HCC and Olivet Nazarene University sign agreement to offer Bachelor's in Nursing

Freeport --  Highland Community College Trustees and officials held a joint signing ceremony with representatives from Olivet Nazarene University School of Graduate and Continuing Education prior to the HCC Board of Trustees meeting on September 17. The signing makes way for Olivet Nazarene University to offer an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program on the Highland campus.

Classes will be held once a week in the evening and online with the core program completed in 21 months. No pre-requisites are required. The cohort program will require a minimum of 12 students to begin in November and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

officials signing agreement
From left to right: HCC Board of Trustees Chair Douglas Block, HCC President Joe Kanosky, ONU Associate Dean Cynthia Russell, ONU Director of Nursing Rhoberta Haley and ONU Director of Community College Partnerships Jonathon Dela Cruz.

 "We are excited about this new partnership with Olivet Nazarene University," said Vice President of Academic Services Tim Hood. "It will serve to provide Highland nursing graduates and other area healthcare professionals another local pathway to completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and, of course, Olivet Nazarene's reputation as a high quality educational institution is well-known."

Olivet Nazarene University Associate Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences Dr. Cynthia Russell was one of the school's three representatives on hand to sign the partnership agreement. "At Olivet Nazarene University we are committed to facilitating opportunities for nursing graduates from outstanding nursing programs, like those of Highland Community College, to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree," said Russell. "By working together in a seamless fashion to educate future generations of well-prepared nursing professionals we can make a difference in the lives of our patients and communities."

This new program will be an additional option to the OSF Saint Anthony College of Nursing BSN completion program also in place at Highland. Persons interested in either program should contact Donna Kauke in the HCC Nursing and Allied Health Department at 815.599.3688 or

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