Showing a new articulation agreement between Reading Area Community College and Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster are, from left, Catherine Stover, EMU associate director of marketing and communications; Mary Krahn Jensen, EMU associate provost; Dr. Anna Weitz, RACC president; and Dr. Susan Looney, RACC senior vice president of academic affairs. (Courtesy of RACC)

Reading Area Community College nursing students benefit from articulation agreement with EMU Lancaster

Graduates of Reading Area Community College (RACC)’s associate’s degree in nursing program will have a seamless transition to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) at Lancaster’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, according to a new articulation agreement.

The agreement was signed May 25 during a formal ceremony in the Yokum Library on the RACC campus.

“The degree completion pathway represented by this agreement promises to support the educational and career goals of nursing students, providing resources and information they need to utilize their time and tuition dollars effectively and efficiently, “ says Dr. Mary Jensen, associate provost of EMU at Lancaster.

“We at RACC are pleased to formally enter into this articulation agreement with Eastern Mennonite University. It means increased access and opportunity for our RACC students and clearly defines a new pathway to success through EMU’s nursing program,” says RACC President Dr. Anna Weitz.

In Pennsylvania, graduates with an associate’s degree in nursing articulate to universities for a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree. Articulation is different from transferring, according to a joint release of the two institutions. While transferring between schools involves the transfer of individual courses, articulation indicates that a block of credits are awarded based on having an RN license.

EMU will accept at least 71 college-level credits from RACC if applicants meet specific admissions criteria, which include maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 or greater as required by the RACC nursing program.