RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The RN-BSN track at Goodwin College is specifically designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) who wants to complete the baccalaureate degree in nursing. Classroom and clinical experience are designed to meet the RN student's adult learning needs.

The program is offered in an online format.

Only students with a current unencumbered RN license may register for NUR 300-400 level courses.

Baccalaureate Nursing Education

Baccalaureate nursing education prepares nurses to practice in a variety of settings by providing them with knowledge and skills that are generalizable and transferable to multiple settings.

The faculty believes that baccalaureate nursing education is built upon a foundation in the arts and sciences that provides an appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences as well as an understanding of values and ethics and an understanding of the physical world and the scientific method. The education provides a grounding that ensures that nurses practice with a broad-based knowledge that enables them to function as educated persons.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to:

  1. Hold a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state where they practice nursing;
  2. Complete the application for admission into Goodwin College (applicants to the nursing program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin College);
  3. Complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Application; and
  4. Attend an academic advising session with the Nursing Department Academic Advisor.

Accepted Students

All college-required immunizations and requirements must be completed before the start of the program.

Students are required to maintain current certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Health Provider or Professional Rescuer by the American Heart Association or the Red Cross).

BSN Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program are prepared to practice professional nursing as a generalist with skills that are applicable across all healthcare settings. They are also prepared to enter graduate study.

At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Practice professional nursing from a holistic, visionary, culturally-competent, fiscally-responsible base, as they design, manage, and coordinate care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations;
  2. Synthesize and apply knowledge from nursing theory, practice, research, and the liberal arts and sciences to professional nursing practice;
  3. Integrate and demonstrate beginning leadership and management skills utilizing critical and creative thinking, ethical decision making, and evidenced-based practice;
  4. Design, manage and coordinate care to patients, families, groups and communities utilizing communication skills honed by self-awareness and self-evaluation;
  5. Advocate for patients, families, groups and communities based on a respect for cultural diversity and an understanding of the impact of political and regulatory process on health care;
  6. Collaborate and communicate, using a variety of modalities, with patients, families and interdisciplinary team members to maximize patient's level of wellness; and
  7. Value the practices of lifelong learning while building and leading interprofessional healthcare teams.

Program Highlights

  • Students are assigned a nursing department advisor upon receipt of application;
  • Program is designed to meet the needs of the adult learner;
  • Clinical experiences are individually arranged in collaboration with student, faculty, and clinical organization; and
  • Nursing courses may be taken while the student is completing general education courses.

Nursing Department Policies

Policies specific to the RN-BSN track may be found in the RN-BSN Nursing Student Handbook.

Requirements for Graduation

The following requirements must be met in order to graduate from the nursing program:

  1. Completion of the course requirements. Pre-requisite courses must be completed with a “C” or better except for specific science courses which require a "C+" or better.
  2. Completion of RN-BSN coursework and electives with an academic average of at least 2.3 (C+) within the maximum time frame (no greater than nine (9) semesters); and
  3. Fulfillment of all financial obligations to the College.

 

 

Curriculum

Bachelor in Nursing

ADN or Diploma Pre-Licensure Program - 62 Credits*

A&P I, A&P II, MICRO, ENG 101 and 1XX, PSY 112 and 212, SOC 101, and Lower Division Nursing Courses

*Students may receive 62 credits for previous nursing course work via the Connecticut Articulation Model.

General Education Courses - 27 credits

ENG 3XXEnglish Elective

3

COM 105Interpersonal Communications

3

CAP 110*Computer Applications

3

MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)

3

 

STAT 167Principles of Statistics

3

OR

PBH 199Mathematics for the Health Professions

3

 

PBH 305Ethics in Public Health

3

HIS 1XXHistory Elective

3

Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)

3

 

HSR 320Health and Social Issues in Aging

3

OR

PBH 320Health and Social Issues in Aging

3

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.

Open Electives - 7 Credits

OPEN Elective (1XX)

4

OPEN Elective (1XX)

3

Upper Division Nursing Courses - 24 Credits

NUR 300Foundations of Professional Nursing

3

NUR 310Health Assessment

3

NUR 351Introduction to Nursing Research

3

NUR 361Public and Community Health Nursing

3

NUR 363Clinical Nursing Leadership

3

NUR 459Introduction to Healthcare Policy and Advocacy

3

NUR 460Seminar in Professional Nursing Leadership

3

 

NUR 3XX*Directed Elective

3

OR

NUR 4XX*Directed Elective

3

Total Credit Hours: 120

* Directed elective courses may be taken in business, health science, human services, and organizational leadership at the appropriate levels.