ADN-BSN Collaborative Program at Cal State LA
by Cindy Ginter, MSN, RN
The ADN-BSN Collaborative Program launched in 2013 with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The APIN project goal for the Los Angeles Collaborative (which became known as the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program at Cal State LA) is to advance the expansion and sustainability of a seamless and collaborative model of excellence in nursing education between associate degree (ADN) and baccalaureate degree (BSN) nursing programs in California. The Cal State LA collaborative partnership for the ADN-BSN is now fully self-sustaining and is projected to continue into the future. Thirteen community colleges are currently partnered with Cal State LA to offer a seamless transition to the BSN. The configuration of community colleges may change depending on participation and interest, yet the program capacity continues to be met with 80 students admitted to the program each year.
The 2016-2017 academic year brought many changes to the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program. Betsy Manchester, our former Program Coordinator, retired in December 2016. Betsy coordinated the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program beginning with our first cohort in Summer 2013. She worked closely with Dr. Lorie Judson to develop the program under the Academic Progression of Nursing (APIN) guidelines. With the help of Brittany Brooks, the Collaborative Program Administrative Assistant, they refined the program curriculum to provide the best educational experience for our students.
Our new Program Coordinator Cindy Ginter took over this role at the same time that the university transitioned from the quarter system to the semester system. Cindy Ginter began working at Cal State LA as an adjunct faculty member for the Collaborative Program in 2015. She comes to us with over 30 years of nursing experience, and has been teaching nursing for seven years. She also served as the Assistant Director of Nursing for a private college. Cindy transitioned into the role of Program Coordinator during the summer of 2016.
Also in the last year, the Collaborative Program became fully self-supported and sustainable through the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) as the grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation came to an end. Additionally, we welcomed College of the Canyons as they became our 13th community college partner.
As we welcome Cohort 5 students in Summer 2017, we will continue working together to streamline the program schedule and simplify the administrative requirements for students in order for the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program to continue running smoothly for many years to come.