Innovation in Education and Health Care In 2013, a grass-roots, collaborative partnership between accredited Kansas community college nursing programs and the University of Kansas School of Nursing began, and now, five years later, the Kansas Partnership Model stands as the preferred pre-licensure partnership approach for the nation. Featured in national publications and presented at many national meetings, the Partnership Model offers pre-licensure nursing students the opportunity to take associate degree and baccalaureate courses at the same time-and complete their AD and BSN simultaneously. What is important about this is the nursing graduate enters the workforce with a BSN and with the nurturing, yet rigorous, environment of the strong community college educational system.
Details about the Partnership Model appear in the Journal of Nursing Regulation article. Student interest and satisfaction is high throughout the three years of program implementation. Most importantly, students see themselves as ably entering the workforce in combining AD and BSN skills.