Darla Vale PhD, RN, CCRN-K, Dean of Health Sciences
The outstanding reputation of the Mount’s baccalaureate degree in nursing is built upon more than nine decades of experience in preparing women and men as professional practitioners of nursing. Graduates of our Nursing programs assume prominent roles in all areas of nursing and health care delivery systems across the United States and throughout the world.
The mission of the pre-licensure BSN and RN/BSN programs is to prepare women and men as professional nurses who integrate the liberal arts and sciences with the knowledge and skills essential for patient centered nursing practice. Graduates are caring, ethical health care providers who support the dignity of others and promote holistic, evidence-based practice in a variety of settings. The Nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791. The programs provide the learning environment for students’ development of competencies in assessment, communication, critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, and therapeutic nursing interventions across the lifespan. These concepts and principles are integrated throughout the students’ educational program and form the basis for a value centered approach to caring for individuals, families, aggregates, populations-at-risk, and communities.
Program of Studies
There are two programs leading to the BSN degree. The pre-licensure BSN has as its major focus the preparation of students for initial entry into the professional practice of nursing. The RN/BSN program is specifically designed for registered nurses (RNs), graduates of diploma and associate degree programs, who wish to pursue the BSN degree in an accelerated format.
Stefanie Hiltz, MSN, RN, ACNP, BSN - Program Director
For admission into this competitive program, students must first be accepted by the University and meet the admission requirements for the pre-nursing program. Since a strong background in science is important for nursing students, high school courses in general science, biology, and anatomy and physiology are recommended. All individuals seeking admission to the Nursing program must have completed a course in high school chemistry or its equivalent as well as algebra I and II and receive a grade of "C" or higher.
RN-BSN-Accelerated Program for Registered Nurses (for RN to MSN please see the Graduate Catalog)
Kristin Clephane, DNP, RN, CPN - RN-BSN Program Director
Designed especially for registered nurses who wish to earn the BSN degree. The program is taught in two formats: face-to-face and online, in accelerated eight week course sessions. Face-to-face classes are taught in late afternoon/evening timeframes. Classes involve intensive study, close working relationships with the faculty and other students, and innovative opportunities for self-directed learning. The courses build on previous nursing courses with an emphasis on leadership, management, evidence based practice and patient-centered nursing.
Registered nurses who wish to enter the Nursing program must first be admitted to the University by completing an adult application available through the University Admission Office.
Opportunities for Credentialing of Prior Learning for Registered Nurse Students
In concert with the policies of Mount St. Joseph University on credentialing of prior learning, the faculty of the Nursing Program have established policies and guidelines that recognize academic and experiential learning of registered nurses who wish to earn the baccalaureate degree in nursing. Contact the RN-BSN advisor for further information regarding these policies at, 513-244-4811.
Articulation agreements which facilitate the transfer credits of registered nurse graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs have been established with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Raymond Walters College, the Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science. Contact the School of Health Sciences for further information regarding these agreements.
The graduate of the RN-BSN program will be able to:
- Apply theoretical concepts from various disciplines to competently assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care
- Communicate effectively with individuals, groups, institutions, and populations
- Use critical thinking skills to examine situations, determine potential solutions, and implement creative responses
- Develop caring relationships with individuals and groups from diverse populations to promote empowerment
- Apply principles of leadership to effectively advocate for others, contribute to positive management practices and promote quality health care delivery
- Exercise professional, legal, ethical, social and political responsibilities as a nurse and a citizen
- Use information literacy skills to advance evidence-based nursing practice