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2011-2012 Catalog

School of Nursing

Degree Requirements for the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Program

The primary educational objective of the RN to BSN completion program is to increase the career and educational opportunities available to registered nurses in the university’s service region.  Graduates of the program will have a broader understanding of the nursing profession and will bring that understanding to the practice of nursing in their places of employment.  Graduates will be prepared to assume some leadership and management roles. 

The following requirements apply to all candidates for the RN-BSN degree.

  1. Students must satisfy all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree as found in the section UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS of this catalog in addition to the program requirements below:

  2. Lower Division:
    1. 3 semester hours of statistics (may take psychology statistics or math statistics.)

    2. 3 semester hours of nutrition.

    3. 8 semester hours of human anatomy and physiology.

    4. 4 semester hours of Chemistry (may take introductory chemistry or general chemistry).

    5. 4 semester hours of Microbiology

    6. 6 semester hours of Psychology (PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology, and PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development).

    7. 3 semester hours of Sociology (SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology).

    8. RN-BSN students will be given 30 semester hours of advanced placement credit for successful completion of nursing courses and subsequent RN licensure.

  3. Upper Division:  4 semester hours of Professional Writing, and 27 semester hours of Nursing core (Professional Role Development and Practice Issues, Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice, Concept Integration in Patient Care Management, Community Health Nursing, Policy, Politics and Ethics in Professional Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology, Nursing Research.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Lower-Level Prerequisite Courses Semester Hours 
ENGL 1301/ENGL 1302 English Composition 6
HIST 1301/HIST 1302 U. S. History 6
GOVT 2301/2306 and GOVT 2302/2305 Political Science (Federal and State) 6
Literature (any sophomore level Literature course) 3
Speech  (may take any Speech course including Interpersonal Comm.) 3
COSC 1301 or equivalent Computer Literacy course 3
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development 3
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
Visual/Performing Arts (may select from Art, Drama, or Music) 3
MATH 1342 - Statistics 3
BIOL 1322 Nutrition 3
Chemistry (May take Introductory Chem. or General Chemistry) 4
BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology 8
BIOL 2420 Microbiology 4
Total Prerequisite Courses 61
Advanced Placement - Students will be given 30 semester hours of credit for successful completion of nursing courses and subsequent RN licensure.
Upper-Level Degree Requirements
ENG 3430 Professional Writing 4
NURS 3210 Professional Role Development and Practice Issues 2
NURS 3311 Health Assessment Across the Life Span 3
NURS 3315 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 4312 Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice 3
NURS 4314 Nursing Research 3
NURS 4521 Community Health Nursing 3
NURS 4520  Concept Integration in Patient Care Management 3
NURS 4322 Policy, Politics and Ethics in Professional Nursing Practice 3
Total Upper-Level Degree Requirements: 31
Total Degree Requirements: 122


RN-BSN students are expected to:

  1. Be familiar with the mission of this program and to comply with the expectations of them outlined in this catalog, new student orientation, and student handbook.

  2. Maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior as outlined in course syllabi.

  3. Ensure that degree plan requirements are understood and contact advisor promptly to resolve any questions regarding enrollment.

  4. Comply with registration deadlines, financial aid deadlines, and tuition and fees deadlines.

  5. Ensure contact information such as address and e-mail address is kept current in their MyUHV self service account.

  6. Apply for graduation by the published deadline for the semester in which they will complete degree requirements.

  7. Visit the school’s web page (www.uhv.edu/nursing) regularly for important updates and to obtain information on course textbooks.