Registered Nursing to Baccalaureate in Nursing Program (RN to BS in Nursing)

Sheryl Steadman, Dean
Juanita Takeno, Program Director

Philosophy Statement

The faculty at Westminster College’s School of Nursing provide additional learning opportunities for individuals engaged in the art and science of nursing. We are committed to excellence in teaching through the creation of an active learning environment that promotes inclusiveness, respect for diversity, and community engagement. We feel a deep sense of responsibility to further develop their  knowledge and  abilities as nurse leaders in a variety of settings.


The primary goal of the RN to BS in Nursing Program is to prepare professional nurse generalists whose liberal arts and professional education enables them to meet the health care needs of society and to continue life-long personal and professional development. The program allows associate degree-prepared RNs to complete their Bachelor degree. In addition, the curriculum prepares students with the abilities and knowledge to move into leadership positions in the health care industry, to prepare for advanced (graduate) education, and develop the knowledge base necessary to ensure safe, quality, patient centered care across all settings including community and public health. To this end, the program offers a major in nursing leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

The nursing curriculum is designed with the premise that to be excellent practitioners, students must be able to think critically, communicate effectively, understand their own values, and be sensitive to the values of others. In addition, they must have a thorough understanding of the theoretical, empirical, and practical knowledge related to the profession of nursing. Particular to the registered nurse student returning to school, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program will emphasize knowledge, skills and attitudes related to the following: leadership in the workplace and community, teaching, mentoring and communication skills, critical decision-making skills, and evaluating research and evidence for the development and implementation of practice guidelines.

Program Outcomes

The RN to BS in Nursing Program is structured so that graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Provide professional nursing care based on knowledge derived from theory and research.
  2. Synthesize the theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, life, physical and social sciences, and the arts and humanities in the domains of professional nursing practice.
  3. Apply the nursing process to provide nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities in a variety of health care settings.
  4. Accept responsibility and accountability for the effectiveness of their own nursing practice.
  5. Influence the quality of nursing and health care within practice settings through the use of leadership skills, management concepts, and knowledge of the political system.
  6. Evaluate research to determine the applicability of research findings in the domains of professional nursing practice.
  7. Collaborate with other health care providers and members of the general public in promoting the health and well-being of people throughout the life cycle.
  8. Incorporate professional values with the ethical, moral, and legal aspects in the domains of professional nursing practice.
  9. Recognize the health needs of today’s society and function in a changing health care delivery system.
  10. Apply critical thinking skills in the personal and professional transitional situations.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Registered Nursing to Baccalaureate in Nursing Program

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours

Admission and Prerequisite Support Course Requirements

Applications will be reviewed after the nursing student submits to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences a completed application form, copies of transcripts from all schools attended, and letters of recommendation. Applications will only be reviewed for those students who have submitted all necessary paperwork by the identified deadline.

Applicants do not need to complete additional liberal education courses if they have an AA or AS from a regionally accredited or international college or university. We do accept transfer credits from specific nationally accredited schools; please refer to the “Criteria for the Acceptance of Transfer Credit” for information regarding nationally accredited colleges or universities.  This is also applicable to applicants without an AA or AS degree but with a minimum of 72 or more credit hours and a Letter of General Education Completion. Applicants who have earned an AAS degree will need to review previous coursework with the Program Coordinator to identify Liberal Education courses, electives, and hours that need to be completed prior to application.

Application to the Nursing Program

  • Online Application
  • $50 Application Fee
  • A minimum cumulative and prerequisite grade point average of 2.8 and a grade or C or higher in all prerequisite courses is preferred
  • A minimum cumulative and prerequisite grade point average of 2.8 and a grade or C or higher in all prerequisite courses.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended including an ACEN (NLNAC) or CCNE accredited school of nursing documenting diploma or degree with a major in nursing.
  • An unrestricted Utah RN license in good standing.
  • A typed letter of intent, which includes statements related to your skills and qualifications.
  • Proof of  background checks. Applicants can use copies from their board exam. (This cannot be used unless the student kept copies. If the results went directly to the DOPL, they will have to do a new background check.
  • Students will be required to provide 10 panel drug test results from an approved laboratory (Salt Lake WorkMed and Murray WorkMed are acceptable labs in Utah). Drug test results must be negative. Copies from employment within the last six months are acceptable.

*Students in the program may be required to obtain background checks and/or drug screens during the program.

Additional Requirements Upon Acceptance

1. Upon acceptance, students will present:

  • A current health certificate indicating health status and current immunizations, including Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations, and a negative TB test or its equivalent (must be kept current throughout the program).
  • Current CPR certification (must be kept current throughout the program).
  • Students will be responsible for providing updated health information throughout the course of the program.
  • Utah license (must be kept current throughout the program).
  • Malpractice insurance which will be added to the students’ tuition and fees.
  • Proof of health insurance.

2. Students will be required to attend orientations and seminars that will be announced in advance. Students will also need to access technology appropriate to the on-line delivery methods of the program.

3. Students need to be aware that they are required to achieve a grade of C or higher in nursing coursework in both theoretical and clinical components of each nursing course. Grades of C- and below are not acceptable.

Progression in the Program

The student must:

  1. Maintain a minimum college grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Receive a grade of C or higher in all nursing courses.
  3. Cumulative test scores must average 75% or higher or the student will need to repeat
    the course. Students will be permitted to repeat a failed course one time. Students who fail more than two courses will be dismissed from the program.

Course Probation and Program Dismissal Policy

A student may receive a clinical/classroom warning of probationary status at any time during a clinical or classroom experience if the faculty determines that the student’s performance is unsatisfactory. The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the course requirements. Students who have been placed on course probation will be formally evaluated at the end of that course. Any probationary status will be documented in the student record.

A student will be dismissed from the nursing program for any of the following reasons:

  1. Violations of the academic honesty policy.
  2. Violation of the American Nurses Association “Code for Nurses” guidelines for ethical practice, or the National Student Nurses’ Association “Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct.”
  3. Failure to maintain a grade point average (GPA) appropriate to the program.
  4. A documented pattern of unprofessional behavior in the classroom or clinical setting.
  5. Unsafe practice in the clinical area.
  6. A grade of C- or below in a second nursing course or a repeated nursing course during the entire program.
  7. Failure to notify the School of Nursing of changes in a criminal arrest history.

Students dismissed from the nursing program related to clinical/classroom deficiencies must petition the director for readmission if they wish to reenter the program. Matters of personal concern to the student will be considered at this time. The director will make a recommendation to the dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences regarding readmission to the nursing program.

Students have the right to appeal decisions of academic evaluation or dismissal from the program through the Academic Grievance Process of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The procedure for appeal is outlined in the RN-to-BS in Nursing Student Handbook

Nursing Major

Learning Community
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Part 1 72
Students entering the program may be awarded up to a total of 72 hours for an associate degree or 88 hours for a bachelor degree. Transcripts are sent to the registrar for a transfer credit evaluation per Westminster and program requirements.
Part 2 38
NURS 380 Dimensions of Nursing (3)
NURS 450 Older Adults in the Community (4)
NURS 470 Culture, Health and Illness (5)
NURS 391 Nursing Theory and Research (4)
NURS 385 Teaching, Mentoring and Health Promotion (4)
NURS 300HH Environmental Health: Nursing Perspective (4)
NURS 410 Leadership Capstone (6)
NCLEX Students must have satisfactorily completed the NCLEX exam for licensure (8)
NURS 210 Nutrition may be required. An applicant may show competency by passing a qualifying exam with a minimum of 75%.
Part 3 14
Additional electives taken from a 4 year institution may be needed to fulfill college graduation requirements of 124 credit hours, (depending on degree(s) earned and institutions attended). Upon acceptance into the program, transcripts will be reviewed to determine which courses will be required.

If any of the following courses or their equivalents were not completed as part of the associate degree, the student will be counseled to take them to fulfill Part 3 requirements.

SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE (4)
ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE (4)or
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)
CHEM 201 Organic and Biochemistry (4)  CHEM 103
BIOL 111 Clinical Microbiology and Lab (4)
Foreign Language (4)
ENGL 110 Composition & Research, LE (4)

Recommended Plan of Study

Semester 1
NURS 380 Dimensions in Nursing (3)
NURS 391 Nursing Theory and Research (4)Plus courses as identified in an individualized plan of study.
Semester 2
NURS 385 Teaching, Mentoring and Health Promotion (4)
NURS 450 Older Adults in the Community (4)Plus courses as identified in an individualized plan of study.
Semester 3
NURS 470 Culture, Health and Illness (5)
NURS 410 Leadership Capstone (6)Plus courses as identified in an individualized plan of study.
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