CMU Nursing Program Signatory of New Articulation Program

Initial group will help align core content

The Nursing Program at Central Methodist University has been accepted as an inaugural signatory of the new Missouri Articulation Program in nursing, sponsored by the Missouri Action Coalition.

The purpose of the Missouri Articulation Program is to build a standardized set of competencies throughout levels of nursing education across the state of Missouri. It aims to align all nursing programs so that they meet the same core content needed for Licensed Practical Nurse, Associate Degree of Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a manner that fosters seamless transitions between educational levels.

"CMU is committed to advancing nursing education and to enhancing the health care services received by residents of Missouri," said Dr. Rita Gulstad, vice president and dean of Central Methodist University.

Gulstad was the only non-nurse on the task force that authored the articulation document, and as such brought basic, comprehensive insight to the discussions.

"CMU is also committed to providing excellent and equitable academic opportunities as evidenced by our participation with educators from across the state to develop the Missouri Articulation Program," Gulstad added. "We recognize the significance and validity of the nursing education acquired at all levels from all institutions."

Tina Lear, director of the Missouri Action Coalition and the Missouri Nurses Foundation Center for Advancing Health, praised Central's active participation in the program. "Your institution's support for the advancement of nursing education is critical for the future of nursing in Missouri which serves to promote health of all Missouri citizens," she wrote. "Your program is in the group of inaugural signatory schools leading the way."

Other charter members of the Missouri Articulation Program include Avila University, Southwest Baptist University, and William Jewell College.


Posted January 30, 2014