Saint Martin’s University and South Puget Sound Community College to sign nursing program dual-admission agreement

Nov. 21, 2012

LACEY, WASHINGTON – The presidents of Saint Martin’s University and South Puget Sound Community College will sign an agreement on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, that gives South Puget Sound nursing students an opportunity to have dual admission to the RN-to-BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program at Saint Martin’s University.

Saint Martin’s President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., and South Puget Sound Community College President Gerald Pumphrey, Ed.D., will complete the signing on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College, Building 34, Room 208, at 12 noon.

The agreement ensures that qualified students graduating from South Puget Sound’s nursing program with an Associate Degree in Nursing are able to seamlessly transition into the RN-to-BSN program at Saint Martin’s and earn a baccalaureate degree. The goal is to increase the number of nurses with a baccalaureate education in nursing to meet the needs of an increasingly complex health care system and to improve the ability of nurses to provide quality, safe patient care.

South Puget Sound’s nursing students will be invited to apply for dual admission at the end of the second quarter in the nursing program. Students who qualify will be offered provisional admission to the Saint Martin’s University RN-to-BSN program. They will receive academic advising from Saint Martin’s to maximize their academic progress toward a BSN. Upon successful completion of the nursing program at SPSCC and passage of the registered nurse licensing exam, students will be granted full admission to the RN-to-BSN program at Saint Martin’s.

For more information about the nursing program at South Puget Sound Community College, visit or contact Lois Anderson, MSN, RN, director of nursing, at 360-596-5298 or

For more information about the RN-to-BSN program at Saint Martin’s University, visit or contact Louise Kaplan, Ph.D., ARNP, FAANP, director of the nursing program, at 360-412-6129 or

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 375 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Louise Kaplan, Ph.D., ARNP, FAANP
Director, Nursing Program
Saint Martin’s University

Lois Anderson, MSN, RN
Director, Nursing
South Puget Sound Community College