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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.
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 for Health Care Professionals   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   4 credits
NSG 499   Issues and Trends in Professional Practice   3 credits


Specialization in Nursing Leadership - The specialization in nursing leadership is designed for registered nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's degree. In addition to the requirements above, students take NSG 413: Cooperative Education in Nursing Leadership for 1-8 credits, depending upon the nature and duration of the cooperative project. 


Total Credits for Degree Completion: 126



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