Undergraduate Program: RN to BSN
Post-Nursing Licensure Baccalaureate Degree Completion
*RN-BSN: As the United States prepares to meet increased demand for healthcare due to a large and aging population, the responsibilities of nurses are rapidly increasing. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the leading independent, evidence-based scientific advisors in the medical industry, is pushing for 80% of RNs worldwide to have BSNs. As of February 2019, 56% of RNs in the U.S. had a BSN or higher degree, according to the Campaign for Nursing’s Future, an initiative of the Center to Champion Nursing in America.
Your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion degree begins by completing a degree program with at least 60 prerequisite credits through a US-accredited college or university offering a nursing diploma or associate's degree, successful nursing licensure (unencumbered), and current employment as a registered nurse.
NOTE: Prerequisite courses are also offered by GEMF and will be applied to your degree upon review and approval of your program of study.
Students are admitted throughout the year and all cohorts begin August 1st each year. The student may be able to complete the program in 3 semesters (12 months) by June the following year, even if General Education courses are needed.
A student must satisfy the following required 20 nursing coursework credits (and potentially some General Education courses, depending on the program you graduated from) for the BSN degree (no exceptions).
40 credits of experiential learning will be granted for RNs who possess a valid license to practice as a registered nurse and have employment verified. The credit will be recorded as EPLC 011 on the student’s transcript when the student becomes a candidate for the Bachelor’s Degree per the Experiential Learning Credit Policy in the College Catalog
^50-60 credits (depending on program) will be granted upon admission for a prior nursing associate's degree or nursing diploma (^pending credit coded as: TNFR 011 and any additional required General Education coursework will be outlined in the program of study transcript/audit)
120 total credit hours needed for the Bachelor's of Science in Nursing Degree (^some General Education credits may be needed and will be determined prior to admission following an official transcript review).
The required 20 nursing credits satisfy the minimum residency requirement and include the following:
RN to BSN COURSES
SEMESTER ONE (FALL):
NRSG 311 MINISTRY IN HEALTHCARE (3):
This course will focus on health promotion across the lifespan utilizing epidemiological principles with a uniquely spiritual perspective. Students will identify interventions to support health promotion for individuals, families and/or selected age groups through the lens of faith-based care.
(Co-requisite: NRSG 312)
NRSG 312 THEORETICAL BASIS FOR CARE (2):
This course provides an introduction to evidence-based nursing practice and research. Students will focus on the practical skills required to identify and appraise the best evidence to support nursing practice.
(Co-requisite: NRSG 311)
SEMESTER TWO (SPRING):
NRSG 321 SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS OF NURSING LEADERSHIP (4):
This course is designed to develop the leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor's level education with a theological perspective. This course explores the complex internal and external forces that affect the delivery of care.
(Pre-requisites: NRSG 311 & 312; Co-requisite: NRSG 322)
NRSG 322 NURSING INTERVENTIONS AND OUTCOMES (4):
This course is designed for the student to describe use of assessment strategies to detect patient health needs, apply chronic care model to enhance patient and family self-management of a chronic illness, discuss the process used to propose changes in nursing interventions for patients and their families, and identify selected patient healthcare outcomes.
(Pre-requisites: NRSG 321 & 322; Co-requisite: NRSG 321)
SEMESTER THREE (SUMMER):
NRSG 411 HOLISTIC CARE (3):
This course is a concept synthesis course in which students use nursing concepts previously introduced and apply them to vulnerable and at-risk populations in a variety of clinical and community settings
(Pre-requisites: NRSG 321 & 322; Co-requisite: NRSG 412)
NRSG 412 CAPSTONE (4):
This capstone course will provide the student the opportunity to complete population health research in coordination with their employer or other community agency. The student will review and analyze current research and apply the findings to a final project.
(Pre-requisites: NRSG 321 & 322; ^Co-requisite: NRSG 411)
NURSING CLINICAL ELECTIVE (SUMMER) ^satisfies clinical requirement if not employed:
HCM 413 HEALTHCARE MISSION (4):
This course is designed to apply leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor's level education in a culminating experience through a 10-day, US or international mission trip (or comparable experience). The focus of this course is advocacy and critical assessment and evaluation of needs on the personal, client, community, and global level.
(^Pre-requisites: NRSG 511; Passport and international travel may be required).
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (some/all may be needed to satisfy the requirement of the BSN and will be shown on then initial degree plan): See General Education Coursework Page