RN to BSN

Union College offers nurses with an associate in applied science or a diploma in nursing from a hospital the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science in nursing. The program is commonly called an RN-to-BSN. The nurse who earns a baccalaureate is eligible for a broader group of positions in nursing as well as graduate study.

Mission Statement

The Union College Department of Nursing is dedicated to providing an environment of scholarly questioning, inquiry and service. The liberal studies, sciences and nursing core prepares graduates to address the holistic health care needs of diverse populations in the region and beyond, and to pursue graduate education.

Program Goals

The Union College Nursing Program seeks to:
  1. Attract, develop and retain excellent students with a passion for the art and science of nursing and lifelong learning.
  2. Create an educational environment that fosters development of leaders through stimulating, questioning, debate and collaboration.
  3. Graduate professionals who are caring and are prepared to use evidence, knowledge and clinical reasoning in holistically addressing health care needs.

Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the nursing program of Union College will:
  1. Use knowledge, theory, evidence and clinical reasoning to provide nursing care for patients across the lifespan.
  2. Effectively express ideas in written and oral communication.
  3. Participate in the coordination of care through an inter-professional teamwork approach to care for individuals and groups of patients.
  4. Manage the provision of nursing care through effective leadership and organizational skills.
  5. Practice within the context of professional, ethical, regulatory and legal codes.
  6. Participate in political and regulatory processes that affect the health and well-being of society.
  7. Evaluate and use current and relevant technology and health care informatics.
  8. Create and foster a culture of safety and quality.
  9. Apply teaching/learning strategies and the nursing process to health care education.
  10. Demonstrate behaviors that support, enhance and promote patient health, comfort and hope.
  11. Articulate the value of lifelong learning within the nursing profession and develop a plan for continued education and educational mobility.

Admission Criteria, Courses, Requirements and Progression

Criteria for admission to the RN-to-BSN program include:
  1. An associate in applied science in nursing or diploma in nursing
  2. Grade point average (GPA) of 2.00
  3. A grade of C or above in all sciences
  4. A license to practice nursing in Kentucky or a Compact state

The RN-to-BSN track in nursing at Union College consists of:

  1. 40 designated semester hours in the nursing major at Union College
  2. 12-21 hours of liberal studies courses. Some of these requirements may have been completed in earlier studies:
    •  English (6 hours)
    •  Public Speaking (3 hours)
    •  Math (3 hours)
    •  Social and Behavioral Science (3 hours)
    •  Religion & Philosophy (3 hours)
    •  History (3 hours)
    •  Fine Arts (3 hours)
  3. Participation in a capstone course and the life philosophy requirement during the senior year as designated by the department.

Nursing Courses in the RN-to-BSN track:

  1. Survey of General and Biochemistry
  2. The Professional Role
  3. Health Assessment
  4. Nursing Theory
  5. Health Care Policy and Finance
  6. Transcultural Nursing
  7. Health Care Informatics
  8. Pathophysiology
  9. Evidence-Based Practice and Research
  10. Community Health Nursing
  11. Community Health Nursing Practicum
  12. Management and Leadership in Nursing
  13. Management and Leadership in Nursing Practicum
  14. Emerging and Persistent Issues in Nursing and Healthcare

Criteria for progression in the nursing program requires:

Attainment of a GPA of 2.6 in the first 10 credits and a 3.0 by the completion of 25 credits. Students who are not able to maintain the required GPA will be referred to the Dean of the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences for consideration of retention. The Dean may extend the period of time to achieve the GPA goal or may allow the repetition of one course to achieve the goal. All students are expected to have a 3.0 GPA or higher in the major at graduation.

The nursing program at Union College is scheduled for an on-site evaluation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in September 2012. As a part of this process, CCNE requires that our communities of interest have the opportunity to provide written comments and input for the evaluation team. Written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by CCNE until August 20, 2012. All comments should be sent to:

Cristina Walcott
Administrative Assistant
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle Nw, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

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