Mount Carmel launches online RN-BSN program

The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, April 28, 2011

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A leader in nursing education for more than a century, Mount Carmel now offers the excellence and flexibility of an Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion program 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.

“Our program is based on evidence and best practice, designed with the working RN in mind,” explained Tara Spalla, MSN, RN, assistant dean for Online Learning. “We have created a supportive, quality program enabling nursing professionals to achieve their goals — all on their schedules.”

Student Judi Brown agrees. As a 1974 graduate of Mount Carmel School of Nursing and daughter of a Mount Carmel alumna, Brown wouldn’t have considered any program other than MCCN’s RN-BSN completion. “Mount Carmel shares my philosophy,” said Brown, who is in her first semester.

Brown worked in health-care for 28 years as staff nurse, assistant unit director, clinical coordinator and nursing supervisor administrator. She currently works as a case manager for workerss compensation patients.

“I am really enjoying the program. All the instructors are very helpful, and you just get the feeling they want you to succeed in the program,” Brown said.

Online RN-BSN Completion Program Fast Facts

1. How many credits are required for graduation?

A total of 128 semester credits are required for the BSN and 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?

Full time – 4 semesters or 1 year, 3 months

Part time A – 5 semesters or 1 year, 8 months

Part time B – 7 semesters or 2 years, 3 months

3. What are 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.

Students must also complete:

  • 10 hours of community service during the program
  • A national background check annually
  • An online orientation program prior to starting the first course to maximize student success in the program

4. How and when do I apply?

Upcoming admission deadlines:

  • July 5, 2011 – for fall 2011
  • Nov. 21, 2011 – for spring 2012
  • March 26, 2012 – for summer 2012

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

For more information, contact Kathy Walters, Program Admissions Advisor, at 234-5408 kwalters@mccn.edu, or visit www.myrn2bsn.com.