Central’s agreement with Allen College is an excellent way for students to obtain both a nursing degree and a liberal arts degree.  This program allows students to complete both a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) from Central College in the major of their choice and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Allen College. Students are able to take full advantage of all opportunities offered at a small liberal arts institution. Students may spend three or four years at Central as a full time student, taking courses toward the Central College degree and then transfer into the Allen College Accelerated Nursing Program and complete a one-year program.  Credits earned from each institution allow for completion of both degrees in just a little over 4 years.  Students may also opt to complete the four-year degree at Central College and then apply to the Nursing Program at Allen College.

Students interested in this program should contact the Pre-Health Advisor.  The Pre- Health Advisor will work with students and their major advisor to ensure that all required coursework is taken and to communicate with representatives at Allen College regarding transfer into their accelerated Nursing program.  Because the pre-nursing option does involve meeting several requirements for both degrees it is best if interested students meet with their pre-health advisor and their major advisor prior to the start of their first semester to discuss a three- year plan that will ensure that all requirements are met in order to graduate in the time frame mentioned above. It is also recommended students meet with the financial aid office to discuss how federal financial aid is affected in the pursuit of the nursing degree.