OVERVIEW

The Rochester College School of Nursing (RC-SON) will prepare you for a fulfilling and challenging nursing career. Our programs offer challenging academics within a Christian community to prepare socially conscious nurses who will contribute their leadership and clinical skills in a variety of settings. Students advance their understanding of the nursing profession and expand their leadership potential in the areas of management and health education within the community.

First-time College Students
First-time college students can begin traditional nursing studies after they complete their pre-nursing requirements and are accepted into the School of Nursing. The nursing program will require three years to complete with a minimum of 123 credit hours. The RN to BSN program will allow a RN with an Associate Degree to earn a BSN.

Freshman Direct Admit
The Rochester College-School of Nursing (RC-SON) is pleased to offer freshman acceptance to qualified high school seniors. Freshman acceptance assures admission to the nursing program upon completion of prerequisite courses for the nursing major. Prerequisite courses must be completed within two years of initial enrollment to Rochester College. View the criteria for freshman admission »

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791 | ccneaccreditation.com

The Michigan Board of Nursing gave the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Rochester College full approval on June 7, 2018. For more information, see www.rc.edu/academics/accreditation/

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rochester College School of Nursing is to develop socially conscious professional nurses who are empowered to address inequities in healthcare through civic engagement, inter-professional collaboration, and servant leadership. Students will utilize clinical reasoning in the context of an inclusive Christian environment to provide holistic care for diverse populations.

Career Opportunities

The nursing program provides BSN students the opportunity to explore career options in various areas within hospital and community settings.  100% of Rochester College School of Nursing graduates have jobs upon graduation.

MAJORS
View the degree plans for each program by clicking on a image below.

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APPLYApplication Process

  • Application deadline for Fall entry into Rochester College School of Nursing is the last Friday in May. The complete application includes full acceptance to Rochester College and receipt of all transcripts by the application deadline. Personal information provided on the Rochester College application form may be considered for evaluation.
  • Rochester College School of Nursing applicants are evaluated on their potential for academic success and their ability to contribute to an enriching educational environment while in school. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in prerequisite coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.2 in cumulative coursework.
  • Rochester College School of Nursing applicants will submit a personal goal statement in a Word document to sgriffin@rc.edu by the last Friday in May. This 500-1000 word essay should highlight the reasons the applicant wants to attend Rochester College School of Nursing and describe skills, experiences, and personal attributes that make him or her a good fit for the nursing profession. This goal statement will be used as a source of information about the applicant and as an example of the applicant’s writing ability.
  • As part of the application review process, potential Rochester College School of Nursing candidates will be invited to an individualized face-to-face interview with nursing faculty. Qualifying applicants will be notified of their interview date and time.
  • Decisions regarding acceptance to Rochester College School of Nursing are made by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications that meet minimum requirements.

Freshman Direct Admit 

The Rochester College-School of Nursing (RC-SON) is pleased to offer freshman acceptance to qualified high school seniors. Freshman acceptance assures admission to the nursing program upon completion of prerequisite courses for the nursing major. Prerequisite courses must be completed within two years of initial enrollment to Rochester College.

The criteria for freshman admission to the RC-SON are as follows:

  1. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.4 on 4.0 scale.
  2. Successful completion (grade of B- or higher) of one year of biology, chemistry and algebra.
  3. ACT composite score greater than or equal to 25 or SAT score of 1200.
  4. Enrollment at Rochester College following high school.

Applications:

  1. Priority will be given to students who apply before December 1.
  2. Each applicant will be interviewed by the RC SON.
  3. Students will decline or accept offer by January 1.
  4. Please submit a brief essay describing the extracurricular and work activities in which you have been involved that have contributed personally to you and/or the community. Indicate how you believe these experiences have prepared you for a career in nursing.

Upon direct admission, students will:

  1. Maintain full-time enrollment at Rochester College.
  2. Complete all prerequisite courses and be eligible for the nursing major within 2 years of initial enrollment.  
  3. Pass Rochester College (non-nursing) courses with a C or higher.
  4. Pass RC-SON nursing courses (NUR) with a B- or higher.

DOCUMENTSDocuments for the Nursing Program:

These forms are in Acrobat PDF format. Download the Free Adobe Acrobat ReaderThe Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),
655 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791 | www.aacn.nche.edu.

COURSESHow to Read Class Titles KeyCourse Description

LDR 3653 Strategic Leadership Theory and Practice

Theories, concepts and the practical applications necessary for leaders to guide individuals, work units, and organizations to the achievement of goals. Concepts and models of leadership, along with the barriers to effective leadership will be explored at the personal, individual and organizational level through exercises, case studies, and reflection. 

NUR 2102 Introduction to Professional Nursing
Introduction to concepts of communication, professionalism, protection of patient’s rights, leadership, and management skills of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Particular emphasis placed on relationship-based caring theories/theorists. PR: Admission to the BSN Program.

NUR 2203 Integrated Pathophysiology
Study of various disease processes that relate to an individual’s unique pathophysiology across cultures. PR: Admission to the BSN Program.

NUR 2304 Health Assessment
Foundational techniques in physical, spiritual, and psycho-social assessment applied in the nursing skills laboratory, such as obtaining health history for a full physical and mental health assessment and vital signs. Simulation experiences augment the curriculum. PR: Admission to the BSN Program.

NUR 2402 Fundamentals of Nursing with Clinical
Explores the unique methods, tools, and settings that the BSN nurse applies and interacts with in the community. Foundational health assessment techniques utilized with community groups. Analysis of the integral role of nutrition in maintaining and promoting community health. PR: Admission to the BSN Program.

NUR 2503 Nursing Skills Acquisitions
Advanced nursing skills such as assessment of vital signs and assisting with self-care in various health care settings. Application of infection control principles, medication administration, and wound care across the wellness spectrum. PR: Admission to the BSN Program.

NUR 2604 Innovative Pharmacology
Investigation and examination of holistic, over-the-counter, and prescriptive medications. Current pharmacology trends will be analyzed. PR: NUR 2102, NUR 2203.

NUR 2705 Medical Surgical Nursing I with Clinical
Assessment of data within the community and medical-surgical areas with subsequent development of nursing interventions to promote community wellness in the extended care facility and in-patient population. Analysis of the integral role of nutrition in maintaining and promoting health. PR: NUR 2102, NUR 2203, NUR 2304, NUR 2402

NUR 3215 Medical Surgical Nursing II with Clinical
Assessment and supportive measures (including nutrition) provided to adults experiencing various illnesses. PR: NUR 2604, NUR 2705.

NUR 3314 Mental Health Nursing with Clinical
Foundations of mental health with emphasis on illness prevention and nutritional analysis within various community settings. PR: NUR 2604, NUR 2705.

NUR 3412 Applied Nursing Research I
Foundations of nursing research with application to various health care issues and settings. PR: NUR 2102, NUR 2203, NUR 2304, NUR 2402.

NUR 3422 Applied Nursing Research II
Exposure to and use of online databases to survey nursing research that guides evidence-based practice. PR: 3412.

NUR 3514 Maternal-Infant Nursing with Clinical
Health assessment, nutrition integration, and health promotion of mother and baby in various community settings. PR: NUR 3215.

NUR 3614 Pediatric Nursing with Clinical
Addresses health assessment, nutrition, and health promotion of children in various community settings. PR: NUR 3215

NUR 4115 Medical Surgical Nursing III with Clinical
Advanced assessment, nutritional support, and health teaching for adults experiencing various acute illnesses and chronic health challenges. PR: NUR 3215, NUR 3614, NUR 3514, NUR 3314.

NUR 4214 Population Based Nursing with Clinical
Community health issues addressed in partnerships with residents in various communities. Focus on health promotion (including nutrition), disease prevention, and care of the chronically ill. PR: NUR 3215, NUR 3614, NUR 3514, NUR 3314.

NUR 4414 Pre-Licensure Capstone Practicum
Individualized clinical immersion experience emphasizing professionalism and autonomy within assigned health care setting. Emphasis on effective multi-disciplinary collaboration for improving safety and quality in patient health care. PR: NUR 4115, NUR 4214.

NUR 4614 Comprehensive Nursing
Synthesis of assessment, nursing process, leadership, and management skills in health care. PR: NUR 4115, NUR 4214.

FACULTYSchool of Nursing Faculty

Kimberly Nash
Director & Assistant Professor
knash@rc.edu

Malgorzata Baumann
Assistant Professor
mbaumann@rc.edu

Erin Kennedy
Assistant Professor
equinn@rc.edu

Bethany Musallam
Assistant Professor
bmusallam@rc.edu

Jennifer Perreault
Assistant Professor
jperreault@rc.edu

Susan Griffin
Nursing Program Coordinator
sgriffin@rc.edu

ADD’L COSTSAdditional Costs for Nursing Students

  • ACE clinical placement (annual) $50
  • Drug Screen (annual) $25  – Can be done at PCP/may be covered by insurance
  • Michigan Background Check (annual) $10
  • Immunizations/titers (1st year if not up-to-date)  Cost Varies – Check with PCP/possible insurance coverage
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hep B
    • TDaP every 10 years
  • Tb skin test (annual) Cost Varirs – Check with PC
  • Flu vaccine (annual) Free at RC Health Fair
  • Physical exam (1st year only) Cost Varies – May be covered by insurance at PCP
  • CPR certification (every 2 years) $70  – Must be Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider (HCP)
  • Uniform with RC logo (1st year only) $100-$120
  • Kaplan NCLEX test prep (every semester) $90
  • Skills Lab Kit (1st year only) $130
  • MDF secondary skills equipment (1st year only) Cost Varies – Includes stethoscope, BP cuff, hemostat/scissors, and penlight