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NURSING.

Online RN2BSN
B.S.N. Degree in Nursing

RN to BSN Degree: Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Move up as an RN with a BSN Degree and up your employment options in the health care field.

Catawba College offers the RN to BSN completion degree for licensed nurses with 8-week courses that are 100% online. Enhance your current knowledge, broaden your career options, and prepare for broader levels of responsibility by earning your BSN degree.

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upcoming Start Dates

We have five start dates each academic year. The remaining start dates for the RN to BSN program at Catawba College are:

January 15
March 11
May 21
August 12
October 7
 

MORE HOURS.  MORE CHOICES.  MORE FUTURE. 

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Catawba College’s RN to BSN online program enables an easy transition for Registered Nurses (RN) with Associate degrees in Nursing or Nursing diplomas to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. With a low student to teacher ratio and easy to manage curriculum, Catawba’s RN to BSN degree option is the ideal choice for the busy RN ready to advance their nursing career.


RN2BSN QUICK FACTS

  • Applying is Easy: 
    The application process is easy, and each student has a faculty mentor as a guide and counselor to make the transition back to a student and matriculation as easy as possible. We even request transcripts for you!
  • Nervous about Online Education? 
    Do not worry! The first class introduces students to the online environment and forms a community of fellow students to promote collegiality and a support system. To make it even easier, students only take two 8-week online courses at a time.
  • Transfer and RN Experience Credit Hours: 
    Catawba College’s RN to BSN degree option requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 28 credit hours of Core Transfer courses, 32 credits hours in the Nursing major, and 30 credit hours for experience in the workforce as an RNAt times, a student may be required to take a general education class, yet still complete their BSN degree (from start to finish) in about one year. 


We want to hear from you! Contact us to learn more about our special nursing program that takes care of you as you provide care for others.


Program Highlights

The Catawba College Department of Nursing seeks to prepare competent, diverse nurse professionals to meet the holistic health care needs of a culturally diverse society by providing a solid foundation in liberal studies that effectively melds with an RN to BSN student’s real-life work experience as a registered nurse.

RN to BSN students can enroll at five different start dates throughout the year. With our 8-week block structure of 100% online courses, students take two(2) courses at a time. Most adult students enroll in four or more courses per semester making them full-time and eligible for maximum financial aid programs.

Catawba’s Department of Nursing faculty are committed to working with students to meet their professional goals. Faculty offer varied clinical expertise in fields such as geriatrics, mental health, maternity and pediatric care, and medical surgical nursing. 

Nurse with Child in Hospital
More Hours, Choices, and Future.
  • Flexibility: Students can learn anytime, anywhere in 8-week nursing courses.
  • Affordable: $199/credit hour.
  • Convenient: Students can work and complete the RN-BSN program
  • Personal attention to advising: Students receive 1:1 advising with faculty

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PARTICIPATE.

The Catawba College Student Nurses Association offers pre-nursing and nursing students opportunities for campus, community, and statewide collaboration for addressing current population health care needs. In addition, involvement allows for mentorship and connection with members of the North Carolina Nurses Association. Students attend statewide and national student nurses' association meetings, participate as officers in campus, state, and national student nurses association, and take part in various community services initiatives.

Faculty

Dr. Valerie Rakes, DNP, RN

Dr. Valerie Rakes is an associate professor and chair of Catawba’s Department of Nursing. A registered nurse with 29 years’ experience in both hospital practice and academic settings, she specializes in leadership and curriculum development through inter-professional collaboration in academic and healthcare settings. 

Dr. Alison Atwater, DNP, RN

Dr. Alison Atwater is an assistant professor and simulation and lab coordinator. She began consistently using simulation education in 2015 and has completed numerous professional development activities since. Her research interests include using modern technology, combined with theory-driven educational methods to enhance student learning. 

Sandra Yamane, DNP, MS, AGNP-C

Sandy Yamane is an assistant professor of Nursing. Her educational background is diverse and includes earning her D.N.P. at Duke University, an M.S.N. at Sacred Heart University, an M.S. at Columbia Southern University in Occupational Safety and Health/Environmental Management, and her R.N. at Forsyth Technical Community College. 

Curriculum

Required Courses for RN to BSN
Required Courses for RN to BSN

The RN to BSN option requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 28 credit hours of Core Transfer courses, 32 credits hours in the Nursing major, and 30 credit hours for experience in the workforce.  RN students can complete their BSN degree (start to finish) in one year by attending online classes throughout the entire calendar year. Students will complete general pre-requisite courses in addition to the sequential nursing curriculum. RN to BSN students can enroll at five different start dates throughout the year.

With our 8-week block structure, students take two(2) courses at a time. Most adult students enroll in four or more courses per semester making them full-time and eligible for maximum financial aid programs.

CORE COURSES FROM TRANSFER
- Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Principles of Chemistry
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Statistics


An active and unencumbered North Carolina RN License is required for admittance to the program. Successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening are also required.
 

NURS 3301: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice

3

NURS 3302: Holistic Health Assessment for RNs

4

NURS 3303: Nursing Research

3

NURS 3306: Nursing the Gerontological Population

2

NURS 3511: Community Health Nursing

5

NURS 4201: Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing Practice

2

NURS 4202: Nursing Informatics

2

NURS 4306: Healthcare Promotion across the Lifespan

3

NURS 4405: Leadership and Management in Nursing

3

NURS 4511: Nursing Capstone Practicum

5

RN-BSN Nursing Completion Credits (Total of 60 hours of required courses within the major including non-nursing courses)

32

Core Transfer Courses (see above)

60

Credits for AAS or Dip Nursing Experiences (pending successful completion of NURS 3301)

30

Total Required for Graduation:

122

Matriculation Plan
Matriculation Plan

Spring '20-7

Spring '20-8

Summer '20

Fall '20-7

Fall '20-8

Spring '21-7

Spring '21-8

Summer '21

3301 (3)

3303 (3)

3511 (5)

4202 (2)

4511 (5)

 

 

 

3302 (4)

3306 (2)

4201 (2)

4306 (3)

4405 (3)

 

 

 

 

3303 (3)

3511 (5)

3301 (3)

4202 (2)

4511 (5)

 

 

 

3306 (2)

4201 (2)

3302 (4)

4306 (3)

4405 (3)

 

 

 

 

3511 (5)

3301 (3)

4202 (2)

3303 (3)

4511 (5)

 

 

 

4201 (2)

3302 (4)

4306 (3)

3306 (2)

4405 (3)

 

 

 

 

3301 (3)

4202 (2)

3303 (3)

3511 (5)

4511 (5)

 

 

 

3302 (4)

4306 (3)

3306 (2)

4201 (2)

4405 (3)

North Carolina Community College Articulation Agreement
North Carolina Community College Articulation Agreement

Uniform Articulation Agreement between NC Independent Colleges and Universities RN to BSN Programs and NCCC-System Associate Degree Nursing Programs

The following presents a uniform, statewide academic progression agreement that will promote educational advancement opportunities for registered nurses moving between North Carolina community colleges and the constituent institutions of the NC Independent Colleges and Universities in order to complete BSN degrees. 

Registered Nurse (RN) to BS in Nursing Articulation Agreement Curriculum Plan

Block 1: 23 Course Credits

Consists of certain prerequisite nursing courses that are taken as part of all NCCC AAS nursing programs.

Course Category

Transferrable Courses

Credits

English Composition

Select 2: ENG 111, 112, 114

6 (3,3)

Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab

BIO 165 & 166 or 168 & 169

8 (4,4)

Humanities/Fine Arts

Select 1: ART 111, 114, 115; MUS 110, 112; PHI 215, 240; HUM 115

3

Psychology

PSY 150, 241

6 (3,3)

Block 2: 18-19 Course Credits

? Consists of additionaluniversity general education courses that are not part of an AAS degree, but are required to earn a BSN

? These general education requirements will be met by completing one listed course in each of the first four categories and two in the last

Course Category

Transferrable Courses

Credits

English Literature

Select 1: ENG 231, 232

3

History

Select 1: HIS 111, 112, 131, 132

3

Fine Arts

Select 1 additional course not taken in Block 1: ART 114, 115; MUS 110, 112

3

College Transfer Math

MAT 143 or 171

3 or 4

Sociology

SOC 210 and 1 from : SOC 213, 220, 225, 230 240

6 (3,3)

Block 3: 17-18 Course Credits

Consists of additional  nursing or other requirements that are not part of an AAS degree, but are required to earn a BSN*

Course Category

Transferrable Courses

Credits

Statistics

MAT 152

4

Microbiology with Lab

BIO 175 or 275

3 or 4

Chemistry with Lab

CHM 151 or 130 and CHM 130A, or CHM 131 and 131A

4

Social Science/Elective

Select 2 from either category or 1 from each: ECO 251, 252; POL 120; Suggested electives include but are not limited to foreign language, speech, culture, and computer science.  Electives must be selected from the Transfer Course List in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

6 (3,3)

Block 4: 30-34 Course Credits

Consists of credit awarded by the constituent institutions for nursing core (NUR) content taken as part of the AAS degree program.  These credits are awarded only after an RN student has successfully completed one or two initial nursing courses.  Credits may vary depending on credit allocation in Block 5.

Block 5: 30-34 Credits

Curriculum Plan at Catawba College

Term

Weeks

Courses

Hours

1

8

NURS 3301: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice

NURS 3302:Holistic Health Assessment for RNs

3

4

2

8

NURS 3511: Community Health Nursing

5

3

8

NURS 3306: Nursing the Gerontological Population

NURS 4202: Nursing Informatics

NURS 3303: Nursing Research

2

2

3

4

8

NURS 4405: Leadership and Management in Nursing

NURS 4204: Global Health Studies

3

2

5

8

NURS 4306: Healthcare Promotion across the Lifespan

NURS 4511: Nursing Capstone Practicum

3

5

Total Hours

32

The number of awarded credits in Blocks 1-5 must total between 120-128, which is the number of credits required to earn a BSN from the constituent institution of the NC Independent Colleges and Universities’ RN-BSN Program.

 

 

*Individual nursing programs may require a maximum of 2 course or 6 credits to meet school specific degree requirements that are not part of the RN to BSN AA.  In no case will these additional requirements necessitate completing more than 128 credits in order to earn a BSN.  Catawba College does not require courses beyond those reflected in the RN to BSN Articulation Agreement.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to Catawba College.

Grade of “C” or higher required to receive credit in transferrable courses.  Catawba College requires a minimum 2.5 GPA for graduation.  A student’s cumulative GPA (including community college courses) will be calculated in the admissions decision.

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

NURS 3301: Transitioning to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice (3CH)
This course will assist the licensed RN with transitioning to professional nursing practice at the baccalaureate level. The focus will be on the application of curricular concepts to nursing practice, role differentiation, and contribution of the BSN prepared nurse to healthcare. (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; completion of required Gen Ed courses)

NURS 3302: Holistic Health Assessment for RNs (4CH)
This course will focus on physical assessment skills of individuals across the life span based on normal physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of disease and their relations to human responses. A lab practicum will enhance these skills. (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option)

NURS 3303: Nursing Research (3CH)
This course will introduce concepts commonly associated with nursing research, data collection and analysis, and the importance of its use when allowing evidence-based practice (EBP), and Best Practice models guide patient care. (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; successful completion of statistics course)

NURS 3306: Nursing the Gerontological Population (2 CH)
This course will focus on theories of aging and nursing care of the older adult population.  (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301; or special permission from the instructor) 

NURS 3511: Community Health Nursing (5CH)
This course will use the nursing process to develop and implement care for individuals, families, and groups in a disadvantaged community setting. A clinical practicum will enhance these skills. (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301, NURS 3302, NURS 3303, and NURS 3306)

*NURS 4201: Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing Practice (2 CH)
This course will focus on the nursing care associated with ethical and legal issues common to healthcare environments. (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301)

NURS 4202: Nursing Informatics (2 CH)
This course will explore common concepts and applications related to the nurse's role in using informatics for decision-making via messaging, documentation, information retrieval, and other methods associated with healthcare information exchange.  (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option)

*NURS 4204: Global Health Studies (2CH)
This course will focus on concepts that will enhance nursing care of different cultures.  (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301)

NURS 4306: Healthcare Promotion across the Lifespan (3 CH)
This course will examine foundations of family theory and its relations to health disparities, disabilities, and chronic conditions and illnesses across the lifespan. (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301)

NURS 4405: Leadership and Management in Nursing (3 CH)
This course will focus on theory and concepts associated with leadership and management in the professional nurses role. (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301, NURS 3302, NURS 3303, NURS 3306, NURS 3511, NURS 4202, and NURS 4306)

NURS 4511: Nursing Capstone Practicum (5 CH)
This practicum course will build on the concepts and knowledge gained from previous nursing courses allowing for the application of theories and concepts associated with nursing leadership, nursing research, and management of care. A clinical practicum will enhance these skills. .  (Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN option; NURS 3301, NURS 3302, NURS 3303, NURS 3306, NURS 3511, NURS 4202, NURS 4306, and NURS 4405)

 

*Students are required to complete only one of these two nursing electives