Lyon College, Ozarka College sign agreement for nursing students

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Ozarka College and Lyon College have signed an articulation agreement to facilitate a pathway for students pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).

The agreement simplifies the transfer and degree completion of students earning the associate of applied science (AAS) degree in registered nursing (RN) at Ozarka College to the BSN at Lyon College.

“Ozarka is proud to partner with Lyon College on the nursing pathway,” said Dr. Chris Lorch, provost of Ozarka College, located in Melbourne, Arkansas. “This collaboration will provide Ozarka’s RNs with a seamless transition to earning their BSN and advancing their careers.”

Lyon College’s RN to BSN – or post-nursing – pathway and the pre-nursing pathway for students beginning their studies on the Lyon College campus are designed to meet the growing demand for skilled nursing professionals.

Students will benefit from a curriculum emphasizing critical thinking, clinical skills, and compassionate patient care. Upon completion, graduates will be well-prepared to pursue advanced career opportunities and leadership roles in nursing, Lyon College said.

“This agreement marks a significant advancement in our dedication to offering accessible and high-quality nursing education,” said Dr. Anthony Grafton, provost of Lyon College. “Through our collaboration with Ozarka College, we can provide our students with a straightforward and effective route to reaching their professional aspirations in nursing.”

“This agreement showcases our proactive strategy to tackle the regional nursing shortage. By offering a clear pathway for students, we are ensuring that more skilled and knowledgeable nurses join the workforce, ready to make a positive difference,” Dr. Cassia Oliveira, assistant dean of the faculty and professor of biology at Lyon College, said.