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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

RN-to-BSN Program


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Required Courses


  

Typical Program of Study: Nursing Major (Traditional Day BSN)

The following courses are required of all nursing majors with the exception of RN students. These courses are required in addition to the “General Education Core Requirements” that are required of all undergraduate students at DeSales University:

Freshman Year


Spring Semester


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


Junior Year


Fall Semester


Spring Semester


Senior Year


Spring Semester


Additional Information


Effective July 1, 2017, completed applications for the RN-BSN/MSN program are no longer being accepted. The RN-BSN/MSN program will be closing in December 2019, following completion of the Fall 2019 semester.

The Department of Nursing and Health adopts the Pennsylvania Nursing Articulation Model (1994) as the framework that guides its RN to BSN student articulation. Forty three-credit hour courses must be successfully completed to graduate from DeSales University with a BSN degree. Students who graduated from the nursing programs at community colleges must take a minimum of ten of these courses at DeSales University, with the option of taking the remaining courses at either DeSales University or their original community college as per preexisting articulation contracts between the University and these respective community colleges. All other RN to BSN students must take all remaining courses at DeSales University once they are accepted as DeSales University students. Students may be given transfer credit for alternative/ elective courses only if the transfer of all analog courses has been approved.

General Progression Policies


All nursing (NU) courses with a required laboratory or clinical component must be completed at DeSales University. Didactic nursing courses, specifically NU - 305 Therapeutic Nutrition , NU - 310 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice for RNs , and NU - 325 Evidence-Based Nursing for RNs , are eligible for transfer consideration provided the courses were completed with a grade of “C+” or higher, were taken at an institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and were completed within the last five years of the student’s matriculation into a DeSales BSN program. The BSN program’s prerequisite science courses are eligible for transfer consideration provided the courses adhere to the transfer policy detailed in the Admissions  section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Nursing Courses: Phase I


Any student who receives less than a C+ can repeat a maximum of one nursing course one time throughout their course of study. Failure of a nursing course is defined as any grade below the minimum progression requirement of C+. Failure of a second nursing course will result in dismissal from the program.

All RN to BSN students are required to take the following nursing courses and attain a grade of C+ or higher. Courses equivalent in credits hours and content may be accepted for transfer:

Nursing Credits by Advanced Course Validation


RN to BSN students will receive credit for ten courses for the following courses upon satisfactory completion of Phase I nursing courses. At that time, credits for analogous completion of these courses will be awarded and designated upon students’ transcripts without assigning a numeric grade equivalent:

Required Nursing Courses: Phase II


Any student who receives less than a C+ can repeat a maximum of one nursing course one time throughout their course of study. Failure of a nursing course is defined as any grade below the minimum progression requirement of C+. Failure of a second nursing course will result in dismissal from the program.

All RN to BSN students will take the Phase II nursing courses after successfully completing Phase I nursing courses and receiving advanced nursing course validation. These students are required to take the following nursing courses and attain a grade of C+ or higher:

Required Non-Nursing Courses


All RN to BSN students are required to take the following courses. Previously completed courses that are equivalent in credit hours and content may be accepted for transfer if they have been completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of C- or higher:

General Requirements


All RN to BSN students must satisfactorily meet all the health, background, drug, and clearance requirements outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog under the section “BSN Clinical Requirements ;” all items must be satisfactorily met prior to taking any nursing course with a project component. All RN to BSN students must adhere to and abide by content in the RN-BSN/MSN Nursing Student Handbook. Any deviation or failure to comply with the content may warrant dismissal from the nursing program. All RN to BSN students must abide by the nursing progression requirements outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the time of acceptance into the nursing program. Additionally, students must meet all other graduation requirements outlined by DeSales as necessary to be awarded a bachelor’s degree.

The maximum time for completion of the RN to BSN program is seven years from the date of enrollment in the first course. This includes any time lapsed due to an approved leave of absence or time associated with failure to progress. Any dismissed, withdrawn, or inactive student, as defined by University policy, must formally reapply to the nursing program. Re-admission is not guaranteed. Re-admitted students will be required to repeat all nursing coursework, regardless of previous course grades achieved, and are subject to the progression policies outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog under which they are re-accepted.

Requested academic references for students who have been dismissed from the nursing program will include only the dates of attendance.

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