Nursing students benefit from concurrent enrollment program

February 4, 2015

Kimbarley Eggert described the College of Nursing & Health Innovation’s fall convocation as emotional because it “marked the end of one avenue of learning and opened the door to another.”

Eggert is one of eight students in the college's first graduating cohort of the Concurrent Enrollment Associate-Baccalaureate Nursing Program. These students earn their bachelor of science in nursing degree from Arizona State University while concurrently pursing their associate of applied science in nursing degree from Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC). The MCC classes are taken in person while the ASU classes are taken online. ASU nursing students Download Full Image

A counselor at Glendale Community College first suggested the concurrent enrollment program to Eggert when she was registering for her pre-requisite classes. Later a professor also suggested the program and after Eggert was accepted to the MCC nursing program, she was invited to a concurrent enrollment program (CEP) orientation session.

“I was interested in the program because it was competitive,” she said. “Entrance into the program was based on grade point average instead of placement on a list. The CEP program provided me with the opportunity to enter the program quicker than the typical wait for a community college program.”

Concurrent enrollment students take four semesters of coursework at both MCC and ASU. In the summertime, they focus on completing just ASU courses. Patricia Harris, associate director of the RN-BSN program at ASU, said the concurrent enrollment program is a great avenue for students with excellent academic histories.

“The community colleges provide curriculum that meets board of nursing criteria for licensure as a registered nurse,” she said. “The ASU CEP curriculum is designed to provide online additive content focusing on professionalism, the critical use of research, community, global health, management and leadership. The curriculum is identical to the RN-BSN coursework but the course assignments have been designed to meet the needs of nursing students and new graduates, rather than experienced nurses.”

Eggert said both colleges coordinated the classes in a way that was manageable for students.

“The BSN program complements the AAS (Associate of Applied Science) course work and offers educational opportunities that will bolster my professional career,” said Eggert. “It provides experiences that opened my eyes to the circumstances of my community and connected me with the conditions of others globally.”

Eggert completed her associate's degree in May and passed her National Council Licensure Examination in June. In fall 2014 Eggert worked on her final ASU classes and capstone project. She was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Today, she is a registered nurse at Banner Heart Hospital’s Cardiac Progressive Care Unit.

“In the near future I would like to become a nurse manager and see myself volunteering to work on various committees to help improve nursing processes and patient experiences and outcomes,” Eggert said. “Ultimately, I would like to return to ASU to receive my master’s degree.”

Written by Kaly Nasiff

ASU conference prepares high school students for college success

February 5, 2015

Six-hundred high school sophomores from 25 Arizona high schools visited Arizona State University’s Tempe campus Feb. 4 and 6 as part of the annual AVID youth conference, hosted by Access ASU.

Access ASU works through school district and community partnerships as well as outreach programs to prepare Arizona students to be successful at ASU. group of high school students and teacher holding ASU banners at conference Download Full Image

The one-day conference, titled “Be the Change,” is designed to empower Arizona high school students to take charge of their education and invest in their future and community. It provided a variety of resources, including interactive workshops, motivational speakers and a walking tour of the Tempe campus led by current ASU students.

The workshops provided a chance for the students to work together on brainstorming and creating solutions to local and global issues facing their generation. Students also heard from ASU SPARKS students who shared their stories about their pathway to college and how they overcame the obstacles they faced along the way.

Through an open application process, 25 schools in Arizona were invited to bring their students. This year, participating high schools included:

• Gateway Early College High School
• Camelback High School
• Mountain View High School
• San Luis High School
• Cesar Chavez High School
• Maryvale High School
• Westwood High School
• Central High School
• Perry High School
• McClintock High School
• Agua Fria High School
• Amphitheater High School
• Carl Hayden Community High School
• Basha High School
• Chandler High School
• Dobson High School
• Mesa High School
• North Canyon High School
• Palo Verde High Magnet School
• Peoria High School
• Raymond S. Kellis High School
• Red Mountain High School
• Skyline High School
• Alhambra High School
• Coronado High School

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other post-secondary opportunities. Established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories.

For more information about the Access ASU AVID conference, contact