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    Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N. Program)

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Membership(s): SOC Program Membership(s): SOCAD . PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Bachelor's - Bachelor's Enrollment: 250 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Online Assignment Submission, Postal, Threaded Discussion Board Subject: Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses WebCT

     
    DESCRIPTION
    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program is a baccalaureate completion program designed for licensed registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The core coursework in nursing follows the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Baccalaureate Education. Students follow a sequentially developed curriculum that builds on previously learned nursing knowledge and clinical experiences.

    Classes are taught in an interactive online format with students and faculty interacting throughout each week. A 50 hour community-based nursing practicum is completed by each student during the last course. Students are required to develop and implement a project during this practicum.

    In order to graduate, students must complete 30 credits of general education courses, 6 credits of cognate courses, and 36 credits of nursing courses. RN students receive 61 prior learning credits for their RN license. TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 121 semester hours
     
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    N/A
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    All students are required to have a computer with the following recommended minimum specifications:
    A. Pentium; 400MHz minimum processor
    B. 128 MB RAM
    C. Video capable of 800 x 600 screen display or better
    D. CD ROM capability
    E. Full duplex sound card and speakers
    F. 56.6 baud modem
    G. Internet connection with private Internet Service Provider (ISP) for access from home to the Internet. DSL or Cable connection recommended.
    H. Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP or NT
    I. Microsoft Office 97 with Power Point, Word, and Excel minimum
    J. Surge suppresser electrical outlet K. Suggested option: Zip Drive
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    Students are provided academic and administrative support by the Nursing Department抯 RN to BSN Program. The program office coordinates the scheduling of faculty and courses, provides advisement to students, organizes registration, advises students, and monitors student progress. Students may reach the RN to BSN Program through email or telephone or in person on the Fifth floor of the Terry Building on the main NSU campus.

    The university抯 library system provides off-campus students almost all of the library services available to on-campus students. The online catalog, NovaCat, is accessible to students and faculty members wherever they may be located. The library system provides access to more than 10 million volumes and 200 subscription databases and provides online access to a variety of full-text resources including 20,000 unduplicated full-text journals, 260,000 dissertations, 70,000 ERIC ED documents, and 27,000 ebooks. Students may request delivery of books and other documents to their homes or offices. Requests can be made via online forms or fax. Journal articles can be e-mailed, mailed, faxed, or scanned and accessed digitally from the student's desktop. These services are provided by the Alvin Sherman Library抯 Document Delivery Department and the Health Professions Division Library, which can be reached by toll-free phone, email, or via the web. Students can request up to 25 free documents per week while they are enrolled. Print materials sent to students in the United States are sent by first-class mail. Students also may call the HPD or Alvin Sherman Library抯 Reference Desk for reference information, advice on research strategies and resources, and suggestions on other library resources that may be of use. The desk is staffed 90 hours per week. To send questions after hours students should use email. The university抯 website provides instructions on the use of the library.

    The NSU Student Information System enables students to access and update their personal information online using their web browsers. The university抯 WebSTAR system gives students the ability to review their grades, print unofficial transcripts, review financial aid information, and review their financial account balances.

    The Help Desk of the university抯 Office of Information Technologies (OIT) provides assistance with many online technology issues via phone or email support. Examples of services include help with connecting to the university from home; configuring a PPP connection; troubleshooting email account problems; navigating through WebCT; setting up Outlook, Netscape Navigator, and Internet Explorer; and other technology issues.

    The school, using WebCT as an online course management system, provides a range of tools and methods to support faculty-to-student interaction including online discussion boards, chat rooms, white boards, email, telephone, and a system for online submission, review and grading of assignments. Professors also use email, the telephone, and fax.

    The IZone within NSU抯 Office of Information Technologies maintains a website which provides students with an online orientation, including tutorials, to WebCT, email, and other methods necessary for coursework completion.
     
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose. A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients. Any student admitted provisionally is not eligible for financial aid.

    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    A 50 hour community-based nursing practicum is completed by each student during the last course. Students are required to develop and implement a project during this practicum.
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    In order to graduate, students must complete 30 credits of general education courses, 6 credits of cognate courses, and 36 credits of nursing courses. Students receive 61 prior learning credits for their R.N. license.
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
    Students are provided academic and administrative support by the Nursing Department抯 RN to BSN Program. The program office coordinates the scheduling of faculty and courses, provides advisement to students, organizes registration, advises students, and monitors student progress. Students may reach the RN to BSN Program through email or telephone or in person on the Fifth floor of the Terry Building on the main NSU campus.

    The Help Desk of the university抯 Office of Information Technologies (OIT) provides assistance with many online technology issues via phone or email support. Examples of services include help with connecting to the university from home; configuring a PPP connection; troubleshooting email account problems; navigating through WebCT; setting up Outlook, Netscape Navigator, and Internet Explorer; and other technology issues.

    The school, using WebCT as an online course management system, provides a range of tools and methods to support faculty-to-student interaction including online discussion boards, chat rooms, white boards, email, telephone, and a system for online submission, review and grading of assignments. Professors also use email, the telephone, and fax.

    The IZone within NSU抯 Office of Information Technologies maintains a website which provides students with an online orientation, including tutorials, to WebCT, email, and other methods necessary for coursework completion.
     
    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
    General education courses may be completed at any accredited community college if applicant completes them prior to matriculating into the nursing program (30 semester hours). Upon matriculation, general education courses must be completed at NSU.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    The nursing department has rolling admissions for the program, and applications are accepted year round. Candidates must submit all applications and transcripts by August 1 for priority consideration for the August entering class and by December 1 for priority consideration for the January entering class.
    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
    None.
    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
    An overall GPA 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Proof of current registered nurse (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current throughout the program.
    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
    N/A

     


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