May 21, 2018  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BS (Online)

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The Bachelor of Science Degree RN-BS program is designed for registered nurses who have graduated from the Associate Degree program at Rivier University, other accredited associate degree programs in nursing, or from diploma programs in nursing.  It is expected that matriculating students will transfer at least 60 credits into the program.

To meet the needs of working nurses and to keep current with alternative course deliveries, Rivier’s RN-BS courses are offered in an online format.

Outcomes – BS

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Nursing are prepared to function as generalists who practice professional nursing in a variety of health care settings, are prepared to pursue graduate studies, and are prepared to: 

  • Implement safety principles and works with others on the interprofessional health care team to create a safe environment for care delivery.
  • Demonstrate leadership and communication skills to effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of the health care team.
  • Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives and patient preference in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care.
  • Value technology that support clinical decision making, patient education, error prevention and care coordination.
  • Explore the implications of health care policy on issues of access, equity, affordability and social justice in healthcare delivery.
  • Interact effectively with patients, families and colleagues fostering mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
  • Use inter- and intra-professional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based patient-centered care with integrity, consistency and respect for differing views.
  • Collaborate with patients and other healthcare professionals and populations to promote conditions and healthy behaviors that improve population health.
  • Articulate the values pursuing practice excellence, lifelong learning and professional engagement to foster progression of growth and development.
  • Participate in the use of quality indicators and core measures to evaluate the effect of change in the delivery of care.
  • Recognize how diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds function as sources of patient, family and community values.

Transfer Policy

In the absence of a transfer articulation agreement with the transferring institution, students must complete at least half of their nursing courses at Rivier University. Nursing specialty courses taken at another institution must be reviewed in detail by the Program Director or Division Dean for equivalency before transfer credit can be granted. Students should be prepared to provide a course syllabus for nursing courses they wish to transfer.

Part-Time Study

Part-time study options are available. Programs of study are planned on an individual basis. Students can take one, two, or three courses per semester.

Progression/Retention Requirements

Preparation for professional practice requires a strong theoretical background; therefore, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Receive a minimum grade of 2.67 (B-) in the theory component of each nursing course;
  • Receive a passing clinical evaluation in the Professional Nursing Capstone course. A notation of failure in the clinical laboratory component will result in a grade of F for the course.
  • Receive a minimum grade of 2.67 (B-) in science courses completed at Rivier University;
  • Receive a passing grade in each of the general education core courses;
  • Attain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average;
  • Complete the program within ten years of admission.

Prerequisites (minimum 60 credits)

  • Associates Degree at Rivier University, other accredited associate degree in Nursing, or from a diploma program in nursing.
  • A minimum of 60 undergraduate credits in transfer from the following areas:
    English compostion
    English literature
    General Psychology
    Lifespan Development
    Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 credits with lab)
    Microbiology (4 credits with lab)

General Education Requirements (minimum 18 credits)

In fulfillment of the general education degree requirements, the following must be taken.

General Electives

Students choose additional courses to reach the total number of credits required for the degree.

Due to the number of credits accepted in transfer, many students earn more than the minimum 126 credits required to graduate.

Degree Requirements (minimum 126 credits)

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