Argosy University, Dallas; Argosy University, Denver
The campuses listed above will begin offering the curriculum effective Summer Semester 2013 (Session A/May 6, 2013).
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program is a post licensure program designed for licensed registered nurses (RN) who have earned either a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing and desire to advance their personal, professional, and educational goals. This bachelor’s degree is intended to prepare students for professional advancement. The format and courses are designed to meet the needs of the adult learner RN, and to maximize strengths that the working RN possesses. The program builds on the pre-licensure nursing course work to help graduates fulfill the aspirational goals articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as reflected in the program purposes listed below.
1. Provide a degree completion program for RNs leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing in which students can achieve the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional clinical practice and leadership in health care.
2. Engage degree completion students in the review and application of research findings to support evidence-based nursing practice in the achievement of desired patient outcomes.
3. Prepare the degree completion nursing student to exercise leadership and self-direction in planning, initiating, implementing, and evaluating current and emerging roles in nursing, as well as the emerging needs of health care systems.
4. Foster the ability of degree completion nursing students to deal with professional decisions and ethical dilemmas through critical thinking and appropriate clinical judgment skills.
5. Provide a foundation for graduate education and lifelong learning.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of Argosy University’s BSN degree completion program will achieve the following outcomes:
- Provide comprehensive, culturally competent, and ethical nursing care to individuals, families, and communities.
- Establish care priorities, delegate responsibility to members of the health care team, and make evidence based decisions to achieve desired patient and organizational outcomes.
- Advocate for the health care needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations within professional, ethical, financial, political, and legal contexts.
- Use information systems and manage data to inform patient care decisions.
- Communicate nursing-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge within a complex, highly technical, and rapidly changing health care environment.
- Utilize leadership, communication, and collaboration skills to improve the delivery of health care and meet the changing needs of society.
- Advocate for professional nursing practice within health care systems.
- Research and plan for educational advancement, personal and professional growth, potential career opportunities, and lifelong learning.
- Completion of an Associate degree or diploma in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Health Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution. A maximum of 78 lower division or 90 total credit hours may be transferred with grade of “C-“or better.
- Current registered nursing license from the state in which the student intends to practice. Students must maintain a current license throughout the program.
- A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
All applications for admission to the program must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested students to complete the following documentation:
- Student Information Form
- Completed Application for Admission Form
- Application fee (non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.)
- Proof of high school graduation or GED,* and proof of earned college degree
- Proof of current registered nursing license from the state in which the student intends to practice
- Immunization records in states where applicable
*Applicants who graduated from high school or earned their GED prior to August 2009 can submit an official DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Form as proof of high school graduation or earned GED.
A maximum of 90 semester credit hours can be transferred and applied to the BSN degree completion program requirements. However, only 78 semester credit hours of lower division or two-year college coursework will be accepted for transfer credit. Students with fewer than 42 semester credit hours in general education courses will need to complete the remaining credit hours in the proper distribution areas. Transfer credits must have a grade of “C-” or better. Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees transfer as a unit, including “D” grades; however, the cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or above. Any “D” grades received during the completion of the associate’s degree earned at other institutions must be repeated with a passing grade of C- or better.
Students enrolled in the BSN degree completion program are eligible for graduation when the following requirements are met:
- Satisfactory completion of all required courses within the program major with a grade of “C-” or better
- An Argosy University grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0
- Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours as follows
- 42 credit hours of General Education Curriculum Requirements(transfer credit or completed at Argosy University)
- 42 credit hours Core Course Requirements
- 6 credit hours of elective coursework
- 30 credit hours of lower division nursing coursework (transfer credit)
- Completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of upper division course work
- An Argosy University grade point average of 2.0 or higher
- A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
Students enrolled in the BSN degree completion degree program are required to complete 120 semester credit hours distributed as follows: general education requirements, 42 credit hours; core course requirements, 42 credit hours; elective course requirements, 6 credit hours; lower division nursing coursework (transfer credit) requirements; 30 credit hours. Please note that students who have not completed the stated general education requirements will be required to include these courses in their plan of study.
General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 Credit Hours)
Students enrolled in the BSN degree completion program are required to successfully complete 14 courses or 42 credit hours in General Education courses. General Education course requirements can be partially fulfilled by accepted transfer credit from the earned associate’s degree. The total credit hour requirements each General Education Curriculum area are as follows:
- 6 credit hours in communication
- 6 credit hours in humanities
- 6 credit hours in social sciences3
- 6 credit hours in natural science
- 6 credit hours in mathematics
- 12 credit hours in elective courses (which may be in any distribution area)
3Students are required to take PSY 180 Interpersonal Effectiveness to partially fulfill the social sciences requirement during the first semester of attendance. Transfer credit is not accepted for this course.
Core Course Requirements (42 Credit Hours)
Students enrolled in the BSN degree completion program are required to complete 14 core courses (42 credit hours). It is recommended that students complete the courses in the order listed below.
Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
Core Course Requirements—42 Credit Hours
Elective Course Requirements (6 Credit Hours)
Students enrolled in the BSN degree completion program are required to complete 6 credit hours of elective coursework which can be satisfied through transfer credit or additional coursework taken at Argosy University.
Lower Division Nursing Requirements (30 Credit Hours)
Students enrolled in the BSN degree completion program may transfer up to 30 semester credit hours of lower division nursing coursework.