Course Details

RN-BS Program, Bachelor of Science

120 credits

The RN Completion Program is for students who have completed an Associate degree in Nursing and hold a current unencumbered New Hampshire license as an RN, or are eligible for licensing as an RN in New Hampshire.

Admission to the RN Completion Program
All applicants must be admitted to the University and to the Nursing major. RN students apply through the Division of Online and Continuing Studies for admission to the University.

Admission to the RN Completion Program requires:
Successful completion of an Associate degree in Nursing
An unencumbered Registered Nurse license for the state of New Hampshire or eligibility for RN licensing in the state of New Hampshire
Graduation from an accredited school, National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Progression through the RN Completion Program
Students have the option of completing their coursework as full-time or part-time.
Students can enter into the program in any semester.
All nursing courses are delivered online.
Students can be awarded 3-6 elective credits for current National nursing certifications.
Clinical courses follow the preceptor model. Clinical courses are taught in communities utilizing hospitals, health departments, home health agencies, private physician offices, schools, nursing homes, and other agencies.
Students are responsible for their own uniforms, criminal background checks, and selected immunizations. The requirements for clinical may vary according to the clinical agency.
Travel outside of the Plymouth area may be required to complete the clinical portion of the program; students are required to have their own transportation to and from the clinical site.

In order to continue in the program, students must:
Earn a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses and maintain a 2.50 grade point average in all nursing prerequisite courses.
Earn a grade of B- (minimum numeric score of 80) or higher in all Nursing courses.

Completion Requirements
A maximum of 90 transfer credits may be applied to the degree.
Credits in the major: 55-59 semester hours, which includes 31 credits of nursing (NR) courses.
120 credit hours are required to complete the BS in Nursing, with a minimum grade point average in the major of 2.50 and a grade of B- (minimum numeric score of 80) or higher in all Nursing courses.
Once students begin their nursing courses at PSU [courses with the designation of NR preceding the course number], they have five years to complete their degree. This includes the degree requirements/completion of the degree.


Degree Requirements

Credits

BI 2110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BI 2120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BI 2130 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I 1
BI 2140 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II 1
BI 2340 Microbiology for Nurses 4
BI 2360 Genetics for Nurses (recommended, not required) 0-3
Group A - complete one of the following: 3-4
BI 3020 Biochemistry I
CH 3020 Biochemistry I
HE 3220 Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living (TECO)
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO) 3
PS 2010 Introduction to General Psychology 3
PS 2050 Life-Span Developmental Psychology 3
NR 3021 Professional Role Transition 3
NR 3041 Clinical Nursing Practice Updates (DICO) 3
NR 3071 Nursing Clinical Decision-Making for Healthy Populations (WECO) 3
NR 3081 Legal, Ethical, and Organizational Foundations for Professional Nursing Practice 3
NR 3110 Health Care Informatics (TECO) 3
NR 4011 Teamwork and Collaborative Care for the Registered Nurse 3
NR 4021 Global Health and Population-Based Health Care for the Registered Nurse (GACO) 3
NR 4041 Clinical Applications in Specialty Settings for Registered Nurses 2
NR 4051 Nursing Leadership for the Registered Nurse (INCO) 3
NR 4060 Research Process and Evidence-Based Practice (QRCO) (WRCO) 3
NR 4081 Leadership and Quality Improvement in Clinical Settings for the Registered Nurse 2
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry* 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
Electives 41-37

*For students entering with 24 or more transfer credits, this course is not required and the credits become an elective.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses and maintain a 2.50 grade point average in all nursing prerequisite courses. A grade of B- (minimum numeric score of 80) or higher is required in all Nursing courses to progress in the program.

*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.