OSRHE Program Code: 104
CIP Code: 513801
Major Code: 7880
(For Registered Nurses)
The Nursing, B.S.N. degree provides registered nurses (R.N.s) a 30-credit hour upper-division program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The mission of the program is to provide educational mobility for associate degree and diploma-prepared nurses and to provide preparation for graduate education in nursing. The curriculum, designed to build on the student’s previous education and experience, prepares nurses for professional nursing practice. Major areas of emphasis include family nursing, community health, leadership, and research. Graduates are prepared to provide primary health care in diverse settings; to provide education to individuals, families, and community groups; and to continue lifelong learning.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN), (http://www.acenursing.org) located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. The ACEN may be contacted at 404.975.5000 or https://www.acenursing.org/contact-us/. The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
As a prerequisite for admission to the RN to BSN Program, applicants must be registered nurses or pending completion of the National Council State Boards of Nursing Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN). Students who have completed general education courses and the first semester of an associate degree nursing program may be admitted as concurrent nursing students. Those who have completed the first semester of an associate degree nursing program and possess an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or non-nursing bachelor’s degree, may also be admitted as concurrent nursing students.
Diploma-prepared nurses and those from non-Higher Learning Commission accredited nursing programs must successfully complete nursing proficiency tests. Credit for lower-division nursing content will be awarded to those who successfully complete the tests and the first semester of the RN to BSN program. All applicants must provide immunization requirements, professional liability insurance, evidence of CPR training, and a completed national background check and drug test (see Admission Requirements below).
Student Learning Outcomes
- Construct a partnership with patients and other health care professionals to implement primary health care through health promotion, protection, restoration, and end-of-life care.
- Demonstrate the nursing process and methods used to provide holistic care, directly or indirectly, to diverse patients across varied environments.
- Implement information, technology, and other resources effectively.
- Formulate change by leading, advocating, and partnering with professionals, communities, and populations to improve health and health care.
- Contribute to the professional development of colleagues.
- Apply research knowledge, critique skills, and evidence-based practice relevant to nursing practice.
- Demonstrate professional nursing practice emphasizing engagement and lifelong learning.
The minimum time required to complete the program is 10 months, provided the student meets all other Nursing and university graduation requirements. Students working full-time typically complete the program in 16 months. Students may take a maximum of five years to complete the program after enrolling in nursing courses. All nursing classes are online and originate from the Muskogee campus. The class schedules address the needs of many RNs who work full-time and attend school part-time. The final course, NURS 4973 - Professional Nursing Practice contains arranged field experiences. Arranged field experiences are usually scheduled during the weekday and conducted in the general area of the students’ residences or employment. Independent nursing studies (1-2 credit hours) are available to address specific interests and elective hour needs. Independent nursing studies (1-2 credit hours) are available to address specific interests and elective hour needs.
- Provide the diploma and associate degree nursing graduate with a broadened educational base for improvement of nursing practice.
- Offer a baccalaureate program in nursing that instills lifelong learning and provides basic preparation for graduate education in nursing.
- Provide a nursing program designed to meet the needs of the state, region, and nation by preparing RNs at the baccalaureate level to practice professional nursing in diverse roles and settings.
- Facilitate students’ mastery of knowledge and skills essential to professional nursing.
- Enable students to broaden their knowledge base through selected general education, prerequisite, and support courses.
- Provide an educational environment that will foster professional development and personal growth of students and faculty.
- Promote faculty and student involvement in activities relating to the promotion of health of individuals, families, communities and society.
To qualify for admission to the upper-division major in nursing, the student must meet one of the following:
- Be a registered nurse; OR
- Have successfully completed the first semester of an associate degree nursing program and have an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science, or Non-Nursing Bachelor’s degree; OR
- Successfully complete nursing proficiency tests if diploma-prepared graduate or graduate of non-HLC accredited nursing programs. must successfully complete nursing proficiency tests.
Qualified students should
- Complete NSU Undergraduate Application and Nursing Supplemental Form.
- Submit official transcripts from each school attended to NSU Office of Admissions and Recruitment, 701 N Grand Avenue, Tahlequah OK 74464-2300. Electronic transcripts may be sent to email@example.com.
- Have an overall GPA of 2.0 with no grade below a “C” in nursing (upper and lower-division) and lower-division nursing courses.
Upload the following in the document tracking system:
- Provide RN license verification as soon as available.
- Supply immunization documentation including PPD, 2 MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, TDaP, and annual Influenza.
- Submit both sides of current signed American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card or eCard.
- Provide professional liability insurance policy face sheet with limits of $1,000,000/incident and $3,000,000/aggregate.
- Complete national background check and drug test.
Progression and Retention
Students progress through the program by earning a grade of “C” or better in all upper division nursing support and nursing courses. In combined theory and field experience courses, a passing grade of “C” or better in each component must be received in order to pass the course. Credit for lower-division nursing content will be awarded to those who successfully complete the tests and the first semester of the nursing program. There is no minor in nursing.
In the case of unethical, illegal or unprofessional behavior, or violations found in the Unsafe Nursing Practice Policy, the Nursing Admission, Retention, and Promotion Committee will investigate, impose any sanctions, and determine retention in the program. Such violations may also be subject to disciplinary actions under the university conduct code and/or the relevant Nurse Practice Act.
Graduation is dependent on attaining all hours required by the degree and the university, all minimum proficiencies required by the university, and an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better. Any elective hours must be completed by graduation.
Grades for lecture and field experience requirements are consistent with the university policies and follow a standard scale of A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), and F (0-59). Course graded materials and activities include, but are not limited to, scholarly papers, presentations, reports, exams, class participation, field experience performance, and evaluations. Grievance mechanisms for academic appeals usually begin with the instructor, and subsequently may involve the program chair, department chair, college dean, academic vice president, and finally, the university president. Grievances for other concerns may be referred to the university’s student grievance committee for resolution.
The Nursing Student Handbook contains additional information specific to nursing students admitted to the program. Any student with a disability whose condition prohibits achievement of any admission, promotion, or retention requirement may petition for waiver.