by Emily Finlay, Public Relations Writer
Cedarville University’s School of Nursing will begin educating registered nurses who desire to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The new RN to BSN program will begin in August and will be completely taught online.
Many employers are seeking to have more of their nurses complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. Cedarville is offering a program in an effort to address the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” goal of 80 percent of RNs to hold their B.S.N. by 2020. The program will recognize previous educational experiences and build on past knowledge without repeating content.
The RN to BSN students enrolled in this program may select full- or part-time status. Full-time students may complete the program in five consecutive semesters, with prerequisites included. Course sequencing is flexible to support the working registered nurse. The curriculum is designed to facilitate the integration of core biblical character qualities within the ministry of nursing.
The program is intended for nurses who have an associate’s degree but desire to complete their bachelor’s degree in nursing. This completion degree requires 132 total semester hours of credit. RN to BSN degree completion students will complete 33 hours of nursing credit, 15 hours of Bible (resulting in a Bible minor), and 16 hours of general education credit. Credit hours (maximum of 68) from the prior A.D.N. degree will be counted toward the B.S.N. degree. Transcripts will be evaluated as necessary on an individual basis. The program will cost $410 per credit hour. Students applying to the program are required to meet a GPA minimum of 2.5, have their RN license, an associate’s degree and submit a letter of testimony.
“The school of nursing is excited to offer this option for RNs to complete their B.S.N. degree,” Randy Johnson, Ph.D., professor of nursing at Cedarville, said. Cedarville’s program is designed for the Christian nurse, “Because of the Bible minor, it provides a biblical focus,” he said. “No other program has this minor.”
“The school of nursing is pleased to help its profession meet this important goal by offering this RN to BSN degree completion option for Christian nurses who desire to use nursing as a ministry for Christ,” Johnson said.
Cedarville University, located east of Dayton, Ohio, has 3,459 students in more than 100 areas of study. A Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, Cedarville is recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.