Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Registered Nurse (RN) to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is a post-licensure program that allows nurses with the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing or the Diploma in Nursing to advance their credentials or prepare for graduate nursing study. Focus on leadership, evidence-based practice, health promotion, public health issues, patient safety and risk reduction, ethical issues, and healthcare needs of diverse populations.

Details

Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Academic Plan
Nursing (RN to BSN) (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
9307
Total credits required
120
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Admissions criteria

1. Application and admission to the program is required.

2. The application process is open to any RN who holds a current, active, unrestricted, and unencumbered RN license. The license must remain current and unrestricted throughout program enrollment. Transcripts are not required to verify nursing course completion and the degree does not have to be from a regionally accredited institution. The RN license will be verified. When credit is awarded for a license or credential, an official transcript is not required from that education, so the source of that education and the accreditation of that source does not apply. When credit is awarded for the pre-and co-requisite coursework, for the general education courses, the official transcripts for the general education courses will need to be received.

3. The RN-BSN program will recognize and transfer a total of 62-75 block credit hours for the AAS Nursing Degree/Diploma and RN license for applicants coming from an accredited institution. For review of general education courses, as stated above, official transcripts showing the general education courses that are required for the program must be sent to the Admissions and Records office of the college the student plans to attend and coursework will need to have been completed from an institution accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education. Transcripts will need to be evaluated by the college. If a course does not transfer, the student may need to complete the undergraduate course at the institution they are attending concurrently with their BSN program of study. This only applies to general education courses.  

4. Background Check Requirements: Admission to a Nursing or Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.

5. Clinical health and safety requirements must be met prior to enrollment in any program of study course. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy, fingerprint clearance, and drug testing protocols. Drug testing timelines will be addressed during orientation to the program. 

6. All students must meet health and safety and background check requirements prior to beginning courses in the MaricopaNursing program.

7. Students who have met all admission requirements will be admitted on a first come, first admitted basis. A waitlist will be maintained through the Maricopa County Community College District office and students will have the ability to select placement at any college that is currently offering the program. 

8. Graduates of the MaricopaNursing AAS program will be given preferential placement consideration up to a percentage of total enrollment. 

Progression Criteria:

1. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program. 

2. Three courses in the program of study include in-person lab/simulation/clinical. Both didactic and lab/simulation/clinical components must be successfully completed to achieve a passing grade in the course. If a student does not successfully complete one component, both the didactic and simulation/clinical must be repeated. 

3. Courses may be repeated depending on space available.  

Readmission Criteria:

1. The program reserves the right to deny acceptance of an admission application if the applicant was dismissed from any program for issues relating to academic integrity and/or unsafe patient care.  

2. If the student`s nursing license is restricted or the student is under a Board order, the student will need to resolve any licensure issues prior to entering the program. 

3. All applicants holding a license as a Registered Nurse must remain in good standing with the Regulatory Board. Once enrolled, students receiving any disciplinary actions against their license must notify the Nursing Program Chair within five (5) school days. The Nursing Program Chair reserves the right to restrict the student`s participation in clinical experiences and involvement in patient care until the license is valid and unrestricted.

4. All readmissions are subject to space available and are at the discretion of the college Nursing Director. 

Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is requesting candidacy with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Health and Safety Requirements for the MaricopaNursing program:

1. Students must submit a Health and Safety Documentation Checklist verifying completion of all requirements and maintain current status throughout the program.

2. Students must submit the Health Declaration Form signed by a licensed health care provider.

3. Students must test negative on a timed urine drug screen.

4. Admission to a Nursing or Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check Policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD Background Check Policy.

Course Fee Information:

Please see class schedule for information regarding course fees.

What You'll Learn
  • Analyze professional behaviors to provide holistic and compassionate person-centered care that respects individual and community diversity. (HCR240, MAT206, PSY230, SWU225, NUR301, NUR302, NUR303, NUR304, NUR305, NUR401, NUR402, NUR403, NUR404, [HU], [SB], [L])
  • Demonstrate culturally competent and ethically congruent behaviors that reflect dignity, diversity, equity, and inclusion among groups in diverse populations and settings. (HCR240, MAT206, PSY230, SWU225, NUR301, NUR302, NUR303, NUR304, NUR305, NUR401, NUR402, NUR403, NUR404, [HU], [SB], [L])
  • Apply leadership and management skills in the provision of safe, quality and cost effective care in diverse healthcare environments. (HCR240, MAT206, PSY230, SWU225, NUR301, NUR302, NUR303, NUR304, NUR305, NUR401, NUR402, NUR403, NUR404, [HU], [SB], [L])
  • Determine knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to effectively communicate with patient, family and/or important others and the interprofessional team through utilization of healthcare technology and informatics. (HCR240, MAT206, PSY230, SWU225, NUR301, NUR302, NUR303, NUR304, NUR305, NUR401, NUR402, NUR403, NUR404, [HU], [SB], [L])
  • Assess the effects of systems-based practice on safe, quality, person-centered care within the scope of professional nursing practice. (HCR240, MAT206, PSY230, SWU225, NUR301, NUR302, NUR303, NUR304, NUR305, NUR401, NUR402, NUR403, NUR404, [HU], [SB], [L])
  • Evaluate a plan for professional development and heightened efficacy of nursing practice. (HCR240, MAT206, PSY230, SWU225, NUR301, NUR302, NUR303, NUR304, NUR305, NUR401, NUR402, NUR403, NUR404, [HU], [SB], [L])
  • Demonstrate professional, safe, compassionate nursing care that synthesizes learning derived from coursework, nursing practice, and life experiences. (HCR240, MAT206, PSY230, SWU225, NUR301, NUR302, NUR303, NUR304, NUR305, NUR401, NUR402, NUR403, NUR404, [HU], [SB], [L])
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:63-73
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology (0)0-4
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO205Microbiology4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM130AAFundamental Chemistry with Lab (4) OR
One year of high school chemistry (0)0-4
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR 
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level math course3-5
NUR152Nursing Theory and Science I9
NUR172Nursing Theory and Science II9
NUR252Nursing Theory and Science III9
NUR283Nursing Theory and Science IV9
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.3
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:37
HCR240Human Pathophysiology4
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
NUR301Role of the Professional Nurse3
NUR302Health Assessment and Promotion4
NUR303Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR304Public and Community Health Nursing4
NUR305Legal and Ethical Topics in Nursing3
NUR401Systems-Based Thinking in Nursing3
NUR402Healthcare Technology and Informatics3
NUR403Nursing Leadership and Management3
NUR404Advanced Nursing Capstone4
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-12
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 120 semester credits. Consult with a Faculty Advisor, Program Director, and/or Academic Advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
Recommended:
World Language Courses:
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
NAV+++ Any NAV Navajo course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Health Care Courses:
HCR210Clinical Health Care Ethics3
HCR220Introduction to Nursing and Health Care Systems3
HCR230Culture and Health3
Nursing Continuing Education Courses:
NCE165Legal Aspects of Nursing1
NCE203Interpretation of Laboratory Diagnostic Examinations0.5
NCE204Hemodynamics1
NCE207Recognition and Nursing Management of the Deteriorating Patient0.5
NCE210School Nurse Emergency Assessment Skills1
NCE214CABasic Electrocardiogram Interpretation1
NCE214MMMath Methods of Drug Calculation1
NCE216AASchool Health Update: Assessment Skills0.5
NCE218Ventilator Management for Critical Care and Emergency Room Nurses0.5
NCE219Advanced First Aid for School Health Staff0.5
NCE220Advanced IV Therapy Skills for RNs0.5
NCE226Pediatric Nursing Clinical Skills1
NCE249Basic Critical Care Nursing4
NCE274Industry Telemetry Nursing4
NCE278Critical Care Nursing4
NCE291Nursing Skills and Patient Care in Simulation1
NUR187Pharmacology and Medication Administration1.5

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