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Mount Mary, WCTC announce “Nursing 1-2-1” program to address regional need for bachelor’s prepared nurses

Students entering the Nursing 1-2-1 program can enjoy the full range of benefits associated with both Mount Mary and WCTC.

By - Mar 13th, 2018 12:15 pm

MILWAUKEE (March 13, 2018) – In an effort to proactively meet the regional demand for additional bachelor’s prepared nurses, Mount Mary University and the Waukesha County Technical College have joined forces to create a unique “Nursing 1-2-1” program.

This program gives high school graduates and transfer students an opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing, licensure as a Registered Nurse and then seamlessly move to completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree within four years. By leveraging the skills and expertise of both institutions, the Nursing 1-2-1 program for women offers lower cost per credit than regional competitors offering similar degrees.

Students take prerequisite and general studies courses in year 1 of the program at Mount Mary; complete the Associate Degree in Nursing and licensure as a Registered Nurse at WCTC in years 2 and 3; and complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in the year 4 at Mount Mary University.

Students entering the Nursing 1-2-1 program can enjoy the full range of benefits associated with both Mount Mary and WCTC, including the option of living on the Mount Mary campus. A seamless curriculum and course schedule across both institutions provide the opportunity for the completion of both an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in four years.

“This unique program combines the expertise and resources of Mount Mary University and WCTC, including highly experienced and recognized faculty, advanced technology and a creative and collaborative learning environment, with opportunities for firsthand leadership experience while in the program,” said Mount Mary President Christine Pharr, Ph.D.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to receive degrees from two well-respected higher education institutions,” said WCTC President Kaylen Betzig. “The innovative 1-2-1 program will provide students with comprehensive training and double the resources available to them as they prepare for rewarding careers in the health care field.”

As the health care industry reforms, particularly for meeting the needs underserved populations, nurse leaders are vital to redesign of care. Earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing that develops leadership skills will advance nurses as they work together as part of interdisciplinary teams.

The Wisconsin Center for Nursing projects that by 2040, the workforce shortage of RNs will reach nearly 43 percent if no changes are made to program capacities and infrastructure today. The WCN recommends expanding nursing program capacity to meet the projected demand for 7,500 additional graduates annually by 2020.

WCTC Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The RN to BSN Completion program at Mount Mary University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. 

About Mount Mary University

Mount Mary University is an urban Catholic university committed to social justice and the development of the whole person. Founded in 1913 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it is the first four-year, degree-granting Catholic institution for women in Wisconsin. Today it serves a minority-majority population and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors for women and nine graduate programs for women and men in four schools: Arts & Design, Humanities, Social Sciences & Education, Natural & Health Sciences and Business. Mount Mary creates bold women who transform the world. #HerestotheBold

About Waukesha County Technical College

Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The college offers more than 150 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit

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