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2009-2010 Catalog 
2009-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, BSN

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a RN-BSN program designed for registered nurses who want to advance their education. The program will provide registered nurses with a well-rounded general education in the arts and sciences as well as an advanced degree in nursing. The program offers a diverse population of students with innovative educational experiences and opportunities to meet the healthcare needs of the community they serve. Through the educational process, the student will be able to internalize the values, traditions, and obligations of the professional nurse and gain a greater professional perspective and increased critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The program provides a career and educational pathway for registered nurses who have earned a diploma or associate of science degree in nursing.

Program Highlights: The BS in Nursing program includes courses in professional issues, informatics, research, legal ethical aspects of healthcare, advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical decision making, leadership, and community health. Courses are offered in an online or blend of online and traditional formats, in an accelerated five and eight week fashion to accommodate students’ various schedules and learning preferences. Courses are offered for full and part-time students. During practicum experiences in community health and leadership students will work with a nurse preceptor in the community to assist them in applying theoretical knowledge in the workplace.

Career Opportunities: The RN-BSN program prepares graduates for career promotions and advancement in nursing to include positions in community health, management, and leadership. It also provides a basis for continued education at the graduate level.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to fulfilling the entrance requirements for Edison State College, applicants to the BSN program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Provide official transcripts showing an Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution. Registered nurses who have graduated from a diploma school of nursing will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  2. Possess and submit a valid, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license from the state in which the applicant is practicing, to be kept current throughout the duration of the required course of study.
  3. Complete all college preparatory coursework and a minimum of fifteen (15) semester hours of transferable general education coursework.
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in all postsecondary coursework.
  5. Prior to enrollment in any upper division courses, students must complete Composition I (ENC 1101) & II (ENC 1102), Statistics (STA 2023), and all science courses.

General Education Requirements:

Total: 36


**courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements in natural sciences

*Humanities electives may be chosen from any course listed in the General Education Program Guide under Humanities.

*CHM 2025 and lab or higher level can be used to satisfy this requirement.

Students must possess a valid, unrestricted RN license for admission.

Prior to enrollment in any 3000 or 4000 level courses, students must complete ENC 1101, ENC 1102, statistics and all science prerequisites

Degree Requirements:

Lower Division Nursing (AS degree courses):

 A total of 30 credit hours from an A.S. Degree in Nursing count toward the total 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Total: 30

Total Credit Hours: 120


***The practicum enrollment process requires satisfactory completion of immunization and health report. The process also requires satisfactory completion of a College-approved criminal history background check completed at the student’s expense.

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours. For residency purposes, a minimum of 30 credit hours required for graduation must be completed at Edison State College. All other specific degree requirements must also be met. Credit awarded for college-preparatory instruction may not be counted toward fulfilling the total number of credits required for residency purposes or graduation.
  2. For purposes of conferring the bachelor’s degree, students must complete at least 36 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 level or above. At least 30 of the 36 hours must be earned at Edison State College.
  3. Students must fulfill all requirements for their program major. Students should refer to program graduation requirements.
  4. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all work at Edison State College. Students pursuing a degree in education must achieve a 2.5 average or higher in all coursework. Individual programs may require a higher grade point average for graduation.
  5. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all upper division program requirements.
  6. Students must complete the general education requirements of the Associate in Arts Degree including any assessment of general education outcomes that are required by the College. Transfer courses will be reviewed for equivalency. Students who transfer to Edison State College with a previous associate in arts degree from a Florida community college, or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, are considered to have met the general education component of the degree.
  7. Students must have completed Florida’s foreign language requirement prior to the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students may meet this competency in one of two ways:
    1. successful completion of two years of a single foreign language while in high school (official high school transcripts must be submitted to the College Registrar), or
    2. successful completion of two semesters (8-10 credit hours) of a single foreign language in college (or through corresponding College Level Examination Program CLEP exams). Edison State College may determine standards for review of non-traditional foreign language competence for languages not available through CLEP (in languages other than French, German and Spanish).
  8. In accordance with State Rule 6A- 10.0312, a student must demonstrate proficiency on the State of Florida College- Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) or meet eligibility standards for CLAST alternatives. Students in pursuit of the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree must complete the CLAST requirement by the time they have earned 36 semester hours as a BAS student.
  9. Students must meet program criteria prior to enrollment in the capstone or internship experience.

Students must complete an Application for Graduation through the Office of the Registrar and enroll for the GRD 4000 the semester in which they intend to graduate. Students must apply for graduation by the published deadline to be assured of final clearance for graduation, timely receipt of diploma, and participation in the graduation ceremony. Individual programs may identify graduation application deadlines.

For additional information, please contact the Baccalaureate and University program office by calling (239) 489-9295. For admission and graduation requirements, refer to the appropriate section of the College Catalog.

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