Elms signs its sixth community college partnership for bachelor's degree completion programs, this time with Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.

Quinsigamond Community College President Gail E. Carberry (second from left), and Elms College President Mary Reap (second from right) signed an agreement between the two institutions that brings Elms bachelor’s degree completion programs to the Worcester-based two-year school. Also pictured at the signing ceremony are (l-r): Pat Toney, Quinsigamond Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs; Jane June, Dean of the QCC School of Healthcare; and Dr. Walter Breau, Elms Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Elms Off-Campus Programs Expand into Worcester

Elms College recently entered into an academic agreement with Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester that allows students to earn an Elms College bachelor’s degree at QCC.

The first program available under the agreement, which launched this fall, is a bachelor of science degree in nursing (B.S.N.) for those who’ve already earned their RN.

The agreement marks Elms’ sixth such partnership with community colleges in western and central Massachusetts. Elms currently offers a variety of 20- and 22-month degree completion programs at Greenfield Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, and in the Berkshires at Lee Middle and High School.

Elms College President Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., and QCC President Gail E. Carberry, Ed.D., signed a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions on Sept. 12.

“This partnership with QCC allows students in the Worcester area to earn a prestigious bachelor’s degree in nursing from Elms College without having to commute the 50 miles or so to Chicopee,” President Reap said. “We are pleased with the response we’ve already had to this course, which is just a few weeks old, and are looking forward to expanding the partnership in the fall of 2015 by adding a degree in healthcare management.”

“We are delighted to be able to offer this new degree for many of our graduates,” QCC President Carberry said. “Demand for nursing care is increasing as our population ages, and employment for nurses is projected to increase substantially over the next 10 years.”

The RN-BS degree completion program is taught by an interdisciplinary faculty from the divisions of nursing, humanities, and math/science. It provides professional nurses with the education and skills needed to practice in a rapidly changing healthcare environment and to assume leadership positions within a variety of organizational and healthcare settings.

Specifics of the QCC program can be found at www.elms.edu/qcc. Information on all Elms’ off-campus offerings is available at www.elms.edu/offcampus.