Shaking hands

Dr. Carter and Dr. Schultz shake hands after signing the agreement

Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Nursing and Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) signed an articulation, or transfer agreement, becoming the School of Nursing’s first transfer agreement with a public college.

MSJC nursing students will be able to transfer to LLU School of Nursing to continue their education in nursing.

Both Ron Carter, PhD, provost for LLU, and Roger Schultz, PhD, superintendent and president of MSJC, signed the agreement, which will help build a stronger workforce for the Menifee/Murrieta region, with a goal of increasing quality of life for students and residents.

Advisors from LLU School of Nursing will travel to MSJC to work with students who are interested in transferring. The agreement allows a student who has earned an associate degree in nursing at MSJC and received a registered nurse license to transfer to LLU School of Nursing to earn their Bachelor of Science in nursing.

The goal of the agreement is to meet the region’s demand for bachelors prepared nurses. “Providing an RN to BS is providing a completion degree,” said Peter Baker, JD, MBA, senior vice president of Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta “Most hospitals seek to reach magnet status, which encourages only hiring nurses with a completion degree.”

The agreement will provide transfer opportunities for not only current students, but for future transfer students, and it will provide an opportunity for Menifee residents to benefit from the collaboration between the two campuses.

Established in 1905, Loma Linda University Health is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to over 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

Mt. San Jacinto Community College District is one of California’s 114 community colleges and offers comprehensive higher education. A single-college district, MSJC serves a 1,700- square-mile area in Riverside County from the San Gorgonio Pass to Temecula. MSJC offers courses and programs that satisfy the transfer requirements of four-year colleges and universities; job skill and career training programs; Basic Skills and English as a Second Language (ESL); Online Education; and Continuing Education.