WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College (WCC) and Appalachian State University have announced a new 3 + 1 Nursing articulation agreement, which will provide a great transfer opportunity for our nursing students.

“This program with Wilkes Community College is particularly valuable as we seek to elevate the future of health care in our state,” said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts. “Partnerships like this one are opening the doors to a four-year degree for students in rural areas while also helping meet critical workforce demands in North Carolina.”

Through this new agreement, students who complete their Associate Degree in Nursing at Wilkes and seek to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Appalachian State will be able to complete three years at WCC and their final year at Appalachian, thus having an affordable option to complete their baccalaureate degree.

WCC President, Dr. Jeff Cox stated, “We are pleased to partner with Appalachian State to provide this innovative 3 + 1 agreement for our nursing students. This partnership not only paves the way for increased access to their bachelor’s degree program through clear curriculum mapping, but it also saves our students money since they only have to pay the university tuition for one year instead of two.”

Eligibility requirements include maintaining a grade of “C” or better in all classes, a minimum of 2.50 GPA, and completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing from WCC.

WCC VP of Instruction, Dr. Yolanda Wilson stated, “We are proud to be a collaborative educational partner with Appalachian State and work together to identify opportunities for our students to complete degrees at both institutions in a clear, streamlined pathway. This 3 + 1 agreement offers online flexibility in the fourth year and honors the strong foundation our students receive through our stellar nursing program.”

For more information about the program, please contact WCC Director of Nursing, Emily Orr at edorr738@wilkescc.edu or 336-838-6573.

About Appalachian State University

As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.

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