Is the new program co-ed?

Yes.  Although our residential college is for women, our adult programs and our graduate programs have provided quality co-educational programs for more than 30 years. The RN to BSN Program is a co-educational online baccalaureate degree completion program.

How do I apply to the RN to BSN program?

You will apply to the RN to BSN Program by completing the online RN to BSN application. The application is available on the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences RN to BSN website.

How does an online program work?

Mary Baldwin University has a long history of delivering Distance Education offerings. All RN to BSN Program courses will be offered online through the Blackboard® Learning Management System. The courses are asynchronous, meaning you will not be required to log in on certain days or at certain times each week. You will have access to all online course materials from any location via Mary Baldwin University’s Blackboard® site as long as you have access to the internet and a computer that meets the college’s technology requirements. Face-to-face support will be provided as needed for those new to online education.

Do I need to be licensed as a Registered Nurse to participate in the RN to BSN Program?

Yes. Although you do not need your RN license to apply to the program or take required general education courses, you will need to have a valid, unencumbered license by the time you begin classes within the RN to BSN curriculum. You will not be allowed to enroll in any RN to BSN courses without a copy of your RN license on file at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.

Will I be able to work while enrolled in the program?

Yes. The program is tailored to be flexible for those with full- or part-time jobs and family commitments.

What is the minimum GPA?

You will need a minimum of 2.5 for your overall GPA, but we expect that most accepted students will surpass this minimum. In addition, all courses to be considered for transfer must reflect a “C” or better to be accepted.

How long is the RN to BSN Program course of study?

The RN to BSN Program is offered as a Full-time track (3 semesters); a Part-time track (5 semesters); and Self-paced (up to 5 years to complete).

Are there any on-campus requirements for the RN to BSN Program?

Yes. Students will be required to attend a one day face-to-face orientation session at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences campus at the beginning of the first semester of the program. The orientation day is the only on-campus requirement, but support services will also be offered at this location throughout the program.

Will I be awarded credit for my prior nursing education and work experience?

Yes. The RN to BSN Program accepts transfer credits from accredited institutions of higher learning. Be sure to send all official transcripts from all colleges, universities and LPN programs attended so that Mary Baldwin University may evaluate all potential credit and award you the maximum amount possible. Note that at least 36 credits must be taken through Mary Baldwin University.

What differentiates the RN to BSN Program at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at MBU from other RN to BSN programs?

· The program is offered online with a one day face-to-face orientation requirement and flexible clinical practicum scheduling to accommodate the RN to BSN student who needs to work. Face-to-face support will be provided as needed for those new to online education.

· Students will have access to supports and resources at the new state-of-the-art Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences branch campus located in Fishersville, Virginia and adjacent to Augusta Health. This building was completed in June 2014 and consists of 4 classrooms, 9 labs, 40 faculty and staff offices, research spaces and numerous collaborative learning areas.

· The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences has developed a unique interprofessional focused curriculum for all of its programs. This learner-centered approach encourages cross-disciplinary connections that allow students to become more efficient problem-solvers and maximize the skills needed to be effective and contributing members of a healthcare team.

· For over 170 years, Mary Baldwin University has enriched lives through the transforming power of personalized, liberal education. Mary Baldwin University is noted for high academic standards, dedicated faculty who engage one-on-one with students, a diverse student body, and innovative programs. The college’s students are empowered to compose lives of purpose as confident, compassionate changemakers.

About the BSN

Today’s complex healthcare environment, which includes higher patient acuities and rapid technological advances, requires nurses to achieve higher levels of education in order to provide safe and effective nursing care. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree prepares nurses for a broader scope of practice and includes competencies such as leadership, evidence-based practice, community and public health, and health care financing, policy, and research. The job outlook for BSN nursing graduates is bright! Receiving your BSN will help to build a stronger nursing workforce in our community, the nation, and beyond.