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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
  • Credits transferred from the ADN-granting institution or other colleges attended
  • “Flexible credits” that may be earned in a variety of ways (see below)

Unlike other programs, the Olivet College RN-BSN Program has no hidden prerequisites or hidden requirements.

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.

NCLEX + work experience

As a trained and licensed medical professional, nurses continue to expand their knowledge through the practice of nursing care as part of their job or volunteer work. Students in the Olivet College RN-BSN Program may earn credit for the learning demonstrated by passing the NCLEX and applying that learning through the earning of co-operative learning (“co-op”) credits as follows:

  • Documentation of the learning achieved through 45 documented and assessed hours working as a nurse can result in the awarding of one credit hour of co-op credit.
  • Co-op credits may be completed during enrollment in the Olivet College RN-BSN Program or credit may be given for work experience completed up to two years prior to first enrollment in the program.
  • Up to 15 co-op credit hours may be applied toward the Olivet College RN-BSN Program. For example, 675 documented and assessed work hours as a nurse can result in the awarding of 15 co-op credit hours toward the BSN degree.

To receive consideration for co-op credits for NCLEX + work experience a student will work with her or his academic advisor to complete and submit the materials listed on the “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.

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 10 semester credits via the completion of CEUs. For example, 50 earned CEUs can result in the awarding of 10 college credit hours.

To have nursing CEUs considered for Olivet College credit, a student must submit original documentation of successful completion of the CEUs 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. 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 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 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.

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, please contact Jim Weidman, director of admissions for adult professionals and graduate programs, at 269.749.6612 or jweidman@olivetcollege.edu

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