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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING DEGREE (RN to BSN)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING DEGREE (RN to BSN)

Program Length: 12 to 18 Months
Credit Hours: 120
Credential Issued: Degree

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN to BSN) program is an accelerated online learning program for the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN). It’s 100% online synchronous & asynchronous delivery, preparing graduates with intellectual skills and practice focused competencies for current/emergent generalist and professional nursing practice, and promoting the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice through an innovative, patient-focused program.

The BSN Program will admit the registered nurse student who is either a graduate of a hospital diploma nursing program or an associate degree nursing program. The program provides a strong liberal arts and science foundation integrated throughout the program to create the basis for the study and practice of professional nursing. It also provides a foundation for graduate study and continuing professional education.

Program Description

Graduates of this program will be prepared to advance into administrative and supervisory positions in the nursing and health care fields. The program is designed as a “2+2” program, where program applicants must have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from an approved/accredited school. The curriculum in the program follows the state prescribed articulated curriculum for A.S. degree nurses into the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program. The lower division requirements include 87 credits which include general education courses, common prerequisite courses, and nursing courses; the upper division courses include 33 credit hours of course work that focuses on leadership, management, advanced care concepts, research, and contemporary issues in nursing. The program culminates in a capstone course that synthesizes the concepts learned throughout the program.

Program Objectives

The students who successfully complete the Nursing Program will have met the objectives identified below:

  • Analyze the nature of the human using concepts and theories through the study of the arts, sciences, humanities and nursing to provide professional nursing care.
  • Integrate caring and cultural competence through the practice of professional nursing.
  • Use critical thinking to make independent judgments in applying the nursing process in the delivery of safe, quality nursing care to individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and global populations.
  • Use evidence-based nursing and health-related research findings in professional nursing practice.
  • Analyze effective leadership and management strategies used in rapidly changing complex healthcare delivery systems.
  • Use oral and written communication and information technology to communicate effectively.
  • Analyze local, national and global factors involving social, ethical, political, legal, cultural, environmental and educational issues that influence healthcare, health policies and the advancement of the nursing profession.
  • Provide holistic professional nursing care across the life-span to promote health in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals in a variety of settings to promote cost-effective healthcare.
  • Accept responsibility and accountability for personal and professional growth and development, and value the commitment of lifelong learning.

End of Program Learning Outcomes

  • Construct care plans based on individual strengths and needs for successful patient goal attainment.
  • Collaborate in the nursing process for caring, culturally diverse patient centered care across health care settings.
  • Communicate through verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic information for the facilitation of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Engage in Professional Practice congruent with legal, ethical, and regulatory standards.
  • Comply with standards of professional practice while accepting personal responsibility for actions/behaviors.
  • Provide nursing care using critical thinking to formulate clinical judgments based on the analysis and synthesis of current data and current sources of information.
  • Teach health promotion, health maintenance and risk reduction for patients and providers.
  • Utilize human, physical, financial & technological resources effectively to support organizational outcomes while managing patient care.
  • Evaluate patient health status through the comprehensive analysis and integration of relevant information.

General Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements as indicated below:

  1. Provide proof of age (must be at least 17.5 years old) – Driver’s License (ID)
  2. Provide proof of graduation from high school or its equivalent (GED)
  3. Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or meet exemption criteria (please speak with an Academic Advisor regarding exemption) *
  4. Apply and be accepted to PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences;
  5. Interview with an admission representative
  6. Complete an admission application and return it to our admission office, along with the application fee of $100
  7. Complete the application for the appropriate program
  8. Demonstrate an ability to meet applicable program-specific requirements
  9. Provide a non-refundable registration fee of $150 prior to enrollment
  10. Complete and sign an Enrollment Agreement
  11. Provide the minimum refundable down payment fee of $2,500 to hold your sit

Acceptable Proof of High School Diploma or GED

  • High school diploma/transcript or G.E.D certification with test scores.
  • Academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward an associate/bachelor’s degree at any institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Foreign high school diploma equivalent to a United States high school diploma
  • If an applicant previously entered a program in a degree-granting institution for which a high school diploma was required, the PBC may accept an evaluation from a NACES or AICE approved credentialing agency, certifying that a high school diploma was a requirement for the higher degree program.

*Minimum passing scores are subject to change as a result of evidence based findings, best practices and program outcomes. Failure to complete and pass the TABE assessment shall result in the student being administratively withdrawn from the nursing program. Students administratively withdrawn for failure to complete/pass the TABE on the second attempt may not be considered for re-entry.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking to be awarded admission to the RN to BSN program based on a nursing license must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Submit official transcripts reflecting an awarded credential. The transcript must indicate the credential that was granted.
  2. ASN Program from a Board of Nursing approved institution and will be awarded up to 36 credits. (If a graduate from the PBC ADN program, PBC will provide transcripts.)
  3. Submit a copy of your active RN license.
  4. Have BLS, ACLS & PALS certifications.
  5. All students must have a GPA of 2.0 (letter grade of C) or higher on a 4.0 scale in all general education courses required in the program degree plan prior to starting nursing concentration core courses, unless otherwise noted. Additional prerequisites may apply. Please review the course descriptions and degree plan for more information and requirements.
  6. Must meet the admissions requirement for the RN license below:
  • *Achieve a minimum adjusted individual total score of 50 percent on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Attain a grade of “C” (at least 2.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher in all General Education course requirements. In accordance with school policy, the GPA will not be “rounded up”
  • Submit a criminal background check (level II) and a disposition of any criminal offenses and drug screening, and have health clearance from a physician and negative PPD prior to their clinicals
  • Have a current CPR/First Aid & HIV/AIDS certifications from the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Submit a Nursing Admission Request Packet, with all requirements, for consideration for admission to the program
  • Have a personal interview with the Nursing Program Director.

Note:

  1. Students are expected to maintain the standards of the school in academic, professional and personal achievement.
  2. Orientation will be conducted prior to the start of the class, and an institute catalog is given to each student.
  3. The applicant is responsible for providing verifiable proof of graduation from high school, or proof of having satisfied the requirements for high school in a manner recognized by the United States Department of Education.
  4. The school does not discriminate regarding age, race, sexual preference, gender, color, creed, religion, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin in the acceptance and admission of students
  5. Transfer applicants must provide official transcripts from all schools attended no later than 30 days after the start day of their first semester of enrollment at PBC – School of Allied Health Scienc Transfer student must show a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale). Transfer credits from national or regional approved institutions will be evaluated and credited after enrollment at PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences
  6. Prior to registering, a student should have on file in the Records Office the following:
  • A completed admissions application
  • Transcripts of all previous School work
  • Official transcripts (in a sealed envelope from the previous institution attended) must be sent to the Palm Beach Career Records Office
  • B.: Incomplete application packets will not be considered, and PBC reserves the right to deny enrollment, if the School deems that an applicant’s proof of graduation cannot be authenticated or verified.

*Minimum passing scores are subject to change as a result of evidence based findings, best practices and program outcomes. Failure to complete and pass the TEAS assessment shall result in the student being administratively withdrawn from the nursing program. Students administratively withdrawn for failure to complete/pass the TEAS on the second attempt will not be considered for re-entry.

Prerequisite for Concentration Courses

All students must have a GPA of 2.0 (letter grade of C) or higher on a 4.0 scale in all general education courses required in the program degree plan prior to starting nursing concentration core courses unless otherwise noted. Additional prerequisites may apply. Please review the catalog for more information and requirements.

Delivery Mode

This program is 100% online synchronous & asynchronous delivery.

Program Minimum Credit Hours Requirements

The minimum credit hours required for graduation: 120 (51 general education courses, 69 nursing courses):

General Education Courses (Credits: 51)

Course # & Title

Credit Hours

CHM100 (Principles of Chemistry)

3 credits

MAT101 (College Algebra)

3 credits

ENG102 (English Composition I)

3 credits

ANP103 (Anatomy and Physiology I)

3 credits

ANP103L (Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)

1 credits

SOC104 (Sociology)

3 credits

ENG200 (English Composition II)

3 credits

ANP201 (Anatomy and Physiology II)

3 credits

ANP201L (Anatomy & Physiology II Lab) 

1 credits

MIC202 (Microbiology)

3 credits

MIC202L (Microbiology Lab)

1 credits

HGD203 (Growth and Development)

3 credits

NUT204 (Human Nutrition)

3 credits

MAT300 (Statistics )

3 credits

ETH301 (Principles of Ethics)

3 credits

SPC302 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)

3 credits

CRR303 (Critical Reasoning)

3 credits

CIH401 (Contemporary Issues in Health)

3 credits

COM402 (Computer & Technology Applications in Health Professions)

3 credits

                                                                                                                 Total

51

Nursing Courses (Credits: 69)

Course # & Title

Credit Hours

NUR601 (Nursing Perspectives/Global Trends)

3

NUR602 (Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing)

3

NUR603 (Foundations of Nursing Concepts/Theories)

3

NUR604 (Nursing Research and Informatics)

3

NUR701 (Advance Health Assessment)

3

NUR702 (Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patient and Other Vulnerable Populations)

3

NUR703 (Clinical Decision Making/Critical Thinking)

3

NUR704 (Socio-Cultural Issues in Health and Health Care)

3

NUR801C (Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing)

3

NUR802C (Community Health Nursing)

3

NUR803 (Capstone Experience: Nursing)

3

                                                                                       Total

  33

 

 

Associate of Sciences in Nursing Degree (ASN)

  36

                                                                         Column Total

120

Class Schedule

TERM ONE: CREDITS: 9

Course # & Title

Credit Hours

NUR601 (Nursing Perspectives/Global Trends)

3

NUR602 (Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing)

3

NUR603 (Foundations of Nursing Concepts/Theories)

3

TERM TWO: CREDITS: 12

Course # & Title

Credit Hours

NUR604 (Nursing Research and Informatics)

3

NUR701 (Advance Health Assessment)

3

NUR702 (Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patient and Other Vulnerable Populations)

3

NUR703 (Clinical Decision Making/Critical Thinking)

3

TERM THREE: CREDITS: 12

Course # & Title

Credit Hours

NUR704 (Socio-Cultural Issues in Health and Health Care)

3

NUR801C (Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing)

3

NUR802C (Community Health Nursing)

3

NUR803 (Capstone Experience: Nursing)

3

   

Program Disclosures

  1. Licensure Requirements

Palm Beach Career School of Health Sciences is an approved Florida nursing program and cannot, therefore, determine whether its nursing program meets licensure requirements in each student’s state of residence. If students desire to sit for the certification/licensure exam, seek certification/licensure, or practice as a nurse in a state or territory other than Florida (including licensure by endorsement or via the multistate compact), it is their responsibility to ascertain the applicable eligibility requirements in the other state or territory and determine whether the nursing program at PBC will satisfy those requirements. Below, we are providing the Board of Nursing contact information by state: https://www.ncsbn.org/membership/us-members/contact-bon.page.

  1. Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact

Florida is an Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) state that allows for nurses to have one multistate license, which increases access to care by allowing nurses to practice seamlessly in other NLC states, without obtaining additional licenses. The NLC helps protect patients by maintaining high standards of care and facilitating communication between member states. Therefore, nurses who live in a compact state, such as Florida, can apply for a multistate license if they meet the licensure requirements.

As of July 2023, there are 41 enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact states and jurisdictions in the United States. On top of that, more states are considering joining the eNLC, with lawmakers currently hammering out the details. Hover over each state below for additional status details. Click a state to access each board’s contact information: https://www.nursecompact.com/ or https://www.nursecompact.com/files/NLC_Map.pdf.  

If you want to work in a NLC state and/or get connected with great employment opportunities across the United States, click here: https://jobs.careerstaff.com/results?cp_cs_travel_job=Travel&pro_cat=Nurses&paged=1.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS 

Nursing involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or be retained in the program after admission, all students must be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

Examples of Necessary

Issue

Standard

Activities(not all-inclusive)

Critical Thinking           

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.

Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans.

Interpersonal 

Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Ability to cope with stress. High degree of flexibility.

Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues.

Communication

Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Ability to cope with anger/fear/hostility of others in a calm manner.

Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses.

Mobility                        

Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. High degree of flexibility.

Move around in patient rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas; administer cardiopulmonary procedures.

Motor Skills                  

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.

Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients.

Hearing                         

Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, and cries for help.

Visual                           

Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.

Observe patient/client responses. Accurately prepare and administer medication.

Tactile                           

Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. sense temperature change, assess peripheral pulses, and insert a catheter.

Strength/Stamina      

Sufficient stamina to provide patient care and related responsibilities for extended periods of time (8-12 hrs.).

Adapt to shift work.  Lift without restrictions, from standing position. Students with weight restrictions cannot be accepted into clinical courses.

Latex Advisory: Latex-based products are used in all health care facilities.

* Adapted from the Board of Directors of the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (SCCEN) guidelines for Nursing Education Programs.

Programs Start Dates

FALL 2023

October 27

Mandatory Orientation

October 30

Term Begins

November 11

Veterans Day

November 23

Thanksgiving (no classes)

December 18

Classes End

December 20 –January3

CAMPUS CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS

SPRING 2024

January 5

Mandatory Orientation

January 8

Term Begins

January 15

Martin Luther King Day (no classes)

February 19

President’s Day

March 4

Registration for Summer Classes

March 25-29

Finals/Classes End

WINTER 2024

April 4

Mandatory Orientation

April 10

Term Begins

May 3

Last Day to drop classes

May 29

Memorial Day (no classes)

June 2

Registration for Fall Classes

June 26-29

Finals/Classes end

SUMMER 2024

July 7

Mandatory Orientation

July 10

Term Begins

August 4

Last day to drop classes

September 4

Labor Day (no classes)

September 7

Registration for Fall

September 18-20

Finals/Classes end

Note: Classes scheduled on holidays will be made up in other regularly scheduled classes unless otherwise noted on individual course syllabi. The Academic Calendar dates are subject to change.

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