Dean: Sheryl Steadman
Program Director: Juanita Takeno
The faculty at Westminster College’s School of Nursing provide learning opportunities for individuals preparing to engage in the art and science of nursing. We are committed to excellence in teaching through the creation of an active learning environment that promotes inclusiveness and respect for diversity. We feel a deep sense of responsibility to build a foundation of knowledge and develop skills that will prepare students to function as nurse leaders in a variety of settings.
The primary goal of the RN to BS in Nursing Program is to prepare professional nurse generalists whose liberal arts and professional education enables them to meet the health care needs of society and to continue life-long personal and professional development. The program allows associate degree-prepared RNs to complete their Bachelor degree. In addition, the curriculum prepares students with the abilities and knowledge to move into leadership positions in the health care industry, to prepare for advanced (graduate) education, and develop the knowledge base necessary to ensure safe, quality, patient centered care across all settings including community and public health. To this end, the program offers a major in nursing leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
The nursing curriculum is designed with the premise that to be excellent practitioners, students must be able to think critically, communicate effectively, understand their own values, and be sensitive to the values of others. In addition, they must have a thorough understanding of the theoretical, empirical, and practical knowledge related to the profession of nursing. Particular to the registered nurse student returning to school, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program will emphasize knowledge, skills and attitudes related to the following: leadership in the workplace and community, teaching, mentoring and communication skills, critical decision-making skills, and evaluating research and evidence for the development and implementation of practice guidelines.
The RN to BS in Nursing Program is structured so that graduates of the program will be able to:
Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Registered Nursing to Baccalaureate in Nursing Program
Applications will be reviewed after the nursing student submits to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences a completed application form, copies of transcripts from all schools attended, and letters of recommendation. Applications will only be reviewed for those students who have submitted all necessary paperwork by the identified deadline.
Applicants do not need to complete additional liberal education courses if they have an AA or AS from a regionally accredited or international college or university. This is also applicable to applicants without an AA or AS degree but with a minimum of 64 or more credit hours and a Letter of General Education Completion from a regionally accredited Utah college or university. Applicants who have earned an AAS degree will need to review previous coursework with the Program Coordinator to identify Liberal Education courses, electives, and hours that need to be completed prior to application.
$50 Application Fee
A minimum cumulative and prerequisite grade point average of 2.8 and a grade or C or higher in all prerequisite courses.
Official Transcripts from all colleges attended including an ACEN (NLNAC) or CCNE accredited school of nursing documenting diploma or degree with a major in nursing.
An unrestricted Utah RN license in good standing.
A typed letter of intent, which includes statements related to your skills and qualifications.
Proof of *state and federal background checks. Applicants can use copies from their board exam. (This cannot be used unless the student kept copies. If the results went directly to the DOPL, they will have to do a new background check.)
Students will be required to provide *negative drug testing results from an approved laboratory. Copies from employment are acceptable.
*Students in the program may be required to obtain background checks and/or drug screens during the program.
1. Upon acceptance, students will present:
2. Students will be required to attend orientations and seminars that will be announced in advance. Students will also need to access technology appropriate to the on-line delivery methods of the program.
3. Students need to be aware that they are required to achieve a grade of C or higher in nursing coursework in both theoretical and clinical components of each nursing course. Grades of C- and below are not acceptable.
The student must:
A student may receive a clinical/classroom warning of probationary status at any time during a clinical or classroom experience if the faculty determines that the student’s performance is unsatisfactory. The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the course requirements. Students who have been placed on course probation will be formally evaluated at the end of that course. Any probationary status will be documented in the student record.
A student will be dismissed from the nursing program for any of the following reasons:
Students dismissed from the nursing program related to clinical/classroom deficiencies must petition the Director for readmission if they wish to reenter the program. Matters of personal concern to the student will be considered at this time. The Director will make a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences regarding readmission to the nursing program.
Students have the right to appeal decisions of academic evaluation or dismissal from the program through the Academic Grievance Process of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The procedure for appeal is outlined in the RN to BS Nursing Student Handbook.
Completion of an associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution – Students entering the program are given a total of 72 hours for an associate degree or 88 hours for a bachelor degree. Transcripts are sent to the registrar for a transfer credit evaluation per Westminster and program requirements.
|NURS 380 Dimensions of Nursing (3)|
|NURS 450 Older Adults in the Community (4)|
|NURS 470 Culture, Health and Illness (5)|
|NURS 391 Nursing Theory and Research (4)|
|NURS 385 Teaching, Mentoring and Health Promotion (4)|
|PUBH 320 Environmental Health (4)|
|NURS 410 Leadership Capstone (6)|
|NCLEX Students must have satisfactorily completed the NCLEX exam for licensure 8|
NURS 210 Nutrition may be required. An applicant may show competency by passing a qualifying exam at residency with a minimum of 75%.
Additional electives taken from a 4 year institution may be needed to fulfill college graduation requirements of 124 credit hours, (depending on associate degree and institutions attended). Upon acceptance into the program, transcripts will be reviewed to determine which courses should be taken and whether electives will be required.
If any of the following courses or their equivalents were not completed as part of the associate degree, the student will be counseled to take them to fulfill Part 3 requirements.
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE (4)
|CHEM 201 Organic and Biochemistry (4)||CHEM 103|
|BIOL 111 Clinical Microbiology and Lab (4)|
|Foreign Language (4)|
ENGL 110 Composition & Research, LE (4)
7 Credit Hours
NURS 380 Dimensions in Nursing (3)
8 Credit Hours
NURS 385 Teaching, Mentoring and Health Promotion (4)
9 Credit Hours
NURS 470 Culture, Health and Illness (5)
6 Credit Hours
NURS 410 Leadership Capstone (6)
Students requiring additional time for completion are advised on recommended courses each semester, depending on course offerings and availability.