The Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education: RN to Baccalaureate
In 1987, the Iowa Board of Nursing established a Task Force on Statewide Planning for Nursing. The purpose of the Task Force was to determine the future health care needs of all Iowans. The findings were published in April 1998: Statewide Planning for Nursing in Iowa. Several of the recommendations from this plan supported educational articulation and minimal repetition in the baccalaureate curriculum.
In conjunction with the Iowa Board of Nursing, nursing leaders in Iowa collaboratively developed the Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education: RN to Baccalaureate. The plan is designed to facilitate the access of registered nurses to baccalaureate nursing education. The student may choose from four mutually exclusive options. Participating baccalaureate programs offer all four options.
Option 1: Direct transfer of credit for graduates of Iowa diploma and associate degree nursing programs
This option is designed for graduates of validated diploma and associate degree nursing programs in Iowa. At least one-half of the total credits required for the baccalaureate degree in nursing are granted. Additional general education and support course credit may be transferred.
Option 2: Standardized examinations for graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs from any U. S. state.
This option provides the opportunity to earn at least one-half of the nursing credits for the baccalaureate degree in nursing by successfully completing standardized nursing examinations. General education and support course credit may also be transferred.
Option 3: Placement by Iowa Articulation Courses for graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs from any U. S. state.
This option has been removed as of December 2002.
Option 4: Escrow/validation of credit for graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs from any U. S. State
This option awards at least one-half of the required nursing credits to students enrolled in the baccalaureate program. The credits are held in escrow until the student has successfully complete at least 3-4 credit hours of designated baccalaureate nursing course work. General education and support course credit may also be transferred.
To access a list of baccalaureate nursing programs in Iowa, click here: nursing.iowa.gov_ed/baccalaureate.html. Registered nurses should contact the baccalaureate nursing program of their choice to determine the Articulation Option that best meets their need.