Method: The method of inquiry was a generic qualitative descriptive study. Seventeen participants were recruited from concurrent enrollment programs across the country. Data collection occurred through semi-structured email interviews. The data was manually coded using holistic, descriptive and in vivo coding methods and then analyzed using situational mapping for similar patterns and thematic concepts.
Results: There were five conceptual themes, with corresponding subthemes, that described the process of developing and implementing concurrent enrollment ADN-BSN programs. The five themes emerged as championing the program, establishing partnerships, predicting student success, promoting student success, and adapting to change.
Discussion & Conclusions: Nurse educators considering implementing concurrent enrollment programs can benefit from a better understanding of the process. The findings of this study provide valuable information to assist educators in determining the feasibility and desirability of adopting the concurrent enrollment model more broadly in nursing education. Of great significance, the results of this study suggest that concurrent enrollment programs increase capacity for BSN education. Educational models that result in more BSN graduates benefit the nursing profession. Further research is needed to understand the benefits and drawbacks of concurrent enrollment programs and the factors that influence adoption of this educational model.