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In order to be accepted into the RN to BSN completion program, you must have a current unencumbered RN license, your Associate Degree in Nursing, and a 2.50 or greater cumulative undergraduate GPA.
Northwest does not have a full nursing program. However, many students choose to start at Northwest as prenursing majors. Prenursing students typically have one of three options:
Yes! Most of our students are working professional nurses. The nursing classes are taught in an online format, so you can take these courses wherever you have computer access. Some students will also have general education requirements that still need met. These classes are not always offered online, so they may be taken on campus or through a community college.
In order to enroll in any of the BSN courses, you must have completed your Associate Degree in Nursing. We recommend you apply to Northwest at least a trimester before you plan to enroll. Students typically start in the fall. Theories and Models of Nursing is a prerequisite for all other nursing classes and is only offered in the fall. However, students might start in the Spring or Summer to take general education requirements.
If you are currently in an RN program at one of our partnering institutions (Southwestern Community College, North Central Missouri College, or Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City, Iowa Western Community College, Des Moines Area Community College), you can apply for the Joint Admission Program. This allows you to take advantage of the benefits offered to students in the Joint Admission Program before you actually start classes at Northwest. Learn more about the Joint Admission Program »
There are no specific courses you need to take before you enroll. You only must have received your Associate Degree in Nursing, a current unencumbered RN license, and a 2.50 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
You can take any additional general education courses before, during, or after your BSN courses. However, Statistics is a prerequisite for the capstone course, Research Methods in Nursing; and all students would benefit by taking their science general education classes early in their program.
No, you can take the general education courses at any institution as long as the courses transfer to Northwest. To find out if a course transfers, visit the "transferring credit" page on the Northwest website. The Transfer Equivalency System will be particularly helpful, as well as the general education guides, or contact the Advisement Office on Northwest's campus (660.562.1951) or the Advisement & Transfer Facilitator on NCMC's campus (660.359.3948 ext. 1800).
Northwest's BSN completion program is a young program having just started in Fall 09, and is not yet accredited. Students who plan to continue their education with a Masters in Nursing or Nurse Practitioner program should carefully investigate each schools criteria for admission before determining where to complete a BSN.
A big factor in how long the program will take you to complete depends on how many general education courses you still need. The BSN portion of the curriculum can be completed in one year or two years or longer, depending on your preference and whether you graduated with your Associate Degree in Nursing from one of our partner institutions. Students from partner schools are able to transfer in 13 hours of Nursing classes to meet BSN requirements.