Guest Writer

By MAUREEN MARTHALER
Associate professor, School of Nursing

RN Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program rating positive feedback

In 2008-09, the School of Nursing underwent its annual curriculum review of the RN Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program. The feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive.

Additional on line classes requested

Among consistent feedback, a common theme arose – more online courses or all courses offered online. By 2010, the entire RN Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program was online.

Necessity of bachelor’s degree addressed

The need for RNs to obtain their bachelor’s degree has increased exponentially based on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report and hospitals applying for Magnet Status. Both related to increasing the quality of care for patients with baccalaureate-prepared nurses.

The program develops the nurse to become an expert in leadership/management and evidence-based nursing practice. On-the-job experiences within the course work allow application of a comprehensive patient-centered approach to assess patients and families. Courses such as Leadership and Management, Concepts of Role Development, and Research expose students to areas not covered in their previous Associate Degree curriculum.

Course requirements

Students admitted into the program must complete eight upper division electives, totaling 24 credit hours. Introductory Statistics and English Composition are required prior to taking certain nursing courses.

The nursing courses consist of 12 required upper division nursing courses for a total of 34 credit hours. The Bachelor of Science nursing program is 120 credit hours total. All nursing courses are five weeks in length. Students must follow the sequence of courses as prescribed by the School of Nursing. The upper division nursing courses can be completed in as little as 15 months.