Policies and program overview

RN to BSN Program - Policies and Overview

Prerequisites: Admission Standards

  • Application for Admission
  • Payment of admission fee
  • Official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities
  • Unencumbered, current Registered Nurse License
  • Minimum of 2.0 G.P.A. in previous college course work and 12 semester credit hours completed (or provisional admission with permission of program director)
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons in leadership positions either at previous schools or the student’s workplace
  • Written essay
  • Current CPR card
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Required immunizations: Proof of vaccination against and/or immunity to: 1) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) 2 doses required; 2) Varicella; 3) Current Tdap/Td; 4) Annual TB screening; 5) Hepatitis B; and 6) Annual Influenza Vaccine. Immunization requirements can be waived when medically contraindicated.

Retention Criteria:

Once students have been admitted to the nursing program they will be permitted to complete the program if the following are met:

1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 is maintained in the nursing courses.

2. Background check to be completed prior to practicum with the provision that it is stated clearly to the students upon admission. Students shall undergo Drug Screening at their own expense if required by the agency/organization of practicum experience.

3. No student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, or injury to another person or sexual misconduct in any state may apply for practicum experience. A consequence of these actions will result in termination from the nursing program.

Program Overview:

Concordia University Nursing Program empowers nurses with the skills and proficiencies to serve with compassion and lead with conviction in their profession. The Concordia University Nursing Program values lifelong learning, ethical practice, and Christian faith development.

The BSN program at Concordia is a new applicant pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 887-6791. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Program Goals

The Concordia University Nursing Program will:

1. Prepare students for service and leadership in global, community, congregational, and public health settings through advocacy, innovation, quality care, and management accountability.

2. Provide tools that empower baccalaureate nurses to engage in practice consistent with a holistic model of quality human care, accounting for the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual elements of human development.

3. Equip students with the knowledge and support to develop professional and personal values which facilitate ethical, moral, faith-based, and legal practice as a baccalaureate nurse.

4. Offer a Christian faith-based worldview throughout the curriculum.


Graduates of the RN-BSN Nursing program will be able to:

1. Synthesize empirical knowledge from nursing, religion, biological, social, and behavioral

sciences, and humanities into the nursing practice.

2. Demonstrate safe and holistic nursing care within the legal and ethical framework of professional practice standards, derived from theory, practice, and research.

3. Promote effective critical thinking skills and decision-making across the lifespan based upon evidence-based practice, scholarly research, and dissemination.

4. Integrate innovative healthcare technologies, information management and communication devices in the provision of high quality healthcare.

5. Assess health of individuals, families, groups, communities, and diverse populations across the lifespans with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, illness care, restoration, rehabilitation, health counseling, education, and spiritual care.

6. Implement transcultural nursing care by examining cultural dynamics and global health issues to all clients across the lifespan to improve population healthcare outcomes.

7. Utilize professional nursing roles with Christ-like compassion as a moral leader and patient advocate to meet changing healthcare needs.

8. Generate inter-professional communication and collaboration skills with individuals, families, and multidisciplinary teams.

9. Integrate leadership skills to impact healthcare organizations and management while influencing healthcare policies and finance, incorporating the systems approach.

10. Practice a commitment to lifelong learning, professional development, spiritual formation, and active involvement in professional nursing organizations.