Athens State Establishes Joint Enrollment BSN Program with Wallace State – Hanceville

Athens State University

Wallace State Community College in Hanceville and Athens State University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new Joint Enrollment BSN program that will allow students to receive their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree simultaneously. In addition to better serving students, the program’s benefits will extend to the consumers of the healthcare and professional nursing workforce across the nation.

Students completing the program will be enrolled in nursing courses concurrently at both institutions and will graduate from both Wallace State – Hanceville with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Athens State with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) in separate ceremonies with separate diplomas.

“This collaborative partnership between both institutions of higher learning demonstrates a commitment to the nursing profession,” said Dr. Mark Reynolds, Chief Nurse Administrator at Athens State University. “The Joint Enrollment program is a wonderful opportunity for motivated nursing students at Wallace State.”

“Wallace State’s School of Nursing is a model for the entire state and we are excited to partner with them on a Joint Enrollment Program that delivers highly trained nurses and enhanced patient care to healthcare systems across Alabama,” said Dr. David Ragsdale, Dean of Athens State’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The Joint Enrollment BSN program will launch in Fall 2024. Athens State also offers an RN to BSN degree program which provides a pathway for success to registered nurses already working in their field to complete their baccalaureate degree in nursing. For more information, please visit

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