Collaborative Nursing Education Continuum Model (CNECM)

Map of CNECM that covers over 8,000 square miles of California

An ADN-BSN academic progression model offered by Sonoma State University in partnership with Napa Valley College, College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, Solano Community College, & Mendocino College


The CNECM is an “early start” to the streamlined Post-Licensure BSN Program Track (ADN to BSN education pathway) that eliminates overlaps and clearly identifies degree requirements at SSU and partner Community Colleges.  CNECM students meet the same degree requirements as all other SSU BSN students and, upon application and admission to the university, are full-time Post-Licensure BSN Program Track students referred to as “CPOST.”  All information and materials available for the Post-Licensure BSN Program Track should be reviewed by students interested in the CNECM.

The published ADN-BSN Roadmaps guide SSU service area community college students, early in their collegiate education, to efficiently chart their continuing professional nursing education from the ADN to the BSN.   These roadmaps clearly indicate all requirements for the ADN and BSN degrees and are useful to current community college students planning nursing careers beginning with the ADN at their respective community college. 

Qualified and admitted ADN students enroll in BSN courses at Sonoma State University while they are enrolled in the ADN program at their home community college.  Admission to the Post-Licensure BSN Program Track prior to ADN graduation and RN licensure provides students the opportunity to complete the first eight units of required Upper Division Nursing coursework (Nurs 312 and Nurs 313) in the summer between the first and second year of the ADN Program and the summer immediately following graduation from the ADN Program, respectively.  In this fashion, the ADN graduate is able to complete 8 of the required 24 units of Upper Division Nursing prior to full admission to the University after the award of the ADN and RN licensure.  The student then completes the remaining 16 units of Upper Division Nursing plus 6 units of Upper Division General Education (22 units total) in two full-time semesters following award of the ADN.  The CPOST Academic Program Plan shows the planned progression beginning with the CNECM. 

Priority admission to the CNECM is considered for those current ADN students who have:

  • completed all SSU GE transfer requirements
  • have only the 24 units of Upper Division Nursing and 6 units of Upper Division GE remaining to complete for the BSN degree
  • are in good standing in their ADN program
  • meet Post-Licensure BSN Program Track Admission Criteria   

Current ADN students with a BA/BS in a field other than nursing may apply to the Post-Licensure BSN Program through the CNECM or the traditional path (TPOST).  “Second baccalaureate” students are ONLY required to complete the 24 units Upper Division Nursing coursework in the Post-Licensure BSN Program Track (no other SSU degree requirements apply).

Application and admission to the CPOST Academic Program Plan is limited to students enrolled in the first semester of their ADN programs in Fall 2014 at any of the CNECM community colleges listed above.  If you expect to graduate from any ADN program in less than one calendar year or are already a California Registered Nurse, please see information on the Post-Licensure BSN website specifically for “TPOST.”

The Nursing Supplemental Application for CNECM to begin in Summer 2015 will be available January on the Nursing Application website. Applications are due March 15, 2015.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  Prospective CNECM students DO NOT submit the application for University admission for Fall 2015.  Send questions to liz.close@sonoma.edu  with subject line "CNECM 2015."

ADN-BSN Roadmaps