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.
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.