MCC has partnered with the University of Michigan-Flint to help military veterans take a fast-track to a Nursing career through the accelerated Veterans Bachelors of Science in Nursing (VBSN).
The partnership allows veterans to take the majority of general education and pre-nursing courses that are required to apply to the accelerated BSN program at MCC. “Starting their degree at MCC will enable veterans to preserve the resources provided by their GI Bill package,” said Dr. Rebecca Myszenski, Dean of the Health Sciences Division at MCC. Veterans usually have about 36 months of VA education benefits available to them, she explained. Taking classes at MCC is more economical for general education and pre-nursing courses, which can be transferred to the University of Michigan-Flint to complete the VBSN program, she added.
Students pursuing the VBSN are also able to take classes at both MCC and UM-Flint concurrently, to complete the degree within 16-18 months.
Three MCC students have graduated from the VBSN program, and there are currently six students in the program who transferred from MCC.
The job outlook for registered nurses in Michigan through 2024 is strong. The field is projected to have 12.4 percent growth, representing 3,372 job openings for positions that will pay between $27 and $37 per hour.
While 45 percent of Post-9/11 veterans have some college and 30 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher, the unemployment rate for veterans is still disproportionately high, according to Myszenski, at almost 16 percent for Post-9/11 veterans 18-24 years old.
“We want to reach out to students to inform them of Veteran to BSN program that offers cost saving and pre-requisite options through MCC,” said Myszenski, “and counsel them on the best use of their GI Bill so we can assist in building a pathway to the completion of an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in Nursing.”
For information on how to start the VBSN program at MCC, call 810-762-0111 to speak to an academic advisor.