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RN to BSN Program Description

Western New Mexico University offers an online program for RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The nursing courses are all online as well as many of the general education courses. The program was developed in response to a nursing shortage, and in particular to a shortage of nurses prepared at the bachelor’s level. This RN to BSN program is a part of a statewide effort to expand nursing education at all levels. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared for positions in patient care, leadership, school health, and community health.

Program Admission Requirements

1. Graduate of an approved ADN or Diploma program in nursing

2. Active license as a Registered Nurse

3. Cumulative GPA of 2.50

Program Requirements

1. Liability insurance, immunizations and CPR must be current and submitted before enrollment in Community Health Nursing;

2. Valid certification in CPR throughout the program;

3. Sufficient coursework must be taken through WNMU to satisfy the resident credit requirement.

Transfer Credit

1. Graduates of Associate Degree Programs can transfer lower division credits to WNMU;

2. Credit earned in a diploma program will be evaluated on an individual basis

3. Only college courses with a grade of C or better will transfer

  • There is no time limit on how long ago the nursing program was completed

General Education Requirements and Supporting Coursework for this Major

  • WNMU General Education Requirements – Refer to WNMU Catalog

  • Supporting Coursework (*may count as general education)
 

—*BIOL 254/256 - Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab

—*BIOL 255/257 - Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab

—*PSY 102 - General Psychology

— MAT 321 - Statistics

Other Requirements

  • A minimum of 50 credit hours of upper division courses are required (6 credits outside of major). These credit hours are comprised of the combined total from the following areas:

 

Upper Division Nursing Courses (36 cr hrs)

  NUR 325Health Assessment (4 cr hrs)
  NUR 332 Nursing Research (3 cr hrs)
  NUR 336 Pathophysiology for Nurses (4 cr hrs)
  NUR 405 Family Systems (4 cr hrs)
  NUR 406 Critical Thinking in Professional Nursing (3 cr hrs)
  NUR 407 Leadership Roles (3 cr hrs)
  NUR 408 Issues in Professional Nursing (3 cr hrs)
  NUR 415 Health Care Policy I (2 cr hrs)
  NUR 416 Health Care Policy II (2 cr hrs)
  NUR 429 Utilizing Resources (2 cr hrs)
  NUR 446 Community Health Nursing (6 cr hrs)
       
  Nursing Elective (2-3 cr hrs)  
  Options are listed below:  
  NUR 432 Nursing Informatics (2 cr hrs)
  NUR 470 Nursing Organization & Management (3 cr hrs)
       
  These electives are currently under development:  
  NUR 304 Integrating Complementary and  
    Alternative Medicine into Nursing Practice (2 cr hrs)
  NUR 420 History of Nursing (2 cr hrs)
  NUR 441 Perioperative Nursing (4 cr hrs)
       
  Other Courses (12 cr hrs)  
  To meet the credit hour requirements for this area,
you can complete:
 
 

•Any upper division courses (300-400 level) from any discipline area

—At least 6 credit hours must be outside of nursing major

 

 

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