Columbus, Ohio…Students in the Second Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP) at Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) had reason to celebrate on Friday, February 6 after completing a rigorous 13-month program in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The 66 students were joined by friends, families, staff and faculty in the Mount Carmel Medical Staff Building (MSB) Auditorium for a graduation ceremony to recognize their entry into the nursing profession. The graduates are the eighth SDAP class to graduate from MCCN.

SDAP is designed for individuals who previously acquired a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and want to pursue a career in nursing. SDAP students obtain the same education as a conventional BSN program student, but in a condensed time frame. Students should expect 40 hours of rigorous and time intensive work each week. The program prepares graduates for the anticipated Ohio Board of Nursing administered National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN.)

The eighth cohort represented a diverse range of backgrounds, including a retiree from a leading central Ohio insurance company, a student who worked in sales in Japan and an artist with graphic design experience.

“My favorite part of the program is the amazing way that students from all backgrounds seem to band together, no matter what their story is. Whether they have just graduated with undergraduate degrees or they have been in the working world for years, they all graduate with the same path ahead of them,” said Tanika Cherry-Montgomery, PhD, RN-BC, Coordinator of the SDAP program, “I have never seen a closer group of students than those who graduate together from SDAP.”

Information about SDAP and other MCCN programs may be accessed by contacting the MCCN Admissions Office at 614-234-4CON, via e-mail at or by visiting the website at

About Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Mount Carmel College of Nursing, located in Columbus, Ohio, offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, including Distance Learning programs. Four program options lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and five tracks are offered in the Graduate program leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree in nursing. A satellite campus is based at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio. Mount Carmel College of Nursing was first founded as a School of Nursing by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1903 and chartered as a College of Nursing in 1990. Mount Carmel is a private, Catholic College affiliated with Mount Carmel Health System, a major integrated healthcare network offering students innovative clinical learning opportunities at four hospitals and various ambulatory sites throughout central Ohio and beyond.

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