OVERVIEW AND ACCREDITATION
The BSN Program is a nationally accredited RN to BSN Program that is designed for the working registered nurse. This is a “2 + 2” nursing program in which AS nursing graduates can complete their BSN in 3 or 4 semesters.
All nursing classes are offered online and some courses require clinical experiences that may be completed in the student’s home county/state. Boot Camps are required days of class with faculty provided via “Live Streaming” to accommodate the online learner. Students have 3 options for attending the required classes: Attend live class on the Bluefield campus, attend live class virtually from their home computer, or watch the archived class video within one week from when the class was held.
Students may complete support courses at Bluefield State College or other colleges or universities. Completion of the BSN degree requires a total of 120 credit hours.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Bluefield State College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 887-6791.
MISSION, GOAL & PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Mission: The mission of the RN to BSN Program is to provide students an opportunity for quality baccalaureate nursing education that is both affordable and geographically accessible, and prepares students to meet the diverse health care needs of the community, state, and nation. The nursing faculty is committed to planning and implementing a quality baccalaureate program for registered nurses which promotes students’ intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development in a diverse and caring environment. The scope of professional nursing education is believed to be one that enables and empowers the student to recognize the ethical, legislative, economic, regulatory and political aspects that define the scope of professional nursing practice. The roles inherent in the status of the professional nurse include but are not limited to: provider of direct and indirect care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, member of a profession, patient/client advocate and educator, and life-long learner.
Goal: The goal of the BSN Program is to provide registered nurses with learning opportunities to acquire the knowledge base and skills to practice nursing at the professional level.
- Assess the health/illness status of individuals, families, and communities throughout the lifespan utilizing a holistic perspective.
- Recognize how components of diversity impact health and health care.
- Broaden advocacy skills for the nursing profession and the patients/clients served.
- Employ critical thinking skills as a basis for professional nursing practice.
- Use effective communication skills consistent with the role of the professional nurse.
- Understand how to read and critique nursing research for its applicability for evidence-based nursing practice.
- Utilize professional nursing management and leadership skills to coordinate comprehensive health care.
- Apply an ethical decision-making framework incorporating the ANA Professional Code of Ethics, professional standards, and an awareness of personal values in nursing practice.
- Develop and implement health education programs for diverse populations in a variety of settings.
- Apply an increased depth and breadth of knowledge in managing patients/clients with acute complex health problems.
- Utilize evidence-based nursing strategies in planning care for patients/clients throughout the lifespan.
- Understand the increased complexity of health, wellness, and health problems experienced by the older adult.
AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice:
- Liberal education for baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.
- Basic organizational and systems leadership for quality care and patient safety.
- Scholarship for evidence-based practice.
- Information management and application of patient care technology.
- Health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments.
- Inter-professional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes.
- Clinical prevention and population health.
- Professionalism and professional values.
- Baccalaureate generalist nursing practice
BSN ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- GPA of 2.5 from college courses.
- Meet general admission requirements of Bluefield State College.
- Have completed the English and Math general studies requirements.
- Be a graduate of a state-approved accredited Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program (ACEN 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA, 30326, telephone (404) 975-5000).
- If not a graduate from Bluefield State College Associate of Science in Nursing program, official transcripts are required.
- Have a current United States RN license – BSN faculty will verify this online.
- Second year A.S.N. students may be accepted but enrollment is contingent upon passage of the NCLEX-RN licensure examination prior to the first day of class.
- Meeting minimal qualifications does not guarantee acceptance.
The application to the RN to BSN program is online (www.bluefieldstate.edu) and available year round. Call Admissions at 304-327-4065 or 4066 with any questions.
The fall class will be accepted beginning in the spring semester of the year for which admission is sought.
*VA residents may qualify for “metro rate” tuition.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR BSN DEGREE
|Lower Level Nursing Courses (A.S.N. Nursing)||40 hours*|
|Basic Skills Component||15 hours|
|Composition (English 101, 102)||6 hours|
|Mathematics (Math 101, 109, 110, 220, GNET 115, GNET 116,BUSN 250)||3 hours|
|Technology Literacy (any COSC-prefix course, BUSN 130,MEET 112)||3 hours|
|Communication (COMM 201, 208)||3 hours|
|Core Skills Component||3 hours|
|Literature (ENGL 201, 205)||3 hours|
|Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science||9 hours|
|Required: General Psychology (PSYC 103)||3 hours|
|Recommended: Principles of Sociology (SOCI 210)||3 hours|
|3rd course may be selected from:
ARET 205, ECON 211, 212, ARTS 101, 205, 208, FREN 101/102, SPAN 101/102,
GEOG 150, HIST 101, 102, 105, 106,
HUMN 150, 222, MUSC 150, 200,
POSC 200 or 210, 218,
|Health & Wellness||2-3 hours|
|Health (HLTH 101, 310)|
|Physical Education (any 2 hour PHED course)|
|Physical & Biological Sciences (Must include laboratory courses)||8 hours|
|Required: Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 210 or 212)||3 hours|
|Required: Anatomy & Physiology Lab (BIOL 211L or 213L)||1 hour|
Remaining 4 credits of lecture/lab may be selected from:
Chemistry (CHEM 101/103L, 102/104L)
Environmental Science (ENSC 201/203L, 202/204L)
Physical Science (PHSC 101/103L, 102/104L) Physics (PHYS 201/203L, 202/204L)
General Engineering Technology (GNET 101, 102)
|Elementary Statistics (MATH 210)||3 hours|
|Electives: Up to 10 credits as needed to reach 120 credits for graduation Recommended: Life Span Human Development (PSYC 210)|
|3 hours 100-200 level|
|7 hours 200-400 level (PSYC 210 recommended)|
|BSN Nursing Courses||30 hours|
|NURS 300 Concepts of Professional Nursing||4 hours|
|NURS 301 Advanced Health Assessment for RNs||3 hours|
|NURS 302 Community Nursing||3 hours|
|NURS 303 Complex Health Problems||4 hours|
|NURS 306 Ethics & Issues in Professional Nursing||3 hours|
|NURS 402 Nursing Management & Leadership||3 hours|
|NURS 403 Gerontological Health Care Issues||3 hours|
|NURS 405 Nursing Research||3 hours|
|NURS 412 Senior Practicum||4 hours|
|Total Credits||120 hours|
72 credit hours may be transferred from a community college. An additional 8 credit hours may be considered for transfer, evaluated on an individual basis.
*Students who have fewer than 40 nursing credit hours in their Associate Degree Nursing program will need to take additional electives to earn the required 120 credit hours for the BSN degree.
BSN PLAN OF STUDY – REQUIRED NURSING COURSES
|Fall Semester – Junior Year|
|N 300 Concepts of Professional Nursing||4 credits|
|N 301 Adv. Health Assessment for RNs||3 credits (OE)*|
|N 303 Complex Health Problems||4 credits (OE)** Total = 11 credits|
|Spring Semester – Junior Year|
|N 302 Community Nursing||3 credits|
|N 306 Ethics & Issues in Professional Nursing||3 credits (OE)**|
|Total = 6 credits|
|Fall Semester – Senior Year|
|N 403 Gerontological Health Care Issues||3 credits|
|N 405 Nursing Research||3 credits|
|Total = 6 credits|
|Spring Semester – Senior Year|
N 402 Nursing Management & Leadership
|Total = 7 credits||GRAND TOTAL = 30 CREDITS|
*Open enrollment course available to RNs and to qualified (GPA 3.0) current second year Bluefield State College A.S.N. students.
**Open enrollment courses available to RNs only.
PART-TIME/OPEN ENROLLMENT OPTION
RNs who wish to pursue the BSN degree may enroll in the 3 BSN open enrollment courses (if seats available) while awaiting full-time admission to the program. This option helps ease the transition to online learning and helps to lighten the academic load for the newly graduated RN as well as the experienced RN considering returning to school.
The 3 BSN open enrollment courses are:
Nursing 301: Advanced Health Assessment for RNs. (3 credit hours) *
Nursing 303: Complex Health Problems (4 credit hours) *
Nursing 306: Ethics & Issues in Professional Nursing (3 credit hours) *
To take these courses, students must complete the BSN application online and then email Director Carol Cofer (email@example.com) or Susan Shrader, Program Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) that the part-time/open enrollment option is desired.
*Once a student enrolls in any BSN course, the student has 5 years to complete the program. Open enrollment nursing courses are valid for 7 years.
3 SEMESTER OPTION
The 3 semester option is available to students admitted to the RN to BSN program who are currently enrolled in the Junior Year – Fall Semester. Applications will only be available on the BSN Village Voice during that semester and are due December 1 of the Junior Year – Fall Semester. Applications will be reviewed by all BSN faculty. Students will be notified by the conclusion of fall semester if they have been accepted.
This option is academically demanding, requiring 20-30 hours of academic work each week, regular communication with nursing instructors, and is best suited to the mature student who can commit the time necessary to complete the demanding course work. Academic performance in the BSN Program is evaluated when faculty review applications. Space is limited in this track.
The 3 semester track in the RN to BSN program is a very rigorous academic track. The semesters are as follows:
Junior Year - Fall Semester: Nursing 300, 301 and 303 (11 credit hours)
Junior Year - Spring Semester: Nursing 302, 306, and 402 (9 credit hours)
Senior Year - Fall Semester: Nursing 403, 405, and 412* (10 credit hours)
*Nursing 412 is an independent, advanced practicum that requires exceptional time management and leadership skills. Students must be able to dedicate 30 hours per week to academic course work this semester.
Minimal Eligibility Requirements:
- Overall GPA 3.0 or greater.
- Bluefield State College overall GPA 3.0 or greater.
- Student’s grade in each BSN Nursing course must be a “B” or higher.
- The candidate must show a mastery of APA skills as evidenced by his/her assignments in Nursing 300. The Philosophy of Nursing and the Final Concept Paper assignment in Nursing 300 will be used to evaluate critical thinking and competency in APA, which is mandatory to succeed as a 3 Semester student.
- Completion of all support courses by the conclusion of the first semester in the BSN Program.**
**If a student has completed all the open enrollment BSN nursing courses (N301, N303, N306), exceptions may be considered for completion of electives. All electives must be completed prior to starting the last (third) semester of the nursing program.
Students transferring from RN to BSN nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must complete a minimum of sixteen (16) credit hours of BSN nursing courses at Bluefield State College. Transfer applicants must meet the requirements for admission into Bluefield State College’s RN to BSN program. Students seeking transfer must submit official transcripts. Additionally, course descriptions and course syllabi for any nursing courses being considered for credit must be provided to the program director. Only nursing courses completed with a grade of “C” or better and completed within the last two (2) years will be considered. Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students desiring to transfer into the RN to BSN program should contact the BSN program director.
SCHOOL NURSE PROGRAM
The School Nurse Program is offered as an independent course of study that is not a required portion of the RN to BSN program. The school nurse is a registered professional nurse who has a commitment to lifelong learning. Educational preparation for the school nurse should be at the baccalaureate level, and the school nurse should continue to pursue professional development and continuing nursing education. School nurses typically practice independently and are called upon to assess student health, develop and execute plans for care management, act as first responders, and engage in public health functions such as disease surveillance, immunization compliance, and health promotion. The school nurse is a vital member of the school team that leads change to advance health and collaborates with school staff members, parents and community members to keep students safe at school and healthy to learn.
School Nurse Program Courses (2)
- NURS 414 Foundations and Principles of School Health Nursing (Online), 3 semester hours. Spring Semester Only. CO: NURS 416
- NURS 416 School Health Nursing Practicum (Completed in Home County), 3 semester hours. Spring Semester Only. CO: NURS 414
School Nurse Eligibility and Endorsement (Must have valid RN License)
These elective courses may be taken by BSN registered nurses and senior Bluefield State College BSN students.
Applicants who are not current Bluefield State College BSN seniors OR current contract nurses must complete a background check with castlebranch.com. This information will be sent to you via email from the School of Nursing & Allied Health upon completion of the Special Student Application.
Registered nurses who have a BSN and have completed this School Nurse Program may apply to the West Virginia Department of Education for endorsement as a school nurse. The School Nurse program is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education.
These courses are offered in the spring only with instruction provided by Angelia Hopkins, MSN, RN, a WV certified school nurse. Students may register over the phone by calling the SNAH Office at 304-327-4136. The student who is not a current Bluefield State College student will need to register with Bluefield State College as a Special Student. The registration process should be completed by the end of November.