The first year 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 year 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 within four semesters with students coming to campus only one day a week for most classes. The Nursing Leadership and Nursing in the Community course has a capstone clinical experience that may require an additional time commitment beyond the one day a week. 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 in a classroom setting or online with students majoring in other fields of study.
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:
a) New Students must submit:
- A complete Application Form for admission and the $25.00 application fee (contact the Admissions Office for the Application Form).
- 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 RNBSN applicants).
- Identify “BSN Program” as the intended major field of study on the University Application Form.
b) 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:
a) Submit evidence of graduation from a State Board of Nursing approved pre-licensure R.N. associate degree or diploma program in nursing (official transcript).
b) Interview with School of Nursing Faculty Member and/or Director of the School of Nursing.
c) Present evidence of original, current, and valid State of Ohio R.N. License (during interview). Student must be licensed in order to register for NUR 30707 and all subsequent courses.
d) Present evidence of current nursing professional liability insurance coverage (prior to NUR 30707).
e) Present evidence of original, current, and valid CPR certification card (prior to NUR 30707).
f) Provide evidence of completion of all course transfer prerequisites for admission to the RNBSN Program (official transcripts).
g) 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 (7141)
|First Semester (Fall)|
|BIO 49303 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals||3|
|NUR 30303 Concepts of Professional Nursing||3|
|NUR 31303: Healthcare Ethics||3|
|Total Semester Hours||9|
|Second Semester (Spring)|
|MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics||4|
|NUR 30707 Clinical Decision Making||7|
|NUR 32303 Nursing Informatics||3|
|Total Semester Hours||14|
|Third Semester (Fall)|
|FPA 10503 (TM) Fine Arts||3|
|HIS 12203 (TM) American History II||3|
|HPE One activity course||1|
|NUR 40303 Nursing Research||3|
|NUR 41404: Transcultural Nursing||4|
|One - Three hour Upper Level Elective||3|
|Total Semester Hours||17|
|Fourth Semester (Spring)|
|HIS 13203 (TM) World Civilization II||3|
|NUR 40909: Nursing Leadership and Nursing in the Community||9|
|NUR 41303: Issues in Nursing Practice II||3|
|Total Semester Hours||15|
|Total credits from Associate Nursing Program||65|
|Total hours required for graduation||120|
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.
The graduate of the RN-BSN program will be able to:
- Synthesize and integrate knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences, humanities, nursing theory, and research into professional nursing practice.
- Integrate principles of communication and collaboration with members of the health care team to promote movement toward optimal levels of health for patients.
- 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.
- Integrate leadership and management skills utilizing ethical decision-making and evidencebased practice.
- 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.
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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.
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 program or diploma. Please send official transcripts.
- Interview with a School of Nursing Faculty Member and/or Director of the School of Nursing.
- 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 30808 (spring 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.
- NCLEX Pass Rate : Not applicable
- Student retention/student graduation rate: 2017: ____ 2016: 44%
- Job Placement Rate: 2017: 100% 2016: 100%
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.