DEARBORN — Henry Ford College and Madonna University have teamed up to provide nursing students an opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree at Madonna at a lower tuition cost.
This agreement allows any student who has earned an associate’s degree in nursing at Henery Ford and has an Registered Nurse license in Michigan to transfer his or her credits toward a bachelor’s of science in nursing at Madonna. A component of the new agreement is that HFC students admitted to Madonna will receive a 20 percent discount off of the non-nursing undergraduate tuition rate per semester hour at Madonna.
“At Madonna, we see this articulation agreement as a remarkable opportunity and a win-win for students at HFC. This agreement helps students remain enrolled at HFC, while they progress toward a four-year degree in nursing at Madonna.” says Michael O. Kenney, vice president for planning and enrollment management at Madonna.
The announcement of this agreement between HFC and Madonna comes at an opportune time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
“Part of the impetus for change was the Institute of Medicine’s report in 2010. This report calls for an 80 percent increase in the number of nurses with a bachelor’s degree in the workplace by 2020,” says Catherine Griffin, chair of the undergraduate nursing program at Madonna.