1 OAKLAND UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NURSING RN/BSN DEGREE COMPLETION SEQUENCE 3027 Human Health Building 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester MI (28) / / Oakland University School of Nursing offers all required degree completion sequence, non-nursing, and general education courses for RNs on-line. This allows Registered Nurses to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with maximum convenience, reduced travel to campus or other locations, and at significant savings by paying in-state (resident) tuition rates. OU s degree completion course sequence recognizes the RN s prior education and experience. Courses are designed to add value to this base and to promote continued advancement in the nursing profession. The Oakland University nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHY DO I NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL F A BSN? Healthcare is characterized by rapid change and increasing challenges, and it demands a highly skilled and well-educated nurse workforce. In order for a RN to be in an optimal position to take advantage of opportunities for career advancement, and further educational upward mobility, a BSN degree provides the most accepted academic credential. Baccalaureate nursing programs emphasize critical thinking, clinical reasoning, health informatics, and the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today s healthcare environment. WHAT SUPPTS ARE OFFERED TO FACILITATE MY SUCCESS WITH ON-LINE COURSES? There is a student orientation for On-line Learning that everyone is welcome to review at This site provides introductory information including computer requirements, e-learner skills for success, course login procedures, and technical tips, recommendations and a demo MOODLE course. MOODLE is the software that Oakland University uses to deliver its online courses. To experience the demo MOODLE course go to the above link. In the top box titled Welcome to e-learning Student Online Orientation click on demo course and follow the instructions. WHEN ARE COURSES OFFERED ON-LINE? All required nursing courses are offered on-line each Fall and Winter semester. At least one of the required nursing courses is offered each Summer term. The non-nursing and general education required courses are offered on-line each year in the Fall, Winter, and Summer. The tentative schedule is: Fall CHM 10 non-nursing course requirement and Natural Science & Technology general education LIT 182 Literature general education PSY 225 Knowledge Application general education Winter ART 101 Arts general education CHM 201 non-nursing course requirement IS 260 Global Perspective general education PHL 103 non-nursing course requirement and Western Civilization general education Summer PHL 102 non-nursing course requirement and Formal Reasoning general education SPN 11 Foreign Language & Culture general education ON-LINE PROGRAM AT IN-STATE TUITION RATES
2 HOW ARE ASSIGNMENTS HANDLED ON-LINE? All assignments (e.g. papers, discussions) are submitted via the on-line course website and evaluated by the course faculty member. Students submit assignments and receive grades/feedback electronically, e.g. posted on the course MOODLE site. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO FINISH? The amount of time needed to complete the program varies with the individual student. The minimum time needed is two years, excluding summer. This assumes that the student has previously completed all non-nursing requirements and takes two to four courses per semester. Registered Nurses employed full-time generally attend classes on a part-time basis and complete the program in three to four years. WHAT COURSES CAN TRANSFER F CREDIT? Associate Degree RN s Graduates from a regionally accredited associate degree-nursing program may receive direct transfer of 13 nursing credits and 50 credits applied toward required non-nursing and general education categories. In addition, a maximum of 19 nursing credits will be granted through a course competency process. This process includes: A. Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination. B. Evidence of a valid RN license. C. Course registration. Diploma RN s Graduates from a NLN accredited diploma program will be granted the equivalent of 32 nursing credits through a course competency process. This process includes: A. Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination B. Evidence of a valid RN license C. Course registration. WHAT COURSES WILL I NEED TO TAKE F THE RN/BSN DEGREE COMPLETION SEQUENCE? Completing all of the courses listed in sections I-VI below fulfills the BSN degree requirements. A total of 125 credits, including transfer credits, is required for the BSN. NRS 310 must be taken as the first course in the RN/BSN sequence. NRS 75 must be taken in the final semester of BSN degree coursework. I. Required Nursing Courses NRS 221 Nursing Informatics (2) This course involves the application of healthcare informatics topics, tools, and techniques appropriate to professional nursing practice. NRS 310 Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Practice () This course examines the conceptual foundations of professional nursing practice. PREREQUISITE: Admission to RN/BSN degree completion sequence. NRS 30 Health Promotion in the Community () This course focuses on the development of nursing interventions for health promotion with diverse client populations across the lifespan. PREREQUISITE or CEQUISITE: NRS 310. NRS 355 Nursing Leadership and Health Care Issues (3) This course presents the principles of nursing leadership and management, health policy, and legal and ethical issues in professional nursing practice. PREREQUISITE or CEQUISITE: NRS 310.
3 NRS 26 Community Nursing () This course focuses on the professional nurse s role in the community. PREREQUISITE or CEQUISITE: NRS 310. NRS 50 Nursing Care of Populations with Health Disparities () This course focuses on the provision of professional nursing care to patient populations across the lifespan with health disparities. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity. PREREQUISITE or CEQUISITE: NRS 310. NRS 52 Research Basis of Nursing Practice (3) This course focuses on the research process and evidence-based practice as they relate to professional nursing. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement. PREQUISITE or CEQUISITE: NRS 310. NRS 7 Nursing Synthesis () This course analyzes issues impacting health care delivery and professional nursing practice. PREREQUISITE: NRS 310. PREREQUISITE or CEQUISITE: NRS 30, 355, 26, 50, 52. NRS 75 Nursing Synthesis Clinical () This course is the capstone experience for the nursing curriculum. Must be taken in the final semester of degree coursework. Satisfies the university general education requirement for capstone experience. PREREQUISITE or CEQUISITE: All RN-BSN courses including Gen Ed and NON-NRS. Students may take all credits of NRS 75 in one semester or 2 credits each for a total of credits in consecutive semesters. OU reserves the right to cancel classes without notice if enrollment does not meet the minimum number established for undergraduate courses (10 students). II. Nursing Assessment Skills Nursing Assessment Skills must be validated before registering for NRS 7 using one of the following methods: a. completion of a health assessment course equivalent to OU SON health assessment course b. supervision verification from current (or most recent supervisor) validating assessment skills AND practice as an RN performing health assessment skills within the last 3 years [download form from click advising, click important forms, listed under heading for RN-BSN Degree Completion Sequence] III. General Education Degree Requirements (0 cr) GENERAL EDUCATION FIELD CATEGIES CR TESTING AVAILABLE WRITING FOUNDATION (WRT 160) Testing Requires Departmental Permission FMAL REASONING (PHL 102/107) Testing Requires Departmental Permission ARTS Testing Requires Departmental Permission FEIGN LANGUAGE and CULTURE CLEP* GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE Testing Requires Departmental Permission LITERATURE CLEP* NATURAL SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY (CHM 10) CLEP*
4 SOCIAL SCIENCE (PSY 100) Testing Requires Departmental Permission WESTERN CIVILIZATION (PHL 101) Testing Requires Departmental Permission KNOWLEDGE APPLICATION (PSY 225) Testing Requires Departmental Permission * For a complete statement of policies regarding credit by examination, competency testing and the College-level Examination Program (CLEP), see the current Oakland University Undergraduate Catalog. IV. Required Non-Nursing Courses REQUIRED NON-NURSING COURSES CR TESTING AVAILABLE BIO 121 Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 5 NLN Competency Exam BIO 307 Introduction to Human Microbiology NLN Competency Exam CHM 10 Introduction to Chemical Principles (Satisfies Natural Science and Technology General Education Requirement) CLEP CHM 201 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry Testing Requires Departmental Permission PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (Satisfies Western Civilization General Education Requirement) PHL 102 Introduction to Logic (Satisfies Formal Reasoning General Education Requirement) PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics (Satisfies Western Civilization General Education Requirement) PHL 107 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (Satisfies Formal Reasoning General Education Requirement) None PSY 100 Foundations of Contemporary Psychology (Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement) CLEP PSY 225 Introduction to Life-Span Developmental Psychology (Satisfies Knowledge Application General Education Requirement) None V. Competency Examinations Process for Required Biology Courses Refer to the University catalog for an explanation of academic policies and procedures regarding course competency. SCING: A normalized percentile score of 50 or above is required. Proficiency Exams Scoring Charge Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 121P) $0.00 Microbiology (BIO 307P) $0.00 Time Required Oakland University Courses Covered 3 Hours BIO 121 Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 3 Hours BIO 307 Intro. to Human Microbiology CR 5
5 VI. Process for Earning Nursing Credits by Competency Registration Diploma Graduate RN s: Register for the following 200 and 300 level nursing courses for a total of 32 hours of competency credit. 200 level NRS 206P: Introduction to Professional Nursing I NRS 207P: Nursing Therapeutics I NRS 210P: Nursing Therapeutics II NRS 211P: Nursing Therapeutics II Lab NRS 220P: Nutrition in Nursing Practice NRS 227P: Pathophysiology NRS 290P: Basic Nursing Knowledge/Skills TOTAL CREDITS NRS 299P = 13 Credits 1 CR. 1 CR. 1 CR. 3 CR. 3 CR. 13 CR. Associate Degree Graduate RN s: Register for the following 300 level nursing courses for a total of 19 hours of competency credit. 300 level NRS 308P: Pharmacology in Nursing NRS 326P: Acute Health Needs NRS 328P: Acute Health Needs II NRS 336P: Acute Care Clinical: Adult NRS 337P: Acute Care Clinical: Child NRS 338P: Acute Care Clinical: Family NRS 38P: Behavioral Responses to Illness TOTAL CREDITS NRS 399P =19 Credits 3 CR. 5 CR. 3 CR. 19 CR. Note: Registration for these credits may be spread out over several semesters or completed at one time (see chart above).
6 HOW DO I APPLY F ADMISSION AND REGISTER F CLASSES? Requirements for Admission Satisfactory completion of a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing program. Valid RN license. An overall grade point average of 2.50 or better from Diploma or ADN program. Registered Nurses who do not meet these minimum requirements for admission may be admitted as a pre-rn-bsn. Upon completion of 12 credits from required non-nursing or general education courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, the student will be eligible for full RN-BSN admission. University Application Procedures Submit an undergraduate application and a copy of your current RN license via the website Have official transcripts sent to Oakland University, Office of Admissions, from each college, university, or Diploma program you attended. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution to the Admissions Office, 101 North Foundation Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan When your application file is complete, the Admissions Office will forward it to the School of Nursing for review. A School of Nursing adviser will review your application, including previous college or university course work, and verify your RN license. Upon admission to the University, you will receive information regarding a new student orientation to Oakland University at which time a School of Nursing Academic Adviser will assist you in selecting courses. After the new student orientation, a School of Nursing Academic Adviser will be available to meet with you upon request in order to assist you with evaluating transfer credits and developing a Plan of Study for the B.S.N. degree requirements. ******* All data in this document reflect information as it was available at the publication date. The School of Nursing and Oakland University reserve the right to revise all information contained in this publication at its discretion and to make reasonable changes in requirements to improve or upgrade academic and non-academic programs. NOTE: Application for University readmission is required for students whose attendance at Oakland University has been interrupted for six or more years. Contact the Academic Skills Center at (28) , 103 North Foundation Hall.
7 RN to BSN Degree Completion FAQs How do I apply to the RN/BSN degree completion sequence? You need to submit an undergraduate application via the Oakland University website When you apply, apply as major code RN to BSN completion student. There are no application fees to apply to Oakland University. I ve taken many classes already. How many credits can I transfer in to OU? You may transfer in up to 63 credits from, a community college to OU. There is no time limit on the number of transfer credit from another university. There is no time limit on transferable credits from another college or university. Is there a grade point requirement that I need to meet to be admitted to OU? A minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average in your previous coursework is required. Do I receive transfer credit for the nursing courses that I have taken in my A.D.N. program? OU grants 19 competency credits for successfully passing your NCLEX-RN exam (ADN graduates transfer 13 credits from the community college). These credits are granted at a reduced tuition rate; currently $50/competency credit. The 19 competency credits do not count as part of the 63 maximum credits that you may transfer from the community college level. You are required to have registered for all competency credits before you register for NRS 75. Can I take some of the non-nursing and general education courses at a community college? RN to BSN students may complete some of the non-nursing courses at a community college as long as they do not exceed the maximum number of 63 credits that can be transferred from the community college level to OU. Are there any clinical courses that I will need to take? No How long does it take to earn my BSN from OU? Once you are admitted to the RN/BSN degree completion sequence, it is possible to complete the program in a minimum of two (2) years. All required nursing courses are offered in the Fall and Winter semester. At least one required nursing course is offered each Summer semester.
8 RN/MSN Option - Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner - Family Nurse Practitioner The RN/MSN option is designed for high achieving Registered Nurses who are already admitted to the Oakland University School of Nursing (SON) RN/BSN Degree Completion Sequence and who want to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing in Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner after completing the BSN degree. The RN/MSN option allows RN/BSN students to take two graduate level courses, NRS 515 and NRS 516, while still an undergraduate and pay undergraduate tuition rates. NRS 515 and NRS 516 replace NRS 355 and NRS 50 in the RN/BSN curriculum and two graduate courses, NRS 521 and NRS 610, will be waived after the student begins the graduate nursing program. To be eligible for the RN/MSN option, students must: 1. Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in their Associate Degree in Nursing educational program AND have completed the following courses with a minimum over-all grade point average of 3.0 or better to be eligible to transfer to the RN/MSN option: CHM 10 CHM 201 BIO 121 BIO 307 WRT 160 NRS 310 NRS 30 Introduction to Chemical Principles Organic and Biological Chemistry Clinical Anatomy and Physiology Introduction to Human Microbiology Composition II Conceptual Foundations of Practice Health Promotion in the Community 2. Be fully admitted to the RN/BSN Degree Completion Sequence. 3. Request a change in program status from RN/BSN to the RN/MSN. When a student admitted to the RN/MSN option is enrolled in their final OU course for the BSN degree, he/she may formally apply for admission to one of the following graduate specialty tracks: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner. Besides the BSN degree, all other graduate program admission requirements must be fully satisfied. Meeting the minimum requirements for graduate admission does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. ADMISSION TO THE SON GRADUATE PROGRAM Refer to the Oakland University Graduate Catalog online for a complete list of program application requirements. WHEN ADMITTED TO THE SON GRADUATE PROGRAM When a student is officially admitted to the SON graduate program, he/she will receive a graduate Plan of Study outlining the courses and the sequence necessary for completing the MSN degree, will be subject to graduate tuition rates, and must adhere to SON graduate policies. Information about the SON graduate programs can be obtained by going to O:\RN to BSN\Flyer\RN BSN Complete Flyer w_new RN MSN Options HHB
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