2023-2024 Catalog

 

BSN - Post-licensure (RNBSN)

The School of Integrated Health Post-licensure (RNBSN) Program is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/) and Indiana Wesleyan University is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The program is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (202-887-6791). Memberships include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Throughout the Post-licensure (RNBSN) Program, the nurse is a purposeful, self-directed individual who assumes responsibility and accountability to God, society, self, and clients who, made in the image of God, have intrinsic worth and value. Modeling the example of Jesus Christ, nurses are to protect and promote health, especially for people lacking access to health care, through the just allocation of health resources and services throughout the world.

The Post-licensure (RNBSN) Program is planned within the philosophy and conceptual framework of the baccalaureate program. (Adult learners want to take charge of their own learning and can be mutually responsible for the education process in partnership with faculty.) Small project teams and other strategies appropriate for adult education contribute to mastery of learning outcomes.

The curriculum will be completed in the order established by Indiana Wesleyan University. Indiana Wesleyan University reserves the right to modify the curriculum as necessary.

The same courses offered in the classroom setting are also offered via the Internet.

Outcomes of the Baccalaureate Nursing Programs

At the completion of the baccalaureate nursing program at Indiana Wesleyan University the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Apply leadership skills to professional nursing practice.
  • Integrate nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice while providing culturally competent care.
  • Employ effective communication and interprofessional collaboration for the improvement of client outcomes.
  • Demonstrate spiritual values and professional ethics from a Christian worldview when providing nursing care.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree offered through the School of Integrated Health's Post-licensure Nursing are as follows:

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Degree Requirements:
    • Associate degree with a major in Nursing.

      Or

    • Applicants from a state board of nursing approved school of nursing (diploma or proprietary school of nursing) who have passed the NCLEX‐RN exam may apply for credit through the evaluation process. A maximum of 40 credit hours awarded may be counted toward the required 60. This applies only to students applying to the Nursing program.
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.
  • A maximum of 40 hours of credit may be earned through the assessed learning process toward the required 60 credits.
  • Proof of current unencumbered RN licensure;
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 from all previous study. If an applicant's GPA is below 2.0, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the college.
  • Conditional Acceptance: Students currently enrolled in an associate degree in nursing program (i.e. AAS or ADN) at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may be conditionally accepted when they can show: 
    • Prior completion of at least 12 transferable credit hours
    • Evidence of acceptance into an associate level nursing program. Full, unconditional admission to the RNBSN Program will be granted when the student meets the criteria for RNBSN Program admission. 

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete each individual core course with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • To progress in the major, RNBSN students must have obtained a core GPA of 2.75 by the end of the third course.
  • Students must have an RN license that is active and unencumbered at all times during enrollment in the program. Students must have a valid unencumbered RN license in the state(s) of the practicum sites. If students have multi-state licenses, all must be unencumbered. Students may be administratively withdrawn from the program at any point if this status in not maintained. 
  • RNBSN students may complete the core nursing courses by following the recommended fast-track schedule.  It is not recommended that students take more than two core courses at a time.  Students who wish to take more than two core courses should contact their academic advisor to determine the potential impact of such a decision.
  • Students who take longer than six years to complete the program must petition to continue in the program.
  • Students must complete all core courses before taking NUR-495.

Clinical Compliance Documentation

  • Before beginning any clinical or practicum experience, students must meet all practicum agency requirements (at the student's expense). As required by the facility, students must complete a criminal background check and drug screen, submit documentation of health clearance, immunizations, and meet any other requirements of the practicum facility before any client contact. In addition, random drug testing (ex. annually) or drug testing based on reasonable suspicion can be implemented at any time and without prior notice. Students who do not comply will be dismissed from the program. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports.
  • Upon request, documentation of required health information, background check reports, drug screening results, and other required information may be provided to affiliated healthcare facilities where the student will be completing clinical/practicum requirements as part of their required course of study.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from the School of Integrated Health at Indiana Wesleyan University, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of 120 semester hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. All individual core courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Completion of 30 hours of general education as specified (General Education Requirements).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Post-licensure (RNBSN) - Program of Study

Core Courses

NUR-320Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing

3

NUR-335Foundations for Professional Practice

3

NUR-385Nursing Process: Health Indicators and Clinical Prevention

3

NUR-440Evidence-Based Nursing

4

NUR-465Population Health: Local, National, and Global Approaches

5

NUR-415Leadership and Management in Nursing

4

NUR-495Baccalaureate Capstone: Synthesis and Evaluation

5

Nursing Topics (2-2 credit hour courses)

4

Total Credit Hours:31

Nursing Elective Options

Two courses are required from the following options to fulfill the Nursing Elective requirement:
NUR-235Perspectives on Poverty and Health

2

NUR-237Complementary and Alternative Therapies

2

NUR-312Parish Nursing/Faith Community Nursing

2

NUR-365Ethics

2

NUR-401Transcultural Healthcare

2

NUR-402Cross-Cultural Experience

2

NUR-450Nursing From a Christian Worldview

2

NUR-322Universal Trafficking in Persons

3

 

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