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Virtua expands tuition reimbursement benefits for Rowan College at Burlington County

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Virtua employees who choose Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) for Health Sciences education will now receive increased tuition reimbursement benefits under a new preferred partner agreement.

Virtua is increasing tuition reimbursement benefits by 10 percent for employees who choose RCBC for their education, starting with the current fall semester. The benefits may be applied to tuition for associate degrees and both credit and noncredit certificates in multiple Health Sciences fields. The college is providing Burlington County tuition and fee rates – which are the most affordable in New Jersey – to all Virtua employees in this program, regardless of their residency.

“With the rapid growth and constant improvement in healthcare, lifelong education is essential,” said Virtua President and CEO Richard P. Miller. “We are increasing benefits to employees who choose Rowan College at Burlington County because we know the quality of the college’s Health Sciences programs.

“RCBC students who work in our health network meet our high standards of quality and patient care and we encourage Virtua associates to take advantage of this excellent education in our community,” Miller added.

Virtua and RCBC have a longstanding partnership that expanded significantly this year with this preferred partner tuition reimbursement agreement and bringing Virtua’s Paramedic Science program – with more than 80 new students – to the college this semester. Virtua is the largest placement location for RCBC nursing and radiography students performing their clinical training.

The college’s Health Sciences program will have a state-of-the-art facility on the Mount Laurel campus in fall 2017 as part of the college’s campus transformation plan. The college will also begin offering junior-year courses to nursing students in fall 2017 as part of the “3+1” option to Rowan University that allows students to earn 75 percent of a bachelor’s degree at RCBC’s tuition before completing the degree with Rowan University.

“Virtua is synonymous with high-quality healthcare throughout our region and we are thrilled to expand our partnership and work together toward making Rowan College at Burlington County the premier provider of healthcare education in our region,” RCBC President Paul Drayton said. “Our teams have worked throughout the summer on these and other initiatives that will lead to new and better Health Sciences offerings for both those looking to enter the field and those looking to build upon existing credentials.”

“When it comes to healthcare and education, there is no better place than Burlington County because of excellent forward-thinking institutions such as Virtua and Rowan College at Burlington County,” said Burlington County Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien. “We congratulate them on these milestones and know that there will be many more accomplishments ahead in this partnership that benefits many residents of our county.”

Employers interested in establishing similar preferred partnerships with the college may contact Assistant Director of Business Engagement Linda Bobo at lbobo@rcbc.edu or 856-242-5258.

ABOUT VIRTUA

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua provides comprehensive health care services to achieve its mission to help people be well, get well and stay well. Virtua provides services through Virtua Medical Group with 302 physicians and other clinicians, and at its urgent care centers, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health and wellness centers, fitness centers, home health services, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and paramedic program. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers nearly 8,000 babies a year. It provides health services to 1,500 businesses, and participates in Virtua Physician Partners, a clinically integrated network of 1,400 physicians and other clinicians. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for pediatrics. It employs over 9,000 and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of care, and its hospitals earned straight A’s in patient safety by The Leapfrog Group and the 2016 Patient Safety Award from Healthgrades. U.S. News and World Report ranked Virtua’s Mount Holly and Voorhees hospitals as High Performing Hospitals and Voorhees as a Best Regional Hospital. Virtua is also the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.

About RCBC

Rowan College at Burlington County is the most affordable college in New Jersey and the top community college in southern or central New Jersey, according to Schools.com. As the first community college in the region authorized to offer junior-year courses, RCBC also boasts one of the most affordable paths to a bachelor’s degree in partnership with Rowan University. The “3+1” option to Rowan University (rcbc.edu/3plus1) allows students to earn two degrees and save $75,000 on a bachelor’s degree and was featured by Money Magazine as one of the top tuition discount programs in the nation.

The college offers associate degree programs, certificates, career track majors, continuing education classes and business training from the Workforce Development Institute. RCBC’s online program is the largest among New Jersey community colleges and is ranked among the top 20 in the nation for return on students’ investment, according to Online Student Plan. RCBC degree allows students to seamlessly enter Rowan University and transfer to many other local and national four-year institutions.

RCBC is bringing the modern campus experience (rcbc.edu/campus-transformation) to its main campus in Mount Laurel, which will enhance students’ ability to collaborate with their peers and outstanding faculty. A new state-of-the art Student Success Center is being built as the gateway to the new main campus.  Visit rcbc.edu to learn how RCBC can help transform your life through education.