Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program
Pamela McCullough, Program Director
The Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree is designed as a completion program for registered nurses. All applicants are required to have attained their RN licensure and to have successfully completed either an accredited associate’s degree program or diploma program prior to being admitted to the program. All entering students must hold a current, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license which permits them to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The BSN Completion Program teaches registered nurses concepts related to clinical reasoning/critical thinking, cultural sensitivity, evidenced –based practice, genetics and genomics, informatics, inter-, professional teams, life-long learning, patient-centered care, patient safety, professionalism, quality improvement, and practice across the lifespan. Upon completion of the BSN degree, nurses are able to practice as a member of a profession and assume the roles of provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care in a healthcare system of growing complexity.
The BSN Completion Program continues the UMW tradition of liberal arts education. The BSN Completion Program is a combination of three liberal arts courses and seven nursing courses. The BSN Completion Program enhances the writing, critical thinking and speaking skills of registered nurses whose focus is direct patient care delivery. Students will be mentored by university faculty and nursing leaders in the community to identify and improved patient care delivery through the use of nursing research and evidenced-based practice. Students will be prepared to continue their nursing education to the graduate level.
Accreditation. The University of Mary Washington will request applicant status to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) during the summer semester 2014. New applicant status signifies an affiliation with CCNE. The CCNE on-site evaluation is projected to occur spring semester 2016; the CCNE accreditation decision will be retroactive to the first day of the program’s onsite evaluation.
Requirements for the BSN Degree
As for other UMW undergraduate programs, 120 credits are required for the degree. In addition, a minimum of 30 credits need to be completed at UMW. A cumulative GPA of 2.00 on all UMW work is required. The BSN degree credits are distributed in the following requirement categories.
30 credits: BSN Completion Program Courses which must be taken at the University of Mary Washington: These three credit courses are: ENGL 307; NURS 310, 320, 410, 420, 430, 490, 510; *PHIL 226; PSYC 301 or SOCG 334 or 335.
(*if PHIL 227 was taken at VCCS, another UMW course needs to be substituted.)
30 credits: Professional Nursing (RN) Associates/Diploma transfer credits from the previously completed nursing program. These credits will be applied to the student’s transcript upon completion of the first UMW nursing course.
60 credits: Remaining BSN Completion Program Requirements (general education credits from pre-licensure nursing program; pre-requisite courses for BSN Completion Program courses; and open elective courses completed at an accredited institution or at UMW.)
General Education credits transferred from pre-licensure nursing program (27 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology* (to be taken during Community College preparation) – 12 credits
ENGL 101 (Writing Workshop) or equivalent — 3 credits
ENGL 202 (Writing Seminar) or equivalent — 3 credits
Social Science — 6 credits
Humanities — 3 credits
Additional General Education/Pre-requisite courses for BSN Completion Program courses (6 credits)
BUAD 152 (Management Information Systems) or equivalent — 3 credits
MATH 200 (Introduction to Statistics) or equivalent — 3 credits
Open Electives (language study is highly recommended) – 27 credits
Total – 60 credits
(*If a 1 credit Microbiology courses was taken, 3 credits for Pharmacology can be added to complete the credit requirement.)
A student who has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington and wishes to pursue further undergraduate work may either complete a post-baccalaureate major and have it noted on the permanent record (with the date of completion) or earn a second degree if it is different from the first degree (for example, a subsequent BSN if the first degree was a B.A., for example).
The student must apply for admission to the new degree program through the Office of Admissions and must earn at least 30 additional credits at Mary Washington after completion of the first degree. No more than 14 of these credits can be completed prior to matriculation for the second degree. The most appropriate 90 credits will be selected to count toward the second degree. The student must complete the degree program requirements in the Academic Catalog in effect at the time of matriculation into the second degree.
A student who earned his or her first degree from another institution must enter Mary Washington as a transfer student, then complete the requirements of the second degree as defined in the Academic Catalog in effect at the time of matriculation into the second degree.
The transfer credit total for the BSN degree cannot exceed 90 semester credits. At least 30 credits must be taken at the University of Mary Washington after admission to the program. The holder of an associate’s degree may receive up to 60 credits, in addition to the 30 credits for R.N. licensure, toward the BSN degree based on transcript evaluation. The holder of a Nursing Diploma may receive additional credits beyond the 30 for licensure based on evaluation of his or her transcript.
Credit by Examination. The University accepts many of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized tests as undergraduate transfer credit. Students may earn credit by meeting the minimum required score on selected CLEP or DANTES tests; these credits may be used to fulfill general education, prerequisite requirements or as elective credits; they may not be used to fulfill NURS course requirements. A maximum of 30 credits by examination may be counted toward the degree. Students should consult the BSN Completion Program Office for information on specific CLEP or DANTES exams that are accepted by the University. CLEP tests are administered at local universities. DANTES exams are offered only on military installations.
Academic Resources, Policies, and Regulations for BSN students
BSN completion students have access to all the academic resources outlined in the section Academic Resources and Academic Policies sections of this Catalog.
Nursing Degree Completion Course Offerings
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of NURS in the course listings.
310 – The Role of the Professional Nurse (3)
Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program. This course provides the beginning BSN student with a foundation of the expanded role of the professional baccalaureate nurse. The course introduces concepts related to professional development, values, and role development, all of which will be synthesized through effective verbal and written communication. Through writing activities, in-class and on-line discussions, and group work, students will apply critical precepts to concepts of personal and professional development and transformation. Students will gain a multi-perspective understanding of the role of the professional nurse in the current health care delivery system.
320– Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse (3)
Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program. This course is designed to enhance the registered nurse’s previous knowledge and experience in completing a comprehensive health assessment. An emphasis will be on the advanced skills and techniques of a physical assessment, as well as on identifying lifestyle choices, health alterations and pertinent patient education activities.
410 – Evidence Based Nursing Research (3)
Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program. This course introduces the research process and methods for critiquing research literature. It also explains the development of theoretical frameworks for research studies, quantitative and qualitative methodology to accomplish goals, and dissemination of research findings. The course will examine the use of research in the delivery of quality nursing care and the need for nurses to engage in research in order to expand the body of nursing knowledge. The research process will serve as a framework for this course, whereby students will engage in a systematic, formal process to identify scientific relationships that will lead to finding solutions to problems and/or to discovering new nursing knowledge.
420 – Community-Public Health Nursing (3)
Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program. This course examines the promotion of health in communities through primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and intervention. The course examines population health and the principles of public health nursing in creating healthy environments for diverse populations and communities. Social issues and public policies that impact healthy living along with Healthy People 2020 will be examined. In this course students will engage in a community clinical field work experience to examine the role of community leaders and health professionals in promoting and preserving a health community. This course will 16 hours of observational field work experience. This can be done in a variety of community settings that includes but is not limited to: School Nursing, Nurse Managed Clinic, Outpatient Clinic, Community Centers. During the fieldwork the student assesses the needs of the community site and designs a program that would meet it’s needs.
430 – Current Nursing Issues and Trends (3)
Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program. This course examines the current issues and trends in nursing and its effect on delivering quality health care. In this course the registered nurse will consider current political, economic and social issues and discuss the impact they will have on the future of delivery systems. Students will explore the role of the professional baccalaureate prepared nurse, discuss a specific issues of concern, and explore how to craft a position on this issue and become a change agent in health care.
490 – Advanced Practice Fieldwork (3)
Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program. This is a capstone course designed to assist the registered nurse student to identify and develop leadership objectives. The course includes a seminar component with an individualized corresponding field experience, introduces advanced concepts of nursing leadership and management, and builds on the previous courses n the RN-BSN program. This course will provide the graduating student with the opportunity to examine future career paths within the profession of nursing and is the final nursing course in the RN curriculum. This course includes 16 hours of observational fieldwork experience with an advanced practice nurse examining her or his role in the delivery of health care. After the fieldwork opportunity, students craft a career trajectory plan.
510 – Nursing Informatics (3)
Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program. This course explores the utilization of information technology in health care delivery systems with an emphasis on how nursing uses computing systems to deliver effective high quality, patient centered care. This course will examine the various information systems currently being employed in health care and will examine the benefits and challenges associate d with technology in the delivery of care. Additionally, students will examine social technology and public information domains and their impact on patient services.
Other UMW Course that must be taken at UMW for the BSN Completion Degree
PHILOSOPHY 226 — Medical Ethics (3)
An introduction to the philosophical examination of contemporary moral issues. Topics might include the death penalty, euthanasia; hate speech regulation, pornography, and human cloning. (Online)
PSYCHOLOGY 301 — Social Psychology (3)
Individual behavior in a social context; attitudes; social influence; attribution; prejudice and discrimination; prosocial behavior and aggression.
ENGLISH 307 — The Writing Process (3)
This course takes as its focus the concept of writing as a process–a concept which revolutionized the teaching of writing in the late twentieth century and is currently so ubiquitous in schools that you may not know that it is a relatively new way to think about writing instruction. Your school experiences may have always included drafting, revision, and peer editing activities before papers were submitted to your teachers for grades. If so, your experiences come out of an academic paradigm shift brought about by the emergence of composition as a field of professional studies. It was Janet Emig who initiated two decades of new research and theory about writing with her 1971 publication entitled The Composing Processes of Twelfth Graders. Her study effectively pushed academic attention away from a narrow focus on grading student papers to a focus on how writers, both experienced and inexperienced, actually write. The goal was to understand the process so that writing instruction could be more effective in helping students become successful writers. Composition specialists have published books and articles about the writing process, and argued with each other over its significance, eventually moving to even more sophisticated research models and theoretical insights. The early work on writing process, however, still usefully informs and structures much of what happens in writing classrooms.
SOCIOLOGY 334 — Medical Sociology (3)
Prerequisite: Sociology 105 or 155 or permission of instructor. The relationship of disease and health to social structure and culture. Organization and role analysis of the medical care industry, various allied health professions, and alternative approaches to health and illness.
SOCIOLOGY 335 — Global Perspectives on Health and Illness (3)
Prerequisite: Sociology 105 or 155 or permission of the instructor. Analyze problems of health, illness, inequality, and care at the global level. Examine health care systems and health promotion in comparative perspective. Explore how social forces shape individual and group health behaviors and illness experiences in various structural and cultural contexts. Emphasis on health rights as human rights.