Colleges Collaborate On Nursing Degree Program

Jefferson College, Central Methodist University partnership

Building on the strengths of Jefferson College's bi-level nursing program and a continued emphasis on providing training for employment in high-demand healthcare fields, the first round of classes involving a new nursing partnership between Jefferson College and Central Methodist University is underway.

The agreement allows area Registered Nurses to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from CMU. Classes began Sept. 24 on the Jefferson College campus in Arnold; a second round of classes is gearing up to start on Jefferson's Hillsboro campus in January.

"Since the early 1970s, Jefferson College's nursing program has enabled thousands of area residents to pursue highly successful careers at many of the top healthcare facilities in Jefferson County and the surrounding St. Louis region," said Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey.

"The ability to offer the BSN degree through this cooperative agreement, which takes advantage of the excellent curriculum and faculty available through CMU, greatly magnifies the potential for the program's success," Cummiskey said. "It is entirely appropriate that two high quality institutions should combine efforts to expand education access in the dynamic field of nursing."

"At Central Methodist University, we are thrilled with this exciting partnership with Jefferson College," CMU President Roger Drake said. "Providing students with the opportunity to gain academic credentials, improve their lives, and strengthen their ability to serve others is consistent with our mission."

The new program is offered in the "cohort" format, designed so a group of students can begin and complete the program together. Registered nurses can complete all coursework in 18 to 24 months, according to Heather Weber, CMU assistant dean. No more than 25 students are allowed in each cohort to ensure quality and personal attention.

Unlike many other programs that are available online, the Jefferson-Central program features coursework on either the Hillsboro or Arnold campuses of Jefferson College. Courses typically meet one night each week from 6-10 p.m., for five to seven weeks.

Depending on demand, the partner institutions aim to begin new cohorts twice per year at both the Hillsboro and Arnold locations.

"Through this partnership, we will enhance the educational levels of practicing nurses in the region," Weber noted. "The additional skills and knowledge graduates will obtain will benefit them, their employers, and most importantly the patients in their care."

The goal is threefold: convenience, flexibility, and affordability. Weber noted that CMU's tuition rate for the program, currently $325 per credit hour, is among the lowest in the region for bachelor's degrees in nursing.

For more information about the program, contact CMU's Laura Moehlman at or by calling her at 636-481-3598.


Posted September 26, 2013