Redlands Community College, Northwestern Enter Into Agreement to Support Nursing Students

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Members from Redlands and Northwestern attend signing of the agreement. (L-R) Jena Marr, Redlands’ president; Annie Pearson, vice president for academic affairs at Redlands; Jalelah Abdul-Raheem, department head of nursing and allied health at Redlands; Dr. Leslie Collins, Northwestern’s Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing chair; Dr. James Bell, Northwestern’s vice president for academic affairs; and Dr. Bo Hannaford, Northwestern’s president.

Redlands Community College President Jena Marr and Northwestern Oklahoma State University President Dr. Bo Hannaford and signed a partnership agreement recently to allow Redlands nursing students to seamlessly continue their education at the university. 

Graduates of Redlands’ nursing program will be given credit at Northwestern for specific courses already taken, totaling 48 credit hours. A total of six credit hours will be waived upon Redlands students’ arrival to Northwestern. Redlands nursing students will be allowed to enroll concurrently in six credit hours in the Northwestern Division of Nursing courses while completing the nursing program at Redlands. Students will be able to start these pathways beginning in this Spring. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to continue their education,” Marr said. “This partnership with Northwestern is another step in our effort to meet the healthcare demand, particularly in rural and tribal areas of the state.”

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Redlands’ president, Jena Marr and Northwestern’s president, Dr. Bo Hannaford, shake hands.

“Northwestern is proud to partner with Redlands, and I am excited about future program collaborations,” Dr. Hannaford said. “We value this partnership and are excited to offer nursing students this opportunity.” 

Upon successful completion of required courses, eligible Redlands graduates will be able to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Northwestern and continue to help serve the nursing needs of Oklahoma.

Interested students should contact their academic advisers. To learn more about Redlands, visit learn more about Northwestern, visit