Nursing Program – RN to BSN
Mission: Providing quality undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that promote academic excellence while integrating the values of truth, virtue, and service.
The RN to BSN program combines innovative curriculum, interdisciplinary teaching, and collaborative partnerships in a values-based baccalaureate program. The two-year course of study promotes critical inquiry, enhances the nurse’s skill set, and prepares the nurse for leadership roles in the healthcare environment.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Critical Thinking/Clinical Reasoning/Clinical Judgment: Use a systematic approach in assessing, planning, testing, and evaluating innovative and evidence-based solutions to patient care problems across a variety of healthcare settings.
- Integration of Faith and Learning: Develop and articulate an understanding of a Biblical worldview in integrating values of truth, virtue, and service in personal and professional life and in providing Christ-centered leadership and service.
- Ethical Practice: Demonstrate behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice, and respect for diversity and human dignity across the lifespan.
- Holistic Living: Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for self and nursing practice, engagement in life-long learning, and a holistic view of health and living and ongoing professional growth.
- Communication: Demonstrate appropriate written and oral communication skills to promote collaborative relationships with intra-professional healthcare team members, individuals, families, groups, and communities.
- Professional Excellence: Use a problem-solving approach in evaluating patient health status and in advocating for the patient and family, anticipating and reducing risk, and improving health outcomes.
- Cultural Competency and Citizenship: Apply cultural competence theory in the care of diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan.
- Information Technology Competency: Demonstrate technology skills in locating, retrieving, applying, and evaluating the integrity of information while using information responsibly and ethically.
- Leadership and Patient Safety: Apply leadership concepts, skills, and knowledge of healthcare policies to decision making and problem solving in the provision and oversight of safe nursing practice and quality care within complex healthcare systems.
- Preferred overall 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) – official transcripts required for verification
- Minimum grade of “C” (2.0) on all degree requirements course work
- Minimum grade of “C” (2.0) on all nursing coursework, preferred GPA of 3.0
- One professional letter of reference from a manager, supervisor, or faculty. Letters of reference from family members are not accepted.
- Applicant’s typed statement of purpose
- Personal interview
- Verification of valid California RN License or eligibility for licensure. License must be current and clear.
- Verification of current certification in CPR
- One year work experience recommended
- Background check (contracted by the university)
- Evidence of all required immunizations/titers and physical exam report
|General Education Core Requirements||43|
|Nursing Major 1||42|
Dual Enrollment RN to BSN Option
The Dual Enrollment RN to BSN option is designed for students enrolled in a Community College who would like to begin working on their BSN while studying to obtain their RN license. All RN to BSN admission and curriculum requirements are applicable to the dual enrollment applicant except for RN licensure at admission. Verification of valid California RN licensure is required prior to NURS-420 Community Health Nurs/Clinical .
RN to BSN Online Option
The RN to BSN online program is designed to meet the needs of the student who prefers to take courses in an online format. This program allows students to take advantage of the convenience of online learning without sacrificing the quality of instruction or professor-student and student-student interaction. Online courses cover the same content as in the residential program but provide for additional flexibility in scheduling.
|Science with lab||16|
Human Anatomy (4)
Physiology/Human Biology (4)
Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3)
|Total General Education Units||40|
|Total Nursing Major Units (course Descriptions follow) 1||40|
|Total Elective Units||40|
|Total units needed for BSN degree||120|
Students enrolled in the RN to BSN Program cannot repeat any more than 2 nursing major courses related to course failure or withdrawal. Additionally, students may not repeat any pre-requisite or nursing course more than once. Any deviation from this policy requires Program Committee approval with a petition submitted to the Chair of the RN to BSN Program.
Each student must have basic malpractice insurance before the beginning of the Community Health practicum. This will occur during the last semester of the program.