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Butler Community College, KU School of Nursing collaborate on plan for associate degree RNs to earn advanced degrees

Mar 5, 2012

Registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., can now benefit from an articulation agreement with the University of Kansas School of Nursing for enrollment in KU's online RN-BSN/MS Program.

The most-recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report calls for 80 percent of registered nurses to have a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) or higher by 2020. In order for that to be possible, colleges and universities need to collaborate so ADN graduates can easily progress to a BSN program, according to David Martin, RN, MN, clinical associate professor and RN-BSN/MS program director at KU. The BSN is also required for advanced practice nursing positions such as nurse practitioner, clinical registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist and nurse-midwife.

“We're very pleased to be working with a like-minded, fine institution -- Butler Community College,” Martin said. “We've coordinated efforts to eliminate institution barriers between community colleges and institutions. Students need to have choices and KU School of Nursing is choosing to work with Butler to make this happen.”

“Butler Community College's Nursing Program is very excited about this innovative and progressive articulation agreement with KU School of Nursing for our graduates,” said Anita Mills, MSN, RN, Butler dean of nursing, allied health and early childhood education. “The agreement provides a student-friendly option for Butler nursing graduates to transition into an RN to BSN program that focuses on advanced nursing concepts and eliminates requiring students to repeat courses that they have already taken at Butler.”

The RN to BSN program is completely online and allows Butler graduates to complete all required general education courses at Butler Community College. The two schools believe this articulation agreement is a shining example of creative institutional collaboration for the advancement of professional nursing as well as each school's commitment to lifelong learning.

“Butler graduates can be providing excellent care as registered nurses while pursuing their BSN,” Mills said.

Butler Community College's Nursing program admits students twice a year through a highly competitive application process. Butler's nursing graduates continue to be successful (91 percent first time pass rate) on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), surpassing the national first time NCLEX-RN pass rate (87 percent).

For years the RN-to-BSN/MS degree completion program at the KU School of Nursing has provided registered nurses a way to complete their bachelor's degrees as quickly as possible.

The KU School of Nursing has six Butler Community College graduates currently enrolled in the RN-BSN/MS program.

For information about Butler Community College's ADN program, call 316-733-3140, email or visit the website

For information about the KU School of Nursing RN-BSN/MS program, call 913-588-1619, email or visit the website

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