Feb 23, 2024
Total credits required: 100
Students must complete a certified nurse aid (CNA) course prior to matriculating at Northwestern or in conjunction with Northwest Iowa Community College during the student’s first semester.
RN to BSN Completion Option
Previously earned academic credits may be applied to the B.S.N., and validation of prior learning occurs according to the appropriate option of the Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education (http://nursing.iowa.gov/nursing_ed/articulation_plan.html ). Prior to application to the nursing major, students must present evidence of a license to practice as a Registered Nurse and content from college course work or credit* by examination equivalent (CLEP for non-nursing courses or ACT-PEP tests for nursing courses) in each of the following areas:
Based on the six-year limit for transferring courses from ADN degree for Iowa Articulation Plan 1. Articulation Option 4 provides an opportunity for students who graduated from their ADN degree/diploma more than 6 years ago to progress into RN to BSN Completion Option.
(240 hours of clinical experience) Upon matriculation into the Nursing major, students are required to complete the following courses:
General education requirements:
(Based on students holding an earned college degree)
- Biblical and Theological Studies (4 credits)
- History, Literature or Philosophy (6-8 credits)
- Language or Cross Cultural (3-6 credits)
- Fine Arts (3-4 credits)
- Elective credits as needed to meet the minimum 124 credit requirement for graduation
Total credits required: 124-133
Health-Related Service-Learning Mission Requirement and E-Portfolio
All nursing majors are required to complete:
- 840 hours of clinical;
- An electronic portfolio including the BSN program’s philosophy, conceptual framework, program outcomes, and capstone programs across the curriculum and the student’s associated reflection;
- Oral and written communication competencies;
- The health-related mission/service experience and associated cross-cultural portfolio (see option 1 and 2 as follows).
Option 1: Complete NUR350 and the nursing related GEN350 Shalom and Cross-Cultural Populations course or any GEN350 approved by the Department of Nursing. BSN students will also need to submit a cross-cultural portfolio. The department’s approval of other GEN350’s will be based on such a course meeting the related program outcomes (relationship with diverse others, ethics/social justice & shalom). Students will be allowed to take the NUR350/GEN350 sequence as either sophomores or juniors. Non-nursing students will be welcomed in the nursing-related GEN350 on a space available basis.
Option 2: Students will complete NUR350, a cross-cultural course and a service/mission experience approved by the Department of Nursing based on such a service/mission experience meeting the related program outcomes. Students will also be required to submit a cross-cultural portfolio.
Nursing course semester credits reflect lecture and clinical hours. A grade of C or above must be attained in all cognate and nursing courses. It is recommended that students complete NUR160, Nursing: Discerning Your Vocation.