RN-BSN/MSN Articulation

THE IOWA ARTICULATION PLAN

In 1990, the Iowa Board of Nursing became one of the first states in the United States to formally encourage Registered Nurses (R.N.) to complete a college degree in nursing. This plan, known as the Iowa Articulation Plan, was designed to assist Registered Nurses who had graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or from a Hospital Diploma program to proceed,in a systematic way, toward a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Surveys were completed to identify what courses were included in all ADN and Diploma programs in the state of Iowa, and to identify what competencies were being taught in all programs. A similar survey was completed with all baccalaureate programs in the state.  As a result of these surveys, the Iowa Board of Nursing developed criteria for all nursing education programs in the state to become "sending institutions" or "receiving institutions".

Associate Degree and/or Diploma programs had to carefully examine their nursing education program in order to document that their curriculum contains the necessary courses and competencies as a "sending institution".  In some cases, they had to add courses or change curriculum to meet the requirements.  A list of all ADN and Diploma programs in the state who have qualified as sending institutions is available on the Iowa Board of Nursing web page http://www.state.ia.us/nursing

Baccalaureate programs had to examine their nursing education program to determine which courses were unique to the baccalaureate experience and would need to be completed by an R.N. student coming from a "sending institution".  Certain credit hour requirements were specified within the different options.  Each baccalaureate program that wished to become a "receiving institution" then developed a plan for each option in the plan and submitted it to the Board of Nursing for approval.  Lists of all baccalaureate programs in the state who have qualified as receiving institutions is available on the Iowa Board of Nursing web page http://www.state.ia.us/nursing.

THREE OPTIONS

The Iowa Articulation Plan provides three options for the R.N. to complete the B.S.N. degree.  Each option "describes how much additional coursework the student will need in order to complete the baccalaureate degree, how the student can obtain or transfer credit for course-work, and under what conditions the option will most benefit the student.  Students may declare only one option at a time; those who wish to change the option they have selected must contact the individual baccalaureate degree institution."  (Iowa Articulation Plan)  Students must meet the admission requirements of the baccalaureate-degree-granting institution.