As is typical of bachelor degree programs in the U.S., the Olivet College RN-BSN Program requires the completion of 120 semester hour credits. All general education requirements are embedded in the nursing courses to be completed.
The 120 total credits required for the BSN degree are earned through a combination of the following:
- Upper-division nursing courses (35 credits)
- Credits transferred from the ADN-granting institution or other colleges attended (90 credits)
- “Flexible credits” that may be earned in a variety of ways (20 credits)
Total credits required for BSN degree – 120
Unlike other programs, the Olivet College RN-BSN Program has no hidden prerequisites or hidden requirements.
EARNING “FLEX CREDITS”
The Olivet College RN-BSN Program allows students flexibility in their learning via the inclusion of flexible credits (“flex credits”) in their degree program. Flex credits may be earned in one of any combination of the ways listed below.
In order to maintain licensure in the state of Michigan, RNs must complete at least 25 CEs in programs approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing every three years.
- Completion of five nursing Continuing Education Hours (CEs) can result in the awarding of one Olivet College credit.
- CEs must be documented as having been earned in programs approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.
- Students in the Olivet College RN-BSN Program may earn up to a total of 20 semester credits via the completion of CEs. For example, 50 earned CEs can result in the awarding of 10 college credit hours.
To have nursing CEs considered for Olivet College credit, a student must submit original documentation of successful completion of the CEs along with a completed “Flex Credits Assessment Form,” available from a nursing program advisor. After the submission of this material, students will receive written notification of the college’s action regarding approval of the credits to be awarded.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
In order to be a practicing RN, nurses must hold basic life support certification from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Olivet College offers a two-credit course in first aid through which its students may earn BLS certification. Students in the Olivet College RN-BSN Program may earn college credit for BLS certification as follows:
- Olivet College will award two credits for basic life support certification from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association if the certification was not taken as part of a college course that is already counted in credit totals for the degree. For example, a student who has completed a credit-bearing college first aid course through which the BLS was earned cannot receive two credits for both the first aid course and the BLS certification.
To have the BLS certification considered for college credit, a student will submit a copy of both sides of a current BLS certification card along with a completed “Flex Credits Assessment Form,” available from a nursing program advisor. After submission of this material, students will receive written notification of the college’s action regarding approval of the credits to be awarded.
Elective Credits (courses taken at Olivet College)
Each student at Olivet College is a unique individual with distinct interests and needs; she or he may wish to consider completing one or more elective courses at Olivet College to complement her or his leaning in pursuit of the BSN degree.
- To earn Olivet College elective credits toward the BSN degree, students should first consult an academic adviser for a list of suggested electives and to discuss the benefits of the different course options.
- Examples of non-nursing courses offered at Olivet College that may be of particular interest to nurses include: medical Spanish, health psychology, gerontology, substance use and abuse, rehabilitation techniques, therapeutic modalities and study abroad (travel course) opportunities. Except for study abroad, these courses are generally offered as traditional college courses on the Olivet College main campus.
- Elective course credits completed in any disciplinary area at Olivet College will be automatically counted toward the flex credit requirement of the BSN degree.
Transfer Credits (courses taken from another four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution)
- In addition to credits transferred from the ADN-granting institution, additional credits may be transferred from a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, for a total of up to 90 transferred credits applied toward the Olivet College RN-BSN Program.
- To have these courses considered for inclusion in the course degree audit, a student will submit official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree granting institution to Olivet College for review by the assistant dean for academic records.
Students will receive an Olivet College “Credit Acceptance Memorandum” indicating the college’s action regarding acceptance of the credits and applicability toward the baccalaureate degree.
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For more information, contact Mike Lazusky, director of adult professional and graduate admissions, via email or by phone at 269-749-6612.