RN to BSN Completion Program

Melissa Harvey, EdD, RN, CNE, Assistant Dean, Nursing Services
Phone: (419) 995-8347
Email: harvey.m@rhodesstate.edu
Office: TL 102J

The RN to BSN Completion Program is intended for registered nurses who are seeking to further their education to achieve a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Curriculum focuses on leadership, evidence-based practice, informatics, and community-based health promotion. This program is designed to be delivered in an online format, with the exception of two specialized lab experiences at the Borra Center for Health Sciences. Additionally, the Capstone course culminates in a practicum experience which allows students to specialize in either critical care, leadership, or case management. During their practicum, students will be assigned to work with a nurse mentor in their specialty area and gain real world experience as they collaborate with members of the healthcare team. 

The RN to BSN Completion Program prepares the registered nurse to be a professional health care practitioner who provides compassionate care, which is based on scientific evidence and who serves as the link between the patient (individual, family, community, or population) and the health care environment across the lifespan. The program addresses the needs of the community as identified through ongoing assessment. This program is designed to promote life-long learning and produce qualified individuals for advanced employment in health care facilities as baccalaureate prepared nurses. Graduates are prepared to adapt to the emerging and expanding roles of the registered nurse in society. 

Mission Statement

The RN to BSN Completion Program provides registered nurses the opportunity to obtain an affordable, quality professional nursing education through community involvement, experiential learning, and interdisciplinary collaboration to meet the community’s need for highly trained nursing professionals.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the student will be able to:

  1. Exemplify professional leadership characteristics.
  2. Integrate evidence-based practice into the care of patients.
  3. Design strategies to promote quality and safety in the care of patients.
  4. Promote communication, teamwork and collaboration with the healthcare team.
  5. Coordinate individualized patient-centered care.
  6. Utilize informatics and technology in the care of patients.

RN to BSN Degree Completion

The RN to BSN Completion program is designed to be completed in one year of full-time study. If a student chooses to take classes part-time, all coursework must be completed and the degree conferred within five years of the program start date.

Transfer Credit

Up to 35 technical nursing credit hours will be awarded from an accredited RN program. Upon receipt of the RN license, these credit hours will be applied toward the total number of credits required for the bachelor’s degree in nursing.

General education courses must be completed to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. These courses can be transferred from an accredited institution. Additional courses may need to be taken along with the courses listed in the RN to BSN Program. Academic advisors can help determine if additional coursework needs to be completed before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The following general education/basic related courses or transferred in equivalencies are required for degree completion:

BHS 2110: Growth & Development: Lifespan (2 cr.)

BHS 1711: Pathophysiology for Healthcare (2 cr.)                                              

BIO 1110: Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr.)                                                              

BIO 1120: Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr.)                                                             

BIO 1400: Microbiology (4 cr.)                                                                                   

COM 1110: English Composition (3 cr.)

DTN 1220: Principles of Nutrition (2 cr.)

MTH 1260: Statistics or MTH 1150: Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr.)

NSG 1721: Pharmacology for Nursing (2 cr.)                                                                        

SOC 1010: Sociology or PSY 1010: General Psychology (3 cr.)

A total of 64-65 general education/technical credit hours must be completed in addition to the 57 RN to BSN Program credit hours (total of 121-122) to earn the BSN degree.

Dual Degree Enrollment

Current Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students may choose to take additional coursework toward their BSN degree before graduation. Students choosing this pathway will declare a dual degree of Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Associate of Science through Rhodes State College. The dual degree declaration will allow the additional courses to transfer to the RN to BSN Completion Program degree.

“C” grade policy

A minimum “C” grade is required for all courses with a NSG prefix. 

Technical Standards
See here for details.