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RN to BSN Online Degree Program

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RN to BSN Online Program Perks

  • The program is CCNE-accredited and can be completed in seven semesters or less. 
  • Most courses last five weeks, followed by one week off before the start of the next course.
  • The program can be completed in full-time or part-time study.
  • Transfer of credit will be evaluated.
  • No prerequisite courses are required — you can complete all coursework at NMC.

You can complete Nebraska Methodist College’s RN to BSN online program in seven semesters or less. Plus, completing the program online allows you to balance your coursework with your job and family life. 

The nursing field is experiencing rapid growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job market is projected to grow by 12% from 2018 to 2028 (average growth rate is 5%), and the median pay for nurses is $71,730 per year (roughly $34 per hour).

Our RN to BSN program focuses on a population health-based curriculum with applicable practice experience, and our admissions process is transfer-credit friendly.

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Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by
the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Costs & Financial Aid

The RN to BSN online program tuition is offered at an affordable rate of $308 per credit hour. NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified.  Potential resources for this program include:

Student Grants or Loans

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Contact your organization's human resources office to find out what's available.

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.  Under Human Resources select either MHS Benefits or MJE Benefits then scroll down to Pursuing Your Dreams.

External Scholarships

Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.

Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour $308

Admissions

Criteria

In order to be eligible for admission into our RN to BSN program, you must meet all of the following criteria.

  • Possess a current, unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse (RN).
  • Have graduated from a state-approved diploma or associate degree program.
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Ability to meet the technical standards of nursing practice.
  • Qualify under NMC’s State Authorization requirements, if not a Nebraska resident.
Deadlines

Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students will be notified of their acceptance by letter or phone.

Requirements

To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Starting Term

Application Deadline

  • Spring (January)
  • Summer (May)
  • Fall (August)
  • Rolling
  • Rolling
  • Rolling

Curriculum

NMC’s RN to BSN online program provides students with access to expert faculty with years of teaching and clinical experience. Online students will receive the same support and attention as students who attend courses on campus. At NMC, you’re not just a number.

BIO 315
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
3 credit hours
The course begins with a major focus on cellular functions and pathology, including inflammation, infection, immune response, metabolism, and fluid disequilibrium. These concepts serve as the foundation for the course as alterations in various bodily functions are examined. Alterations in body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis, fluid acid-base balance, gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, cardiac, endocrine, neurological, mobility and sensory-perceptual functions are emphasized.

Prerequisites: CHE 100, BIO 226, BIO 280

COM 101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION
3 credit hours
This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

COM 230/245 or 252
LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE OR CROSS CULTURAL SERVICE LEARNING
3/1 credit hours
LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE: Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language. Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement. Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own. This course lasts over the entire semester. CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN HEALTHCARE: This one-credit course is designed for students who transfer in at least three credit hours of college-level sign language or international language coursework. Students engage with concepts of culturally competent care and effective cross-cultural communication for the optimal care of patients from diverse backgrounds.

HUM ---
WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
3 credit hours
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM ---
WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
3 credit hours
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM ---
WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
3 credit hours
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM ---
WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
3 credit hours
Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections: The World of Ideas: Human Connection The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives The World of Ideas: The Arts See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

HUM 150
THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC
3 credit hours
There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking. Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas. Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process. HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study.

HUM 210/213
ETHICS COURSE
3 credit hours
Students must choose to take either: HUM 210 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS: Introduction to Ethics introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis. HUM 213 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ETHICS: This course introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis, with an emphasis on varied professional codes of ethics in healthcare disciplines. Students will explore codes of ethics and how they relate to traditional Western philosophies.

MAT 260
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative information. Emphasis is placed on application of statistical methods and on the interpretation of statistically significant data.

NRS 402
NURSING ASSESSMENT FOR RN'S
3 credit hours
This course discusses theory and concepts of holistic health assessment across the lifespan. Advancement of skills in history taking, health assessment, and health promotion using concepts of evidence-based practice, critical thinking, genetics/genomics, quality and safety to provide caring, culturally-competent professional nursing care are emphasized. Students will collaborate with a preceptor to perform health assessments in a clinical setting.

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 430
RN PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR
3 credit hours
An introduction to nursing concepts of professional nursing practice will be the focus of this course (caring, change, culture, critical thinking, economics, and nursing process). This course will also help students to explore differences of BSN education and practice levels, professional issues, community-based education, and professional nursing roles.

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program

NRS 446
COLLABORATIVE NURSING LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
3 credit hours
This course analyzes leadership and management theories in relation to trends in nursing and healthcare. The concepts of change, power, collaboration, gender dynamics, and advocacy will be examined and applied to the practice of nursing. Healthcare policy, legal aspects, and economic factors are explored as they relate to client care and professional nursing practice. Using a global perspective, students will analyze, evaluate and create possible solutions to nursing and healthcare issues.

Prerequisites: Placement: Accelerated BSN students or Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 476/476C
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
6 credit hours
The course synthesizes concepts and principles of community health nursing and public health science that promote population centered healthcare in the community. Course theory incorporates the history of community health nursing, community health nursing standards, roles and functions of the community health nurse, Healthy People 2010 goals, case management, community assessment and diagnosis, program planning and evaluation, and evidenced-based practice in the community. Students evaluate strategies to improve the health status and eliminate health disparities of diverse vulnerable populations using ethical, advocacy, and social justice philosophies. The function and status of the US healthcare system and public healthcare system are analyzed as well as ethical and future challenges facing the respective systems. Public health content focuses on the application of the core functions and epidemiology, biostatistics, environment, global health, determinants of health, infectious disease, health surveillance, health behavior, disasters, and healthcare systems, policy, and delivery concepts. Current and changing community and public health issues are critically analyzed in relation to local, state, national, and global population health concerns and policies.

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 480
COMPLEXITY IN NURSING
3 credit hours
This course focuses on the synthesis of humanistic/scientific principles and research in the care of the complex client across the lifespan, with special emphasis on the older adult. Students use critical thinking skills to examine professional nursing care in the areas of health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness/disease management, and rehabilitation. The course is concept driven to include holism, including spirituality, sexuality, end-of-life, and economics. The role of the professional nurse as a case manager, in meeting the mutually identified needs of the client, is evaluated.

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program

PSY 101
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
3 credit hours
This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory.

PSY 215
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
3 credit hours
The Lifespan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

Prerequisites: As determined by program

SSC 235
THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
3 credit hours
This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

SSC 370
RESEARCH METHODS
3 credit hours
This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of the research process in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs. The student learns to selectively apply the steps of research and to critically analyze research studies culminating in formal, oral and written projects.

Prerequisites: Determined by major

SSC 465
CAPSTONE: THE EDUCATED CITIZEN
3 credit hours
This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community. Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.

Meet the Faculty

Our nursing faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.
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Transfer Credit

Credit from Community Colleges

The RN to BSN program has Transfer Guides available for the following local community colleges:

  • Central Community College
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College 
Credit for Prior Learning

NMC uses a standardized competency-based portfolio process to assess prior learning for RN to BSN applicants. As a participating school in the Nebraska Action Coalition, we helped develop this standard in order to facilitate a smooth transition for the RN going back to school for a BSN.

Validation of Credit

Once all requirements have been completed for the RN to BSN program, students will receive validation credit. The College Registrar will evaluate previous transcripts. To get started, contact Admissions today. 

Written Statement

Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to the questions below. Your response should be approximately two paragraphs for each question. The admissions committee is looking for responses that are not only well supported but that also use appropriate style and grammar. Be sure to include your name and program on the document itself. You may attach the responses to an email sent to the Admissions office at admissions@methodistcollege.edu.

When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA format if applicable.  Also know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.

If you send your responses through the mail, please type your responses and send them to:
NMC Admissions
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 N. 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114

  1. An NMC graduate is an educated citizen who exhibits breadth of learning through the liberal arts and sciences traditions in concert with professional education. Our goal as an institution is that graduates of NMC will be able to articulate and demonstrate growth in the following areas: as reflective individuals, as effective communicators, and as change agents.

    Please first address what or who has influenced your decision to pursue a career in healthcare?

  2. Reflective Individual: A reflective individual consistently uses logic and critical thinking in all aspects of life. Select one of the following classes that you have taken: English Composition, Literature, History, Government, Psychology, or Sociology.

    Share what was most interesting to you in this class. How might you apply what you learned to the healthcare field? If you do not have recent classes to reflect upon, you may reflect on a personal experience that you had and how what you learned from the experience can be applied to healthcare.

  3. Effective Communicator: Effective communicators express their ideas through talking, non-verbal communication, writing, and sometimes speaking languages other than English.

    Describe the type of communication listed above you feel most comfortable using. Give a specific example of a time when you exhibited strong communication skills and what the result was of this communication. For example, did you resolve a problem, put someone at ease, or help someone understand a complicated situation?

  4. Change Agent: One of the goals of our undergraduate education is to assist students in becoming agents of change. We create positive change when we work effectively in groups and bring individuals together for a common purpose. These skills are challenging and require patience and practice.

    Describe an experience you have had as a member of a group. Select a particular situation when a problem arose in that group and write about how you responded to it. You may select an experience that went well or one that you wish you could "do over."

  5. Please address any grades of D's or F's listed on your transcripts.  Also, please address withdrawals or other discrepancies on your transcripts. If you do not have any D's, F's or W's please respond: Not Applicable. 

Technology Requirements

Mission & Philosophy

Vision

Dynamic nursing education, for today and for tomorrow, for individuals and the global community.

Mission

The Department of Nursing is committed to providing quality education that prepares resilient professional nurses who are caring and practice holistically to meet the every-changing challenges of the 21st Century through a culture of evidenced-based practice. Faculty will support students, peers, the College and the community in this mission through a collaborative, accepting environment and through relationships fostered by mentoring and role modeling.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Baccalaureate Program of the Department of Nursing is reflective of the values and beliefs from which the NMC mission and core values were formulated.

The nursing faculty believe human beings are holistic and integrated. Each human being has dignity, basic rights and responsibilities, individual needs and a unique internal environment. The human interacts within the environment, which encompasses all external factors that affect the human's well being and speaks to physical, social and existential dimensions as well as various settings. The client is the human recipient of care - individual, family, group or community.

Health is viewed as a dynamic state of mental, physical, social and spiritual well being that maximizes the individual's ability to function in his or her environment. Illness is an alteration in the dynamic state of well being that leads to disharmony between the human self and the environment. Health promotion, illness prevention, maintenance and rehabilitation are facilitated by activities or programs directed toward enhancement, stabilization or restoration of a dynamic state of well being.

Nursing is a caring, creative, dynamic and interactive process that uses scientific and humanistic bodies of knowledge to assist the client in attainment of a dynamic state of well being with a focus on human responses to actual or potential health problems. The nursing curriculum focuses on Jean Watson's science of caring* and is based on the following assumptions. Nursing is concerned with promoting health, preventing illness, restoring health, and caring for the sick and dying. The practice of caring is an integral part of nursing and consists of the carative factors, which are those interventions that result in the satisfaction of human needs. The caring philosophy promotes health and human growth and accepts a human not only as he or she is now, but as whom he or she may become. A caring atmosphere is one that offers the development of potential while allowing the client to choose the best action at a given point in time. Caring is demonstrated and practiced interpersonally and uses the systematic nursing process approach.

The curricular framework incorporates a community-based approach that prepares students to build connections between knowledge and action in an increasingly interdependent world. Students develop the attributes of effective nursing professionals and responsible citizens through focused and meaningfully applied learning experiences. Communitybased education encompasses the concepts of health promotion, self care, prevention, collaboration and continuity of care within the context of culture and community.

The nursing faculty believe that nursing education uses the science of caring and builds on the application and synthesis of the biophysical, psychosocial, computer and information sciences and the humanities. Learning is a lifelong, continuous process through which humans acquire knowledge that results in changes of behavior, attitudes and/or ways of thinking. The faculty view teaching as an interactive process that uses a system of actions to promote the acquisition, application, integration and synthesis of knowledge. Optimal learning is enhanced by interaction with faculty members who use a variety of instructional strategies and settings. Faculty members serve as teachers, facilitators, resource personsevaluators and professional role models. Nursing education facilitates the student in developing interpersonal caring response skills and communication techniques that produce therapeutic interactions within the nurse-client relationship.

Completion of the baccalaureate nursing program prepares the graduate for professional practice as a nurse generalist, pursuit of advanced studies in nursing and enhancement of lifelong learning. The nurse generalist uses critical thinking, nursing theory, research, nursing process, carative factors and clinical skills while assuming responsibility and accountability for providing nursing care to clients in a variety of settings. Additionally, the nurse generalist is able to demonstrate leadership and management skills in organization, change, advocacy, coordination, collaboration and communication. Thus, the nurse generalist promotes the use of lifelong evidence-based and humanistic practice behaviors to change and respond to the health needs and well being of clients in a dynamic and diverse world.

*Jean Watson, Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring, 1985.

Technical Standards

In preparation for professional nursing roles nursing students are expected to demonstrate the ability to meet the demands of a professional nursing career. Certain functional abilities are essential for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care. An applicant to the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program must meet the following technical standards and maintain satisfactory demonstration of these standards for progression throughout the program. Students unable to meet these technical standards will not be able to complete the program. Students shall notify faculty of any change in their ability to meet technical standards. The technical standards include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

General Ability:

The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell so that data received by the senses is integrated, analyzed and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner. The student is expected to possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement in order to effectively evaluate patients. A student must be able to respond promptly to urgent situations.

Observational Ability:

The student must have the ability to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of clinical/laboratory activities and patient care experiences. The student must be able to document these observations accurately.

Communication Ability:

The student must communicate effectively verbally and non-verbally to obtain information and explain that information to others. Each student must have the ability to read, write, comprehend and speak the English language to facilitate communication with patients, family members, and other members of the healthcare team. The student must be able to document and maintain accurate records, present information in a professional manner and provide patient instruction to effectively care for patients and their families.

Motor Ability:

The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements with sufficient coordination needed to provide complete physical assessments and provide safe effective care for patients. The student is expected to have psychomotor skills necessary to perform or assist with procedures, treatments, administration of medications, and emergency interventions including CPR if necessary. The student must have sufficient levels of neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination as well as possess the physical and mental stamina to meet the demands associated with extended periods of sitting, standing, moving, and physical exertion required for safe patient care. Students must be able to bend, squat, reach, kneel or balance. Clinical settings may require that students have the ability to carry and lift loads from the floor, from 12 inches from the floor, to shoulder height and overhead. The student must be able to occasionally lift 50 pounds, frequently lift 25 pounds, and constantly lift 10 pounds. The student is expected to be able to maintain consciousness and equilibrium and have the physical strength and stamina to perform satisfactorily in clinical settings.

Intellectual—Conceptual Ability:

The student must have the ability to develop problem-solving skills essential to professional nursing practice. Problem solving skills include the ability to measure, calculate reason, analyze, and synthesize objective and subjective data, and to make decisions, in a timely manner that reflect thoughtful deliberation and sound clinical judgment. The student must demonstrate application of these skills and possess the ability to incorporate new information from peers, instructors, and the nursing and healthcare literature to formulate sound judgment to establish care plans and priorities in patient care activities.

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

The student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, and complete assessment and intervention activities. Compassion, integrity, motivation, and concern for others are personal attributes required of those in the nursing program. The student must fully utilize intellectual capacities that facilitate prompt completion of all responsibilities in the classroom and clinical settings; the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and other members of the healthcare team. The ability to establish rapport and maintain interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds is critical for practice as a nurse. Each student must be able to adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; accept and integrate constructive criticism given in the classroom and clinical settings; and effectively collaborate in the clinical setting with other members of the healthcare team.

Ability to Manage Stressful Situations:

The student must be able to adapt to and function effectively in relation to stressful situations encountered in both the classroom and clinical settings, including emergency situations. Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the nursing program. These stressors may be (but are not limited to) personal, patient care/family, faculty/peer, and or program related.

Background Check/Drug Screening:

Clinical facilities require that Nebraska Methodist College perform drug testing and background checks on all students before they are allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Therefore, students will be required to have a background check performed and submit to drug screening before being allowed into clinical practice.

BSN Program Outcomes

Graduates of the BSN program will:

1. Integrate culturally competent professional nursing care with clients while incorporating caring and the caritas processes to promote autonomy, altruism, human dignity, integrity and social justice.

2. Analyze alternative solutions based on scientific and humanistic rationale for situations encountered in professional nursing practice.

3. Incorporate professional communication in interactions with clients, colleagues and community partners.

4. Synthesize scientific and humanistic knowledge derived from theory and research in the provision of professional nursing care.

5. Evaluate skills and ongoing assessment into the process of planning, intervening, and evaluating the delivery of professional nursing care including health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness/disease management and rehabilitation to meet the health needs of clients.

6. Collaborate with clients and community partners as an agent to facilitate change within a global healthcare environment.

7. Assume professional responsibility and legal/ethical accountability in providing health care.

8. Evaluate research critically and use findings selectively in professional nursing practice.

9. Incorporate knowledge of health care system policy and of professional activism into nursing practice.

10. Integrate leadership and management skills as a professional caregiver, teacher and manager of client care.

Academic Minors

Declaring a minor is optionalBecause courses within the following minors require the student to be on campus, only those persons who live in or around the Omaha metropolitan area should consider declaring a minor.

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