Program Requirements

Hours: 30

Major Courses - 20 hours

NUR 318Professional Nursing:Concepts and Issues (3)

NUR 319Nursing Informatics (3)

NUR 415Health Care Policy (3)

NUR 416Health Promotion with Vulnerable Populations (4)

NUR 419Leading and Managing within a Clinical Microsystem (4)

NUR 431Foundations of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3)

Cognate Courses- 10 hours

BIO 301Pathophysiology (4)

ETH:REL 252Theological Health Care Ethics (3) E/CE

or

ETH:PHI 250Health Care Ethics (3) E/CE

MTH 174Statistics I (3) MA/CMA

Consult the Nursing Program on Credentialing Policies.
Students must complete the Core requirements and reach a minimum of 120 credits to earn their degree.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREDENTIALING OF PRIOR LEARNING FOR RNs

In compliance with the policies of MSJU on credentialing of prior learning, the Department of Nursing has established policies and guidelines which recognize academic and experiential learning of RNs, and graduates of diploma and ADN programs who wish to earn the BSN.  Please see MSJU Policies and Guidelines on Credit for Experiential Learning and CLEP tests, or contact your academic advisor for additional information about these options. RN students graduating from diploma programs can receive up to 35 credits for previous coursework in nursing.

PROGRESSION IN THE MSJU RN-BSN PROGRAM

Students who have gained Full Admission to the MSJU RN-BSN program can matriculate to the next course within the provided curriculum sequence if the following requirements are met:

  • Maintenance of a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Achievement of a “C” or better in all nursing and cognate courses upon course completion.
  • Adherence to all MSJU student policies

NOTIFICATION OF PROCEDURE FOR STUDENTS FALLING BELOW 75% DURING A NURSING COURSE

Nursing faculty will issue a progress report in myMount when an RN-BSN student first falls below a total/weighted course grade of 75%. It is recommended that the RN-BSN student follow up with course faculty, their academic advisor, and/or the RN-BSN program director should this occur.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE FOR STUDENTS RECEIVING A FAILING GRADE IN A NURSING COURSE

At the end of a nursing course, faculty will notify the RN-BSN program director and the student’s academic advisor of any student whose achievement is below a 2.00 GPA (75%). If a student is registered for sequential nursing courses, the student must consult with his/her academic advisor to withdraw from the courses. It is to the student’s benefit to withdraw promptly from a sequential course in order to obtain appropriate reimbursement of tuition. Students may repeat courses within the RN-BSN program up to two times if needed and at the discretion of the student’s academic advisor and/or the RN-BSN program director. Students repeating a course within the RN-BSN program must communicate with their academic advisor and/or the RN-BSN program director for academic counseling.

WITHDRAWAL OR DISMISSAL FROM THE NURSING PROGRAM

Students who have repeated a course twice within the RN-BSN program and have not obtained a “C” or better, will be dismissed from the program. Students withdrawing or dismissed from a nursing program must meet with their academic advisor and/or the RN-BSN program director for academic counseling and completion of the appropriate forms.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Graduation requirements follow the general University requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Graduation with Honors

The BSN may be conferred with special honors on students who have fulfilled the college residency requirement and whose final academic cumulative GPA is 3.50 or above. In addition to the GPA criteria, students must complete a minimum of 42 credits in Mount coursework earning letter grades by the end of the final semester or term of courses/credits required for the degree. Courses earning a pass/fail grade or credits earned through experiential learning options do not apply toward the 42 hour minimum. Official graduation honors are noted on the student's diploma and academic record.

Admission Requirements

The Mount St. Joseph University (MSJU) RN-BSN program is designed for individuals who seek to advance their degree to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Students may be admitted at either the “Full Admission” or “Provisional Admission” level. Details for both types of admission to the RN-BSN program are below.

FULL ADMISSION TO THE MSJU RN-BSN PROGRAM

Full Admission to the RN-BSN program is designed for those individuals who have previously completed an associate degree or diploma in nursing and are licensed Registered Nurses (RN). Full admission status allows students to begin nursing courses within the RN-BSN program. To gain Full Admission to the RN-BSN program, potential students must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally accredited institution and an accredited nursing program (NLNAC).
  • Hold an active RN license with no restrictions from any state within the United States.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in previous nursing program and college course work.
  • Submit an MSJU undergraduate application with required transcripts.

*Note: An interview may be requested upon review of your application.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION TO THE MSJU RN-BSN PROGRAM

Provisional Admission status may be granted for students currently enrolled in an associate degree program and/or not licensed as an RN. After analysis of transcripts, students who are admitted with Provisional Admission status may take non-nursing MSJU courses at the discretion of the student’s MSJU academic advisor. Students admitted with Provisional Admission status may not attend nursing courses until all Full Admission requirements have been met (see Full Admission requirements above). Students admitted with Provisional Admission status will be reviewed regularly for satisfactory progress within their ADN program and the process of obtaining their RN license. Provisional Admission status may be subject to a time limit depending on current RN-BSN student enrollment. To gain and/or maintain Provisional Admission to the RN-BSN program, potential students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and actively taking classes within the last or second-to-last semester of the ADN program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in previous college course work.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in current ADN course work.
  • Submit an MSJU undergraduate application with required transcripts.
  • Submission of additional documentation may be requested to gain and/or maintain Provisional Admission status (e.g., NCLEX-RN Authorization To Test (ATT), grade reports, etc.).

*Note: An interview may be requested upon review of your application.