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ERIC Number: ED573035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Role of Community and Technical Colleges in Producing Nursing Graduates: Rethinking the Pipeline for Guided Pathways. Research Report 17-1
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Though it is still possible to enter the nursing profession with a Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN) or an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN), it is becoming increasingly necessary to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in order to be assured of continued employment. The Associate in Applied Science-T Nursing Degree prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). This degree includes both nursing prerequisites and the nursing coursework (the Nursing Program). Historically, Washington State's two-year colleges have played a significant role for graduating well-prepared LPN and ADN for entry-level positions as well as providing opportunities for a progression to the BSN. Another pathway, the Associate in Pre-Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program provides prerequisite coursework to prepare students to apply to a BSN university program as a transfer student where they take their nursing coursework and earn a BSN before taking the NCLEX-RN. Most recently, the two-year and four-year colleges and the universities agreed upon a new nursing pathway specifically intended to meet the call for more BSN level nursing graduates. Finally, in addition to the above paths, at least two community colleges have begun to offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees as options for their ADN to BSN pathways. The first part of this paper describes the award history for these programs over the past five years, the students who earn these awards and their post-graduation outcomes for employment and transfer. The second part of the paper looks at another important issue that is beginning to gain colleges' attention as they focus on increasing postsecondary attainment and completions through initiatives like Guided Pathways. Every year, nursing education attracts thousands of aspiring applicants. However, the program has limited and highly competitive acceptance. This paper explores: What is the attrition for aspiring students? and What are the implications for these students' college retention and completion?
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. P.O. Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504-2495. Tel: 360-704-4400; Fax: 360-704-4415; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges