(l. to r.) R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren, VCU President Michael Rao, Chancellor
of Virginia Community College System Glenn Dubois
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren announced that the college has
a Guaranteed Admission Agreement with the Virginia Commonwealth
University (VCU) Nursing Program. The agreement guarantees admission into
the Accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing program at VCU to qualified
students who have completed a bachelor’s degree at Randolph-Macon College.
“We are delighted to enter into this partnership with the VCU School of Nursing
because it will allow some of Randolph-Macon’s finest students a direct and smooth
transition to one of the premier nursing programs
in the country,” says Lindgren. “The Guaranteed Admission Agreement is a testament
to the mutual respect that exists between Randolph-Macon and VCU. We look forward
to similar partnership agreements in the future between these two outstanding institutions.”
Lindgren and R-MC Provost William T. Franz attended a signing ceremony and reception
hosted by VCU President Michael Rao on April 12, 2013.
"We appreciate our strong partner Randolph-Macon College, who together will help
us graduate more nursing students who will fulfill the American Dream," says Rao.
"The students we will graduate together are not just any students; they are innovators
and entrepreneurs who are focused on excellence and will become inspired leaders
for our Commonwealth."
“We are excited about this partnership with R-MC and the opportunity it provides
for us to admit into our nursing program some of the brightest college students
in Virginia,” says Nancy Langston, dean and professor at the VCU School of Nursing.
“We look forward to having an ongoing presence at R-MC and in so doing make visible
to current students the picture of 21st century nursing—its centrality in health
and illness care, the intellectual work of the profession and the extraordinary
career opportunities and options open to nurses."
The Agreement allows for up to five Randolph-Macon College students per year to
enroll in VCU’s program if: they have a 3.25 GPA or above; they have completed the
necessary prerequisite courses at R-MC; and they have completed all requirements
for the R-MC Honors Program. No entry tests
will be necessary.
This agreement follows last year’s signing of three
early acceptance agreements with the medical schools at VCU, Eastern Virginia and
The George Washington University. The college plans to pursue similar guaranteed
admissions agreements in other allied health fields such as physical therapy, pharmacy,
physician’s assistant and health administration.
The Pre-Health Program at R-MC
Randolph-Macon is heavily committed to its Pre-Health Program, which has contributed
to the successful health-related careers of students for more than 50 years and
offers students a strong foundation for a wide variety of medical fields. In addition
to a rigorous pre-health curriculum, students interested in pursuing an advanced
degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary science, physical therapy, and
other health sciences benefit from R-MC’s strong alumni network.
At Pre-Health Day in April 2013, current students, prospective students, faculty,
staff and alumni had the opportunity to learn about R-MC’s science programs, tour
facilities and network—all with an eye toward the future of the college’s flourishing
pre-health program and to learn more about the college’s future science facilities.
Lindgren met with alumni who have agreed to serve as Pre-health Ambassadors for
the college. These professionals will mentor and offer guidance to current students
interested in healthcare careers and will guide prospective students interested
in learning more about R-MC’s pre-health program.
Getting The EDGE on a Medical Career
Pre-Health Day also included a Medical Career Jump Start program, which was sponsored
by The EDGE, a four-year
program provided through the Center for Career and Personal
Development that prepares students for a competitive edge in the job market
or with graduate-school admissions.
Current and prospective students met with representatives from Eastern Virginia
Medical School, The George Washington School of Medicine, and Virginia Commonwealth
University’s School of Medicine for roundtable discussions about
R-MC’s partnerships with those schools. Students also met with recent R-MC
graduates who are currently in medical school.
New Science Facility
Randolph-Macon also has plans to build a
new science facility designed to support its rigorous academic program.
The facility will be built in two phases. Phase 1 is a new 27,000-square- foot,
three-story building attached to the northwest side of the current Copley Science
Center. The new building will include state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, classrooms,
faculty offices, and the Office of Pre-Health Advising. Renovations are also being
made to Copley Science Center and Smithey Hall.