Nursing - RN to BSN


The goal of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) program is to provide opportunities for qualified students to acquire the knowledge necessary to provide nursing care which promotes adaptation of the person, family, and community. This knowledge is acquired within a liberal arts experience which emphasizes honesty, integrity, civility, and a strong sense of personal responsibil­ity. Professional preparation as a nurse includes promotion of lifelong learning, social responsibility, and service.

The faculty believe persons are unique, holistic, and developing beings with the process and capacity for thinking, feeling, reflecting, and choosing. Persons respond to and act upon the constantly changing environment, which is everything that is within and around them. To adapt to this changing environment, people use coping processes which are both innate and learned. Adaptation occurs as adaptive responses promote integrity and wholeness.

Health is a state and a process of being and becoming an integrated and whole person. Health is a continuum ranging from peak wellness to death. The adaptation level is that point where the person is able to respond positively. A whole person is one with the highest possible fulfillment of human potential.

Nursing assists persons, families, and communities to examine life and environmental patterns, attach personal meaning to these patterns, and choose adaptation. Nurs­ing acts to enhance interaction with the environment by promoting meaningful life experiences, growth, and adaptation. The profession of nursing is an integrated part of a system for health care delivery and shares responsibility for working collaboratively with other health care practitioners.

Nursing education is a process which enables the learner to synthesize a body of knowledge obtained through courses in nursing, liberal arts, humanities, and the sciences. Because nursing is dynamic, the education is foundational for professional growth through nursing research and continuing education.

The faculty believe that the learner is best able to reach individual potential in an environment that is nurturing and promotes inquiry, dialogue, curiosity, creativity, the ethical ideal, and assertiveness. The learner brings an attitude of commitment and motivation for achievement. The role of the learner is to share in the responsibility of the teaching-learning process.

The teacher interacts with students as persons of worth, dignity, intelligence, and high scholarly standards. The teacher's role is to provide the climate, structure, and dialogue that promotes discovery of patterns and paradigms for practice. The teacher raises questions that require reading, observation, analysis, and reflection upon patient care. The teacher nurtures the learner, is available for dialogue, and promotes the use of research and critical thinking in the delivery of nursing care.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science Nursing graduate will be able to:

  1. demonstrate professional nursing leadership with technical proficiency, utilizing principles of management and leadership, evidenced in the care of clients, families, and communities including management of physical, fiscal, and human resources;
  2. apply critical thinking and problem solving to provide nursing care, which promotes holism and adaptation by discovering research questions, critically analyzing research, and applying research to practice as evidence-based practice;
  3. incorporate the principles of communication, client education and client advocacy into practice;
  4. exhibit a commitment to individual and professional growth as a lifelong learner, evidenced by continuing formal education, informal education, and reading refereed professional journals and participating in the political and regulatory processes and in shaping the health care delivery system;
  5. provide, delegate and/or supervise nursing care based on current knowledge, theory, and research to promote holism, adaptation, safety, and quality care as evidenced by the ability to:
    1. assess and diagnose the health status of diverse individuals, families, and communities; and
    2. plan, implement, and evaluate the care for diverse individuals, families, and communities in structured and unstructured settings who require nursing at restorative, maintenance or promotion levels.
  6. evaluate career choices within the nursing profession based on emerging skills and personal strengths and abilities;
  7. display behaviors as a member of the profession of nursing based on standards of practice and professional codes of ethics to:
    1. assume accountability for own nursing practice;
    2. practice within ethical and legal frameworks; and
    3. demonstrate professional identity and integrity.
  8. demonstrate collaboration with other health care providers to promote the full human potential. (The liberal arts education provides opportunities for growth in knowledge, personal integrity, spirituality, and professional competence).

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

I. Assessment Methods

The portfolio and the employer surveys are the primary methods of assessment. Students are required to maintain a portfolio during the program through Foliotek, an online portfolio system. (A Foliotek fee is assessed in NU300.) They must write a summary at the end of each Nursing course analyzing how the course met one or more of the outcomes. At the end of each course and at the end of the program, students complete a survey identifying how well the course and program design assisted the student in meeting the program outcomes, assignments that helped in meeting program outcomes, and suggestions for program and course improvement. Students will also complete a self-evaluation based on program outcomes. Employer surveys identify how well graduates perform based on the program outcomes.

II. Review

Portfolios are reviewed periodically and after the end of the program. The student is to evaluate whether course content helped them meet program outcomes. Employer surveys are sent and reviewed after one year of employment.

III. Feedback

In the summer workshop, faculty review and evaluate portfolio and employer information. Evaluations result in changes to improve courses and clinical experiences for students as documented in the faculty workshop minutes.

BSN Requirements for Admission

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the University.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall;
  • an associate's degree in Nursing (or diploma) from a regionally accredited institution (up to 40 Nursing credits from the ADN will be applied toward the BSN; general education credits will also transfer where applicable).
  • official transcripts from all regionally and nationally accredited colleges and universities attended; and
  • current unrestricted RN license (needed prior to beginning clinical courses).
  • Non-native speakers of English must present evidence of proficiency in the English language by scoring a 550 or higher on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 213 or higher on the computer-based TOEFL or 77 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL.

BSN Curriculum Requirements

  • A cumulative 2.0 GPA must be maintained and a grade of "B" or above must be attained in all Nursing courses.
  • NU300, NU301, NU303, NU315, NU320, NU325, NU450, and NU455, AH315, and AH330 should be completed within two consecutive academic years.
  • The BSN program should be completed within five (5) years of enrollment.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of the liberal arts and/or general education coursework as well as all courses in the major;
  2. satisfactory completion of at least 124 credit hours;
  3. satisfactory completion of at least 43 credit hours in the area of concentration;
  4. satisfactory completion of at least 15 credit hours of upper-division coursework in the major;
  5. satisfactory completion of at least 36 credit hours of upper-division coursework;
  6. satisfaction of the 30-hour residency requirement;
  7. cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on coursework earned at CMU;
  8. cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all upper-division major coursework;
  9. payment of all tuition and fees; and
  10. recommendation of the faculty.

Scholastic Standards for Nursing

The grading scale for the Department of Nursing is based on 80% as the minimum percentage for a "B" grade.

To graduate, students must maintain a grade of "B" in all Nursing, Allied Health, and Science courses and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Requirements for Continuation in Program: Students who earn less than a "B" in a course may not continue in their cohort. Any one course where the student earns less than a "B" must be repeated and completed with a grade of "B" or higher, and then the student will join the subsequent cohort. Any second instance when a student earns less than a "B"- whether it is a repeated course or one taken for the first time - results in the student's dismissal from the program.