Nursing BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Designed for practicing registered nurses, the GSC Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program challenges women and men to strive for intellectual and professional excellence, to build inclusive communities, and to promote social responsibility. The program is designed specifically for adult learners who prefer a combination of guided independent study, peer learning, and faculty-facilitated on-site learning, as well as a desire to acquire knowledge with practical professional application in an environment that offers collegial relationships with faculty and other students. The program builds on registered nurses’ prior education and clinical experiences, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary health care environment. Click here to view a BSN Flyer.

The unique concept-based approach to nursing education provides emphasis on concepts and principles most relevant to baccalaureate nurse practice in today’s health care environment, and assists students in integrating knowledge gained from general education coursework. The course format and scheduling are designed to maximize student time, while facilitating student intellectual and professional growth. The program graduate is prepared for graduate study.

GSC’s BSN program is formatted in a 2+2 approach. Program coursework is available to both RN and non-RN students. The table below summarizes the BSN requirements:

  GSC post-1992 RN Grads (Two-Year Curriculum) GSC RN Grads pre-1992 & Non-GSC RN Grads (Two Year Curriculum) Non RNs (Four Year Curriculum)
GPA Requirement 2.5 GSC GPA 2.5 Nursing Program GPA 2.5 GPA
Licensure Current, valid RN license1 Current, valid RN license1 See footnote2
Admission Process Expedited admission into the BSN program Follow the GSC Standard admission procedure Dual enrollment in both the Associate and Bachelor Degree programs
Associate Degree General Education Pre-Requisites None Transfer credit or complete all General Education courses from the GSC associate degree curriculum Complete the associate degree first

11An Ohio license is required for the senior level BSN practicum courses.
2Dually enrolled associate degree students may take BSN General Education courses. A current, valid RN license is required to take the junior and senior level BSN nursing theory courses. An Ohio license is required for the senior level practicum courses.

Nursing Philosophy

The philosophy of the BSN program is consistent with the Mission of the Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines to provide safe, high quality, patient-centered care including health promotion and risk reduction.
  • Utilize technology to synthesize theory, research, and practice data to support and evaluate decision-making and quality improvement in nursing practice.
  • Integrate leadership, systems change, and social justice principles to improve health outcomes of individuals, families, and populations in a variety of health care settings.
  • Collaborate with other members of the inter-professional health care team to improve effectiveness of health care systems.
  • Strengthen own professional identity and commitment to lifelong learning.

Students must complete 33 credit hours from the post-licensure curriculum plan at GSC. Although most RN to BSN students work full-time and choose to take classes on a part-time basis, some students opt to be full-time students.

Admission to the post-licensure BSN program requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA for all post-secondary course work representing the pre-licensure curriculum plan at GSC, and current, valid licensure as a Registered Nurse.

The RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), which has established required criteria for nursing education programs that “enable the student to develop the nursing knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for the level, scope and standards of nursing practice consistent with the level of licensure” (NCSBN, 2006, Article IX, 9.1.2). These criteria serve as the foundation for a validation process in which 36 credit hours are awarded for nursing courses along with one hour of pharmacological math credit taken in an associate degree or diploma nursing program, thus allowing BSN students to receive credit for their basic nursing preparation.

Curriculum Plan

The college admits students twice a year in August and January. The full-time curriculum plan is designed to be completed in four semesters. The curriculum plan is laid out in a slightly different pattern for each admission cycle. If you have transfer credit or attend part-time, your personal curriculum plan will need to be customized for you. Please contact our admissions staff at 513-862-1678 for specific questions.

Total Post-Licensure Degree Requirements – 48 Credits

Required General Education Courses - (21 Credits)
ENG 102 English Composition II (3)
ENG 105 Professional Communication (3)
CSI 102 Informatics & Technology in Health Care (3)
ETH 321 Social Ethics (3)
MTH 111 Algebra and Probability (3)
MTH 204 Basic Statistics (3)
BIO 311 Pathophysiologic Basis of Patient Care (3)
Required Nursing Courses - (27 Credits)
NUR 301 Baccalaureate Nurse Transition (3)
NUR 311 Healthy Aging (3)
NUR 315 Nursing Research (3)
NUR 321 Holistic Health Concepts (3)
NUR 331 Population Health Care (2)
NUR 332 Population Health Care Practicum (1)
NUR 411 Principles of Nursing Leadership (3)
NUR 415 Continuity of Care (3)
NUR 431 Role Exploration Seminar (1)
NUR 432 Role Exploration Practicum (2)
NUR 485 Capstone: Quality Improvement Project (3)

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