Central College offers a dual degree program in nursing with Allen College. The program culminates in a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College in biology, psychology or sociology and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Allen College.
Students spend three years at Central College completing the requirements for their Central degree. The agreement between Allen College and Central College allows freshman entering Central College a guaranteed place in the accelerated nursing program at Allen college provided they complete the requirements, maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher and complete all Allen College pre-requisites with a grade of "C-" or higher. After completion of three years at Central College, students transfer to Allen College for a 15-month accelerated BSN program. Credits transfer from Central to Allen College and Allen College credits transfer back to Central College so the students receive a B.A. from Central and may earn a BSN in nursing from Allen College. The students may opt to spend four years at Central, complete the B.A. degree at Central and continue with their studies at the graduate or undergraduate level thereafter, including the BSN from Allen College.
Students may major in biology, psychology or sociology at Central College. Students are encouraged to choose a major that interests them and that fits with their personal and professional life goals. Nursing advisers within each major will work with students to ensure that all requirements for their Central degree and prerequisites for Allen College are met. The health professions coordinator at Central College will also work with nursing students to monitor progress and ensure successful transfer.
Requirements for Nursing
Central's health profession's coordinator will work with the Allen College's student services personnel and academic advisers to ensure that students are aware of all required courses and develop schedules to complete these requirements.
Vermeer Science Center
The Vermeer Science Center went through a $20-million renovation and expansion that was completed in fall 2003. The building contains 13 high-tech classrooms. Each contains a ceiling-mounted projector, computer with flat panel monitor, Wolfvision document camera, combination VCR/DVD player and a Ken-a-vision flex camera. Vermeer also contains several computer labs with new Dell computers with flat panel monitors and the most recent versions of math and science computer programs. Numerous science laboratories with state-of-the-art science equipment allow students to conduct their own research. Central was awarded a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making the science center the first LEED-rated building in the state.
In fall 2009 Central College opened its doors to a new 57,748 gross square foot Roe Center, which cost more than $17 million. It features energy conservation and environmental responsibility and was awarded a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The three-story building provides new classroom, office and instructional space for the education and psychology departments, two of Central’s largest and most distinguished academic areas, along with communication studies and Central’s nationally recognized community-based learning department. Read more at http://www.central.edu/edPsych.
No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you'll want to join! Click here to learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central. Student organizations include:
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central's nine international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with Central's Chicago program and the Washington, D.C., program. Learn more about Central's study abroad programs.
We recommend that students take full advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible:
Central College is a founding member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium whose mission is to establish and expand multidisciplinary educational, research and service opportunities to inspire and equip students to become leaders in global public health. The consortium provides additional opportunities for students to participate in educational, global research and global medical service experiences.
Staff of the Career Center, located in the Maytag Student Center, provides the following: