Nursing (RN to BSN)

Clarke University offers registered nurses the opportunity to complete a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to enhance their careers in professional nursing.

Nursing photoClarke University accepts up to 90 credit hours toward a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) from students who have completed their RN degree. The remaining 34 credits will be completed at Clarke University. Twenty four of these credits are required nursing courses. In addition, students must complete all Clarke University general education requirements.

RN-BSN students complete the capstone requirement through a two-part "non-course" process.  The first part includes a reflection paper describing the new student's knowledge, skills, and values/spirituality on or about nursing theory and practice.  Part one must be completed in the student's first semester.  The second part is completed in the student's final semester.  This paper focuses on the student's ability to integrate theory and practice within the context of the program/university outcomes.  The student's academic adviser will provide direction for completion of each component of this "non-course" requirement.

As a validated participant in the Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education: RN to Baccalaureate, Clarke offers advanced placement to RNs interested in returning to college for a baccalaureate degree. The program is designed to grant academic credit for previous education and experience. With guidance from the articulation coordinator, the student selects the articulation option most appropriate for his/her situation and receives 31 semester hours.

In consideration of the needs of adult learners, the TimeSaver Nursing Program’s required nursing and health courses are held every other Saturday during daytime hours. Students may attend full- or part-time. Courses are scheduled in such a way that an individual could complete all required nursing and health courses in two years.

Program Requirements

Required nursing and health courses:

NURS 322 Nursing Research
NURS 414 Geriatrics/Gerontology in the Community*
NURS 416 Community Health Care*
NURS 423 Theories and Issues in Professional Nursing
NURS 427 Professional Nursing Leadership and Management*
HLTH 442 Health Assessment

*includes a clinical component.

General education requirements:

Foundation Requirements
Cornerstone 6 hours
Religious Studies 6 hours
Philosophy 6 hours
Electives* 6 hours

Division Requirements
Fine Arts 6 hours
Humanities 6 hours
Social Science 6 hours
Math/Natural Science 6 hours

Capstone Requirement 3 hours

* The foreign language requirement may be waived for students who have successfully completed at least two full years of foreign language in high school. If waived, students may select electives from division-area departments to satisfy this requirement.

Additional degree requirements:

  • A minimum of 124 hours total
  • A minimum of 34 hours beyond coursework transferred from an accredited two- or four-year college/university
  • Completion of all requirements of the major
  • Complete nursing major requirements within six years of admission.

Registered nurses are exempt from the requirement that the last 30 hours be taken in residence; however, non-residency courses must be completed the semester prior to the semester of degree completion.

Computer literacy competencies are met through integration of computer work in the nursing curriculum. Students with little or no prior experience in using computers are advised to take an introduction to computers course.

Nursing majors fulfill the research requirement by successful completion of NURS 322 Nursing Research. A statistics course with a minimum grade of C- is a prerequisite for NURS 322.

Meeting the requirements of NURS 427 Professional Nursing Leadership and Management satisfies the senior performance requirement.

Progression requirements include:

  • Maintenance of an overall GPA of at least 2.75
  • Achievement of at least a 2.00 (C )in each required nursing and health course
  • Achievement of at least a 1.67 (C-) in each required support course
  • Maintenance of active licensure as a registered nurse
  • Maintenance of documentation of annual health requirements
  • Maintenance of CPR certification
  • Purchase of liability insurance through the university when enrolled in courses with a clinical component
  • Compliance with clinical experience and other guidelines as given in Clarke University Nursing Student Handbook and course syllabi.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements ordinarily include:

  • Admission to Clarke University
  • Current registered nurse licensure
  • Current CPR certification
  • Completed application
  • Documentation of health requirements
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 on previous college-level work
  • Completion of at least 30 semester hours of college course work including anatomy and physiology I-II, microbiology, organic chemistry, psychology or sociology
  • Interview with articulation coordinator or designee 

Course Offerings (Course Descriptions)

This course provides an overview of the research process. Components of both quantitative and qualitative research studies are discussed. Emphasis is on understanding of basic processes and strategies utilized in nursing research, becoming a critical consumer of research, and developing the ability to critique research reports. Offered spring semester, even years. Prerequisites: MATH 220: Statistics.

This course will include concepts in normal aging, issues related to the aging client in the community and health care issues confronted by these clients. Classroom instruction will be supported by clinical practice in individually preceptored sites working with elderly clients (over 65) and client groups in a variety of community settings.  Prerequisite:  Admission to RN:BS completion option.

Theory, concepts and practice of community-health nursing are presented.  Emphasis is on promotin of health for individuals, families and communities.  The planning and application of the nursing process for the family in the context of the community are integral parts of the course.  Prerequisites:  All 300 level nursing courses or acceptance to a RN:BS completion option.  This is an approved diversity studies course.

Exploration to a variety of nursing issues, theories and applications of these approaches to nursing practice are discussed.  Implications for practice, research, education and administration of nursing services and evolving roles are included in the discussion.  Nursing department and general education outcomes are emphasized and assessed in this TimeSaver Capstone course.  Prerequisties: Admission to RN:BS completion option.

A professional nurse is expected to exercise management skills and demonstrate leadership ability.  In this course, leadership theory and management concepts are studied, evaluated and applied in classroom and clinical settings.  Prerequisite:  Admission to RN:BS completion option.

Builds on basic health assessment skills of RNs.  Uses a holistic, caring approach to assessment along the continuum of age with attention to cultural diversity.  History taking, physical assessment, interview processes and patient-teaching skills are expanded and practiced.  Laboratory experience is included in this course.  Prerequisite:  Admission to RN:BS completion option.

* clinical practicum

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