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The Future of Nursing

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 nursing program and for your continued commitment to the wonderful profession of nursing!

Best wishes,

Kathy Kump

Kathy Kump, DNP, RN, MSN, MHSA, CWOCN, FNP-C
Director of Nursing
Ottawa University

*Sullivan, T. (2018). Institute of Medicine Report-The Future of Medicine: Advancing Health. Policy in Medicine. Accessed at: https://www.policymed.com/.

 

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.

BSN Program 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.

MSN Program Goals

  • Promote excellence in nursing education that is consistent with current and future trends to meet the diverse health care needs of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.

  • Develop servant leaders in a variety of nursing settings that embody professional competence and cultural humility.

  • Enhance student development of collaborative skills so they may function as transformational leaders across healthcare, educational systems, and other professional environments.

  • Foster a culture of commitment to lifelong learning and professional development for faculty as well as students based on Christ-inspired values.

  • Uphold the best interests of students, faculty, customers, groups and communities with which we partner.  

Learning Outcomes

 At the end of the MSN program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities and sciences with the art and science of nursing to continuously improve quality and patient safety for diverse populations in a variety of settings.

  2. Employ scholarly inquiry that results in translation of evidence to support advanced nursing practice including clinical prevention and population health.
  3. Champion health care policy, finance, and regulatory issues that influence   health care systems and decision-making in advanced nursing practice.
  4. Role-model a commitment to professional values and ethics that embraces diverse ideas, peoples and cultures in advanced nursing practice.
  5. Demonstrate high-level interpersonal and leadership skills that will advance interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population safety and health outcomes.
  6. Analyze information management and healthcare technology to inform advanced nursing practice.
  7. Personify a commitment to lifelong learning that will contribute to professional growth, lay the foundation for doctoral study and advance the nursing profession.

Nursing Program Highlights

The Ottawa University nursing program is one that works diligently to provide an online program that prepares students to make a difference in both their personal and professional goals. 

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)

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
  • 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.

Ottawa University’s admissions representatives can answer any questions you may have.

Online MSN Program

Our innovative, online, MSN Program can help you fulfill personal and career goals and increase your overall earning potential. In addition, take advantage of these benefits:

  • Personalized attention by expert faculty and staff to ensure you have the support you need to succeed.
  • Patient-focused curriculum designed to assist the MSN graduate to function in today’s complex educational and/or healthcare systems.
  • Learn from instructors with years of real-world experience.
  • These MSN Specialization Tracks can also support professional development towards certification or doctoral study.

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

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • RN-BSN

  • CEP-BSN  (Concurrent Enrollment Program - Maricopa County Community College & Ivy Tech)

Master of Science in Nursing

Ottawa University offers both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degree. Admissions requirements vary between the programs. Click the tab below for admissions requirements for your program of interest.

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!

RN-to-BSN CEP Admission Requirements

There are two entry points for students to be in the CEP program. The first is at the beginning of the associate degree program (ADN) and the second is at the midpoint of the ADN program.Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) students use a specific process that differs from that of RN applicants. Students who wish to be enrolled in an associate degree nursing program and taking online BSN courses from Ottawa University at the same time begin the application process through the community college system. Currently, OU has a partnership with the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and it is through MCCCD that the application process begins. The following lists the steps for students interested in concurrent enrollment from the beginning of their ADN program.

STEP 1:Student wants to pursue Maricopa Nursing/Ottawa University Associate-Baccalaureate Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP).

STEP 2:Student is referred to advisement regarding course requirements for an asso-ciate’s degree from Maricopa Nursing, and to an advisor for the Ottawa University Nursing Program for the BSN.

STEP 3:Student applies to and is accepted into the Maricopa Nursing pool (queue).

STEP 4:Student attends Maricopa Nursing Associate-Baccalaureate CEP Information Session in person or online.

STEP 5:Student submits CEP Application.

STEP 6:Student submits admission checklist, CEP application, HESI A2 scores, and un-official transcripts from all educational institutions at college of first choice.

STEP 7:Maricopa/Ottawa University Associate-Baccalaureate CEP Acceptance Committees review applications and select applicants for admission into Maricopa/Ottawa University Associate-Baccalaureate CEP for upcoming semester.

STEP 8:Applicants selected for placement are notified of application status by Maricopa Nursing and accept/refuse placement.

STEP 9:Accepted students apply to Ottawa University Undergraduate Admissions and enroll in LAS 30012: Writing and Critical Thinking and UNV 11000: Seminar for Significance.

STEP 10:Student graduates with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing from MCCD; eligible to take NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

STEP 11:Student takes NCLEX-RN to obtain registered nurse licensure.

STEP 12:Student may complete final credits in one or two terms at Ottawa University after obtaining their AAS if did not complete BSN courses before NCLEX-RN ex-am eligibility.

STEP 13:Receipt of RN licensure (within the U.S.) must be submitted to Ottawa University before BSN graduation eligibility is met.

MSN Admission Requirements

This program is designed for the registered nurse who has graduated from an accredited nursing program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. A current, unrestricted RN license (obtained in the U.S.) is required.

  • 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.
  • Three professional or academic references. Download reference form here (PDF).
  • Current resume.
  • Three professional or academic letters of recommendation.
  • Career Statement of professional experience and goals in nursing.
  • Evidence of current immunizations (Download Health Status Form here)
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (per 4.0 scale) on previous coursework.
    • Regional, national faith-related, or national career-related institutions with CHEA-recognized accreditation and ACEN or CCNE specialized 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.

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.

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.


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 experiences completed in your clinical areas, workplace and/or local community setting, as well as other reflective experiences guided by the nursing faculty.


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:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Check back frequently as this list may change. For further information on program availability please contact an enrollment advisor.


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.


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.


The baccalaureate degree Nursing program at Ottawa University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.


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.


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.


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.

Students will need to obtain PRIOR approval from any health care/educational/community agency/institution/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 practice experiences.

Other possible considerations:
Curriculum is delivered in a flexible online format, however, there may be some 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 (synchronous login or 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.


Practicum requirements are met through practice experience opportunities within selected coursework enhanced in health care/educational/community agency/institution/facility settings as well as other reflective experiences guided by the nursing faculty.


As a new MSN 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:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

No. The required MSN courses are offered 100% online, therefore, the student may complete the courses in his/her hometown.


The length of the program will vary depending on the individual student and how many courses the student will take each term. Some students may finish in 24 months or it may take longer for others.


The total credit hours required for this graduate degree is 36.


The master's degree program in nursing at Ottawa University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.


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.



Terms for the Ottawa University MSN program are offered at convenient times throughout the year. Please contact an enrollment advisor for specific dates.


Because Ottawa University’s goal is to provide the best quality MSN 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.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Ottawa University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001,202-887-6791.

The master's degree program in nursing at Ottawa University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

 

CCNE Certificate

 

Accreditation Update:
Ottawa University Nursing will host an on-site reaccreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its reaccreditation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on September 9-11, 2019.

CCNE provides the opportunity for program constituents (students, faculty, alumni, employers, health care institutions and the public) to submit, in writing, comments concerning the program’s qualifications for reaccreditation status. Written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation.

You are invited to share your comments regarding the Ottawa University BSN program to CCNE by August 19, 2019. CCNE shares third-party comments only with the evaluation team. At no time during the review process are these comments shared with the hosting program. If you would like to submit a third-party comment regarding the Ottawa University BSN program, please submit to: thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org

Or, if you prefer, comments can be mailed to:

        Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
        Attn: Third-Party Comments
        655 K St., NW, Suite 750
        Washington, DC  20001

Accreditation Update:  
The master's degree program in nursing at Ottawa University is pursuing initial accreditation by the 
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 
202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. 

Ottawa University Nursing hosted an on-site accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for initial accreditation of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program on March 18, 19 & 20 of 2019.
 

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