Westchester Community College’s graduates of the Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing with a grade point average of 2.5 or better will be given full consideration to the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program offered by Touro/NYMC. New this coming fall 2017, Touro School of Health Sciences will deliver the RN to BSN program on the NYMC campus in Valhalla, New York. NYMC is a member of the Touro College and University System.

This agreement ensures a smooth transfer experience for students and guarantees junior status for graduates of the A.A.S. degree in Nursing from Westchester Community College. In addition, students can transfer in up to 90 credits to Touro/NYMC, allowing them to take additional requirements at Westchester Community College while enrolled with Touro/NYMC. This generous transfer policy will keep the cost affordable for students.

“This partnership will help our graduates achieve a seamless transfer to Touro College” says Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College.  “Last week, we celebrated the college’s largest commencement ceremony with a record number of graduates, many of whom are going on to four-year colleges and universities. With this new agreement with Touro, we have created an exciting new pathway for our graduates. At next year’s commencement, we expect to be congratulating students who will be continuing their studies at Touro College.”

“From 1937 to 1962 NYMC graduated nurses from our Flower Fifth Avenue School of Nursing,” said Edward C. Halperin MD MA, Chancellor/CEO of NYMC and Provost for Biomedical Affairs of Touro. “We are proud to return to the education of nurses at NYMC as a member of the Touro family and in partnership with WCC.”

“The NYMC RN to BSN Program will prepare Registered Nurses for enhanced roles in nursing. By bridging academia and practice, the curriculum is focused on inter-professional education. The collaboration between the new program and NYMC will foster professional education with other students in healthcare professions,” said Sandra Russo, Chair and Director of Nursing at Touro School of Health Sciences.

“The articulation agreement between Westchester Community College and Touro College will increase access and opportunity for our community college students and clearly define pathways to success. This agreement will facilitate the completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing for many of our students,” says Lynette DeBellis, R.N., M.A., Assistant Professor of Nursing, Chairperson Department of Nursing, Westchester Community College.

For more information on the program, please visit http://shs.touro.edu/nursing/.

The Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please visit www.touro.edu/news.

New York Medical College

Founded in 1860, NYMC is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 19,000 living alumni. The college, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, a School of dental medicine and a School of nursing. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners. For more information, visit www.nymc.edu.

Westchester Community College

Westchester Community College is the largest college in Westchester County, New York enrolling approximately 13,000 credit and an additional 13,000 non-credit students annually. The institution boasts more than sixty academic programs. The college has implemented a new academic organization to help guide students toward their degrees more quickly and more affordably. With student success in mind, Academic Affairs changed from Divisions to Schools with Guided Pathways to help students more easily navigate college systems, processes and degree requirements. The four Schools are Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Professional Careers; Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning; and Mathematics, Science, and Engineering. Each School offers “signature experiences” for students including special clinicals, mentorships, and internships. For details on the college, visit www.sunywcc.edu.