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Waynesburg and Butler County Community College to enter nursing agreement

Opportunity for BCCC nursing students to enter the RN to BSN Program or the Second-Degree Program for RNs

Matthew Stultz Nov 1, 2018

Waynesburg University has announced a master agreement with Butler County Community College (BCCC) that will provide an opportunity for BCCC nursing students to apply for entry into Waynesburg’s RN to BSN Program or the Second-Degree Program for RNs.

“With this special agreement, BCCC nursing graduates will have the ability to earn their bachelor of science in nursing degree from Waynesburg in just a little over a year,” said Dr. Shari Payne, vice president for enrollment at Waynesburg University. “We are proud to offer this educational opportunity completely online or at one of our three locations around the Pittsburgh region.”

“By partnering with Waynesburg University, we are enhancing our student’s career options."

Patty Tillman-Annear, BCCC dean of nursing

Students who apply for acceptance must complete a nursing diploma or degree program, be in good standing and free of probation, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additionally, students must possess a current RN license.

Upon acceptance, students will be awarded 85 total credits – 60 credits for the diploma or associate degree in nursing and 25 credits for the RN license.

“By partnering with Waynesburg University, we are enhancing our student’s career options,” said Patty Tillman-Annear, dean of nursing at Butler County Community College’s Shaffer School of Nursing. “BCCC’s Nursing Program prides itself in producing a high-quality student who will now have the opportunity to pursue their degree at another institution that also values quality.”

Waynesburg will provide academic advising for transfer students, as well as orientation to academic and technology resources, student life and career services, and financial aid and billing information.

“The academic foundation provided by the faculty of BCCC ensures success for the graduate nurse to pass the licensing exam and enter the nursing profession as a confident member of the healthcare team,” said Dr. Lina Hixson, director of the RN to BSN Program at Waynesburg University. “The next step for these successful graduates is to continue their education at Waynesburg University and earn a bachelor’s degree to help best prepare themselves for leadership roles in the ever-changing healthcare system.”

Waynesburg University’s convenient, regional centers are located in Southpointe, Cranberry and Penn Center East near Monroeville.

For more information, contact Hixson at 724-743-7614 or

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or

Department of Nursing

This year, Waynesburg’s Nursing Program was listed among the top 5 percent of programs in the nation for value by College Factual. also ranked the Nursing Program No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania for the second consecutive year.

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