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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RNBA-BSN)

PROGRAM GOAL: The purpose of the RN-BSN program is to prepare Registered Nurses (RNs) with an Associate degree or Diploma for leadership positions and entry into graduate professional programs in Nursing.

The RN-BSN program is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The RN-BSN program is fully accredited by the Florida Department of Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Upon successful completion of the prescribed course of study, students will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). This program will prepare the BSN graduate to enter upper level nursing programs at all universities in the State University System toward a Master’s or Doctoral degree.

Before beginning this program of study, students should obtain a program application packet from the Division of Health Sciences or from our website at: http://www.gulfcoast.edu/health_sciences/nursing/bsn/BSN%20Application%20Packet%2013%20(2014-2015).pdf containing a current listing of admission and course requirements.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

(The items below are listed only as a general guide. Students should obtain a current application packet for the complete listing of entry requirements.)

  1. Completion of an associate's degree program or diploma program in nursing from an accredited school or college.
  2. Documentation of current RN licensure with no restrictions.
  3. Completion of Application for General Admission to GCSC.
  4. Completion of Health Sciences Division Application for the RN to BSN program.
  5. Submission of all official transcripts by established deadline.
  6. Documentation of a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher in all college credit courses and a "C"‖ or higher in all prerequisite courses applicable to the RN to BSN program.
  7. Completion of the standard Florida foreign language upper division admission requirement. If at the time of admission the student has not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or eight credits in college, the student must complete eight credits of foreign language before completing the program.
  8. Completion of all required common pre-requisites. Many general education courses may be taken during the program but must be completed prior to graduation.

It should be understood that admission to the RN-BSN program is a selective process. The satisfaction of minimum requirements may not automatically guarantee admission. When space is limited, preference may be given to students within the college's assigned district.

Deadline for Selection: The deadline for the fall class is the last working day in May.

Requirements after Conditional Acceptance:

  • Documentation of current PPD or TB test
  • Current CPR certification
  • Physical examination form
  • Immunization form
  • Background check required. Admission will be contingent on a satisfactory fingerprint/criminal background check.
  • A satisfactory drug screening result is required

Transfer Credit: Academic courses taken at other colleges are transferable provided credit and laboratory hours correspond with those required at GCSC. CLEP credits are acceptable for transfer according to college policy. The possibility of transferring nursing courses can be determined only after a review of the individual's transcript and course outlines. Advanced placement students are admitted on a space-available basis.

GENERAL EDUCATION PREREQUISITE COURSES CH
Communications Area
•+* ENC1101, English I 3
+* ENC1102, English II  
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Philosophy/Religion 3
Literature 3
Mathematics Area
•+* STA2023, Statistics 3
  Approved College-level Math (MAC/MGF) 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science
  CHM1032, General, Organic, Biochemistry or higher level chemistry (CHM 1040 & 1045 are acceptable) 3
Biological Science
+ BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences
PSY2012, Psychology 3
or SYG2000, Sociology  
History
  EUH1000 or 1001, Western Civilization 3
Government
POS2041, American National Government 3
MAJOR COURSES
* NUR 3069, Advanced Health Assessment 3
* NUR 3119, Nursing Concepts & Theories 3
* NUR 3128, Pathophysiology 3
* NUR 3167, Research Process for Professional Nursing (STA 2023-pre-req for this course) 3
* NUR 3895, Teaching & Learning for the Healthcare Professional 3
* NUR 3636C, Community Health 4
* NUR 3925, Symposium I (co-req NUR 3167) 1
* NUR 4655, Multicultural Factors & Health 3
* NUR 4827, CLeadership and Management 4
* NUR 4925, Symposium II 1
* NUR 4837, Health Care Policy and Economics 3
* NUR 4847, Clinical Decision Making 3
* NUR 4945C, Nursing Capstone Practicum (pre-req NUR 4925) 2

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 120
 
• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.
* Minimum grade of "C" required.
+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.