As a new RN-to-BSN program Ottawa University continues to create relationships with each state. At this time we are unable to accept students into the nursing program from the following states:
The baccalaureate degree Nursing program at Ottawa University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
Terms for the Ottawa University RN-to-BSN program are offered at six convenient times throughout the year. The application deadline is two weeks prior to the start of the term.
The length of the program will vary depending on the individual student and how many credits were transferred in and how many classes the student will take each term. Some students may finish in as little as 18 months or it may take others up to 3 years.
Effective July 1, 2013 the total credit hours required for an undergraduate degree is 124.
Yes. One of our enrollment advisors will assist you with any questions that you have regarding the transfer of credits. However, in order for your credit hours to be considered for transfer, your courses must have been taught in affiliation with a regional, national faith-related, or national career-related institution with CHEA-recognized accreditation.
There are no traditional clinical rotations as you likely experienced in your ADN or diploma nursing program. Instead, clinical requirements are met through practice experience opportunities such as pertinent application-based projects within selected coursework enhanced in your workplace and/or local community setting, as well as other reflective experiences guided by the nursing faculty.
No. The required nursing major courses are offered 100% online, therefore, the student may complete the courses in his/her hometown.
Note: The majority of associate degree/diploma-prepared RNs have previously taken a Microbiology course and/or Anatomy/Physiology course(s) within their pre-licensure program. However, on the rare occasion that this is not the case, please note that the Microbiology and Anatomy/Physiology foundation courses are only offered on-site at Ottawa University's residential campus in Ottawa, Kansas. If needed, our Enrollment Advisors will be happy to provide you with more information regarding these specific courses.
Students will need to obtain PRIOR approval from their current employer and/or any community agency/facility in which they may plan to participate at for a specific course project/experience and provide the appropriate Ottawa University Nursing Program Faculty with evidence of this approval. You must be currently licensed as an RN in that state in which you plan to participate in these selected course projects/experiences.
NRSG 32009 Health Assessment:
There is not a formal lab component with this class; however, students will need to occasionally practice their assessment skills with a volunteer (i.e., family member, friend, or colleague).
Other possible considerations:
Curriculum is delivered in a flexible online format, however, there may be some very limited occasions throughout the program in which the student will need to arrange an (online) appointment in advance with other students and/or the instructor to discuss assignments/projects, or be online for a specific time in order to participate in a class (or synchronous login (in other words, a live/time-specific class). If this is a requirement for a particular course, this will be communicated at the beginning of that course.
Due to the learning format of the program and its reflection on one’s own nursing experiences, it is strongly recommended that students are currently engaged in nursing practice as an RN. However, each applicant will be reviewed and considered on an individual basis.
Since the courses are provided in an online format, the student will need access to the Internet and be familiar with sending and receiving email, as well as the use of PowerPoint. In addition, an inexpensive webcam, microphone capability, speakers and/or headphone set will be needed at particular points within the curriculum.
Tuition and fees for the RN-to-BSN program can be reviewed at this link.
Because Ottawa University’s goal is to provide the best quality RN-to-BSN nursing students to represent the University, as well as the community in which it serves, a criminal background check is required for acceptance into the program. The student will be responsible for the cost of this background check.
Besides the start of summer, June is also that time of year that we salute and honor the men in our lives: the observance of Men’s Health Week is recognized from June 12-18, and of course, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Therefore, as we raise a toast to men this month, it is only fitting that we address the topic of increasing the percentage of males as nurses during our commemorations to them in June.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, while 3.2 million (91%) of all nurses are female, only 330,000 (9%) are male. This data has demonstrated a small narrowing in the gender gap since the 1970s, but not by a significant, or even moderate, margin. Therefore, in the 21st century, 50 years after the women’s liberation movement emerged, expanding their ability to enter traditionally male-dominated professions, we continue to beg the question: why are there so few men in nursing?
To begin to answer that question, one would need to take into account not only the origin of nursing as we know it today (does Florence Nightingale ring a bell?), but also the factors impacting the profession itself. In addition, other considerations would include the cultural, social/media, and even religious connotations associated with women, gender roles and nursing/health care in our society, and throughout eventful periods in history. In a nutshell, its complex, but at the same time, rather simple: a clear reflection of societal perceptions and influences. However, it’s not fair to blame it all on external forces. For instance, nurses have been known to be their own worst enemies at times: internal political and territorial rifts have been encountered in nursing, whether it’s between specialties in acute care (i.e., Intensive Care Unit nurses versus Medical-Surgical nurses), educational differences (ADN’s vs. BSN’s) or direct patient-care nurses versus those in industry sectors. Thus, perhaps some of this slow progression can be traced back to these invisible boundaries created by the profession itself, or more so to the lack of overall unity and cohesiveness that may have delayed external leverage to promote professional acceptance by men in the past. Thankfully, most of this inner feuding is beginning to fade away as yet another distant chapter in our history.
Interestingly, it took an economic downfall in 2007 to break some of these perceived barriers and stereotypes for men as more and more began to consider an initial or second career in nursing in order to seek a stable and steady profession and one that included a competitive salary. However, here we are 10 years later, still reflecting on this same topic. And so it remains, no different than before: the profession needs more diversity, including more male nurses.
In closing, I leave you with this self-reflection exercise: what have you done in the last year to positively promote our profession to others, including males in particular? I challenge you to consider how you may personally influence a male in your life (i.e., son, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, neighbor, etc.) that demonstrates key qualities and attributes vital to this role, and who you think could make a great nurse. Ask them to give the profession of nursing a thought; sometimes that’s how the best careers get started, seeing the potential in others and helping them realize it.
Kathy Kump, RN, MSN, MHSA, CWOCN, FNP-C
Director of Nursing, Ottawa University
Kathy Kump has been a registered nurse for over 29 years and completed her academic degrees at the University of Kansas, including Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Services Administration, and a Master of Science in Nursing. She is presently enrolled in the University of Kansas Doctor of Nursing Practice program as well as in the PhD Nursing Program at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She is a certified family nurse practitioner, as well as a certified wound, ostomy, and continence nurse.
Disclaimer: This article may represent the opinion of the author(s) in order to provide additional insight for interested nursing professionals. Ottawa University encourages readers to explore all other relevant materials and other avenues related to this topic to enhance their further and future discussion and understanding as a component of their continuous learning experience.
When you’re a nurse, you certainly are approached on a frequent basis with questions from relatives, friends and acquaintances regarding health-related topics and concerns. In fact, you get pretty used to receiving random text messages on your phone from worrisome family members sending you photos depicting skin rashes or moles and inquiring whether or not they should see a doctor. However, nothing prepares you for standing in a cold exam room next to your drowsy father and hearing the gastroenterologist tell you that he has colon cancer. At that moment, you no longer feel like the nurse that “knows everything about medical care” in the eyes of your family… no, at that very moment, you don’t even feel like a nurse at all.
March is Colorectal* Cancer Awareness Month, and it has a personal significance to me: one family member who watched their loved one die from stage IV colon cancer in less than 30 days from initial diagnosis. Indeed, according to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is expected to cause about 50,260 deaths during 20171. And although that number continues to decline, the CDC still declares colorectal cancer as the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States in both men and women2.
Colorectal cancer remains one of the easiest cancers to find in its early stages with the use of many screening and diagnostic tools that are now available for both consumers and physicians. And, because of these improved methods of early detection, the death rate due to colorectal cancer has declined. However, there are still many individuals, similar to my own father, who are not aware of the value of screening; do not have the financial resources (insurance); or are reluctant to have a colonoscopy procedure and/or who often ignore the warning signs until it is quite advanced. For instance, my dad was 78 years old and had never had a colonoscopy, despite significant advice and encouragement from his health care providers and family to do so. Furthermore, he ignored the symptoms of bowel habit changes, abdominal pain and unusual fatigue until it was too late.
The typical signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer can be overlooked and blamed on other innocuous causes, or may be absent or unnoticed until the cancer has advanced. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of colon cancer include the following3:
A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool that lasts longer than four weeks
Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely
Weakness or fatigue
Unexplained weight loss
One of the more disturbing findings that is recently surfacing in current literature and research is that younger people are now being diagnosed with colorectal cancer more so than ever before. And alarmingly, in one study by Holowatyj, Ruterbusch, Rozek, Cote, and Stoffel (2016), it was determined that younger individuals who were found to have colorectal cancer had significantly worse outcomes if they were non-Hispanic black patients compared to non-Hispanic white patients.4 There is still a lot of research going on in these specific age and population-related areas, but certainly such discoveries warrant careful attention and extra scrutiny in regards to potential genetic, environmental or other contributing risk factors for these groups of individuals.
As nurses, we are keenly aware of our influence on our patients, as well as with family, friends and acquaintances, regarding our obligation to provide accurate, informative and preventative health care education. Sometimes we learn the hard way, as I did with my father, that our words are not always heard, welcomed or accepted, and we feel helpless, or blame the patient for being “noncompliant”. However, is it our words that are not received because of the message, or is it the messenger (i.e., could we have stated it more clearly; more understandably; less “medicinal”)? Let’s face it, no one likes talking about their rectum, colon or bowel movements, but when it comes to saving lives, we need to just “get over ourselves”! As the popular children’s storybook title reads: “Everyone Poops”… thus, as nurses, we need to ensure we are addressing this body system well beyond the pediatric years with the utmost respect it deserves and the attention it justifies not only in the month of March, but throughout the entire year, in order to do our best to prevent another death related to colorectal cancer.
*The term “colorectal” broadly depicts both colon and rectum locations.
1 American Cancer Society Website. Key statistics for colorectal cancer. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website. Colorectal cancer. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/
3 Mayo Clinic Website. Colon Cancer. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/symptoms-causes/dxc-20188239
4 Holowatyj, A. N., Ruterbusch, J. J., Rozek, L. S., Cote, M. L., & Stoffel, E. M. (2016). Racial/ethnic
disparities in survival among patients with young-onset colorectal cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 34(18), 2148-2156.
Kathy Kump, RN, MSN, MHSA, CWOCN, FNP-C
Director of Nursing, Ottawa University
One of the ways that we provide continuous support to practicing nurses is by offering Continuing Nursing Education. With February being American Heart Month, we draw attention to PAD and its link to diabetes.
Here is a video overview of what we are talking about this month:
Thank you for watching and thank you for your continued commitment to our profession of nursing.