The RN student must have a current, unencumbered state license*. No nursing proficiency or placement exams are required for admission. Through RN licensure and prior academic credit, applicants may have earned credit [42 semester credit hours in nursing and 48 semester credit hours in general education] transferred in toward the BSN degree. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: To apply for the Online RN-BSN Program you must be a licensed Registered Nurse (RN)*. The program is designed for licensed RNs who want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
* Students attending the program as a dual enrollment option must or through temporary licensure must demonstrate that they have an active, unencumbered state license prior to the last semester of enrollment in the RN-BSN program; licensure is a condition of program completion.
Important Note for Prospective Students
Programs delivered through Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) that require practice experiences must also abide by state and board regulations in the state where the student resides. Students who wish to complete any experience in a state other than Ohio, may need to take additional steps to comply with the requirements of that state before starting a program through the MCCN. We strongly advise ALL current and prospective students to become familiar with their state’s regulations and professional licensing requirements by seeking information, and/or approval with their state boards where they reside or have plans to reside as a practitioner.
Students may be allowed to participate in practice experiences if their professional licensing boards (Nursing) do not regulate out-of-state programs. However, additional requirements may apply to students who will become practitioners in their state upon program completion. Links to state agencies and professional licensure boards can be found under State Authorization and Disclosures by State
Virtual Student Orientation
The Introduction to Online Learning course is designed to prepare students to begin taking online courses at Mount Carmel College of nursing. Learning modules introduce learners to Mount Carmel College of Nursing resources available to support your learning and success.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Nursing 415: Healthcare Quality and Safety
This course explores the role of the nurse in relation to quality and safety of nursing care. Models and concepts related to quality improvement and safety will be identified. Concepts from QSEN (Quality and Safety Education of Nurses), Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycle, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will be included. Course concepts provide the foundation for learner examination and evaluation of strategies used to create and sustain safe healthcare systems and care delivery based on evidence and best practices.
Nursing 420: Interprofessional Practice and Team Based Care
This course focuses on interprofessional practice and interdisciplinary collaboration in patient care and the impact on the safety and quality of care. The course will incorporate best practices and national core competencies for health care professionals to work as effective members on interprofessional teams. The triple aim approach of improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing healthcare costs will serve as the framework for optimizing learning relating to interprofessional practice and team-based care.
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 360, Nursing 402, Nursing 403, Nursing 415, Nursing 420)
General Education Courses
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.
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.
A leader in nursing education for more than a century, Mount Carmel offers an evidence-based and flexible 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?
A total of 120 semester credits are required for the baccalaureate degree. Through RN licensure and prior academic credit, applicants may have earned credit transferred in toward the BSN degree. The MCCN program offers the remaining 30 credits to complete the degree as well as general education offerings for those who may need additional GE credits for degree completion.
2. How long will it take to complete the program?
Complete the program in 2 semesters when taking two courses each session or complete the program in 3 to 4 semesters taking one class each session.* You choose the pace that’s right for you.
* Courses are offered in 6-week sessions.
There are 3 sessions offered Fall and Spring Semesters; 2 sessions offered during the Summer Semester.
3. What are the student admission requirements?
No nursing proficiency or placement exams are required for admission. Graduation from an approved RN program of study and a current, unencumbered state license are required for admission*. Transcript evaluation of prior credit based on prior academic work establishes earned credit toward the total credits required for the BSN degree [42 semester credit hours in nursing, 48 semester credit hours in general education courses].
* Dual enrollment students may be admitted prior to holding RN licensure; a valid RN licensure is required for enrollment in NURS 402, NURS 403 and NURS 490 and is required to complete the program of study.
4. What are other requirements of the program?
Students are required to complete a Virtual Student Orientation course prior to starting the curriculum to maximize their opportunity for success in an online study environment.
5. Is tuition assistance available?
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?
Students are admitted before each semester, eight times a year. To fully process the application all college transcripts for all post-secondary coursework must be received.