Gordon Partners with Curry College to Launch Dual-Degree Nursing Program
Gordon College is pleased to announce a new dual-degree nursing program in conjunction with Curry College. In this program, Gordon students will earn a Bachelor of Science in either biology or kinesiology through an accelerated three-year curriculum at Gordon followed by an accelerated 16-month curriculum at Curry to earn their Bachelor of Science with a nursing major. The first dual-degree cohort is expected to begin in the fall of 2019.
Gordon students enrolled in the program will begin a series of four three-credit online courses at Curry during their second year. These 12 credits will be applied toward degrees at both institutions—saving students more than $13,000.
“Leaders in the nursing community are calling for the creation of collaborative partnerships just like this one to facilitate baccalaureate education,” said Dr. Desirée Hensel, dean of Curry College School of Nursing. “Gordon and Curry created this dual-degree nursing program to serve as an innovative and seamless transition pathway to career opportunities in healthcare that also provides cost savings to students. Curry believes that because of their strong science-focused learning to date, Gordon students will be excellent candidates for our rigorous and accelerated baccalaureate nursing track.”
A private, four-year, liberal arts college in Milton, MA, Curry College has been educating the Boston area’s top nurses for 40 years. The nursing program originated in Boston Children’s Hospital, which is ranked as the country’s #1 pediatric hospital by U.S. News and World Report. When the Hospital phased out its diploma program, the program moved to Curry to become the College’s School of Nursing, which now offers certificate, bachelor’s and master’s programs.
Located just seven miles from downtown Boston, Curry offers nursing students unparalleled access to dynamic, experiential learning at some of the world’s best academic medical facilities—including Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Curry’s program was the first in Massachusetts to be granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. They were also one of 15 schools in the country selected for the pilot Robert Wood Johnson Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) project on which their curriculum is now based.
“There are so many Gordon students who wish to enter the nursing profession,” said Gordon professors Dr. Craig Story (biology) and Dr. Sean Clark (kinesiology) in a joint statement. “While Gordon’s rigorous academic standards and liberal arts training provide an excellent foundational education, it is wonderful that we will now be able to offer a concrete plan leading to a fulfilling career for students who are dedicated to nursing right from the start of their undergraduate studies.”
In addition to similarities in size, proximity to Boston and breadth of academic programs, Curry and Gordon share a long-held dedication to the liberal arts tradition—a framework that allows students from both institutions to think holistically, reason analytically, communicate persuasively and act morally.
Interested students should contact Jewerl Maxwell for more information.