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Pathways to Nursing

What is the Pathways to Nursing Program

Pathways to Nursingwas established in 2010 as a partnership between sriAHEC and the College of Nursing (CON) at the University of Rhode Island to recruit, support, retain and graduate students who are underrepresented at URI particularly from communities of color.
What Supports Do Pathways Scholars Receive from Southern RI AHEC?

Pathways provides the following supports to promote student success especially in overcoming academic disadvantages and unfamiliarity with university culture:

  • Appropriate sequencing or pacing of the Pathways to Nursing curriculum
  • Mentoring support from CON faculty, Talent Development (TD) and other URI staff as well as professional nurses in the community
  • Special programs to connect students with mentors
  • Hands-on opportunities through the Mentoring Program
  • Equipment and other supports as needed

What Are the Goals of the Pathways Program?

Short-Term Goals:
To insure that each class of Pathways Scholars has the academic and mentoring support to succeed in their college careers and ultimately in their health-care careers as post-graduates
Long-Term Goals:
To sustain a steady enrollment of historically underrepresented, highly qualified students in the Pathways program and connect graduates back to underserved communities — Latino, Asian, Native and African American communities especially in Rhode Island.

First Bachelor of Nursing graduates from the Pathways program, May 2014: from left, Andrea Correia, Jasowolu (Jas) Saygbe, Lissa Pierre

First Bachelor of Nursing graduates from the Pathways program, May 2014: from left, Andrea Correia, Jasowolu (Jas) Saygbe, Lissa Pierre

  • Present Enrollment
    Pathways started with 18 students (cohort one) in 2010; four graduated in 2014. Currently, twenty-one students remain in Pathways. Of the three cohorts of Pathways students between 2010-2013 — a total of thirty-six students — thirty-one remain at URI in various undergraduate majors.  The University supported the program with a reduced number of students in cohorts two and three (nine in each) during the lapse in HRSA funding for sriAHEC.   In 2013-14, Southern RI AHEC/ College of Nursing suspended new enrollment and conducted an evaluation of the program in order to improve retention rates.  Fourteen new students (cohort four), entered the Pathways program in fall 2014.


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