Date of Award

Summer 2007

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Urban Studies

Committee Director

John M. Ritz

Committee Member

J. David Branch

Committee Member

Terry L. Jones


The educational environment emphasizes student access to instructional opportunities. Many health programs are located in community colleges or hospitals, and in order to advance educational status, students must be able to transfer credits between multiple educational institutions. Unfortunately, programs are not uniform and many fields of study are guided by strict accreditation regulations. These conflicting requirements often make transfer for students cumbersome. Transfer pathways are often considered by institutions on a program by program basis. This research was designed to analyze the existing pathways present in urban Virginian allied health programs in order to establish trends in articulation. These instructional trends highlight methods proven to work as programs seek to establish pathways for students. This research identifies some of the problems that need to be addressed in order to make articulation pathways more accessible for the students seeking to progress to a higher degree. Issues related to articulation include consistency of or lack of articulation policies, transferability of credits, the time and difficulty in establishing working articulation agreements, and inconsistencies among similar programs.