B.S. Nursing: RN to BSN
The RN to BSN program is based upon the tenets of the Pennsylvania Statewide Articulation Plan (1993).
A total of 126 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing for RN students. These credits are earned through matriculation credits (i.e. course work at Misericordia); transfer credits from approved two- and four-year colleges; and advanced placement credits.
Advanced placement credits include 32 credits for course work completed in a state-approved and NLN-accredited associate's degree or diploma program in nursing. These credits are held in escrow and posted to the student's transcript after completion of designated courses in the RN curriculum. All RN to BSN students also earn three graduate credits during their degree program.
The RN to BSN program is now offered online and has been well received.
Courses Required for the Nursing Major
After transcript evaluation, an individual program plan is prepared to determine the number of credits needed to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The RN student completes the necessary individually-determined core and cognate credits (# of credits varies), along with 22 credits of course work in the Professional Nursing major. The course work includes one clinical practice course in community health, which uses a flexible adult learning model for scheduling. As adult learners, RN students also have the opportunity to earn credit by CLEP subject exams and Prior Learning Assessment. Under ordinary circumstances, graduates of associate’s degree programs are not required to complete more than 66 total credits in core, cognate, and major requirements at Misericordia University. RN students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field are exempt from core.
The following course can be completed by transfer, by challenge examination, or by completing classes at Misericordia University:
Food and Nutrition (3 credits)
The Professional Nursing major courses (22 credits) include the courses specified as follows:
NSG 320 - Principles of Pharmacy (3 credits)
NSG 325 - Informatics (3 credits)
NSG 397A - Professional Nursing Concepts I (3 credits)
NSG 398A - Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
NSG 410 - Introduction to Nursing Research (3 credits)
NSG 460A - Professional Nursing Concepts II (4 credits)
NSG 465A - Clinical Applications of Professional
Nursing Concepts (4credits
NSG 499 - Issues and Trends in
Professional Practice (3 credits)
Total Credits for Degree Completion 126