Department of Nursing - RN to BSN in Nursing

WELCOME TO NURSING

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Welcome to Claflin University’s RN to BSN program in Orangeburg, South Carolina. We are delighted to have you join a cohort of future nursing leaders.  We are S.C.’s only HBCU with an RN to BSN program.  Our program is an innovative, high-quality program designed to prepare you for a higher level of nursing practice. Our goal is that every student receives a quality education and assumes nursing leadership roles to help shape the landscape of the future of nursing.

Claflin has a long history of serving her community with excellence.  The nursing program embraces this tradition and subscribe to the university’s guiding principlesthat include a commitment to excellence, valuing people, being customer focused, delivering exemplary education programs, and maintaining fiscal accountability .

The current challenges in America’s healthcare system have created opportunities for nurses to have a greater impact than ever.  We are therefore committed to providing an educational experience to prepare you to fully engage this challenge and lead healthcare initiatives.  We will focus learning that helps you address community and population-focused health issues and integrate evidence-based nursing into your daily practice.  We will help you learn to capitalize on interprofessional collaborations to promote optimal healthcare for your patients and families.

We hope that you will consider joining us in the RN to BSN program in beautiful Orangeburg, South Carolina.  Make plans to see beautiful Edisto Memorial Gardens when you come to town!

Dr. Shannon B. Smith, ACNS-BC, CNE
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing

 

  • Mission, Vision, and Program Goals

    Claflin seeks to foster a rich community who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership.  Claflin is a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff and administrators who work to cultivate practical wisdom, judgment, knowledge, skills and character needed for globally engaged citizenship and effective leadership.

    MISSION STATEMENT 
    Building upon the mission, vision and guiding principles of Claflin University, the RN to BSN program mission is to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society to  provide  students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education and enhance their skills to improve health and well-being of the community and beyond, and to enhance job marketability to meet global health needs; emphasizing critical and analytic thinking and the knowledge to serve in health care settings with diverse populations. 

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    VISION STATEMENT

    Claflin University’s RN to BSN programwill be nationally recognized as a leader for innovative programs in nursing education, community centered scholarship, and interdisciplinary partnerships that prepare professional nurses to meet the rapidly changing health care needs of the diverse community.

    PROGRAM GOALS

    1. Provide an opportunity for associate degree nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing
    2. Prepare nurses to fulfill baccalaureate nursing roles.
    3. Promote a commitment to addressing the health care needs of the citizens.

     

  • Curriculum

    Program Overview- Claflin University’s RN to BSN program provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education, emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research, oral and written communication skills. The University invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing local, national and global societies.

    The program allows students who have an Associate Degree in Nursing the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills through integrated learning and experience.  Coursework builds on previous nursing education and experience to prepare students as leaders and lifelong learners who practice in a variety of health care settings and with diverse patient populations.  Students gain insight into assessment and management of various populations, integrate evidence-based practice in the health care setting, and devise assessment, planning, and evaluation strategies to improve health in the community.

    Courses are fully online and are offered in two 8-week sessions in Fall and Spring Semesters, with one 8-week session offered in summer.  The 30 hours of upper division nursing coursework can be completed full time in one Fall, Spring, and Summer session. Students who require additional elective hours can complete the program with an additional Fall and/or Spring semester, depending upon credit hours needed to completion. Part-time plans of study are available to students desiring more time to completion.

    Nurses who complete our Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree have multiple career options.  BSN-prepared nurses work in a wide-range of healthcare settings—from the bedside in a hospital to home healthcare to travel nursing. Professional careers in case management, management, and various specialty fields are especially attractive to BSN graduates.

    The BSN program ascribes to the principles of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), which promotes innovation and excellence in academic nursing.  Their Bachelor of Science (BSN) Essentialsdocument describes “elements and framework for building nursing curricula” and outlines “essential curriculum content and expected competencies of graduates” of baccalaureate nursing programs (AACN, 2008).  These Essentials address the key stakeholders’ recommendations and landmark documents such as the IOM’s recommendations for the core knowledge required of all healthcare professionals.” (AACN, 2008, p.3). Claflin University’s RN to BSN integrate these essentials throughout the program curriculum.

     

    Required Courses

    Prerequisite Courses

    Semester Hours

    English Composition /Literature/Communications

    6

    Lifespan Human Growth and Development

    3

    Human Anatomy

    4

    Human Physiology

    4

    Microbiology

    4

    Statistics, Algebra, or Contemporary Math

    3

    Science, Social Science and Humanities*

    16

    General Electives*

    20

                Total General Education Prerequisites                                      60

     

    Associate Degree Nursing Courses                                             30 Semester Hours

              (i.e. Med Surg, Psychiatric Nursing,

                 Fundamental Nursing, etc.; ADN nursing courses 

                 more than 30CH may be used as general electives)

     

    Claflin University Upper Division Nursing **

                                                                                                    Semester Hours

    NURS 310 Role Transition: Baccalaureate Role Development          3

    NURS 320 Health Assessment                                                           3

    NURS 330 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice             3

    NURS 340 Nursing Informatics                                                         1

    NURS 350 Issues in Professional Practice                                          3

    NURS 360 Community Health Nursing                                            4                      

    NURS 410 Nursing Practice in a Multicultural Society                     3

    NURS 430 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan                            3

    NURS 440 Nursing Leadership                                                          4

    NURS 450 Healthy Communities (Capstone)                                   3

    Total Upper Division Credit Hours                                                 30

    **All upper division nursing courses must be taken at Claflin University and cannot be transferred from another University.

    Program Requirements

    • Hold an unencumbered registered nursing (RN) license
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher 
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
    • Statement of Goals and Objectives
    • Professional Resume
    • Applyat https://my.claflin.edu/ics/admissions (Select Non-traditional Undergraduate/BS in Nursing)
  • Department of Nursing Course Descriptions

    NURS 310 Role Transition: Baccalaureate Role Development (3 credit hours): This course provides an overview of the nursing metaparadigm: client, nurse, health/illness and environment. Nursing theoretical perspectives will be discussed as a foundation professional nursing practice as care provider and manager of care. Special emphasis will be on the practice of the baccalaureate nurse.

    NURS 320 Health Assessment(3 credit hours): This course builds on previous health assessment knowledge and skills focusing on comprehensive health assessment skills. Using a lifespan approach, students examine the physical, cultural, psychosocial, spiritual and nutritional variables through the use of health history and health assessment.

    NURS 330 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 credit hours): This course provides an overview of the research process and utilization in professional nursing practice. Discussion of evidence-based practice as the foundation for safe, quality care will be the focus of this course. Students will be guided through the development of clinical questions and explore strategies for collecting the evidence available to answer them.

    NURS 340 Nursing Informatics (1 credit hours): This course provides an overview of nursing informatics to improve information management in health care. Consideration of health care technologies and ethical and financial criteria in relation to the quality of their outcomes are explored.

    NURS 350 Issues in Professional Practice (3 credit hours): This course discusses the current political, economic and social trends affecting nursing and the evolving health care system. Special emphasis will be on the nature of the profession and professional values. Alternative and complimentary health practices are discussed as strategies to improve and maintain healthy lifestyles.

    NURS 360 Community Health Nursing (3 credit hours didactic and 1 credit hour clinical): This course has both a didactic and a clinical component. The didactic portion introduces the concepts and principles of community health and the practice of evidence base community health nursing. The nursing process is applied to the care of individuals, families, and groups within the community. Emphasis will be on community health measures which promote and maintain the health of the community. Application of community health nursing principles occurs in the 54 hour precepted clinical practice in a community health setting.  Prerequisite: Health Assessment – NURS320

    NURS 410 Nursing Care in a Multicultural Society (3 credit hours): This course provides an overview of the influence of culture on health care practices and in the delivery of nursing care for individuals, groups, and communities. Emphasis is on increasing awareness of culturally diverse nursing care and the impact of cultural beliefs, values, and practices upon health and health care delivery.

    NURS 430 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (3 credit hours): This course builds on prior learning and focuses on preventative health care and health promotion for individuals, families, and communities. Consideration is given to the influence of culture and lifespan development.  Using biophysical, environmental, spiritual, sociocultural and economic determinants of health, the focus is on improving health outcomes with individuals, families, and communities. Prerequisite: Health Assessment – NURS320

    NURS 440 Nursing Leadership (3 credit hours didactic and 1 credit hour clinical): This course explores the role of the nurse leader, integrating prior learning with an understanding of the nature of leadership as well as leadership and management theories. An introduction to the principles of project management with application to a clinical leadership project is included.  Consideration of individual student growth, particularly related to the student outcomes of the program and personal goals for future growth will be a focus. Fifty-four (54) hours of independent clinical practice under the direction of the faculty to develop and implement a clinical leadership project. Prerequisite: Research and Evidence Based Practice - NURS 330

    NURS 450 Healthy Communities (3 credit hours): In this course students will apply knowledge gained throughout the RN-BSN program to the process of assessing a community as a capstone project. Community-specific and epidemiological data will be gathered, appraised, and compared to national averages. Healthy People 2020 Goals,principles, concepts, and models of community health nursing will be utilized to plan interventions to improve the health and well-being of the community and evaluate the plan.   Prerequisites: all program courses, with the following exception: Students may concurrently enroll in NURS410 - Nursing Practice in a Multicultural Society or NURS360 - Community Health Nursing.  Credit Hours: 3

    Credit for Experiential Learning and Professional Nursing Certification

    In keeping with the University’s goal of integrating experiential learning in programs of study, the nursing department will award elective nursing credit to incoming students with significant nursing experience.  This credit will not reduce the 30 credit hours of core courses that students are required to take as part of the RN to BSN program but will help the student who has less than 90 credit hours of prior learning to transfer to the University satisfy elective credit requirements.

    Nursing students may earn three credit hours* for more than one but less than 5 years of fulltime nursing experience. Students with more than 5 years of fulltime nursing experience may earn 6 elective credit hours* towards their degree. Proof of employment as a nurse and the period of employment must be provided.  Experiential learning credit may not be substituted for any of the 30CH of core nursing courses required in the RN to BSN program.

    Nursing students may also earn three elective credit hours* for a nationally recognized nursing certification.  Examples of approved certifications include: CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse), CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse), Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse, or Certified Obstetric Nurse. Students who have a national certification, should submit a copy to his/her academic advisor who will submit it for approval by the Program Director. 

    Experiential Learning Assessment at Claflin University is based on the review of the portfolio [student resume, description of direct patient care clinical experience, and summary of knowledge and skills attained through stated experience(s)].  To receive elective credit hours students must develop a portfolio that reflects an inventory of all registered nursing clinical practice experiences including name of supervisor and contact information, unit type/patient population, institution name, years of service, skill sets attained, and examples of common patients – diagnoses of patients for which the student cared.  *Note - a total of 6 credit hours of electives may be granted for elective credit when combining work experience and certification.  Students may have 0-6 CH in either category but no more than 6CH total.

    Course Description

    Professional Nursing Practice Elective (NURS 427).  Credit for this course is awarded to students for work experience as a registered nurse upon review of a complete nursing portfolio.  Professional experiences with validation may include national nursing certification, cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification, or direct patient care in a clinical nursing environment.  Requests for prior learning credit must be made to the Nursing Department Chair at least four (4) weeks before the semester begins to provide time to validate learning and award credit. 3-6 CH. 

  • Accreditation

    Claflin University is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSOC).  More information is available at Claflin Accreditation.

    The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Claflin University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

    The Registered Nursing to Baccalaureate degree in Nursing at Claflin University School of Natural Sciences and Math has been approved for Institutional membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (November 2016).  

  • Full Time Versus Part Time – Which one’s right for me?

    One of the most important questions students have when planning to go back to school is “Should I attend full time or part time?”.  Claflin University’s RN to BSN program offers both options.  Fall start examples are shown below, but new cohorts are admitted in both fall and spring. Keep in mind that these are samples and your plan will be individualized to your needs.  Your advisor will discuss this with you once you’re accepted and help you make the choice that is best for your life.

    Fall Semester Entry (Full Time)

     

    Course**

    CH by Term

    Fall 1

    NURS 310 Role Transition: Baccalaureate Role Development -3 CH

    NURS 320 Health Assessment - 3 CH

    6CH

     

     

    12

    Fall 2

    NURS 330 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice - 3 CH

    NURS 350 Issues in Professional Practice - 3 CH

    6CH

    Spring 1

    NURS 440 Nursing Leadership – 4CH

    NURS 340 Nursing Informatics -1 CH

    5CH

     

     

    12

    Spring 2

     

    NURS 430 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan -3CH

    NURS 360 Community Health Nursing– 4CH

    7CH

    Summer

    NURS 410 Nursing Practice in a Multicultural Society – 3CH)

    NURS 450 Healthy Communities- 3CH (Capstone)

    6CH

     

    6

    Program Completion

    30

     

    Fall Semester Entry (Part Time)

     

    Course**

    CH by Term

    Fall 1

    NURS 310 Role Transition: Baccalaureate Role Development -3 CH

     

    6

    Fall 2

    NURS 350 Issues in Professional Practice - 3 CH

    Spring 1

    NURS 320 Health Assessment - 3 CH

     

    6

    Spring 2

    NURS 330 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice - 3 CH

    Summer

    NURS 410 Nursing Practice in a Multicultural Society – 3CH)

    3

    Fall 1

    NURS 340 Nursing Informatics -1 CH

     

    5

    Fall 2

    NURS 360 Community Health Nursing– 4CH

    Spring 1

    NURS 440 Nursing Leadership – 4CH

     

    7

    Spring 2

    NURS 430 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan -3CH* (320 is prereq).

    Summer

    NURS 450 Healthy Communities - 3CH (Capstone) (must be in last semester)

    3

    Program Completion

    30


  • Admission Criteria

    Students seeking admission into the RN to BSN program must first meet certain prerequisites before they may begin registration for nursing classes. Admission requirements are listed below:

    • earned Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution.
    • unencumbered RN license in state of residence (copy of licensure verification required) 
    • official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended 
    • earned C or better in each course submitted for transfer to Claflin University
    • submission of goals statement and resume
  • Clinical Experience

    In the RN to BSN program at Claflin University, you will experience planned clinical learning opportunities that help you understand, perform, and refine professional competencies in nursing.  These experiences focus on nursing interventions that influence health care outcomes for populations in various settings.  Two (2) courses in the program have clinical components (NURS360 – Community Health Nursing and NURS440 – Leadership and Management in Nursing).  Planning is very important to promote success in these courses.  New students should review the clinical requirements in the Nursing Student Handbook.

  • Technology Requirements

    Students enrolled in the RN to BSN program must have access to a computer that meets Information Technology requirements.  Smart phones are not yet a reliable tool for online courses and Tablets may have limited capabilities for completion of assignments and quizzes.  Below is a general overview.  If you have specific questions, email the Helpdesk.

    1. Regular Internet access.
    2. Daily access to Claflin email
    3. Supported operating systems (Windows or Mac) and web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome).
    4. Java. This is downloadable for free on the Internet.
    5. Microsoft Office 365 is available free to all students in the RN to BSN. Navigate to the Claflin University home page, select “Tools and Resources, and select “Office 365”.Once logged in using Claflin account information, you can use the software online or download to your computer for easier use.
    6. Adobe Reader. This, too, is downloadable for free on the Internet.
    7. RealPlayer, VLC Player or another media player for audio and video files (version 10 or higher is recommended).
    8. Adobe Flash Player (version 8 or higher is recommended).
    9. Microphone, headphones, and a webcam.
  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Paying for school is a very important part of being successful in the RN to BSN program.  To help you plan, we provide the following resources:

  • Program Outcomes and National Nursing Standards

    The BSN “Essentials document serves to transform baccalaureate nursing education by providing the curricular elements and framework for building the baccalaureate nursing curriculum for the 21st century. These Essentials address the key stakeholders’ recommendations and landmark documents such as the IOM’s recommendations for the core knowledge required of all healthcare professionals.” (AACN, 2008, p.3).

     

    Program Outcomes Congruence with University and Professional Standards

    Building on a foundation of the liberal arts, the graduate will:

    Claflin University RN to BSN Program Outcome

    Claflin University Student Learning Outcome

    BSN Essential Outcomes*

    Quality & Safety Competencies for Nursing (QSEN) **

    1. Demonstrate leadership skills that integrate an understanding of organizational systems and the internal and external forces that impact them.

    IV – Leadership and Life Skills

     

    III – Intellectual Acumen

    I. Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

    II. Organizational and Systems Leadership; V. Health Care Policy, Finance & Regulatory Environments.

    Teamwork and Collaboration

    Quality Improvement

    1. Engage in evidence-based practice to enhance the quality of patient care and outcomes.

    II - Knowledge Acquisition

     

    I. Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

    III. Evidence Based Practice

    IX Baccalaureate Generalist Practice

    Evidence Based Practice

    Quality Improvement

    1. Use information technologies to document nursing care and improve patient care outcomes.

    I – Communication and Literacy

    I. Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

    II. Organizational and Systems Leadership

    IV. Information Management

    Informatics

    Teamwork and Collaboration

    1. Use the nursing process to plan and implement culturally-appropriate care to promote health and prevent disease and injury in diverse populations.

    V – Global Citizenship

    I. Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

    VII. Clinical Prevention and Population Health

    Patient-Centered Care; Teamwork & Collaboration

    Evidence Based Practice

    Safety

    1. Advocate for patients, the nursing profession, and access to quality care through the development of interprofessional and interprofessional collaborative relationships.

    IV – Leadership and Life Skills

    III – Intellectual Acumen

    I. Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

    V. Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments

    VI. Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration

    Teamwork and Collaboration

    Quality Improvement

    Safety

    1. Model professionalism based on personal values, ethical principles, and the nursing profession's values and standards.

    I – Communication and Literacy

    IV – Leadership and Life Skills

    I. Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

    VIII. Professionalism and Professional Values

    Teamwork and Collaboration

    *AACN (2008) The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing. Available at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/baccessentials08.pdf

    **QSEN Institute (2009). QSEN Undergraduate Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSAs). Available at http://qsen.org/competencies/pre-licensure-ksas/

  • Career Opportunities for BSN Nurses

    Nurses who complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree have multiple career options.  BSN prepared nurses work in a wide-range of healthcare settings from the bedside in a hospital to community health to travel nursing. Professional careers in case management, leadership/management, and specialty fields (i.e. informatics, research, occupational health, or public health) are especially attractive to BSN graduates.

  • Program Information eBooklet

    Download the entire program information booklet Here.

  • Program Completion Data

    Student Program Retention and Completion Rates

     

    Completion

    Full time students completing program within 2 years

     

     

    Part time students completing the program within 3 years

     

    Enrolled in 2016-2017

    89%

     

    Enrolled in 2016-2017

    N/A

    Enrolled in 2017-2018

    *

     

    Enrolled in 2017-2018

    *

     

    Retention

    Full time students retained in the program

     

     

    Part time students retained in the program

     

    Enrolled in 2016-2017

    95%

     

    Enrolled in 2016-2017

    N/A

    Enrolled in 2017-2018

    89%

     

    Enrolled in 2017-2018

    100%

     

    *The RN to BSN program at Claflin University enrolled its first cohort in August 2016 and data is not yet available.
  • View Faculty Profiles
    Claflin University’s RN to BSN faculty are second to none!  Our faculty have been recognized nationally as nurse leaders.  All are doctorally prepared in nursing or are enrolled in a doctoral degree program.  Faculty work to support you as you earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students describe faculty as “fair, supportive, encouraging, and genuine”.


     Dr. Shannon B. SmithDr. Shannon B. Smith,
    APRN, ACNS-BC, CGRN, CNE 
    Associate Professor & Chair Department of Nursing 
    Claflin University 
    400 Magnolia Street 
    Orangeburg, SC 29115 
    803-535-5843 (Admin)
    803-535-5241(Office)
                                           803-535-5776 (Fax)
                                           shansmith@claflin.edu

    Dr. Sonya K. Ehrhardt   Dr. Sonya K. Ehrhardt
       Department of Nursing Claflin University 
       400 Magnolia Street 
       Orangeburg, SC 29115 
       803-535-5843 (Admin) 
       803-535-5776 (Fax) 
       sehrhardt@claflin.edu

    Dr. Katie Lasater Dr. Katie Lasater     
    Department of Nursing     
    Claflin University 
    400 Magnolia Street     
    Orangeburg, SC 29115 803-535-5843 
    (Admin) 803-535-5776 
    (Fax) mlasater@claflin.edu

    Professor Charlene Pruitt Professor Charlene Pruitt 
    Department of Nursing 
    Claflin University 
    400 Magnolia Street 
    Orangeburg, SC 29115 803-535-5843 
    (Admin) 803-535-5776 
                                       (Fax) cpruitt@claflin.edu

    Professor Demica WilliamsProfessor Demica Williams
    Department of Nursing Claflin University 
    400 Magnolia Street 
    Orangeburg, SC 29115 
    803-535-5843 (Admin) 
    803-535-5776 (Fax) 
    demiwilliams@claflin.edu
  • Claflin RN to BSN Student Handbook
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Dr. Shannon B. Smith, ACNS-BC, CNE
Associate Professor and  Chair, Department of Nursing
Office Number: (803) 535-5241
shansmith@claflin.edu

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