The following are suggested minimal personal computer (PC) requirements for students taking courses online.These are also recommended computer specs to consider when purchasing a new device.

Operating System

  • Windows 7/8/10 or Mac OS X 10.7 or newer

Processor (CPU)

  • Intel i3 / AMD A6 processor or better

Display and Video Card

  • 1280x800 resolution or higher, 512 MB video RAM or more

Hard Drive

  • 500 GB or larger for standard hard drives
  • 256 GB or larger for solid state hard drives

Memory (RAM)

  • 4 GB or more

Removable Storage

  • USB flash drive (requires USB port)

Software

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • PDF reader such as CutePDF Writer, PDFCreator, or Adobe

Networking

  • Ethernet or Wireless card that supports 802.11 b/g/n protocol

Multimedia

  • Speakers, Microphone, and webcam are all recommended

Other

  • Install an additional browser other than Internet Explorer or Safari. Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Install the following software for proper playback of most web content
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • Microsoft Silverlight
    • Java
  • Extended warranty is recommended for laptops. Consider purchasing a backup battery as well
  • Make sure to have physical copies of the install disks for any additional software purchased with the device. This will include software keys or licenses needed should a reformat be needed
  • Ensure you have everything needed to connect and use your systems, including power cables, USB cables, and Ethernet cables

For more information call 614-234-4CON For help with IT issues, please email HelpLine@mccn.edu.

Once admitted to the program, students may use their student ID number to purchase discounted hardware and software through GovConnection. Students may also purchase discounted software through the Microsoft Student Store.

*Note: Some courses may have additional technical requirements. This information will be made available to students on the MCCN Learning Management System.

A leader in nursing education for more than a century, Mount Carmel offers the excellence and flexibility of an online Bachelor of Science program designed by expert faculty---all to fit the busy lifestyles and schedules of licensed registered nurses. With full accreditation and a student-first focus, Mount Carmel College of Nursing is committed to advancing nursing careers to meet the critical demands of today’s healthcare environments.

1. How many credits are required for graduation?

Beginning with the online program, 128 semester credits are required for the baccalaureate degree. 84 of those credits are transferred from coursework completed in prior nursing education. The MCCN program offers the remaining 44 credits to complete the degree.

2. How long will it take to complete the program?

There are three schedules offered:

  • Full time – complete the program in 4 semesters or 1 year, 4 months
  • Part time A – complete the program in 5 semesters or 1 year, 8 months
  • Part time B – complete the program in 7 semesters or 2 years, 4 months

3. What are the admission requirements?

The RN student must have a current, unencumbered state license. No nursing proficiency or placement exams are required for admission. The applicant must have completed 32 semester credit hours in nursing, 52 semester credit hours in general education courses, and a minimum 2.0 GPA in prior coursework.

4. What are other requirements of the program?

  • Students must complete an online orientation program prior to starting the first course to maximize their opportunity for success in an online study environment.

5. Is tuition assistance available?

Mount Carmel Health System (MCHS) RN colleagues may choose from one of two tuition assistance options:

Option 1

One-Year Commitment: MCHS offers tuition reimbursement of $3,500 per calendar year for full-time employees and $2,000 per calendar year for part-time employees for course grades of “C” or higher. Please see the Mount Carmel Human Resources 760 Tuition Reimbursement and Education Assistance Policy/Procedure for eligibility and application process.

Option 2

Two-Year Commitment: MCHS has an Education Assistance Program — tuition-free — for RNs to pursue their RN-BSN from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in return for a two-year commitment to work at Mount Carmel following completion of the degree. Please see the Mount Carmel Human Resources 760 Tuition Reimbursement and Education Assistance Policy/Procedure for eligibility and application process.

Federal aid (loans and grants) is available from the College for eligible students. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online to initiate the federal aid process.

6. How and when do I apply?

Applications must be submitted online 6 weeks prior to the start of a semester and must be accompanied by a $30 application fee. Applications must be accompanied by college transcripts for all post-secondary coursework.

The entire application package, including all academic transcripts and fees, must be submitted by the deadline date.

7. Whom should I contact for more information?

Visit www.mccn.edu/MyRN2BSN or contact:

Peggy Shaw, MSN/ED, BSN, RN
Program Admissions Advisor
614-234-1176
pshaw@mccn.edu

Therese Snively, PhD, RN
Program Advisor
614-234-3362
tsnively@mccn.edu

Jami Nininger, MSN, RN
Assistant Dean, Distance Education
614-234-1777
jnininger@mccn.edu

Required general education courses provide broad learning opportunities enabling students to integrate the most current knowledge from the humanities, liberal arts, and sciences in the study of health issues of individuals and society.

Potential Transfer Courses

  • NURSING 32
  • GENERAL EDUCATION 52 (Including statistics)

Mount Carmel Nursing Courses
(30 semester credits)

  • Introduction to Online Learning
    (This course is a prerequisite to all courses in the plan of study.)
  • NURS 301 (3) Nursing Informatics
  • NURS 400 (3) Conceptual Foundations of Nursing
  • NURS 410 (3) Caring Health Practices in Health Assessment
  • NURS 3533 (3) Transcultural Concepts
  • NURS 360 (3) Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice
  • NURS 402 (4) Caring Practices within the Leadership Role
  • NURS 409 (3) Caring Health Practices for the Older Adult
  • NURS 403 (4) Caring Health Practices within the Community
  • NURS 490 (4) Capstone Experience

Mount Carmel General Education Courses
(14 semester credits)

  • HUMN 420 (3) Ethical Issues
  • HUMN 425 (3) Religion & Spirituality
  • SCIENCE 420 (4) Applied Science
  • HUMN 430 (4) Applied Humanities
  • HEALTH 320 (3) Statistics (if needed)


Mount Carmel College of Nursing is a member of the national "Joining Forces" initiative led by the American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing, in coordination with the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. As one of 500 nursing programs in the nation, MCCN is committed by 2014 to educate America's future nurses to care for our nation's veterans, service members, and their families facing post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other clinical issues. The RN-BSN program has integrated veteran-centric and veteran specific content into the online curriculum, including the co-morbidities of veterans and the complexities of nursing assessment and care. Click here for the Joining Forces Commitment Fact Sheet.

Full Time Option

4 semesters

four courses every semester, except final semester

1st Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 301
HUMN 420
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 400
HLTH 320
2nd Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 410
HUMN 425
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 360
NURS 3533
3rd Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 402
HUMN 430
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
SCIE 420
NURS 409
4th Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 403
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 490

Part Time Option A

5 semesters

three courses every semester

1st Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 301
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 400
HLTH 320
2nd Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
HUMN 420
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 360
NURS 3533
3rd Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 410
HUMN 425
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 409
4th Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 402
HUMN 430
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
SCIE 420
5th Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 403
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 490

Part Time Option B

7 semesters

two courses every semester

1st Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 301
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
HLTH 320
2nd Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
HUMN 420
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 400
3rd Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 410
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 3533
4th Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
HUMN 425
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 360
5th Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 402
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
SCIE 420
6th Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
HUMN 430
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 409
7th Semester
Term 1
Weeks 1-8
NURS 403
Term 2
Weeks 9-16
NURS 490

Units of Study

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
NURS 301 - Nursing Informatics NURS 410 - Physical Assessment NURS 402 - Leadership Role NURS 403 - Community
HUMN 420 - Ethical Issues HUMN 425 - Religion & Spirituality HUMN 430 - Applied Humanities NURS 490 - Capstone Experience
NURS 400 - Professional Practice NURS 360 - Research SCIE 420 - Applied Science
HLTH 320 - Statistics NURS 3533 - Transcultural Concepts NURS 409 - Older Adult

*Fall and Spring semesters are both 16 weeks long, with two consecutive 8 week terms each. Summer semester is 12 weeks long, with two overlapping 8 week terms.

The Introduction to Online Learning course is a required prerequisite to all courses in the program of study.

Advance your career online, on your schedule.

Pursue your passion and advance your career with Mount Carmel College of Nursing’s Fully Accredited Online RN-BSN Completion Program.

A leader in nursing education for more than a century, Mount Carmel offers the excellence and flexibility of an online BSN program designed by expert faculty to fit your schedule — and your life. With full accreditation and a student-first focus, Mount Carmel is the nursing college to help you take your career and your calling to the next level.

Priority consideration is given to applicants from ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited pre-licensure nursing programs. MCCN will evaluate applicant packages and may consider admission for those from non-ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited pre-licensure nursing programs on an individual basis.

The Online Advantage: Accessibility

The Online RN-BSN program means you’ll enjoy convenience and flexibility while you’re learning. Our program is designed around you — the licensed nurse who wants to advance your career with a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Following successful fulfillment of all prerequisite courses, a full time student can complete the program in just four semesters, with three start times — fall, spring or summer semester.

Full time doesn’t fit? Part time study is also available.

Flexibility for Busy Lifestyles

Flexibility is key to our program in every area. You will progress according to your timetable and your life. Our program promises you a personalized educational experience. You set the pace.

Engaging Curriculum

Our curriculum features a wide spectrum of classes and course work to facilitate learning that integrates the most current knowledge— from the humanities, liberal arts, and sciences — with today’s health issues.

Evidence, best nursing educational practice, and quality are the basis of every course we offer, onsite or Online. We built our Online RN-BSN program according to standards of quality developed through national research in online learning from the student perspective.

To ensure continuity, our online nursing faculty complete continuing education in online teaching methods and strategies based on best practice and evidence. Providing you with a seamless academic transition and foundation is our priority.

Student-Centered Philosophy

Our program begins with an online technology orientation that increases your comfort in an online learning environment. From admission to graduation, you can depend on focused attention throughout the program, as well as direct interaction between you and your faculty.

We keep our student/faculty ratio low, with no more than 25 - 30 students in our Online undergraduate courses benchmarked against national best practice guidelines. Courses that require more faculty engagement — more one-on-one with students — will have less than that. Our support systems give you the maximum opportunity for success.

Our students and graduates say that Mount Carmel College of Nursing offers one of the most supportive educational programs in the region, with individualized attention and support from faculty.

Reputation for Excellence

Mount Carmel has a rich history in nursing education, with a strong and proven reputation as a leader in nursing education for more than a century. Founded in 1903 by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Mount Carmel is one of the largest undergraduate nursing programs in the United States. A private, Catholic and specialized institution of higher education, MCCN offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Quality Matters

What does Quality Matters Certification mean?

Achieving Quality Matters (QM) course certification means that the course has been determined, through a peer review process, to meet national QM standards in course design that are associated with best-practices. QM standards are developed using research and experts in the field.

What is the benefit?

Delivering quality online education for students is the focus of QM standards. “Course review results in better course design, which makes navigation easier for students, reduces barriers to student achievement, and results in better outcomes. But the impact of using Quality Matters goes far beyond the course or courses being certified. Using the QM Quality Assurance System even in one area, or one course, begins to instill a ‘culture of quality’ throughout the organization.”† To learn more about Quality Matters visit https://www.qualitymatters.org

QM Certified Courses:

Online RN-BSN Completion Program

  • NURS 400 Conceptual Foundations of Nursing
  • NURS 402 Caring Practices within the Leadership Role

† Quality Matters. (2017). Why QM?: Impact. Retrieved from, https://www.qualitymatters.org/why-quality-matters/impact

Partnerships in Healthcare

Mount Carmel College of Nursing is part of CHE Trinity Health--the second largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States with a network of 82 acute-care hospitals, 89 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs in 21 states from coast to coast--of which Mount Carmel Health, a Columbus-based integrated healthcare delivery system is a subsidiary.

Fully Accredited

The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Contact Us

For more information about the new Mount Carmel College of Nursing Online RN-BSN Completion Program including tuition, fees and course descriptions, visit mccn.edu, submit your questions to MyRN2BSN@mccn.edu or call 614-234-1176.

RN-BSN Viewbook

Further information for residents of Iowa.

Nursing Courses

Introduction to Online Learning

The Introduction to Online Learning course is designed to prepare students to begin taking online courses at Mount Carmel College of nursing. The orientation will review the history, mission, and vision of Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Learning modules introduce use of MyMCCN Canvas, CARMELink, Nightingmail, the curriculum structure, tips for online student success, and resources and supports, as well as college level writing in nursing.

Nursing 301: Nursing Informatics

This is an introductory course to computers and nursing informatics. The focus is on the integration of nursing, computer, and information science for the support of professional nursing practice. Students will be able to define nursing informatics and information science. They will learn to evaluate information according to information literacy standards and assess the role of the nurse in the application of nursing informatics. Discussion and examination will be conducted of: ethical considerations in nursing informatics use of social networking tools, handheld computers and e-portfolios in health care environments. (To be taken the first academic term after enrollment in the program. Is a prerequisite for all other nursing courses.)

Nursing 400: Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

This course introduces the returning registered nurse student to the many dimensions of professional nursing. Issues germane to the practice of professional nursing including the dynamics of professional development, the knowledge bases of professional practice, the changing health care environment, and professional practice strategies will be covered in the course. Discussion and analysis of various theories and conceptual frameworks related to the practice of professional nursing takes place. The philosophy and curriculum of the College of Nursing is discussed. All lecture, discussion, and student assignments are intended to stimulate critical thinking skills. Registered nurse students gain a thorough understanding of the concepts covered in the course and are able to apply those in the remainder of the RN-BSN curriculum, as well as in nursing practice. (Prerequisite: Nursing 301)

Nursing 410: Caring Health Practices in Health Assessment

The student increases knowledge and skills in health history and physical assessment. Analysis and synthesis of health assessment data is used to plan and provide nursing care across care settings. The influences of diverse ages and cultures are included in health assessment. (Prerequisites: Nursing 301, Nursing 400)

Nursing 3533: Transcultural Concepts

In this seminar students discuss transcultural nursing concepts and their application to nursing care across the lifespan. Students examine topics of cultural and gender bias, ethnocentrism, cultural blindness, cultural imposition, legal trends, as well as select ethical and moral issues and dilemmas encountered when caring for culturally diverse patients and families. An exploration of the health beliefs and practices of several cultural groups and sub-groups in the United States is conducted. Current nursing research is used to inform the study of transcultural nursing and cultural competence. (Prerequisites: Nursing 301, Nursing 400)

Nursing 360: Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice

This course introduces the student to the research process and to evaluation of scientific evidence for use in evidence-based practice. The focus is on interpretation, evaluation and utilization of research findings applicable to the profession and practice of nursing. (Prerequisites: Health 320-Statistics or equivalent, Nursing 301, Nursing 400)

Nursing 402: Caring Practices within the Leadership Role

Providing caring interventions within the leadership role that are inherent in professional nursing. The course introduces nursing leadership and management concepts and theories related to change, group dynamics, conflict resolution, and organizational systems. It examines legal, political, economic, and ethical aspects of nursing. (Prerequisites: Nursing 301, Nursing 400, Nursing 410, Nursing 3533, Nursing 360)

Nursing 409: Caring Health Practices for the Older Adult

This course provides students with knowledge of holistic care of the older adult. Theories of aging are explored from systems, populations and evidenced based practice perspectives. (Prerequisites: Nursing 301, Nursing 400, Nursing 410, Nursing 3533, Nursing 360)

Nursing 403: Caring Practices within the Community

This course examines the concept of nursing care of the community and aggregates and explores epidemiology, health promotion, prevention, and environment and current community health issues. This course focuses on health, wellness, and strengths of aggregates and nursing interventions in the care of the community as client. (Prerequisites: Nursing 301, Nursing 400, Nursing 410, Nursing 3533, Nursing 360, Nursing 402, Nursing 409)

Nursing 490: Capstone Experience

This course provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and utilize knowledge and skills gained through the Online RN-BSN Completion Program of study. Concepts of nursing informatics, leadership, teaching –learning principles, communication, nursing research, evidence-based practice, critical thinking, and health promotion are utilized in the development of a student project related to an identified PICO question. (Prerequisites: Nursing 301, Nursing 400, Nursing 410, Nursing 3533, Nursing 360, Nursing 402, Nursing 409, Nursing 403)

General Education Courses

Humanities 420: Ethical Issues

The course explores a variety of ethical and legal issues that impact health care delivery systems. The course focuses on societal, ethical, and legal issues, and will also involve clarification of individual values and the process of ethical and legal decision making. Special emphasis is placed on ethical and legal issues which impact the health care professions and the delivery of health care to the individual, family, and community.

Humanities 425: Religion and Spirituality

This course examines selected Christian and non-Christian religions. It addresses the role of religion, faith, and spirituality in culture, personal growth and development, and in the healthcare profession. The course expects, anticipates, and promotes openness to the religious practices and beliefs of others.

Humanities 430: Applied Humanities

This course examines an extensive array of humanities and social science issues, specifically to determine how different models, methods and strategies may improve clinical practice. It focuses on non-nursing systems, with reference to their interconnectedness and interdependencies. Students evaluate the implications and consequences of health care decisions. Topics include critical and creative thinking, research and data collection, decision-making, dialogue, pattern/trend analysis, and systems thinking. The primary model used is discovery learning.

Science 420: Applied Science

Major health concerns are explored using a physical, natural, and human science integrated approach. Emphasis is placed on theories relating to multi-disciplinary concepts of promoting health and preventing disease as applied to individuals, community, and society. Integrated concepts of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, genetics, physiological chemistry, pharmacology, nutrition, epidemiology, and environ-mental factors provide the foundation for exploring the human function/dysfunction. Discussions are developed around student interest and exploration.

Health 320: Health Statistics

This is an introduction to the statistical techniques commonly used for research and epidemiological studies in health care. It focuses on the application and impact of statistical measures related to health and society.