From Kenya to MCC to MNU to PhD

For Damaris Rotich, the journey toward becoming a nurse began when she traveled from her homeland in Kenya to the United States to attend college.

Demaris began her education at Metropolitan Community College, where she made friends with nursing students who sparked her interest in healthcare. Once she took her first certified nursing assistant (CNA) class at MCC, she knew she wanted to become a nurse.

Demaris’s newly discovered passion for nursing drove her to complete her associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) at MCC and become a registered nurse (RN) in 2009. But she wasn’t satisfied with stopping there. She wanted to further her career and she set her sights on eventually earning a Ph.D. in nursing. She decided to transfer to MidAmerica Nazarene University and enter the RN-to-BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) program.

Demaris recently completed her BSN degree and works as a staff nurse at St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kan. She is enrolled in MNU’s master of science in nursing (MSN) program and will complete that degree, in May 2013, with a double emphasis in healthcare administration and nursing education.

Demaris’s next goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in nursing, after which she hopes to teach at the university level.

MCC and MidAmerica Nazarene University have an articulation agreement that allows students transfering from the community college to the university to do so with ease. For more information about MCC’s more than 200 local, national and even international transfer agreements, visit the transfer agreement page on MCC’s web site.