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Department of Nursing

B.S.N. Degree Online for the Registered Nurse

Welcome
The Minot State University RN to BSN online nursing program is for the registered nurse (RN) who wishes to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. A total of 128 credits are needed to complete the BSN degree. These credits meet both Minot State University and the Department of Nursing requirements.

The RN to BSN program is available in a flexible and convenient online format, with one designated clinical course. Clinical experiences are arranged to be completed in your local area under the direction of qualified faculty and clinical mentor.

Minot State University's RN to BSN online program is available for part time or full time students. Full time enrollment generally allows the RN to complete the curriculum in a minimum of 15 - 18 months. The time needed to complete the program is determined by how much of the required course work is completed at the time of admission.

The RN to BSN online program builds upon prior learning and experiences. Each course is designed to provide the RN with advanced knowledge in nursing concepts and principles. This new knowledge is directly related to the professional nurse's roles and responsibilities regarding individuals, families, groups, and the community.

Learning Outcomes for the student completing the MSU Nursing Major program are:

BSN Degree Benefits
Current and future healthcare needs for the world's citizens requires evidence based professional nursing practice which is vital to advance quality, safe nursing care. The baccalaureate degree in nursing prepares one for nursing practice opportunities in varied nursing roles, environments and complex, evolving clinical situations. There is an emphasis and continual need for well educated, highly competent, caring nurses to meet the ever growing demands of society's healthcare needs for individuals, families, groups, and communities.

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to educate individuals for professional roles in nursing and for graduate education. The professional nurse assumes a variety of roles and responsibilities including, but not limited to: the provider of client centered care, educator, researcher, leader, manager, evaluator, advocate, and/or counselor. Additional benefits of baccalaureate nursing education can be found at: www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/NewsReleases/2010/carnegie.html and www.aone.org.

Directions
For completing admission to Minot State University and application process for MSU RN to BSN Online Nursing Program
Application for admission to Minot State University is a separate procedure from the application for admission to the RN to BSN online program.

Please contact MSU Enrollment Services for an application to MSU. Minot State University application for admission can also be retrieved online on Minot State University homepage www.minotstateu.edu. The MSU Undergraduate Catalog is available online. Applications to the RN to BSN online program will not be considered until admission to MSU is complete and all prior official transcripts have been received by MSU Enrollment Services.

Applications to Minot State University's RN to BSN online program will be accepted and are considered throughout the academic year. Students are admitted fall or spring semester. The RN to BSN online application can be found linked at the top of this page.

RN to BSN Application Requirements and Admission Criteria:

1. First, apply to MSU which includes a $35.00 application fee. All prior official transcripts must be sent to MSU Enrollment Services, 500 University Ave W, Minot, ND 58707. If you are a returning student, you will need to apply to MSU for readmission to activate your MSU status.

2. Second, apply to the RN to BSN online program. This includes:

  1. complete the Application for Admission to the RN to BSN Online Program form,
  2. submit RN to BSN application fee of $25.00, payable to Minot State University,
  3. submit copy of current unencumbered RN license,
  4. submit copy of current American Heart Association CPR Basic Life Support "C" (BLSC) certification,
  5. complete background check form & include a check/money order made out to ND Attorney General for $44.50, and completed fingerprint card(s). This is required by MSU and the Nursing Program.
  6. identify public health agency and state where you wish to complete PH clinical,
  7. complete the MSU Immunization form (you may sign the "Exemption Section" as you will be an online student). Mail or fax this form to MSU Student Health Center. This is required by MSU.
    Mail all RN to BSN application materials to Mary Smith RN, MS, Advanced Standing Director, Department of Nursing, MSU, 500 University Ave W. Minot, ND 58707.
    Advising: Once accepted to Minot State University, students will be advised by the RN to BSN Advanced Standing Director in the Department of Nursing. A review of prior course work will be conducted, after which an individualized Plan of Study will be developed. The requirements for graduation from MSU and the nursing program will be addressed in the plan of study. Students will be admitted to the program in either the Fall or Spring semester.

3. Students who have graduated from a board approved nursing education program and have passed the NCLEX-RN exam must submit a copy of current unencumbered RN license with the RN to BSN online program application.

4. Students who have graduated from a board approved nursing education program AND have not yet passed the NCLEX-RN exam (new graduate), may complete the RN to BSN application form (along with required documents noted in #2 above). The student may be admitted on "Conditional status" their first semester in the program and may take the following courses:

  1. General Education courses
  2. Required support course: statistics (PSY 241, or MATH 240)
  3. Nursing 363 Nursing Theory & Research
  4. Nursing 383 Professional Nursing I
  5. Special Topics course approved by the Nursing Department
    Proof of unencumbered current RN license is required as soon as achieved AND before allowed to progress in the program and before any additional RN to BSN nursing courses can be taken ( N 483, N 457, N 458 and N 493).

5. Cumulative GPA 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale required

Policy
Students admitted to the RN to BSN program who do not enroll in classes for two consecutive semesters ( F & Sp or Sp & F) will have an advisor HOLD placed on their account in Campus Connection. The student must then re-apply for admission into the RN to BSN program.

MSU email:
Minot State University email must be set up once admitted to MSU. All official communications related to the RN to BSN program/course information/advising will be completed through your MSU email address.

Important Information
Nursing 458 Public Health for the Professional Nurse II 3SH clinical course
(135 required clinical hours with 40 of these hours at a public health agency)

  1. Each student is required to spend 40 hours at a public health agency (or in certain circumstances at other community agencies/organizations).
  2. Students need to be flexible when setting up clinical days. In public health, most agencies provide different services and activities on different days of the month, so most likely you will not do your 40 hours all in one week.
  3. Communicate with your public health agency contact to clarify time, place and any other arrangements for each day of clinical experience.
  4. Communicate with your public health agency contact or clinical mentor to clarify what activity you will be doing on each clinical day, in order to prepare for the experience. For example, if you will be participating in an immunization clinic, review vaccine information, contraindications, correct route, dosages, injection sites, etc.) prior to the clinical day.
  5. Students will be prepared and punctual. Please call the agency/preceptor if you are not going to be on time for any reason.
  6. Most agencies require students to sign a confidentiality statement.
  7. Most agencies will provide an orientation to their agency (history, programs, policies, etc.). This will vary with each agency.
  8. All students will participate fully in each clinical experience to the extent allowed by the agency. (If you are in an agency that only wants you to observe, then do so. If you are at an agency that wants you to participate, then be ready to participate fully).
  9. Have a positive attitude!

Dress Code for NURS 458 Clinical is Required
Present a professional appearance at all times.

Check with the agency as far as their dress code. Depending on the activity, they may want you to wear scrubs, a lab coat, or casual pants and shirts. You will be provided a MSU Nursing name tag (wear only for N 458 PH clinical). Cover chest cleavage and wear shoes/socks.

Students will not be allowed to complete clinical if dressed inappropriately.
Your appearance reflects your professional behaviors and reflects upon you, the RN to BSN program, and Minot State University.

HOW to Find a Public Health Agency for N 458
FAQs regarding finding a public health agency

Once you are admitted to the RN to BSN online program and it has been established that you will be able to seek out a public health agency for clinical experience (in identified state) - as per public health agency information included on RN to BSN application form, you will be required to communicate with M Smith, Advanced Standing Director, and the N 458 PH course faculty to identify the name and contact information of PH agency where you wish to complete the 40 PH clinical hours. THE PH FACULTY WILL MAKE THE INITIAL CONTACT WITH PH AGENCY FOR APPROVAL. M Smith will initiate the clinical contract (as needed). Delay in this process may impact progress in the program & completion of the N 458 clinical course.

FAQs:

What kind of agency am I looking for?
A local/community official public health agency (NOT: hospital, LTC, primary care clinics, assisted living centers)

Who do I talk to?
Ask for the director of nursing or public health agency administrator. Make an appointment and meet with person and be prepared to make a clear request, ask and answer questions, and provide basic information regarding the experience.

What do I say and what do I ask them?
You are currently a RN (in that area/state) and a RN to BSN student at Minot State University. You are seeking clinical placement for 40 hours of public health nursing clinical. You would work with a public health clinical mentor at the identified PH agency to learn the roles and responsibilities of a public health RN. Identify the potential semester you would be completing the 40 clinical hours

What public health clinical activities would I expect to participate in?
Clinical activities will vary. Experiences could include: immunizations, school nursing, home visits, adult health, child health, women's health, emergency preparedness, environmental health, WIC, other typical public health roles/responsibilities.

What else should I know about the experience?
Be flexible in scheduling the 40 hours. The clinical days may be consecutive or spread out throughout the semester. Be sure the schedule you set up is workable for you and approved by the public health agency contact or clinical mentor.

What if the agency wishes to talk with the N 458 Public Health Faculty?
Please provide the agency with the PH faculty's contact information. This will be provided to you within the course content and per request.

If the agency is willing to provide clinical for you, please obtain the contact information:
Contact person's name & title, agency name, address, phone number, email, and submit to MSU RN to BSN online program Advanced Standing Director. A contract can then be initiated between the parties. This agreement MUST be in place before you can complete the 40 hours at PH agency N 458.

What is the clinical evaluation process as it relates to my performance at the agency?
The clinical evaluation form (in N 458 course module) will be emailed to the public health agency contact by the course faculty. They will be asked to complete the form following your clinical experience and email it back to your instructor. This is worth 25 points.

Guidelines for RN to BSN Public Health Clinical
The Minot State University RN to BSN online program includes a clinical component in the required Nursing 458 Public Health for Professional Nurse II (3 credit) course. This course, along with the theory course (Nursing 457 Public Health for Professional Nurse I, 3 credits) is offered in the fall and spring semesters. N 458 must be taken the same semester as N 457 or after N 457. N 458 course, and is limited to 15 spots each semester. N 458 requires 135 clinical hours. Forty (40) of the required 135 hours are to be completed in direct public health nursing at an official public health agency. Additional requirements for the clinical course must be in place before the student can enroll in N 458. These include:

  1. ALL RN applicants must complete on the RN to BSN application form, which includes the identification of an official public health agency in their chosen community and state that he/she wishes to complete the PH clinical (40 hours). It is the student's responsibility to provide agency contact information on the RN to BSN application form.
  2. If the RN student is from out of state, see the link: Minot State University "State Authorization" (found at the beginning of the RN to BSN online information) to identify whether MSU is authorized to offer the program in that state, or if there are clinical restrictions.
  3. If RN student is from out of state and MSU is authorized to offer the RN to BSN online program in that state, the out-of -state Board of Nursing will be contacted by MSU faculty to identify whether or not the PH clinical is approved. If the state does not allow the clinical, the RN student will be required to make arrangements to complete the 40 clinical hours in Minot, North Dakota.
  4. If RN student is a licensed RN resident of North Dakota, clinical placements in the state of North Dakota are approved.
  5. Once admitted:
    1. the RN student will communicate with Advanced Standing Director and N 458 faculty to identify specific PH agency requested
    2. the Advanced Standing Director will initiate any agency contract needed - which must be in place before the 40 PH clinical hours can be completed
    3. the N 458 faculty will make initial contact with PH agency, identify appropriate placement and make necessary arrangements.
    Delay in this process may impact progress in the program, and completion of the N 458 clinical course.

Clincial Agency Contracts:
All efforts will be made to facilitate contract negotiations for the clinical experiences at the chosen agency in the RN student's local area. Clinical agency contracts (between the public health agency and Minot State University) may take several months and must be secured before completing the 40 clinical hours at PH agency in N 458. Delay in this process may impact progress in the program. Students will NOT be allowed to complete the 40 clinical hours at PH agency the N 458 course UNTIL a clinical agency is identified and a contract with MSU is in place.

In the event the identified state and/or chosen public health agency is unavailable/not obtained (for example: No State Authorization, State Board of Nursing limitations, unable to secure a contract), the RN student will make arrangements (at own expense) to complete the N 458 forty (40) clinical hours in Minot, ND at the local public health agency during pre-identified dates. Campus housing at Minot State University may be available but not guaranteed. Fees for housing are the responsibility of the student.

NURS 457 Public Health for the Professional Nurse I 3 cr.
Focuses on theory of population-focused community orientated nursing through the synthesis of nursing theory and public health theory applied to promoting, preserving and maintaining the health of populations and grounded in social justice. Prerequisites: Admission to RN to BSN program, NURS 363 and 383.

NURS 458 Public Health for the Professional Nurse II 3 cr.
Provides opportunities for clinical application of population-focused, community-orientated nursing theory through experiences in a variety of urban, rural and/or frontier community settings. Prerequisites: Admission to RN to BSN program, NURS 363 and 383 Co requisite: NURS 457. This public health clinical course requires 135 hours with 40 of these hours at a public health agency.

Minot State University Graduation Requirements
The MSU Registrar's Office reviews student transcripts for graduation requirements. All MSU and nursing requirements must be met prior to graduation. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required for all baccalaureate degree candidates. Students must have completed:

Minot State General Education Courses (38 credits)
General Education courses taken in North Dakota and recognized by the North Dakota University System & the General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA) are accepted at MSU. Credits earned at out of state institutions will be evaluated by the Registrar's Office. General Education requirements and approved course list are available online and on campus at: www.minotstateu.edu - Academics - General Education

   GE1: Communications                 9 credits
   GE2: History                        3 credits
   GE3: Humanities                     6 credits
   GE4: Wellness/Personal Development  2 credits
   GE5: Math                           4 credits
   GE6: Science                        8 credits
   GE7: Social Science                 6 credits

MSU Diversity Requirement (6 credits)
Effective 2008, diversity courses are required for all students. Each MSU student will be required to complete six (6) credits of designated diversity courses.

Only courses officially designated by the Curricular Diversity and Campus Climate Committee (CDCCC) will satisfy these requirements. Diversity courses will be marked on official transcripts. Refer to listing of approved courses at: www.minotstateu.edu Academics Diversity Requirements

Required Support Course (Nursing)
Statistics course (PSY 241, or MATH 240)
This course must be taken before or concurrent with NURS 363 Nursing Theory & Research course.

NCLEX Examination Credit
A course fee of $200.00 is attached to each of the five nursing courses identified with a single asterisk in the chart below, for a total of $1000.00. This fee is to cover the NCLEX Examination Credit. Forty (40) Credits will be posted on the official transcript during the semester of graduation. The NCLEX Examination Credit is designed to help you meet the required minimum of 60 credits at a 4 year institution.

RN to BSN ONLINE COURSES (21 credits/SH:
18 Nursing credits, 3 credits Special Topics HMS course)

Course Credits
NURS 363 Theory & Research (statistics must be taken before or concurrent with NURS 363) 3SH
*NURS 383 Professional Nursing I (1st 8 weeks of semester) 3SH
*NURS 483 Professional Nursing II (last 8 weeks of semester)(pre-requisite NURS 383) 3SH
*NURS 457 Public Health for the Professional Nurse I (theory)(pre-requisite NURS 363, NURS 383, NURS 483) 3SH
*NURS 458 Public Health for the Professional Nurse II (135 required clinical hours**)(co-requisite NURS 457) (pre-requisite NURS 363, NURS 383, NURS 483) 3SH
*NURS 493 Professional Nursing III (Capstone)(pre-requisite NURS 363, NURS 383, NURS 483) 3SH
Nursing Special Topics (CHOOSE ONE)  
    ***HMS 333 Transcultural Healthcare 3SH
    HMS 460 Quality & Risk 3SH
    HMS 463 Issues in HealthCare Regulations & Professional Practices 3SH
* Course fee of $200.00 for each of the five nursing courses.
** Clinical hours arranged in Minot, ND if unable to identify local PH agency & not obtain a completed educational agreement (contract).
*** Meets MSU diversity requirement for graduation .

Immunization Policy
The MSU Department of Nursing requires students to provide proof of immunizations. Complete the immunization document found at www.minotstateu.edu/health/immunization.shtml and send it to: Student Health Center, Minot State University, 500 University Ave. W., Minot ND 58707 or fax to 701-858-3371. You may sign the "Exemption" portion as you will be an online student.

Criminal Background Check Policy
The Department of Nursing and MSU policy requires students to submit a criminal background check along with RN to BSN application. Additionally, some states or agencies require drug testing and/or fingerprints on students before they participate in clinical experiences. If the result of the check renders the student ineligible to complete the clinical nursing course, the student may be subject to dismissal from the RN to BSN online program. Students are responsible for any associated costs.

Transfer Credits
The MSU Registrar's Office evaluates and records transfer credits from regionally accredited degree granting institutions and they are generally honored by the University. Registered nurses who are associate degree or diploma school graduates should contact the Department of Nursing Advanced Standing Director for guidance. Course syllabi may be required for evaluation of transfer credit.

Electives or Transfer Courses
26 credits, online electives or earned transfer credits as needed for graduation

Investment
MSU tuition and fees $255.96 per credit/SH
RN to BSN online program application fee $25.00
MSU Nursing Major Program Fee $25.00 per credit
Books $600.00 approx. per semester
Nursing course fee (N 383, N 483, N 457, N 458, N 493) $200.00 for each course
Name Pin/Lab Coat/Other $50.00 (estimate)
Travel Varies (N 458 course)

All tuition and fees are subject to change. To inquire about financial aid, contact Financial Aid Office at 701-858-3838 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3838.

Accreditation
The Minot State University Department of Nursing Program has full approval of the North Dakota Board of Nursing. In addition, the nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Sample Nursing Sequence
Full Time Student Example (See Printable Brochure "BSN Degree Online for RN Student' for detailed information)

Fall #1Spring #1Summer #1Fall #2
N 363
N 383
N 483
PSY 241, or MATH 240 (if still needed)
HMS 333 (Special Topics Choice)
N 457
N 458
HMS 463 (Special Topics choice)
HMS 333 (Special Topics Choice
General Education
HMS 333 (Special Topics Choice
N 493
HMS 460 (Special Topics Choice)
HMS 333 (Special Topics Choice)
General Education

Equal Opportunity
Minot State University subscribes to the principles and laws of the state of North Dakota and the federal government pertaining to civil rights and equal opportunity, including Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Minot State University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or disability in the recruitment and admission of students and the employment of faculty, staff, and students, and in the operation of all college programs, activities, and services. Evidence of practices which are inconsistent with this policy should be reported to the Human Resource Director in the Administration Building.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Mary Smith RN, MS
Assistant Professor, Advanced Standing Director
Department of Nursing, Minot State University
500 University Ave W
Minot, North Dakota 58707
701-858-3101 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3101
Fax: 701-858-4309
Email: nursing@minotstateu.edu or mary.smith@minotstateu.edu



The Department of Nursing reserves the right to alter content and courses to maintain relevance with professional nursing practice.