Mackenzie Hoover: Student nurse studying for associate and bachelor’s degrees at the same time

For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2021

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When LFCC nursing student Mackenzie Hoover graduates with her associate of science degree in nursing in spring 2022, she will also be receiving her bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

The 2019 Fauquier High School graduate enrolled in LFCC’s registered nursing program in August 2020. She’d spent the previous year taking prerequisites for the program. This spring, she also started taking upper-level nursing classes through GMU’s co-enrollment BSN program.

Student nurses in the co-enrollment program, which is online, are able to earn their BSN while concurrently attending a partner community college, according to GMU’s program website.

As her high school career neared a close, Hoover had been torn between becoming a teacher or a nurse. She enrolled in a certified nursing assistant course during her senior year, and discovered nursing was her calling.

Originally, Hoover, who would like to be a pediatric oncology nurse, had planned to go to GMU all four years to get her bachelor’s degree in nursing. But, financial considerations and coming across LFCC’s well-regarded nursing program led to a change of heart.

“I was adamant I didn’t want student loans,” Hoover said.

While researching how she could do her RN-BSN (associate degree in registered nursing to bachelor’s of science degree in nursing), Hoover came across the co-enrollment program, and applied as soon as she got into LFCC’s nursing program.

Hoover’s bachelor’s degree classes run in a seven-week format, with 10 upper-level nursing courses each running seven weeks. Currently, she is in a leadership and management in nursing class, and will soon be studying research and introduction to pharmacies.

The bachelor’s degree-level classes can be done at her own pace, and Hoover, who has benefited from the Alice and William Johnson Memorial Endowed Scholarship at LFCC, intends to earn both her associate and bachelor’s degrees at the same time. She is enjoying her studies at LFCC.

“There are some pretty amazing teachers at LFCC,” Hoover said. “And, I love being close to home.”

Learn more about LFCC’s nursing program at lfcc.edu/nursing. For more information on GMU’s co-enrollment program, visit https://nursing.gmu.edu/academics/bsn-programs/co-enrollment-bsn-program-non-veteran.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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