May 25, 2019  

Nursing, BS (Completion) Online

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BS: Completion provides the RN with an associate degree an opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum focuses on the professional and leadership roles of the BS-prepared nurse. As students come from varying school backgrounds, the program of completion is individualized. This online 125-credit program adds associate degree credits to a combination of nursing, cognate and general education courses. Students can transfer up to 37 credits of GE/cognate courses and 31 credits of lower division nursing credits, leaving only 57 credits to take. The program allows students to take between 7 and 16 credits per semester, depending on the chosen track. Math and nursing courses follow a fixed sequence, but the general education courses can be taken in an adjustable order depending on the chosen track. The full-time track of 13-16 credits per semester enables the student to complete the degree in four semesters, and he part-time track of 7-13 credits per semester enables students to finish the degree in six semesters. Generals do not need to be taken in the suggested order.

The program requirements will involve clinical activities that cannot be carried out in the student’s normal work setting.

Delivery: This program is offered in an interactive online format (see School of Distance Education Definitions ). In the interactive online format, courses have specific start and end dates. The interactive online program does not require any time on campus. Students in the interactive online program are encouraged to come to campus for graduation. Tuition for the interactive online degree is 50% of regular tuition. The Andrews Core Experience courses are offered year-round in a self-paced format and some ACE courses are available in the summer in an interactive online format.

Nursing Requirements - 34

RN’s without recognized academic credit in nursing may obtain credit by successfully passing the NLN Upward Mobility Profile II Tests, or an acceptable option. These tests passed at the recommended score would count toward the 31 credits of lower-division nursing credits (although not counted in the GPA).

Cognates - 3

General Education Requirements - 20


Undergraduate nursing practicum: In nursing classes with a practicum, a ratio of four clinical hours will be required for each semester credit. For example, a 1-credit practicum meets for 60 clock hours, a 2-credit practicum course meets for 120 clock hours, a 1-credit lab meets for 30 clock hours. Practicum hours are indicated in the bulletin in the course description.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission may requre a minimum of six weeks for processing evaluation. Deadline for applications is May 1 to be considered for entry into the nursing program in the Fall Semester.

  1. Minimal overall GPA of 3.00
  2. An acceptable criminal background check from company recommended by Department of Nursing—to include Berrien County.
  3. Physical examination report that must include:
    a. Tuberculin skin test (if positive a chest x-ray is required, will be evaluated individually) and yearly evaluation thereafter
    b. Proof of immunization or serum immunity for MMR1 and MMR2 (measles, mumps, rubella, rubeola), T-dap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussin), and hepatitis B
    c. Proof of either having had chickenpox (dates of disease or tested for varicella-zoster antibodies) or the immunization
  4. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
  5. Current licensure as an RN in the United States or equivalent accreditation in country of residence.


  • Required Webinar or Adobe Connect session. (Time will be scheduled.)


All undergraduate nursing students need to understand that:

  • Nursing courses and math courses must be taken in the required sequence.
  • A percentage as stated in the department handbook is required to pass each nursing course.
  • A test average as stated in the department handbook is required for identified nursing courses.
  • No grade lower than a B- is accepted in any undergraduate nursing course.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for cumulative cognate GPA (with no grade lower than a C in any cognate) and cumulative overall GPA.
  • Independent study courses cannot replace required nursing courses.
  • Students wishing to transfer in nursing credits must have course work evaluated by the Nursing Department—Admissions and Progression’s Committee. (Please allow a minimum of six weeks prior to the beginning of classes for evaluation.)
  • Annual flu shots are required.
  • Maintaining a current certification of the American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course.
  • There is an annual review of required health care competencies. (See Handbook for specifics)
  • Any student on a Leave of Absence for two years or more, must have a readmission reevaluation of both clinical and theoretical knowledge.
  • Class attendance is required: The Department of Nursing will uphold University Policy .
  • Clinical attendance is required: See p. 20 and p. 21 of the Department of Nursing Handbook.
  • Student will be asked to withdraw from the nursing program if one or more nursing courses are failed at any time.
  • Students have the right to reapply to the program.
  • Readmission will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Student will be required to show competence via a standardized external exam and remediation before progressing to certain classes.
  • Academic performance alone does not ensure completion of the nursing preparation. Students must also continuously meet acceptable professional ethics, disposition and safety standards as determined by the admissions and progressions committee.
  • Finger printing is required.
  • A urine drug screen must be completed 20-30 days prior to the start of the first clinical rotation.
  • Annual flu shots are required.

Total Credits: 125

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