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

Nursing, RN to BSN (Online)

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School Nursing, Adult and Professional Studies
Academic Award Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Credits Required 126 semester credits
Dean Erin-Joy Bjorge
CIP Code 51.3801
Available at Online

The Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing at Northwest University graduates scholarly professional nurses who practice from a uniquely Christian worldview and are dedicated to helping all human beings in pursuit of holistic health. Life-long professional learning is a hallmark indicating the quality and excellence required of all nurses. It begins as the learner enters nursing, and remains a strategic force throughout the nurse’s lifetime of professional practice. The Buntain School of Nursing emphasizes life-span learning as a means to remain current and at mastery in professional nursing leadership and service.

BSN Program at Northwest University

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN-BSN) Program is another track in the same BSN program core course content and accreditation requirements. The curriculum structure has Essential Curricular Concepts and Contextual Themes in which the learners can meet their Program Outcomes; the measure of academic success in their baccalaureate level professional nursing theory and practice. 

Nursing Program Outcomes

Graduates are able to

  1. Practice critical thinking using logical and sequential reasoning, tempered with creative, aesthetic, and intuitive processes.
  2. Apply the nursing process to plan and deliver care that is holistic, compassionate, culturally competent, and client centered autonomously and collaboratively with interprofessional teams.
  3. Provide nursing care in the framework of organizational leadership and systems management processes.
  4. Integrate health care policies and economics to accomplish equitable access to health care and continuity of care for diverse populations.
  5. Apply research methods in the investigation of clinical nursing problems and health care delivery.
  6. Evaluate quality indicators, evidence, and outcomes of health care planning and implementation.
  7. Design health care for diverse populations and communities considering limited resources and environmental impact.
  8. Demonstrate the use of nursing informatics, patient care technologies, and interprofessional communication strategies.
  9. Articulate the unique characteristics of professional nursing and the role of professional nurses in direct and indirect client care.
  10. Propose a plan for formal academic and life-long education that enhances personal and professional growth.
  11. Practice professional nursing from a Christian worldview, demonstrating personal integration of faith, service, and cultural competence.

RN-BSN Online Program Design

Seamless Advancement

Total credits for the RN-BSN online program are commensurate with the pre-licensure BSN program. Transfer credits are allowed per Northwest University policies in coordination with:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education (CCNE) accreditation requirements
  • Council on Nursing Education in Washington State (CNEWS) has formulated policies to streamline navigation through advanced and higher education for professional nurses in this State. ) The Associate in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) is a pathway that allows students to complete nursing prerequisites, general education requirements and their pre-licensure RN study at a community/technical college. Graduates of this degree may then apply for transfer to a college/university that offers a post-licensure RN-to-BSN program.
  • RN graduates from Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs can transfer up to 60 semester (90 quarter) credits of lower division (LD) credits including all of prior nursing courses. RN graduates from diploma programs who have accredited college/university credits are evaluated separately according to their individual programs for up to 60 semester (90 quarter) LD credits; the credit transfer may or may not include nursing classes.
  • All RNs educated outside of the United are required to have formal nursing and post high school level education transcripts evaluated by foreign transcript evaluation services to determine acceptable transfer credits.
  • The nurse’s current state RN license attests to his/her legal right to practice and is awarded 30 credits in the DTA experiential credits category.
  • Complete 30 UD nursing credits for the RN-BSN Online Program at Northwest University.

Motivational Commitment

  • Establish a personal Contract of Study, using self-assessment and description of why he/she is pursuing higher education in nursing, the expected outcomes by engaging in an online program at Northwest University, and possible future plans to pursue a masters’ and/or doctoral education.
  • Identify support systems already in place to aid the learner through a rigorous program of professional studies, back-up plans for stressful periods of greater than anticipated course work/study, and the ultimate support systems that must be considered in personal and/or family emergencies that may require delays or stop-outs in the student’s course of studies.

Engaged-Collaborative Learning 

  • Actively engage throughout the Online Program via assignments, discussion boards/forums, collaborative projects and papers, and critique of class colleagues’ work.
  • Exhibit a high degree of flexibility to maintain optimum involvement with mobile technology, potentially different time zones, self-prepared preceptorships and practice environments, and time-zone-specific deadlines for course assignments.
  • Responsively and reliably communicate with a nursing faculty course mentor.
  • Constructively collaborate with duo/triad study partners for selected assignments/projects as determined by course faculty.

Applicants’ Experiential Practice and RN Licensure Requirements

Nursing faculty will have on-going participation in assessing compliance with the following standards:

  1. Minimum of 18 months ½ time to full time clinical RN nursing practice in direct client care. Employer verification required.
  2. Clinical RN nursing practice is current, and within two (2) years of applying for the RN-BSN Online Program.
  3. A current and unencumbered RN license in Washington State.

Program Practice Experience Requirements

The unique practice experience opportunities in the Nursing Program  requires applicants to submit the following records to a data collection service before entering the practice experience sequence:

  1. Immunizations
  • DPT series and any subsequent Boosters.
    • One booster after age 19 must be a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B series & proof of positive titer
  • MMR series or proof of positive titer
  • Polio series
  • Varicella series or proof of positive titer
  • Influenza
  1. Annual two-step testing for TB (PPED or IGRA). Current AHA healthcare provider-level CPR card.
  2. National background check, OIG, GSA, and Washington State Patrol Criminal Background Check is required.
  3. Proof of health insurance. Proof of malpractice and liability insurance.
  4. Drug screening in compliance with facility requirements for practice experiences.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Social Sciences: 9

  • 6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see course descriptions  for applicability)
  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following:
    Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), or Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI)

Science and Mathematics: 16

Formation and Calling: 3

Core Electives: 17

Any college-level courses

General Electives: 30

Successful Pass of the NCLEX

(DTA Experiential Credits Category)

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