New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Developing paths to professional nursing careers for underrepresented populations.
Union County College
Developing paths to professional nursing careers for underrepresented populations.
Union County College
Grant Award Amount

Through a seamless articulation agreement with Berkeley College, a for-profit college, and active support from AristaCare Health Services, a large employer of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Union County College provided a model that can be scaled up to significantly increase the number of experienced LPNs from diverse backgrounds entering and completing baccalaureate nursing programs. This LPN to BSN pathway used a supported cohort model, intrusive advising, supplemental instruction, innovative technology and convenient course delivery methods to ensure successful progression along a clearly defined academic pathway. Scholarships were provided from grant funds based on financial need. Twenty students from Union County and surrounding areas were admitted into to the program with the goal of 16 students completing the requirements of entry into the BSN program within 24 months.

Union County College Accelerated LPN to BSN Pathway Project
Grant Recipient
Key Contact

Patricia Castaldi, DNP, RN, ANEF
Director of Practical Nursing & Allied Health

Counties Served

View final recommendations from this project: 
Growing Tomorrow’s Nursing Workforce: New Paths to Professional Nursing
(2017 March 20)

Atkins, Robert L., Erik Juan Estrada, Diane Hagerman, Milton R. Ellis, Randall Wilson, and Patricia Maguire. “Innovations_to Support Frontline Health Care.” Nursing Education Perspectives 37.6 (2016): 347-48.

View All: NJHI 2014: New Paths to Professional Nursing