A Two-Year Program Leading to a B.S. Degree
Registered nurses who have completed an associate degree or diploma from a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) may apply for admission to the Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and earn a baccalaureate in nursing. The program is designed to provide professional registered nurses the opportunity to achieve advancement in their careers and seek leadership and management roles in the health care setting. The program offers clinical experiences in various healthcare settings, including leadership and management, community nursing, and areas of student-selected interest.
The RN to BSN Completion program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Information on accreditation status may be obtained by contacting the ACEN. They may
be contacted at the following address: ACEN, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000; or www.acenursing.org. The RN to BSN program is recognized by the Indiana State Board of Nursing.
At the completion of the RN-BSN Completion program, the graduate will:
- Demonstrate critical thinking and intellectual curiosity in order to provide holistic care to a variety of clients.
- Provide leadership through communication with clients and the interdisciplinary team for the purpose of positively affecting health care outcomes.
- Demonstrate caring through a holistic approach to client care.
- Facilitate health care education in varied settings to achieve optimal levels of wellness for the client.
- Practice within an ethical framework and legal guidelines promoting a positive public image of nursing, and participating in the change process to shape health care policy.
- Utilize current research to provide client care and pursue lifelong learning to maintain professional growth.
All applicants must meet the following basic admission requirements.
- Meet admission requirements of the University.
- Possess physical and mental health acceptable for performance in the occupation as evidenced by examination by a licensed practitioner.
- Possess an unencumbered Indiana Registered Nurse license prior to beginning any nursing course with a clinical component and maintain licensure in Indiana and state of clinical practicum.
- Complete 30 credit hours of the A.S. Transfer University Core Curriculum with a grade of C or better in all courses.
Note: Transfer students who are licensed Registered Nurses within six hours of completing the above requirements, and are in good academic standing, may enter the RN to BSN Completion Program.
- Attain a minimum GPA of 2.5 from an accredited associate degree nursing program or diploma program in nursing. A maximum of 34 credit hours of nursing from an accredited associate degree or diploma program will be applied to the RN to BSN Program.
- Hold no current grade less than C in any required general education course. Applicants with current grades less than C in required general education courses are not eligible for admission. Required non-nursing courses may only be repeated one time in order to raise the grade to a C or better. This includes prerequisites to required courses.
- Hold no grade of F in any nursing course.
Note: Admission to the University does not ensure admission to the nursing program. The number of students admitted is limited by the availability of instructional resources and clinical learning sites. Each applicant is reviewed individually. Any falsification of application information will result in denial of admission or removal from the program.
Requirements for All Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Students Admitted to the Program
Once students are admitted to the program and prior to the date set by the Nursing Department, students are responsible for completing the following requirements:
- Possess current certification in Basic Life Support (American Red Cross, CPR Professional Rescue or American Heart Association Healthcare Provider level).
- Complete and have on file with the University Health Service Office a current medical/physical form, immunization records form, and the Hepatitis B vaccination form. Students must possess current immunizations and annual TB (PPD) test, and provide verification of Hepatitis B inoculation or refusal thereof.
- Assume responsibility for personal health care costs; therefore, students are strongly urged to maintain health insurance coverage.
- Provide a current criminal history document and/or screening to be kept on file in the division office.
- Maintain access to a computer with Microsoft Office and the Internet.
Note: A fee for liability insurance will be charged to all nursing students through the University Bursar’s Office.
Standards for Progression and Graduation
- Nursing students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all program and UCC required courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 each semester. Failure to meet this requirement will result in withdrawal from the nursing program at the end of the semester. Students may be readmitted to the nursing program one time. If unsuccessful in the second attempt, students cannot be readmitted to this nursing program.
- Students must comply with student handbook, clinical facilities, college catalog, and syllabi rules/regulations.
- Students must complete the nursing curriculum within 5 years.
- Students that have a grade of F in any nursing course will not be readmitted to the program.