2017-2018 College Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog


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Dean School of Nursing - Dr. Julie A. Luetschwager, Ph.D., M.S.N, RN

Department Chairperson - Dr. Bonnie Noll-Nelson, DNP, RN, C.N.E.

Upon completion of the RN to BSN Program, graduates will be prepared to give professional nursing care in a variety of health care settings, apply for master degree level study in nursing, and serve as leaders in society.

The following program outcomes will be achieved by Mount Aloysius College RN-BSN program graduates:

  1. Patient-Family Centered Care: Value the patient and family as a full partner in providing and coordinating compassionate, age-appropriate and culturally-appropriate care.
  2. Teamwork and Collaboration: Foster interprofessional communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to provide coordinated quality care.
  3. Evidence-Based Practice: Evaluate research and other current evidence for the applicability of findings for the improvement of health care processes and outcomes
  4. Informatics: Employ information systems to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  5. Quality Improvement: Evaluate outcomes and change practices and processes to improve the quality and safety of health care.
  6. Safety: Anticipate and minimize risk of harm to patients and other healthcare providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance to provide safe and effective delivery of care.


The RN-BSN Program is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: 404-975-5000  


Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the RN-BSN Professional Program in Nursing must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a graduate from an accredited Associate Degree or Diploma Program in Nursing as verified on an official transcript;
  2. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on post-secondary coursework. Upon recommendations of nursing faculty, exceptions can be made; and
  3. Applicants must have a current RN license issues in a state within the United States of America. If the applicant is not licensed he / she may not take classes in the nursing major beyond the first semester.

Transfer Evaluation

Graduates of both diploma and associate degree programs who have earned college credits from regionally-accredited colleges and universities may apply to have up to ninety (90) total credits accepted by Mount Aloysius College and applied toward a bachelor’s degree subject to the requirements of the intended major as well as the core and graduation requirements of the College.

Credits for previous coursework in nursing will be granted, up to a maximum of forty (40) credits, upon successful completion of the RN-BSN Program.

Students in the 2+2 Nursing programs, who are transferring credits which apply towards the associate degree requirements, may take courses needed for the bachelor degree during their time in the associate degree program with approval of their academic advisor.

Dual Admission

Students admitted under a dual admission partnership agreement are guaranteed admission to Mount Aloysius College RN to BSN Program as long as the admissions criteria are met and the student has an intent form for admissions on file.

General Information

  • Program Options:
  • Main Campus (Cresson)
  • Online
  • Off-Campus Degree Completion (Altoona & Johnstown)

Students in the RN to BSN program enrolled in NU 440P  must meet the requirements of the clinical agency where the leadership practicum will take place.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students will need to complete all core requirements listed in the current College Catalog for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

Students must complete their final thirty (30) semester hours before graduation in residency.


Fees associated with practicum requirements of the clinical agency for NU 440P  will be at the student’s expense.

Core Course Requirements


Upper-Division Literature

  • EN 300/400 3 Credits


  • AR, EN, MU, TH 3 Credits

History/Political Science

  • HS or PS 3


  • BL or CH or SC 3-4 Credits

Religious Studies/Philosophy

  • RS or PL 3 Credits
  • RS 300/400 3 Credits

Social Science

  • CR, EC, GE, PY, SO, WS 6 Credits

Cultural Diversity

Total Credits in Core: 39-40 Credits

Total Credits in Major: 23-24 Credits

(Includes 6 credits in the core)

Additional Credits from ADN, Diploma, or Electives: 56-58 Credits

Total Credits for Degree: 120 Credits

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