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RN to BSN Completion

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Nurses comprise the largest group of healthcare providers in the country and are consistently viewed by the public as the most trustworthy of professionals. Nurses prepared at the baccalaureate degree level provide care in both traditional (hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, etc.) and non-traditional (homes, communities, jails, occupational health, etc.) settings. Nursing alumni from Newberry College are nurses not only in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida, but also in California, Hawaii, and Utah. Some have continued their education and now are nurse practitioners.


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Available Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

The Department of Nursing offers two pathways for earning a bachelor of science in Nursing (BS). The BSN Prelicensure Track is for students who want to become nurses. The RN-to-BSN Completion Track, for registered nurses (RNs) who possess an associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing who want to take the necessary courses to earn their bachelor of science in Nursing. The Nursing program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791.

 

The RN-to-BSN Completion Track is designed for registered nurses (RNs) who already have a diploma in nursing or an associate's degree in nursing from an ACEN-accredited nursing program and wish to complete additional study to earn a bachelor of science in Nursing degree. The RN-to-BSN Completion Track is delivered using a hybrid format employing a mixture of face-to-face and online classes. Because they already are licensed nurses, these students are granted a combination of academic credit for life experiences and advanced placement credit for selected NUR courses once they complete the bridging course with at least a grade of “B”. Clinical experiences are arranged collaboratively with the student, course faculty, and preceptors in the student’s local community. 

 

Graduates of the baccalaureate degree nursing program at Newberry College are prepared to:

  1. Provide culturally competent care for patients, families, groups, and populations across the health-illness continuum and across the lifespan.
  2. Utilize the Neuman Systems Model to provide holistic nursing care in a variety of settings within a complex and dynamic healthcare system.
  3. Design, coordinate, and manage nursing care that integrates a liberal education with nursing theory and research, clinical expertise, and patient values to assist patients in reaching their optimum level of wellness.
  4. Incorporate professional standards, critical thinking, patient advocacy, compassion, and leadership into their nursing practice.
  5. Engage in ongoing professional development, life-long learning, and service in society.

Nursing (RN-to-BSN Completion Track



Requirements

The RN-to-BSN Completion track bundle consists of 32 semester hours of credit of required NUR and Core/elective courses that satisfies the residence requirements at Newberry College, i.e. the senior year. The RN-to-BSN Completion track course sequence is designed to be completed in three semesters (full-time) or in six semesters (part-time). RNs admitted to this track begin the NUR courses in any semester they choose and graduate once they have completed all the required courses in the track. The Department of Nursing offers each NUR course in the RN-to-BSN Completion track only once a year on a fixed schedule. RN-to-BSN Completion students must meet the Newberry College Core requirements as other transfer students. Transfer credit for previous college-level coursework is evaluated by the Registrar’s Office on an individual basis. 

 

Admission Requirements: RN-to-BSN Completion Track

  1. Active RN license in South Carolina
  2. Graduate of an ACEN-accredited Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program with at least a 2.75 overall GPA (on a four-point scale)
  3. At least 69 credits that apply toward graduation including a “C” or higher in each of the following 7 prerequisite courses:
  • ENG-1 & ENG-2: Freshman Composition/Intro to Literature Research, 2 semesters (6 credits total)
  • BIO-1 & BIO-2: Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, 2 semesters or 1 semester of Human Anatomy & 1 semester of Human Physiology (8 credits total)
  • BIO-3: Microbiology (4 credits)
  • MAT: Statistics (3 credits)
  • SPE: Public Speaking (3 credits)

 

Suggested Curriculum Plans - RN-to-BSN Completion track

Full Time Curriculum Plan (32 credit hours):

Fall

  • NUR 451: Bridging to Generalist
  • NUR 455: Pathophysiological Bases of Nursing Practice for RNs (3 credits)
  • NUR 461: Health Assessment across Lifespan for RNs (4 credits) (lab course)

Spring

  • NUR 470: Professional Development for RNs (3 credits)
  • NUR 476: Community Health Nursing for RNs (5 credits) (clinical course)
  • Core/elective (3 credits)

Summer

  • NUR 480: Nursing Research & EBP for RNs (3 credits)
  • NUR 486: Nursing Leadership & Change for RNs (5 credits) (clinical course)
  • Core/elective (3 credits)

 

Part Time Curriculum Plan (32 credit hours):

Fall-1

  • NUR 451: Bridging to Generalist Nursing Practice for RNs ** (3 credits)
  • NUR 461: Health Assessment across Lifespan for RNs (4 credits) (lab course)

Spring-1

  • NUR 470: Professional Development for RNs (3 credits)
  • Core/elective (3 credits)

Summer-1

  • NUR 480: Nursing Research & EBP for RNs (3 credits)

Fall-2

  • NUR 455: Pathophysiological Bases of Nursing Practice for RNs (3 credits)
  • Core/elective (3 credits)

Spring-2

  • NUR 476: Community Health Nursing for RNs (5 credits) (clinical course)

Summer-2

  • NUR 486: Nursing Leadership & Change for RNs (5 credits) (clinical course)

To meet Program Learning Outcomes and to provide access to technology, students taking Nursing (NUR) courses will be required to provide themselves with a laptop computer (not a MAC and not a tablet) with wireless network capability meeting or exceeding the recommended requirements specified under the Technology Tab in Wolf Den. These laptops must have the basic software functionality of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel—as well as the other downloads listed on the Technology Tab. This functionality is provided free of charge in Windows 365, which all students can access through the Technology Tab in Wolf Den. Other nursing laptop requirements include:

  1. Firefox 14 browser or higher, or Chrome as recommended by the ATI testing program (must allow status bar updates via script)
  2. Adobe Acrobat Reader X or higher
  3. Adobe Flash Player 11 or higher
  4. Silverlight 4 or higher
  5. A power cord to accommodate 3-4 hour testing sessions
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Career Possibilities


  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Emergency Department Nurse
  • Nurse Educator (with additional education)
  • Ambulatory Care Nurse
  • Faith Community Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner (with additional education)
  • Assistant Nurse Manager
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (with additional education)
  • Labor & Delivery Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (with additional education)
  • Military Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Travelling Nurse



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