Briar Cliff and Northwest Iowa Community College Partner for Advanced Nursing Programs

Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, Iowa, has signed an articulation agreement with Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, allowing students with an associate’s degree in nursing to conveniently complete their BSN through Briar Cliff.

Briar Cliff’s RN to BSN program is specially designed for graduates of NCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degree in nursing. Through this new agreement students can transfer up to 90 credit hours from Northwest Iowa Community College and apply them towards a BSN degree at Briar Cliff. This allows students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in two years or less.

Alethea Stubbe, President, Northwest Iowa Community College, said, “We are delighted to form this partnership with Briar Cliff University. At NCC our passion is to help prepare students to be successful in their careers – no matter where their educational journey takes them. Providing this additional opportunity for seamless transfer of our courses enhances access and successful completion of baccalaureate level nursing education. Students will be able to realize their hopes and dreams more easily through this beneficial agreement.”

For additional information about the articulation agreement between Briar Cliff and NCC, please contact Northwest Iowa Community College at (800) 352-4907, email them at, or visit

About Briar Cliff University Out of a hill once covered in briar patches sprouted Briar Cliff University, a Catholic Franciscan institution that is home to 1,100 students. Since 1930, the University has educated students in the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all. Grounded in faith and the pursuit of higher learning, the liberal arts education from Briar Cliff shapes more than just students’ résumés — it shapes their character. With over 30 undergraduate degree programs, several online degree completion programs and a host of graduate degrees, Briar Cliff supports students in all stages of higher education. For more information, visit

Northwest Iowa Community College offers a high-quality, affordable educational experience. NCC features small class sizes for personal instruction, skilled faculty and today’s most current technology. Choose from over 40 programs, including Arts & Science transfer, healthcare, business, manufacturing, automotive, electrical and more. We offer programs that are not found anywhere else in Iowa: Rad Tech—Hybrid, Powerline, Industrial Instrumentation & Control, and Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance.

To receive your free copy of the NCC Viewbook or schedule a campus visit, contact the Admissions Office at, call 800-352-4907. Or visit our website at At NCC – Your Success is Our Story.

Photo: Front Seated L-R: Matt Thomsen, Briar Cliff University, Executive Director of Admissions; Dr. Alethea Stubbe, NCC President.

2nd Row L-R: Rose Molacek, Briar Cliff University, Director of Extended Campuses; Rhonda Keenan, Briar Cliff University, RN-BSN & Health Sciences Program Director; Debra Kleinwolterink, NCC – Director of Nursing Education; Dr. Rhonda Pennings, NCC Dean – Arts & Sciences/Business & Health; Jill Cook, NCC Coordinator – Nursing Simulator.

3rd Row L-R: Dr. John Hartog, NCC Vice President – Student & Academic Services; Laura Lappenga, NCC Nursing Instructor; Angie Shilling, NCC Nursing Instructor.