RN-BSN Completion Program - Good Samaritan College of Nursing

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RN-BSN Completion Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The GSC RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program challenges women and men to strive for intellectual and professional excellence, to build inclusive communities, and to promote social responsibility. The hybrid program is designed for adult learners who prefer a combination of guided independent study, peer learning, and faculty-facilitated on-site learning, in an environment that offers collegial relationships with faculty and other students. Click here to view a BSN Flyer.

The Program offers a hybrid learning format consisting of face-to-face and online learning. Upon completion, the graduate is prepared for advanced degree study.

GSC’s RN-BSN program is formatted in a 2+2 approach. Most 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 footnote 1, 2
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 Semester hours (or equivalency)
  • 3 credit hrs Arts/Humanities
  • 9 credit hrs Natural Sciences including Anatomy & Physiology with a lab
  • 3 credit hrs English
  • 6 credit hrs Social Sciences including sociology and psychology
Additional coursework if needed to total 120 credit hrs for the BSN degree
Complete the associate degree first

1Students must hold an RN license in the state where the practicum site is located for the 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. 

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 (i.e., final acceptance) to the post-licensure BSN program requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA for all post-secondary course work, 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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