Santa Monica College (SMC) and Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC) have partnered to provide new guaranteed transfer paths for students pursuing traditional four-year college degrees as well as master’s degrees in nursing.

Under two agreements signed by the colleges December 8th, SMC students who meet certain requirements will have the opportunity to transfer to Mount St. Mary’s.

SMC students can either enroll in Mount St. Mary’s traditional undergraduate programs or in the college’s associate degree in nursing to master’s degree in nursing program, college officials said.

The guaranteed admission agreements come at a time when the California Community College System is forging new partnerships to maximize graduates’ opportunities to complete higher degrees, college officials said.

The program allows nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing to achieve a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as few as two and a half years, and it gives a student the option of becoming a nursing instructor.

“Mount St. Mary’s College is excited about partnering with Santa Monica College in providing educational options for their graduates,” says Eleanor Siebert, Mount St. Mary’s provost and academic vice president.

“These transfer-articulation agreements will assist students in planning for a smooth transition and to achieve their degree goals in a timely fashion,” Siebert added.

Jeff Shimizu, SMC vice president of academic affairs, added, “Santa Monica College is committed to expanding opportunities for our students, and Mount St. Mary’s College continues to be a strong partner.

“The Associate Degree (ADN) to Master’s Degree (MSN) in nursing and the traditional undergraduate transfer program will be a desirable option for our graduates to continue their education.”

Founded in 1929, SMC has an enrollment of approximately 30,000 students, including 2,800 international students.

Information on SMC, www.smc.edu/.

Information on Mount St. Mary’s, (310) 954-4000 or www.msmc.la.edu/.

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