Online RN-to-BSN Program

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NEW Online RN-to-BSN Program

A program that ENABLES you to be WHO you want to be, WHERE you want to be, and HOW you want to learn!

Nursing Courses online - no campus visits necessary!

High quality, convenient to YOUR schedule and liberal course transfers!

Learn while you earn!

A new and innovative program at NWOSU for RNs to complete their BSN online!

It is now more important than ever for RNs to have their BSN degrees.

Top 20 Reasons to Become a BSN

  1. BSN is the preferred degree for bedside positions in ICU, Neonatal, and other specialty areas.
     
  2. BSNs are ready for expanding into the community nursing role and are able to provide the knowledge for health promotion, disease prevention, and optimum levels of wellness.

  3. BSNs learn to lead, manage, and motivate others.

  4. A BSN degree opens the opportunity for research and applying theory to one's practice.

  5. Research demonstrates that BSN-prepared nurses produce better patient outcomes.

  6. BSNs have a better grasp of the BIG PICTURE of Nursing: more time in each area, more emphasis on clinical reasoning, reflection and evidence-based practice.

  7. BSNs are prepared to assume roles of leadership through their education in research utilization, professional issues, leadership and community nursing.

  8. BSNs are prepared for nursing as a profession, not nursing as a job or skill.

  9. The BSN degree provides a base of graduate education.

  10. BSNs have an increased professional marketability.

  11. BSNs have more opportunities open to them in the work force and are eligible for higher advancement.

  12. BSNs have enhanced credibility with other healthcare providers, clients, and the public.

  13. BSNs have more clinical experience outside a hospital setting giving them a broader range of experiences.

  14. BSNs are prepared to function in all health care settings.

  15. BSNs use reflection in their practice to continually improve their plan of care.

  16. BSNs are best prepared for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration.

  17. BSNs have a more solid science background which enables a sense of confidence in recognizing conditions and responding appropriately.

  18. BSNs learn "why" not just "how to".

  19. BSNs fulfill their career dreams and their personal goals! 

  20. BSNs have more earning power.

Online RN-to-BSN Program Entrance Qualifications

The minimum criteria for consideration of applicants seeking admission to the Online RN-to-BSN program include:

  1. Acceptance to Northwestern Oklahoma State University. (**Separate NWOSU application required**)  
  2. Evidence of satisfactory academic achievement with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in all nursing courses and a 2.5 GPA overall.

  3. Graduate of an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) approved Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program.

  4. Filing of the student's official college transcript(s) with the Registrar's Office and a copy to the Division of Nursing.

  5. Submission of a completed application form for the Online RN-to-BSN Program to the Nursing Division. 

  6. Submission of three references from teachers or employers with at least one being from a nursing instructor from the applicant's Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program.
  7. Documentation of current licensure as a Registered Nurse in Oklahoma.

Program Retention Standards

To remain in the nursing program, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, procure professional liability insurance through the Division of Nursing or an approved private source, and achieve a "C" or better in all nursing and science courses.  A student's failure to meet any of these standards will result in a review by the nursing faculty.

Accreditation

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.  Northwestern Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.: (404) 975-5000

Oklahoma Board of Nursing: (405) 962-1800 

 

Online RN-to-BSN Program Curriculum

Nursing Program Pre-Requisities:

Chemistry 1105
 
Anatomy Bio 3184*
 
College Algebra 1513
 
Pathophysiology
 
Psychology 1113
 
Nutrition*
 
Microbiology
 
Physiology
 
Sociology
 
Human Life Span
 
Statistics (Math or Psych) 3 hours             
 

General Education Hours Requirements:

NWOSU General Education Hours vary depending upon your nursing degree and college hours earned.  Contact a Nursing Division Advisor for specific questions.  Contact the Division of Nursing office at (580) 327-8493 to contact an advisor or email Dr Shelly Wells at scwells@nwosu.edu , Ms. Leslie Collins at lncollins@nwosu.edu, or Ms. Cheryl Kent at ckkent@nwosu.edu.

Nursing Course Requirements: 

Introduction to Nursing Care and Skills *        

Holistic Assessment *

Nursing Care of the Adult I *

Pharmacology and Nursing Care *

Nursing Care of the Adult II *

Nursing Care of the Family *

Nursing Care in Mental Health*

Nursing Care of the Adult III

Research Utilization

Nursing Care in the Community

Professional Issues in Nursing

Nursing Capstone

*RNs are awarded credit for the following courses in accordance with the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and NWOSU Articulation Agreement:

Anatomy         

Nutrition

Human Life Span

Introduction to Nursing Care and Skills

Holistic Assessment

Nursing Care of the Adult I

Pharmacology and Nursing Care             

Nursing Care of the Adult II

Nursing Care of the Family

Nursing Care in Mental Health

 

Online RN -to-BSN Program Nursing Curriculum

A new cohort  begins every Spring Semester with graduation in December of the same calendar year provided the student has met all university course requirements.

Spring Semester:

N3023 Role Transition

N4003 Research Utilization (Statistics is a pre- or co-requisite)

May Interim Session:

N4333 Professional Issues in Nursing

Summer Semester:

N4316 Nursing Care of the Adult III (Pathophysiology is a pre or co-requisite)

Fall Semester:

N4216 Nursing Capstone

N4206 Nursing Care in the Community

For additional information and questions, contact the Division of Nursing office for an appointment with an advisor - email Dr. Shelly Wells* at scwells@nwosu.edu., Ms. Leslie Collins at lncollins@nwosu.edu, or Ms. Cheryl Kent *at ckkent@nwosu.edu

*It is strongly recommended that you submit scanned copies of your college transcripts for informal evaluation when you contact Dr Wells, Ms. Collins, or Ms Kent.