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Regis and Anna Maria College Collaborate to Advance Nursing Education

December 1, 2009

Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and Regis College in Weston have announced a new collaboration to provide advanced standing in Regis’ Graduate Nursing Program for graduates of the Anna Maria College RN to BS program.

"It is critical that nursing programs collaborate to promote a seamless educational trajectory for nurses at all levels. I look forward to promoting academic partnerships that support access to advanced nursing education for all nurses," said Antoinette Hays, RN, PhD, Dean of the Regis School of Nursing and Health Professions.

According to the new program, qualified graduates of the Anna Maria College RN to BS program will be granted advanced standing into the Regis College Nursing Graduate Program, towards pursuit of one of Regis’s several MS in nursing programs. Specific coursework will receive different credits at Regis.

There are financial benefits as well. Graduates of the AMC program will receive the Anna Maria College New Student Grant, offering a 20% off discount for the first two courses taken within the Regis graduate program. Courses will be counted towards advanced standing only if a grade of B or better has been awarded.

"We are pleased to be able to offer this advantage to our nursing students," said Thomas Connelly, RN, PhD, Director of Nursing Programs at Anna Maria College . "Working out this arrangement with Regis College will be an enormous benefit to our students who wish to further their nursing education."

Dr. Hays expressed similar sentiments, adding "Both colleges share a commitment to excellence in nursing education within a Catholic, liberal arts community."


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors; master’s degree programs in education, health product regulation, and nursing, and in communication, leadership and service, and public administration with a strategic focus on health care; and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.  CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617) 969-2707, aronsbarron@barronaw.com

Anna Maria College is a four-year, private, co-ed, Catholic, liberal arts institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, the College is located on a beautiful 192-acre campus in Paxton, MA minutes from Worcester, MA. AMC provides quality programs that integrate liberal education and professional preparation that is committed to the fundamental value of liberal arts and sciences education rooted in the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne.

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