Factors affecting the academic progression of associate degree graduates

J Nurs Educ. 2012 Apr;51(4):232-5. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20120224-04. Epub 2012 Feb 24.


The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) is a coalition of community colleges and the campuses of the Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), created to share a competency-based curriculum by which associate degree graduates from an OCNE campus are eligible to complete requirements for the bachelor's degree after 1 year of additional full-time study. Since 2006, three graduating classes from consortium community college programs have graduated 760 students eligible for direct transfer to OHSU; however, only 228 (30%) have actually transferred. This study aimed to explore the factors that influenced the 208 graduates in the class of 2010 not to transfer. The primary reasons for discontinuing their nursing education, in ranked order, were financial concerns, conflict with time and energy for work, and conflict with time and energy for family. This study has implications for achieving the academic progression goals recommended in the Institute of Medicine's The Future of Nursing report.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Career Mobility*
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Education, Nursing, Associate*
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / economics
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data
  • Family Relations
  • Humans
  • Salaries and Fringe Benefits
  • Social Support
  • Time Factors