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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Nursing (RN - B.S.)

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Program: RN - B.S.
Department of Nursing
College of Health and Human Services

Liberal Arts Room 345~ 260-481-6816 ~ ipfw.edu/nursing

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Validate professionalism through awareness, assertiveness, accountability, and advocacy.
  • Evaluate complex issues/problems in the healthcare arena using critical thinking skills.
  • Integrate the delivery of culturally competent nursing care in a variety of settings through the utilization of theories and research.
  • Justify effective, therapeutic, culturally sensitive communication techniques that are appropriate for the situation and audience.
  • Evaluate the impact of generated information on healthcare outcomes.


Nursing Program Admission Criteria

Admission into the RN to B.S. completion program requires that the applicant be a graduate of an accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale.  Students entering the RN to B.S. Completion program must have obtained RN Licensure or be eligible to take the NCLEX.  Students who are eligible to take the NCLEX must obtain their RN license by the end of the first semester in the program.  By the end of the first semester, a student must turn in their RN license to LA 345 or scan and e-mail to nur@ipfw.edu. 

Including your transfer hours from your associate degree institution, you will need at least 122 credit hours to graduate:

  • Nursing credits from A.S. in nursing - 47 credit hours
  • Nursing Pre-requistite courses - 27 credit hours (see below)
  • Nursing courses in RN to B.S. - 33 credit hours
  • Non-nursing in RN to B.S. - 15 credit hours

Nursing Prerequisite Courses (27 credit hours):  The following courses may have been in your associate program.  The courses need to appear on a Credit Transfer Report through IPFW Admissions.  If they have not been taken, they must be completed before taking Nursing coursework.  However, up to 7 credit hours of nursing pre-requisite courses may be taken along with nursing coursework the first semester in  the RN to B.S. program.

  • ENG W131 Elementary Composition (3 cr.)
  • PSY 12000 Elementary Psychology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL 20300 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4cr.)
  • CHM 10400 Living Chemistry (3cr.) or CHM 11100 General Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • BIOL 20400 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.)
  • SOC S161 Principles of Sociology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL 22000 Microbiology for the Health Sciences (4 cr.)
  • COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech (3 cr.)

 The RN to B.S. with a major in nursing is an online program.  In the last semester, the student will complete 45 precepted hours.

Program Requirements

Nursing Core Credits: 33

Supporting Courses Credits: 15

  • Communication at the 30000-40000 level Cr. 3.
  • General Education:  Category B6 Cr. 3
  • General Education:  Category B7 Cr. 3

Total Credits: 48

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