Transfer Pathways: Identify Predictors for Success in the Transition from College to University in BScN Collaborative Programs

York University
C. Mallette
K. Page-Cutrara
J. Choiniere
M. Rogers
C. Umana
In 1999, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced that a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree would be mandatory as the entry to practice for nursing graduates (Council of Ontario Universities [COU], 2013). As a result of this decision, the government funded collaborative partnerships between university and college nursing programs across the province. The delivery structure of the collaborative partnerships are guided by a variety of factors such as previous relationships among the partners, geographical distances, and available resources (Zorzi et al., 2007). The York-Seneca-Georgian Collaborative BScN Program is an example of such a partnership. It is considered an articulated program with an integrated curriculum, characterized by delivery of the first two years at either Seneca or Georgian College, and the last two years at York University. At York University, nursing students in the Collaborative program were demonstrating signs of having difficulties with transitioning from the colleges to the university, despite a seamlessly integrated designed university curriculum. They were also less successful in the nursing registration exam than the 2nd Entry BScN Program at York, and other schools of nursing in Ontario...