RN-BSN Program

The first semester of the RN-BSN program introduces the student to the philosophy of the School of Nursing, the health care delivery system, and clinical decision-making process. Transition to professional nursing roles in caring for individuals, families, groups and communities are discussed. Students learn skills which assist them to complete a holistic health assessment and to plan nursing care for the individual. The major concepts (human beings, health, nursing, teaching-learning, and nursing education) provide the foundation for the curriculum.

In the second and third semesters of the RN-BSN program, the student’s knowledge base expands by building on the five major concepts in order to view healthcare from a more global perspective. The curriculum is planned to prepare the RN-BSN student with the distinctive characteristics of baccalaureate nursing education. The professional nurse uses knowledge and skills of studious inquiry and bases decisions and actions on principles, theories, and research findings to practice evidence-based nursing.

The Nursing program is an integral part of the University. A student may enroll in the RN-BSN program on a full- time or part-time basis. The required nursing courses may be completed online within three semesters. The Community Health Nursing course has a capstone clinical experience that requires an additional time commitment during the final semester. A grade of “C” or better is required in all nursing theory courses and a “satisfactory” designation is required for the clinical experience in nursing courses where this a requirement. Nursing faculty members believe that the best preparation for a career in nursing includes not only the study of nursing and the sciences, but a broad liberal arts education as well. This combination promotes the development of the student both as a nurse and member of society. Nursing students have an opportunity to participate in general education classes online with students majoring in other fields of study.

Assessment

Assessment of End of Program Student Learning Outcomes RN-BSN

Assessment of end of program student earning outcomes is an on-going process within the University of Rio Grande Holzer School of Nursing A variety of activities are used to assess student learning.

Program Completion Rate- Percentage of students who graduate within a defined period of time. The definition used by ACEN for the program Completion rate is the number of students who complete the program in no more than 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course.

Job Placement Rate- Percentage of graduates responding to a graduate survey who were employed in a position for which the prepared them in six-12 months after graduating.

Admissions Procedures and Requirements of the RN-BSN Program

Complete the required admission procedures and policies for the University of Rio Grande as follows:

New Students must submit:

  • A complete Application Form for admission and the $25.00 application fee.
  • A complete University Medical Record Form (General form required of all students).
  • Official transcripts from all schools of nursing, colleges, or universities attended (a high school transcript is not required for RN-BSN applicants).
  • Identify “BSN Program” as the intended major field of study on the University Application Form.

Re-admission Students:

All re-admission students wishing to re-enroll at the University of Rio Grande (after an absence of one or more academic terms, excluding Summer Sessions) need to contact the Admissions Office and will be required to complete an Application Form for Re-admission and identify “BSN Program” as the intended major field of study on the University Re-admission Form. (This also applies to all Associate Degree Nursing Program graduates from the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College.)

Complete the required admission procedures and policies for the Holzer School of Nursing Program as follows:

  1. Submit evidence of graduation from a State Board of Nursing approved pre-licensure R.N. associate degree or diploma program in nursing (official transcript).
  2. Present evidence of original, current, and valid State of Ohio R.N. License. Student must be licensed in order to register for NUR 30707 and all subsequent courses.
  3. Present evidence of current nursing professional liability insurance coverage (prior to NUR 30707).
  4. Present evidence of original, current, and valid CPR certification card (prior to NUR 30707).
  5. Provide evidence of completion of all course transfer prerequisites for admission to the RN-BSN Program (official transcripts).
  6. Submit completed Confidential Medical History Form to the School of Nursing.

* Licensure, liability insurance, CPR certification, and immunizations must remain current throughout enrollment in the Nursing Program.

Recommended Course Sequence - Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN-BSN Program

First Semester-Fall – 16 weeks

CourseCredits
Session #1 (1st 8 weeks)
NUR 30304 Concepts of Professional Nursing4
BIO 49303 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals3
Session #1 and #2 (16 weeks)
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Session #2 (2nd 8 weeks)
NUR 30707 Clinical Decision Making7
Total18

Second Semester-Spring – 16 weeks

CourseCredits
Session #1 (1st 8 weeks)
NUR 40304 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice4
NUR 48801-03 Selected Topics in Nursing3
HIS 12203 (TM) American History II3
Session #2 (2nd 8 weeks)
NUR 40905 Nursing Leadership5
NUR 41404: Transcultural Nursing4
ART 10303 (TM) Art Appreciation3
Total22

Third Semester-Summer – 10 weeks

CourseCredits
Session #1 (1st 5 weeks)
NUR 31303: Healthcare Ethics3
HIS 13203 (TM) World Civilization II3
Session #1 and #2 (10 weeks)
NUR 40906 Community Health Nursing6
Session #2 (2nd 5 weeks)
NUR 32303 Nursing Informatics3
Total15
Part Time Online RN-BSN Option #1

Fall 2019 16 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

NUR 30304 Concepts of Professional Nursing4

Session #1 and #2

MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Total8

Spring 2020 16 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

NUR 40304 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice4

Session #2

NUR 41404: Transcultural Nursing4
Total8

Summer 2020 10 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

HIS 12203 (TM) American History II3
NUR 31303: Healthcare Ethics3

Session #2

NUR 32303 Nursing Informatics3
Total9

FAll 2020 16 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

BIO 49303 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals3

Session #2

NUR 30707 Clinical Decision Making7
Total10

Spring 2021 16 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

NUR 48801-03 Selected Topics in Nursing3

Session #2

NUR 40905 Nursing Leadership6
ART 10303 (TM) Art Appreciation3
Total11

Summer 2021 10 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1 and #2

NUR 40906 Community Health Nursing

6
HIS 13203 (TM) World Civilization II3
Total9
Part Time Online RN-BSN Option #2

Fall 2019 16 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

BIO 49303 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals3

Session #1 and #2

MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Total7

Spring 2020 16 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

HIS 12203 (TM) American History II3

Session #2

ART 10303 (TM) Art Appreciation3
Total6

Summer 2020 10 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

HIS 13203 (TM) World Civilization II3
Total3

FAll 2020 16 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

NUR 30304 Concepts of Professional Nursing

4

Session #2

NUR 30707 Clinical Decision Making7
Total11

Spring 2021 16 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

NUR 40304 Nursing Research and Evidence BasedPractice

4
NUR 48801-03 Selected Topics in Nursing3

Session #2

NUR 40905  Nursing Leadership5
NUR 41404: Transcultural Nursing4
Total16

Summer 2021 10 weeks

CourseCredits

Session #1

NUR 31303: Healthcare Ethics3

Session #1 and #2

NUR 40906  Community Health Nursing

6

Session #2

NUR 32303 Nursing Informatics3
Total11

Online RN-BSN students are required to have access to a computer and the internet to complete their distance learning requirements. The computer needs to have a copy of (and be able to utilize) Firefox, Chrome, and Microsoft Office. It is recommended that computers have a minimum of 500 gb Hard Drive and 8 gb of RAM to effectively function in the distance education environment.

Accreditation

The University of Rio Grande is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The University of Rio Grande-Holzer School of Nursing RN-BSN Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA   Contact number: 404-975-5000.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the RN-BSN program will be able to:

  1. Synthesize and integrate knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences, humanities, nursing theory, and research into professional nursing practice.
  2. Integrate principles of communication and collaboration with members of the health care team to promote movement toward optimal levels of health for patients.
  3. Integrate and synthesize the concepts and principles of critical thinking into the practice of nursing to facilitate participation in effecting change in the delivery of health care to society.
  4. Integrate leadership and management skills utilizing ethical decision-making and evidencebased practice.
  5. Develop an individualized plan for personal continued learning and professional growth as a method for adjusting to changes occurring within the health care system.

    * Patients represent individuals, families, groups, or communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

Is your program accredited?
The University of Rio Grande Holzer School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and has provisional approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN).
What type of degree will I receive?
You will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN).
How long is the program?

The RN-BSN Nursing Program is a one-year program lasting three (3) semesters. The program is online. There is one clinical course in the final semester that will require a commitment of forty-five (45) clinical hours.

Can I begin this program at any time?
This program begins once per year in the Fall Semester only.
Is the curriculum flexible? Are there any pre-requisite courses?

All nursing courses and clinical hours should be completed as laid out in the curriculum plan. Full-time and Part-time curriculum options are available. General education courses may be taken prior to, during or at any time prior to program completion.

Applying

What is the application process?
  • Applicants must fill out the on-line application found under Admissions.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from high school and the universities/colleges attended for their Associates Degree in Nursing to the Admissions office.

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What are the requirements for admission?
  • To be eligible applicants must submit evidence of graduation from a State Board of Nursing approved pre-licensure R.N. Associate Degree or diploma program. Please send official transcripts.
  • Applicants must present evidence of original, current and valid State of Ohio R.N. license. Students must be licensed in order to register for NUR 30707 (2nd 8 weeks of fall semester) and all subsequent courses.
  • Applicants must present evidence of current nursing professional liability insurance coverage.
  • Applicants must present evidence of original, current and valid CPR certification card.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of completion of all course transfer pre-requisites for admission to the RN-BSN program (official transcripts).
  • Applicants must submit completed Confidential Medical History Form to the University Health Services office (a form will mailed to the student separately by the University Health Services office once the student has been accepted into the Nursing program). A Medical History Form will also be submitted to the School of Nursing office.

Program Facts

  • NCLEX Pass Rate : Not applicable
  • Student retention/student graduation rate: 2017: ____ 2016: 44%
  • Job Placement Rate: 2017: 100% 2016: 100%

Military

Credits from other institutions will transfer based on the policies and the procedures documented in the college catalog. The transfer of nursing course credits will be assessed on a case by case basis using student learning outcomes, course requirements and the curriculum plan to determine eligibility. The program reserves the right to determine the acceptability of nursing transfer credits in accord with its mission and goals. Transfer credit for nursing courses will not be considered for transfer if the student has failed any nursing courses in their previous programs. Military credit will transfer if appropriate to the requirement s of the curriculum plan for the program. The Joint Services Transcript will be used to determine transfer credit eligibility.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

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