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University Of North Alabama And Alabama Community College System Team Up With Learning Agreement For Nursing Programs

Dec. 14, 2018

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

By Bryan Rachal
University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.- The University of North Alabama and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) are forging a partnership, with nursing students and Alabama reaping the rewards.

Officials with UNA and the ACCS signed a system-wide learning agreement for Nursing, and more specifically the online RN-BSN and RN-MSN programs in the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Under the agreement, any Associates-prepared Nursing graduate from an ACCS member institution will be eligible for a 20 percent scholarship on tuition and fees at UNA. It is believed to be the first of its type between the ACCS and an Alabama public university.

Dr. Ross Alexander, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at UNA, said the agreement helps address the acute shortage of credentialed nurses in Alabama.

"We are proud to partner with ACCS on this comprehensive, system-wide learning agreement," said Alexander. "This agreement will provide a path to baccalaureate and graduate degree attainment for literally thousands of registered nurses in the State of Alabama."

The agreement is now UNA's largest learning agreement to date, and will apply to more than 25 ACCS institutions, including Northwest-Shoals Community College. Due to its scope, the agreement could bolster enrollment at UNA.

"The enrollment potential of this agreement is astronomical and is a testament to the quality of a UNA Nursing degree, "said Ron Patterson, UNA chief enrollment officer and assistant to the President for Diversity.

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The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renownedcollegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN and Big South Conferences.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.