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Undergraduate Catalog | 2015-2016 
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Nursing, RN-to-BSN, B.S.N.

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Additional Admission Requirements

Registered Nurses seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree may apply for admission to the RN-to-BSN curriculum. Criteria for admission to the program are a current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse, a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above in all college coursework and at least a C in all required nursing prerequisites by the end of the semester prior to the semester for which application is made.

Admission decisions are made by the School of Nursing. Applicants are competitively reviewed for admission based on their prerequisite GPA in all college transferable coursework. Students are admitted in cohorts two times each academic year. Completed applications are accepted from November 15 to March 30 for the fall cohort and from May 15 to September 30 for the spring cohort. Applications are available on the School of Nursing website.  Admission decisions are communicated in writing by the School. Applicants who are denied may reapply.

All students admitted to the RN-to-BSN completion curriculum need to have prerequisite computer knowledge in using e-mail, word processing (create/save/open/retrieve), file management, editing, formatting, and using an internet browser (search and navigate).  The RN-to-BSN nursing curriculum is currently offered through a totally web-based format (through Distance Education).  The format is 10 courses and 31 credit hours in length.

Degree Requirements

Prerequisite Courses (46-48 credit hours)

All General Education and nursing prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the semester preceding the semester for which the application is made.

Prior to admission to the nursing program, students are required to complete:


Registered nurses seeking admission to the RN-to-BSN curriculum who need to complete nursing prerequisites and/or General Education courses may apply for admission as a Pre-RN-to-BSN student. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all college work attempted.  Admission as a Pre-RN-to-BSN student does not automatically admit an applicant to the RN-to-BSN Program.

Prerequisites for Participation in Clinical Experiences

Immunization and Health Status

All RN-to-BSN students must meet the University’s immunization and health status requirements.

Professional Liability Insurance

All students must show proof of professional liability insurance for a Registered Nurse (RN).

Universal Precautions

All students must successfully complete a College computer-based exam on universal precautions each year of the professional program.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Checks

To comply with clinical agency requirements, students in the nursing program may be required to undergo drug testing and have a criminal background check before being allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Students are responsible for the cost of drug testing and criminal background checks.

Requirements for Progression in the Nursing Program

The Progression Policy for upper-division nursing students is included in the School of Nursing handbooks, which are available online at under “Student Resources.”

No course in the Nursing major can be taken as transient study. Transfer credit for nursing courses will be considered on an individual basis.

Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Select one nursing elective course approved by the School of Nursing.

Degree Total = 122 credit hours

Suggested Curriculum

For a suggested curriculum progression toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at

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