Collin College and Tarrant County College have entered into an agreement that will streamline the process for registered nurses who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing to transfer credits to Collin College.

The colleges announced in an Oct. 18 news release that they signed an articulation agreement, which allows TCC alumni holding an Associate of Applied Science in nursing and a Registered Nurse License in the state of Texas to transfer to Collin College’s BSN program without losing any credits.

Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the college in as little as nine months, per the release.

“We are thrilled to partner with Tarrant County College and create seamless transfer opportunities for community college students,” said Betty Veasy, director of nursing at Collin College, in the release. “With the critical nursing shortage, the timing could not be better for more students to attend Collin College’s rigorous, accessible, and affordable RN-to-BSN program.”

Currently, there is a shortage of approximately 23,000 registered nurses in Texas, according to a Texas Workforce Commission report.

Collin College’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program launched in the spring of 2020. The same year, the National League for Nursing named the nursing department a Center of Excellence in Nursing, the release said. The department has also earned the distinction in 2011 and 2015. The designation will continue through 2024.

The schools also have an articulation agreement for Collin College’s Bachelor of Applied Technology in cybersecurity degree.