- Upper-division nursing courses
- Credits transferred from the ADN-granting institution or other colleges attended
- “Flexible credits” that may be earned in a variety of ways (see below)
Required upper division nursing credits to be completed at Olivet College – 38
Credits transferred from a completed ADN program (maximum transferrable) – 62
Flex credits (see below) – 20 Total credits required for BSN degree – 120
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.Continuing Education Units (CEUs)In order to maintain licensure in the state of Michigan, RNs must complete at least 25 CEUs in programs approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing every three years.
- Completion of five nursing Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) can result in the awarding of one Olivet College credit.
- CEUs 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 CEUs. For example, 50 earned CEUs can result in the awarding of 10 college credit hours.
- Olivet College will award two credits for basic life support certification from the American Red Cross 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 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.
- In addition to the 62 credits transferred from the ADN-granting institution, an additional 28 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.
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