Joan Cutone 
9000 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Description of the Program

Nursing - RN to BSN Degree Completion Program

Program Guide

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

 The baccalaureate program is designed to offer registered nurse students (graduates from diploma and associate degree programs) the opportunity to complete a professional degree that focuses on the scholarly approach to the discipline of nursing. This is an 18-month online program. The baccalaureate program provides a foundation for graduate education in nursing. The bachelor of science degree program for registered nurses is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, INC. (ACEN), formerly the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.

Students Admitted to the Current/Revised Curriculum
The program is open only to registered nurses and requires 120 credits for graduation. To complete the nursing major successfully, the following course work is required:

  • 24 prerequisite credits which must include 12 science credits
  • 36 credits Nursing Mobility Profile II (NCLEX)
  • 30 liberal arts credits
  • 30 nursing component credits (18 credits of which are required; 12 credits of nursing electives)

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation, the last 30 of which must be earned at La Roche College. Students must achieve a minimum of a "C" grade in each nursing course.

RN-MSN Program

The RN-MSN option provides an opportunity for associate degree and diploma prepared nurses to obtain the MSN. The program is entirely online and allows nurses interested in advance roles to move more directly into such positions as nurse administrator or nurse educator.

The advantage to enrolling in the RN-MSN is the credits required in the BSN are decreased and the transition to MSN is quicker. The BSN degree curriculum is reduced by two elective courses and the student is able to take two graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate. Students may take graduate courses as they complete the BSN requirements.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is awarded upon the successful completion of 6 credits of graduate level courses.

College or Diploma Program Credits / Prerequisites (24 credits required, 12 must be natural science credits):

BIOL1015 Microbiology for Health Sciences
BIOL1023 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL1023L Human Anatomy & Physiology I-Lab
BIOL1024 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL1024L Human Anatomy & Physiology II-Lab
CHEM1007 Principles of Chemistry I
ENGL1011 College Writing I
ENGL1012 College Writing II
PSYC1021 Introduction to Psychology
SOCL1021 Race, Class, Gender: An Introduction to Sociology

Liberal Arts Component -- Lower Division Courses: 15 credits

ADMG1018 Fundamentals of Management
ISTC1005 Practical Computer Applications
MATH1004 Statistics in Healthcare
PHIL1021 Introduction to Philosophy
SLAE Select Aesthetics

Liberal Arts Component -- Upper Division Courses: 15 credits

ENGL3XXX Literature Elective
GLBL/COMM Global/Community Course
GNRLXXXX General Elective
HIST3XXX History Elective
PHIL3027 Biomedical Ethics

Nursing Component Required Courses: 18 credits required

NURU3021 Leadership in Nursing Practice
NURU3023 Evidence Based Practice & Nursing Research
NURU3030 Health Promotion, Disease & Illness Prevention & Health Education in Nursing Practice
NURU4012 Introduction to Nursing Informatics
NURU4020 Current Issues in Nursing
NURU4021 Community Nursing I

Nursing Component: Select 12 credits from the following electives

NURU3028 Health Care for Older Adults
NURU3035 Quality & Safety in Healthcare & Nursing Practice
NURU4024 Alternative/ Comp Therapies
NURU4026 Ethical & Legal Aspects in Professional Nursing Practice
NURU4027 Health Care for Women
NURU4032 Palliative & End of Life Nursing Care
NURU4036 Intro to Health Policy
NURU4037 Health Care for Men
NURUXXXX Nursing Elective

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