Pamela Addair, Nursing Student
The BSN Program is a nationally accredited RN to BSN Program that is designed for the working registered nurse. This is a “2 + 2” nursing program in which AS nursing graduates can complete their BSN in 3 or 4 semesters.
All nursing classes are offered online and some courses require clinical experiences that may be completed in the student’s home county/state. Boot Camps are required days of class with faculty provided via “Live Streaming” to accommodate the online learner. Students have 3 options for attending the required classes: Attend live class on the Bluefield campus, attend live class virtually from their home computer, or watch the archived class video within one week from when the class was held.
Students may complete support courses at Bluefield State College or other colleges or universities. Completion of the BSN degree requires a total of 120 credit hours.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Bluefield State College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 887-6791.
Online RN to BSN Program Fast Facts
Mission: The mission of the RN to BSN Program is to provide students an opportunity for quality baccalaureate nursing education that is both affordable and geographically accessible, and prepares students to meet the diverse health care needs of the community, state, and nation. The nursing faculty is committed to planning and implementing a quality baccalaureate program for registered nurses which promotes students’ intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development in a diverse and caring environment. The scope of professional nursing education is believed to be one that enables and empowers the student to recognize the ethical, legislative, economic, regulatory and political aspects that define the scope of professional nursing practice. The roles inherent in the status of the professional nurse include but are not limited to: provider of direct and indirect care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, member of a profession, patient/client advocate and educator, and life-long learner.
Goal: The goal of the BSN Program is to provide registered nurses with learning opportunities to acquire the knowledge base and skills to practice nursing at the professional level.
AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice:
Application:The application to the RN to BSN program is online (www.bluefieldstate.edu) and available year round. Call Admissions at 304-327-4065 or 4066 with any questions.
The fall class will be accepted beginning in the spring semester of the year for which admission is sought.
*VA residents may qualify for “metro rate” tuition.
Remaining 4 credits of lecture/lab may be selected from:
Biology (BIOL 101/103L, 102/104L, 202/204L or 4 additional A&P lecture/lab)
Chemistry (CHEM 101/103L, 102/104L)
Environmental Science (ENSC 201/203L, 202/204L)
Physical Science (PHSC 101/103L, 102/104L) Physics (PHYS 201/203L, 202/204L)
General Engineering Technology (GNET 101, 102)
72 credit hours may be transferred from a community college. An additional 8 credit hours may be considered for transfer, evaluated on an individual basis.
*Students who have fewer than 40 nursing credit hours in their Associate Degree Nursing program will need to take additional electives to earn the required 120 credit hours for the BSN degree.
BSN PLAN OF STUDY – REQUIRED NURSING COURSES
N 402 Nursing Management & Leadership
3 credits N 412 Senior Practicum
*Open enrollment course available to RNs and to qualified (GPA 3.0) current second year Bluefield State College A.S.N. students.
**Open enrollment courses available to RNs only.
PART-TIME/OPEN ENROLLMENT OPTION
RNs who wish to pursue the BSN degree may enroll in the 3 BSN open enrollment courses (if seats available) while awaiting full-time admission to the program. This option helps ease the transition to online learning and helps to lighten the academic load for the newly graduated RN as well as the experienced RN considering returning to school.
Nursing 301: Advanced Health Assessment for RNs. (3 credit hours) *
Nursing 303: Complex Health Problems (4 credit hours) *
Nursing 306: Ethics & Issues in Professional Nursing (3 credit hours) *
To take these courses, students must complete the BSN application online and then email Director Carol Cofer (email@example.com) or Susan Shrader, Program Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) that the part-time/open enrollment option is desired.
*Once a student enrolls in any BSN course, the student has 5 years to complete the program. Open enrollment nursing courses are valid for 7 years.
3 SEMESTER OPTION
The 3 semester option is available to students admitted to the RN to BSN program who are currently enrolled in the Junior Year – Fall Semester. Applications will only be available on the BSN Village Voice during that semester and are due December 1 of the Junior Year – Fall Semester. Applications will be reviewed by all BSN faculty. Students will be notified by the conclusion of fall semester if they have been accepted.
This option is academically demanding, requiring 20-30 hours of academic work each week, regular communication with nursing instructors, and is best suited to the mature student who can commit the time necessary to complete the demanding course work. Academic performance in the BSN Program is evaluated when faculty review applications. Space is limited in this track.
The 3 semester track in the RN to BSN program is a very rigorous academic track. The semesters are as follows:
Junior Year - Fall Semester: Nursing 300, 301 and 303 (11 credit hours)
Junior Year - Spring Semester: Nursing 302, 306, and 402 (9 credit hours)
Senior Year - Fall Semester: Nursing 403, 405, and 412* (10 credit hours)
*Nursing 412 is an independent, advanced practicum that requires exceptional time management and leadership skills. Students must be able to dedicate 30 hours per week to academic course work this semester.
Minimal Eligibility Requirements:
**If a student has completed all the open enrollment BSN nursing courses (N301, N303, N306), exceptions may be considered for completion of electives. All electives must be completed prior to starting the last (third) semester of the nursing program.
Students transferring from RN to BSN nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must complete a minimum of sixteen (16) credit hours of BSN nursing courses at Bluefield State College. Transfer applicants must meet the requirements for admission into Bluefield State College’s RN to BSN program. Students seeking transfer must submit official transcripts. Additionally, course descriptions and course syllabi for any nursing courses being considered for credit must be provided to the program director. Only nursing courses completed with a grade of “C” or better and completed within the last two (2) years will be considered. Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students desiring to transfer into the RN to BSN program should contact the BSN program director.
The School Nurse Program is offered as an independent course of study that is not a required portion of the RN to BSN program. The school nurse is a registered professional nurse who has a commitment to lifelong learning. Educational preparation for the school nurse should be at the baccalaureate level, and the school nurse should continue to pursue professional development and continuing nursing education. School nurses typically practice independently and are called upon to assess student health, develop and execute plans for care management, act as first responders, and engage in public health functions such as disease surveillance, immunization compliance, and health promotion. The school nurse is a vital member of the school team that leads change to advance health and collaborates with school staff members, parents and community members to keep students safe at school and healthy to learn.
School Nurse Eligibility and Endorsement (Must have valid RN License)
These elective courses may be taken by BSN registered nurses and senior Bluefield State College BSN students.
Applicants who are not current Bluefield State College BSN seniors OR current contract nurses must complete a background check with castlebranch.com. This information will be sent to you via email from the School of Nursing & Allied Health upon completion of the Special Student Application.
Registered nurses who have a BSN and have completed this School Nurse Program may apply to the West Virginia Department of Education for endorsement as a school nurse. The School Nurse program is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education.
These courses are offered in the spring only with instruction provided by Angelia Hopkins, MSN, RN, a WV certified school nurse. Students may register over the phone by calling the SNAH Office at 304-327-4136. The student who is not a current Bluefield State College student will need to register with Bluefield State College as a Special Student. The registration process should be completed by the end of November.
Concepts of Professional Nursing is an introduction to the basic concepts, principles, theories and issues essential to professional nursing practice. The professional nurse’s role and the role transition from technical to professional status will be emphasized. The student will examine skills in communication and interpersonal relations needed to be effective members of the healthcare team. The professional nurse’s unique role demands a blend of caring, courage, competence and skills in dealing with patients, families, work teams, and community leaders. The concepts of holistic health and caring will be examined within the many diverse environments that the professional nurse deals with daily. PR: Admission to program. CO: NURS 301, 303.
Focuses on holistic assessment of the individual throughout the lifespan. Course content is directed toward physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental assessment. Included are appropriate modifications in approach and examination techniques for newborns and infants, children, adolescents, and older adults. Anticipated normal findings and commonly identified deviations for each age group are presented.
Open enrollment course available to RNs and to qualified (GPA 3.0) current second year Bluefield State College A.S. nursing students. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.
CO: NURS 300, 303.
Examines human responses to biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual changes associated with acute physiological problems. Emphasis is placed on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the acute care setting. (Open enrollment course available to RNs. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.) CO: NURS 300, 301.
Focuses on concepts, principles and theories of professional nursing practice associated with caring for families and communities. Emphasis is placed on analysis of cultural, social and economic factors that influence family and community health. Course content includes historical and current perspectives of public health nursing, methods of family and community assessment, epidemiology, global health and populations at risk. PR: NURS 300, 301, 303. CO: NURS 306.
This course provides an opportunity to critically examine and analyze ethical, historic, political and economic factors that influence the practice of professional nursing. The primary focus is on ethical frameworks and personal and professional values that are applied to areas and issues of present concern to professional nursing. Cultural dimensions of nursing practice are also examined. (Open enrollment course available to RNs. These students are exempt from pre- and co-requisite requirements.) PR: NURS 300, 301, 303. CO: NURS 302.
This course offers the professional nursing student the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high-quality care to older adults. Course content includes assessment tools and nursing strategies necessary to evaluate and care for the health of older adults as well as those who experience acute and chronic co-morbid physical and mental conditions. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 405.
Introduces quantitative and qualitative research processes. The intent is to empower the nurse as a critical consumer of nursing research. Opportunity is provided for the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills needed by the professional nurse to analyze and evaluate research findings for application to practice. PR: MATH 210, senior standing. CO: NURS 403.
This course explores characteristics, concepts and processes related to organizing and facilitating nursing care delivery. Theories, principles, methodologies and application of research findings in leadership and management are examined to facilitate harmony among individuals and groups. PR: Senior Standing. CO: NURS 412.
A synthesis of previously introduced nursing theories, concepts and strategies. These constructs are applied in a practice setting of the student’s choice. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of the nurse’s role as that of patient advocate, change agent, manager, coordinator and leader of healthcare. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 402.
You must take 40 hours of lower-level nursing courses (ASN degree). Students with fewer than 40 nursing credit hours in their ASN program will need to take additional electives to earn the required 120 credit hours for the BSN degree.
In addition to the Basic Skills courses below, you must also take a Technology Literacy course (any COSC course, BUSN 130, or MEET 112).
Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.
Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.
Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Available to students scoring ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Fall, Spring.
This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.
A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.
The elective course may be selected from:
An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.
Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.
General activity course designed to provide a fitness program that offers complete and effective conditioning. A combination of exercise, weightlifting, and dancing. Eligible General Studies activity course.
The remaining 4 credits of lecture/lab may be selected from:
A study of the anatomy and physiology of cells as well as the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. PR: Eligibility for English 101 or permission of the instructor and student’s advisor. Fall.
Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 210. Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 210. Fall.
Basic programming; sets, basic probability concepts; basic statistical concepts; random variables and distributions; sampling distributions; linear regression and correlation. No field credit for math majors/minors. PR: MATH 101 or higher. Fall.
Please take up to 10 credits as needed to reach 120 credits for graduation.
The lifespan covering the prenatal, early childhood, adolescent and adult stages. PR: PSYC 103. Fall, Spring.