RN to BSN

EMPHASIS OF PROGRAM

The Southwest Minnesota State University RN to BSN Program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) is an accredited baccalaureate nursing program that began the fall of 2013, with a curriculum designed to provide a broad base of principles from science and liberal arts including additional specialized courses in leadership and management, healthcare delivery systems and informatics, community and public health nursing, nursing research, and evidence based practice. Throughout the curriculum, aspects of rural nursing flow through the course content. To ensure the program’s quality and integrity, the RN to BSN Program follows two standards endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); they include the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing Core Competencies. The RN students come to the program with real-world experiences and pre-existing abilities that are foundational for their learning in and out the classroom. The BSN graduate embraces the nursing profession as a nurse generalist with a strong foundation for developing specialized clinical practice and other advanced practice roles, prepared to function effectively in ambiguous, unpredictable and complex environments; demonstrate critical thinking and flexibility; translate, integrate, and apply knowledge to enhance patient care quality and safety.

We are delighted you are interested in our RN to BSN Program at Southwest Minnesota State University.  The flexibility of the RN to BSN Program is designed to meet the needs of working RNs, with course offerings predominantly online.  Nursing students in the predominantly online program have the opportunity to come to campus up to five times throughout the nursing program.  Graduate students will be eligible to register as a Public Health Nurse through the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Credit for prior learning available.

We are accepting applications for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 session.  We would be glad to help you develop a plan of study that fits your needs.  THANKS for your interest in our program.

MISSION

The mission of the SMSU RN to BSN Program is to provide leadership in nursing education, scholarship, and practice that reflects cultural, ethical, and compassionate presence in the preparation of nurses that will serve with excellence in a diverse and ever changing society.

GOALS

  1. Integrate nursing knowledge, liberal arts, cultural awareness, and caring through collaboration with the health care team to provide patient centered and holistic care
  2. Provide competent and meaningful care to clients and communities who are healthy, ill, or dying
  3. Combine critical thinking, health care information technology, and evidence based findings to make decisions that promote safety and quality to improve patient outcomes
  4. Demonstrate collaborative leadership through communicating verbally, non-verbally, and through technological means with individuals, families, communities, and healthcare systems to achieve mutually determined health related goals

Where You Belong!


Integrating the SMSU RN to BSN program into my life was surprising very easy. The program is flexible so you can take as many or as little classes as you want at a time and you are able to adjust your plan as needed throughout the course of your program. Also, the instructors are nurses themselves and understand you are a working nurse and will work with you to adjust due dates if needed.

Melissa Gruhot

Nurse


Learner Friendly RN to BSN Program

RN to BSN Program Courses and Learning Activities

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

The application process is As Easy As 1-2-3:

  1. Apply for admission to SMSU
  2. Apply to RN to BSN Program
  3. Complete background study

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Undergraduate Nursing GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Current, unencumbered RN License (Associate Degree students may apply in the last semester of their nursing program, with acceptance in the program contingent upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam and nursing lisensure.)
NOTE: No admission examination required and no NCLEX exam required upon graduation.

REQUIREMENTS TO COMPLETE

All students must complete a total of 120 credits which must include completion of the following:

  • Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) consisting of 42 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • 40 credits at the 300-400 level
  • At least 30 credits at SMSU
  • All Liberal Education Program (LEP) graduation requirements

Accreditation

The SMSU RN to BSN Program is accredited through the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). SMSU and the Department of Nursing value the continued success of the RN to BSN Program and are pleased to share the respected notice of accreditation.

“The RN to BSN Program at Southwest Minnesota State University is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.”

SCHOLARSHIPS

Incoming students may be eligible for a number of leadership and academic scholarships through the SMSU Office of Admission. Check out scholarship site to see what you may be eligible for.

“I would recommend the SMSU RN to BSN Program because it is a flexible schedule. It takes into account that we are working nurses that have families and we are able to work as fast or as slow as we want.”

Kristin Adams, Class of 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION

RN to BSN Program

ST 105, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

ACADEMIC COMMONS

The Academic Commons is a study center located in IL 224. Students are invited to study, meet friends, and seek assistance with coursework.

Our Mission is to create enhanced opportunities for learning by bringing an array of student academic support services together in a central, visible, and academically-identified location to facilitate seamless access to services for SMSU students and education resources for the wider community.

Last Modified: 7/19/18 12:37 PM