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Nursing (RN-BSN)


The Future of Nursing

In 2010, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified eight recommendations that specify how nurses should be supported, enabling them to significantly impact the quality of health care in the future. Below is a brief video that captures the essence of the collaborative efforts underway to empower all areas of the nursing profession (as furnished from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action website). Ottawa University Nursing is supportive of these efforts.

Thank you for considering Ottawa University’s RN-to-BSN program and for your continued commitment to the wonderful profession of nursing!

Best wishes,

Kathy Kump

Director of Nursing
Ottawa University

Our Mission and Goals

As an integral component of Ottawa University, the Nursing program embraces the University’s mission of providing the highest quality liberal arts and professional education in a caring, Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. We are committed to excellence in nursing education that empowers our nursing graduates as servant leaders to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, groups, and communities in diverse population settings.

Nursing Program's Goals

  • Provide quality nursing education by remaining on the forefront of current trends in nursing standards and practices to meet the health care needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Prepare students to be culturally and professionally competent nurses in a variety of diverse health care and community settings.
  • Engage in collaborations with community health care facilities to discover learning opportunities for students that will empower them to be innovators and leaders in nursing.
  • Cultivate a compassionate educational environment based on Christ-centered values that encourage a commitment to lifelong learning and professional nursing development for both students and faculty.
  • Serve students as well as faculty, customers, groups, and communities with which we partner.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the BSN program will be able to:

Specialized Knowledge:

  • Define the essential components of today’s professional baccalaureate nurse and compare and contrast to historical perspectives.
  • Build upon their knowledge of the nursing process to ensure safe and timely outcomes for individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan.

Integrative Knowledge:

  • Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences with the knowledge of nursing theories as a foundation for nursing practice.
  • Synthesize information obtained from the natural and behavioral sciences in refining both their understanding of and assessment techniques in the patient’s presentation and response to normal and abnormal pathophysiological processes across the life span.
  • Develop collaborative relationships and effective communication skills with other members of the healthcare team to optimize patient care outcomes.

Intellectual Skills:

  • Utilize information management and health care technology to support the delivery of safe patient care in a variety of health care settings.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by evaluating evidence based research and disseminating the appropriate findings into best practice decisions.
  • Adopt current health promotion principles and effective teaching strategies to improve delivery of care.

Applied Learning:

  • Utilize the foundational knowledge from their pre-licensure education and nursing background and the understanding of the ethical and legal standards of practice to expand their role as a professional nurse.
  • Through selected practice experience projects, apply the principles of nursing leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety measures in providing culturally competent care for individuals, families, and communities in diverse population groups.

Civic Learning:

  • Develop and articulate a statement of values or code of ethics that reflects one’s respect for different ideas, peoples and cultures, and an understanding of the responsible uses of technology.
  • Identify how health care policy, finance, and regulatory issues influence health care systems and practice decision-making.

Personal Learning:

  • Embrace a personal commitment to lifelong learning by remaining up-to-date with current literature and trends in the profession of nursing, and attending or pursuing continuing educational opportunities to further their professional development.

Online RN-to-BSN Program

Earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree can help you fulfill personal and career goals and increase your overall earning potential through our online RN-to-BSN program.

National organizations, including the Institute of Medicine and the American Nurses Association, advocate and support initiatives to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses available for patients. This is being heard by many health care-related facilities, including hospital employers. Ottawa University’s RN-to-BSN program supports the health care profession’s goals for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce.

Now is the time to open the door to future career opportunities with your BSN.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Designed for practicing RNs, our RN-to-BSN program gives you the flexibility to earn your degree on your schedule, and the knowledge and skills to further your goals.

  • 8-week terms
  • Flexible online courses for nurses
  • Easy transfer of previous college-earned educational credit hours
  • Network and collaborate online with a diverse group of peers
  • No Program-specific Prerequisites
  • 34 credit hours of Nursing Major courses

You will have the opportunity to participate in some application-based projects within the coursework. These projects are supplemented through hands-on learning in the workplace setting and in selected observational experiences.

Liberal arts and health care management electives are available to complement your nursing degree.

If you are searching for online nursing programs or a nursing program in Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Wisconsin, Indiana or other geographical areas near our campus locations, Ottawa University’s admissions representatives can answer any questions you may have.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Available Online.

Major Requirements

Liberal Arts Courses

The following courses must be taken to fulfill the liberal arts requirement.

  • UNV 11000 Seminar for Significance
  • LAS 30012 Writing and Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts
  • LAS 45012 Global Issues in the Liberal Arts

Foundation Courses

The following may be taken at Ottawa University or equivalencies/substitutions transferred in. Please note not all Foundation Courses may be available online.

Nursing Major Courses

Professional Nursing Theory, Roles and Practice | NRSG 30000
Focuses on concepts essential to the baccalaureate prepared nurse for transformation into the full professional role. Content areas include transitioning to school and role development, historical nursing advocates, nursing, theory, ethical practice, quality practice, accountability, and profesional nursing issues/trends. Serves as introduction to professional oral and written communication skills and to the concept of developing a professional portfolio.

Nursing and Cultural Diversity in Healthcare | NRSG 30003
Course focuses on improving cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competency among healthcare professionals. Examines how cultural diversity affects health beliefs, health care behaviors, and health/illness dynamics. Prepares students to better implement and evaluate individualized plans to improve health care delivery in diverse settings and population groups, including the underserved.

Clinical Informatics and Technology | NRSG 32000
Course explores the vast amount of technology used in health care practice, research, education, and leadership. Focuses on information technology as related to health care safety, quality improvement, resource utilization, and data management to improve outcomes. Other topics include the ethical and legal issues impacting the use of technology in health care.

Health Promotion Across Life Cycle | NRSG 32003
Explores the impact of nursing in regard to health teaching and promotion in a variety of client situations and settings to encourage strategies to improve healthy life styles. Content focuses on health throughout the lifespan, risk assessment and screeing, global health issues, and health educational resources.

Human Pathophysiology | NRSG 32006
Course explores cellular functions and pathology and the response of the human body to various disease processes. Focuses on the rationale behind diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury and further assists student understanding of the management of specific health problems across the lifespan.

Health Assessment | NRSG 32009
Provides the opportunity to gain or refine basic knowledge and assessment skills required in performing a complete nursing health assessment across the life span. Topics include describing findings and differentiating normal from atypical or abnormal determinations. Also explored are techniques in interviewing, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection, and auscultation on volunteers and/or simulated experiences.

Health Care Policy and Regulations | NRSG 46000
Examines the development of health care policy in the U.S. and the influences of societal, political, and economic environments on the health care industry. Explores the interaction of government and other regulatory agencies within the health care industries.

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice | NRSG 46003
Course serves as an introduction to the concepts of nursing research methods and theoretical principles. Focuses on providing students with the knowledge base to define and critically analyze and evaluate clinical research problems and develop techniques to practically implement the evidence in leadership or professional practice roles.

Community Based Nursing | NRSG 46006
Explores dimension of nursing from a community health perspective (urban and rural) and focuses on specific population groups within the community for health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction. Topics include evaluation of evidence-based nursing principles to develop an effective understanding of the role of the professional nurse in the community setting.

Nursing Leadership and Management | NRSG 46009
Course utilizes theoretical principles to provide students with the knowledge base to be effective leaders/managers in a variety of health care settings. Topics include strategic planning, power, advocacy, motivation, case management, and resource management.

Professional Nursing: Integration Concepts | NRSG 49003
Capstone course that emphasizes reflection, integration, and synthesis of concepts acquired from previous courses. Students prepare a written proposal on an approved topic of their choice which addresses a plan related to a relevant and timely nursing/health care concern. Proposal incorporates knowledge obtained from previous program courses to include such areas as evidence-based research, patient safety, performance improvement, cultural competence,
ethical leadership, and health care access.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

RN-to-BSN Admission Requirements

Take the first step toward your degree.

The following are Ottawa University RN-to-BSN admissions requirements to be considered for admission. Our Enrollment Advisors are always available to help if you have questions.

  • A completed Ottawa University application for admission (you can apply online or at any of our locations)
  • Current, unrestricted RN licensure in the United States (must be maintained throughout the program). Licenses will be verified.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check. Applicant is responsible for this cost.
  • Two professional or academic references. Download reference form here (PDF).
  • Career Statement of professional experience and goals in nursing (no more than 2 pages). Please include current and previous work experience as an RN (due to the format of the program, current or recent RN work experience is strongly recommended).
  • Evidence of current immunizations (Download Health Status Form here)
  • A degree from an accredited associate degree or diploma-nursing program with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA (per 4.0 scale) on previous coursework.
    • Regional, national faith-related, or national career-related institutions with CHEA-recognized accreditation.
  • Submission of official transcripts of all previous college/university coursework.
  • A personal interview (arranged conveniently with the applicant) may be required at the discretion of the Nursing Program Admission Team.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who are new nursing graduates may be offered provisional admission pending passage of the NCLEX and receiving RN licensure.  Receipt of licensure must be obtained by the end of the student’s second term in the RN-BSN program.

  • Provisionally-accepted applicants must complete and submit all other required documents (Note, as per above: RN license will be submitted as soon as it is obtained/received, but no later than the end of the student’s second term in the RN-BSN program).
  • Failure to comply with provisional admission requirements will result in dismissal from the program.

Additional Items of Note

  • All previous college/university credits will be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer to Ottawa University.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to have official transcripts from every college/university previously attended forwarded to Ottawa University.
  • Evidence of current immunizations (with a health status form) and current copy of CPR (professional/healthcare) card must be received and on file prior to selected practice experiences. These deadline submission dates will be communicated to the students.
    • Please Note: Students are responsible for any costs associated with immunization, titers, and/or physical exam. Personal health insurance coverage is highly recommended as a student.
  • Any student with ADN/diploma nursing credits that are more than ten years old must have their credential validated.  This is accomplished by: Successful completion of NRSG 30000 Professional Nursing Theory, Roles, and Practice with a “C” or above and one other required nursing major course with a “C” or above (with a prefix of NRSG).
    • Prior ADN/diploma nursing courses will be held in escrow until the successful completion of NRSG 30000 and one other required nursing major course in the program (with a prefix of NRSG) as noted above. Upon successful completion of these two courses, the prior ADN/diploma nursing course credits will be transcribed as transfer credit applicable toward the Ottawa University BSN degree.

Earn an online RN-to-BSN degree with Ottawa University and advance your career in nursing today!

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