Nursing (RN to BSN):
Adult Degree Completion Program

Area of Nursing

Updated Fall 2013

Milligan College offers an adult degree completion program with a major in nursing available to registered nurses who want to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This major is designed for adults who have completed 27 or more semester hours of college credit and are employed as a Registered Nurse. Degree candidates must also complete the college’s general education core of humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and Bible as well as an appropriate number of elective courses. Inquiries are addressed to the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies at 423.461.8782.

The adult degree completion program in RN to BSN supports the following goals of Milligan College:

The adult degree completion program in RN to BSN prepares students for professional nursing career opportunities and for graduate study.

The nursing science curriculum provides students with opportunities to develop, test, and use nursing knowledge, skills, and rationale in a variety of settings. The graduate will be able to use critical thinking to:

  1. Provide professional nursing care using a synthesis of knowledge derived from relevant life experiences; scientific, social, humane and Biblical learning; nursing theory and research;

  2. Institute developmentally appropriate independent and collaborative nursing interventions based on nursing assessment and identification of client needs and problems;

  3. Communicate therapeutically with culturally diverse clients and client populations;

  4. Initiate independent and collaborative nursing interventions with culturally diverse clients and client populations (individuals, families, groups, and communities) through the use of the nursing process;

  5. Incorporate professional, legal, and ethical standards into own clinical practice based upon a Christian perspective;

  6. Assume responsibility and accountability for personal development and ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of own clinical nursing practice;

  7. Contribute to the enhancement of quality nursing and health care practices within a variety of settings;

  8. Evaluate research findings for their relevance and application to professional practice;

  9. Communicate clearly and effectively through a variety of mediums, fostering therapeutic interactions with patients and patient populations as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships with other health care providers.

Nursing major - B.S.N.

General education requirements:

Required courses in the major:

Total number of required hours in the RN to BSN degree program (ADCP): 58

The area of nursing reserves the right to update and change the RN to BSN curriculum at the beginning of any academic semester in conjunction with current professional nursing standards.

Completing the major takes approximately 19 months.

Admission Criteria

For cohorts starting in January, applications must be received by December 1 of the preceding year. For information about other cohort start dates, please contact the Graduate and Professional Studies Office at 423.461.8782.

  1. Completion of an NLN accredited registered nurse diploma or associate degree program, confirmed by official transcripts evaluated by the Registrar’s Office
  2. Transfer of a minimum of 27 hours of coursework, confirmed by official transcript(s), from a regionally accredited institution comprised of the following; English composition (3 hrs); behavioral/social sciences (3 hrs); history, fine arts, philosophy, or literature (3 hrs); speech communication (3 hrs); anatomy and physiology with lab (8 hrs); introduction to microbiology (4 hrs); probability and statistics (3 hrs). An earned grade of C or higher is required for anatomy and physiology, introduction to microbiology, and probability and statistics.
  3. Must provide a notarized copy of an unencumbered Tennessee license as an RN or license from a compact state.
  4. Documentation of employment as a Registered Nurse.
  5. Good standing at previously attended institutions with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  6. Submission of two positive references-one character and one employer
  7. Acceptance of the lifestyle statement as evidenced by completing and signing the application form
  8. Submission of completed application and payment of the non-refundable application fee ($30)

Enrollment Confirmation

Confirmed admission to the group is granted on the date the enrollment confirmation form and $200 enrollment deposit is received in the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies.

Matriculation Requirements

Prior to the first meeting of any class, students must provide documentation of good health and that they are free from communicable disease. They must present clear background checks as set forth by affiliating clinical agencies. Students must be physically and mentally capable, with reasonable accommodation, to perform the essential functions of the program. Students must also meet the following core performance standards:

  1. critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment,
  2. interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds,
  3. communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form,
  4. physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small places,
  5. gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care,
  6. auditory abilities sufficient to monitor and assess health needs,
  7. visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for nursing care, and
  8. tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Admission to and retention in  the ADCP RN to BSN program is not based on the core performance standards; instead they will be used to assist in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary. If a student believes that she or he cannot meet one or more of the core performance standards without accommodations or modifications, it is appropriate for the student to take the responsibility of identifying her or his need for accommodation to the Office of Disability Services and course instructor. The needs of each self-identified student will be addressed on an individualized basis when considering necessary accommodations, and it is recognized that helping to determine successful accommodations is the responsibility of the student, as well as the faculty member. For assistance in accessing accommodations, please contact the Director of Disability Services at 423.461.8981 or tpjones@milligan.edu

The Area of Nursing reserves the right to update or change clinical requirements based on current information regarding communicable diseases, revised or new area or college policies, or agency requirements.

Returning Students

A student who has withdrawn in good social and academic standing should address a letter to the Director of Adult Degree Completion Programs requesting permission for readmission. A student who has been academically or socially dismissed may reapply for readmission by observing the following procedure:

  1. The student’s letter requesting readmission shall be addressed to the director of adult degree completion programs
  2. The director will examine, in consultation with the registrar and Nursing ADCP liaison, the student’s original academic records and any courses completed since the suspension
  3. Social dismissal is reviewed with the vice president for student development
  4. If there is reason to believe that the student will profit from another opportunity to do college work, he/she will be permitted to enroll with probationary status following at least one ADCP term out of class.
  5. In the event that it is necessary to suspend the student a second time, he or she will not be eligible to apply for readmission.

Tuition and Fees

Application fee (non-refundable) $30
Tuition per semester hour $285
Lifetime academic records fee $75
Technology access fee (per term) $90
Late admission fee $50
NURS 302L $55
NURS 421 $50
NURS 422 $50

Tuition Reimbursement

All students who use tuition reimbursement from their employer to pay their tuition must present a letter from the employer stating the company’s reimbursement policy and the employee’s eligibility. Milligan College will work with the student and the employer and does not require tuition payment in advance.

Degree Requirements

The student who completes the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with a major in nursing must meet the general education requirements (GER) listed in the curriculum above. The degree requirements are as follows:

  1. Successful completion of 128 semester hours
  2. Successful completion at Milligan College of the fifty-eight semester hours in the GER and the nursing major
  3. Minimum grade of C in all required Nursing courses
  4. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in Humanities and Composition (4.0 scale)
  5. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all work (4.0 scale)

Faculty Adviser

The nature of a cohort-based program minimizes the need for extensive and ongoing academic advising. However, it is recognized that questions related to such things as withdrawal, readmission, graduation requirements, and other academically related matters may arise. In the event of such questions, students should contact the Nursing ADCP liaison for assistance. The liaison will either respond to students’ questions directly or may forward questions to others for response.

Course Rotation

Term I: Spring

Total: 12 hrs

Term II: Summer

Total: 9 hrs

Term III: Fall

Total: 13 hrs

Term IV: Spring

Total: 12 hrs

Term V: Summer

Total: 9 hrs

* Upon successful completion of 12 semester hours of coursework inclusive of NURS 301/301C, the student will be awarded 43 semester hours in nursing credits: NURS 210/210C, 220/220C, 240, 305, 306, 310/310C, 313/313C, 320/320C, 323/323C, 403/403C and 410/410C.

**Students whose writing sample indicates deficiencies must complete a remediation protocol through the Milligan College Virtual Writing Center followed by a successful score on a writing sample prior to enrollment in Composition 211.

Withdrawal from College or Dropping a Class

Withdrawal from College

No student may withdraw from the college without the permission of the Academic Dean. Upon securing the consent of the Academic Dean, the student is expected to meet all obligations involving instructors, fellow students, deans, residence hall directors, the vice president for business and finance, and the registrar. The withdrawal process begins and ends in the Office of Student Success; other college offices (Academic Dean, registrar, financial aid, student accounts) are notified of the student’s withdrawal.

Students who leave the college without fulfilling these obligations receive “F”s in all classes in which they are enrolled and forfeit any returnable fees which may have been paid to the college.

Students withdrawing from the college during the first two weeks (or fourteen calendar days) of the semester (or the equivalent proportion of an academic term when the term length is other than 15 weeks) begin the withdrawal process with the Director of Student Success. The students will have no academic record for that semester. However, the instructor or the Academic Dean has the right to assign grades of “WF” (“withdrawal, failing, and equivalent to an ‘F’”) at any point in the semester in instances of academic dishonesty or other academic infractions.

Students withdrawing from the college from the fifteenth calendar day through the tenth week of classes (or the equivalent proportion of an academic term when the term length is other than 15 weeks) begin the withdrawal process with the Director of Student Success. Classes are evaluated with the grade of “W.” However, the instructor or the Academic Dean has the right to assign grades of “WF” (“withdrawal, failing, and equivalent to an ‘F’”) at any point in the semester in instances of academic dishonesty or other academic infractions.

Students withdrawing from the college after the tenth week of classes (or the equivalent proportion of an academic term when the term length is other than 15 weeks) begin the process with the Director of Student Success.  Classes are evaluated with the grade of “WP” (“withdrawal and passing”) or “WF” at the discretion of the instructor. However, the instructor or the Academic Dean has the right to assign grades of “WF” (“withdrawal, failing, and equivalent to an ‘F’”) at any point in the semester in instances of academic dishonesty or other academic infractions.

The college may administratively withdraw a student who is not attending class or otherwise not demonstrating a serious academic effort. Administrative withdrawals during the first ten weeks of the semester (or the equivalent proportion of an academic term when the term length is other than 15 weeks) will receive a grade of “W” in all classes. However, the instructor or the Academic Dean has the right to assign grades of “WF” (“withdrawal, failing, and equivalent to an ‘F’”) at any point in the semester in instances of academic dishonesty or other academic infractions.  Administrative withdrawals from the college after the tenth week will be recorded with “WP” or “WF” at the discretion of the instructors.

The college may dismiss a student for social infractions. Social dismissals during the first ten weeks of the semester (or the equivalent proportion of an academic term when the term length is other than 15 weeks) will receive a grade of “W” in all classes, unless failing grades are also a part of the penalty. Social dismissals after the tenth week will be recorded with “WP” or “WF” at the discretion of the instructor.

Dropping a Class

Classes dropped during the first two weeks (or fourteen calendar days) of the semester (or the equivalent proportion of an academic term when the term length is other than 15 weeks) will not appear on the student’s transcript. Dropping a class requires the signatures of the instructor and the adviser on the schedule change form.

A student may drop a class from the fifteenth calendar day through the tenth week of classes (or the equivalent proportion of an academic term when the term length is other than 15 weeks) only after receiving written consent (i.e. signatures on the dated schedule change form) from the class instructor and the academic adviser. Classes dropped are evaluated with the grade “W.” However, the instructor or the Academic Dean has the right to assign a grade of “WF” (“withdrawal, failing, and equivalent to an ‘F’”) at any point in the semester in instances of academic dishonesty or other academic infractions.

Students dropping a class after the tenth week of classes (or the equivalent proportion of an academic term when the term length is other than 15 weeks) will be assigned by the instructor a grade of “WP” (“withdrawal and passing”) or “WF” (“withdrawal, failing, and equivalent to an ‘F’”). Dropping a class with a “WP” or “WF” requires the signatures of the instructor and the adviser on the schedule change form.  The signed schedule change form must be received in the Registrar’s Office before the end of the last day of the term (not including final exam week).

Any refund of tuition or fees in case of program withdrawal is governed by the refund policy in the finances section of the Catalog. No adjustments or refunds are granted to persons dismissed from a term or program for reasons related to academic performance or academic integrity.

Failing Grades/Incomplete/Retention Standards

A student who withdraws from (grade of “W”, “WP” or “WF”) or fails a non-nursing course (grade of “F”) can be permitted to continue with the same group in subsequent courses for the term so long as the course failed  is not a prerequisite to the following course. However, the course in which the failing grade was earned must be repeated successfully prior to graduation. (See also “Probation and Dismissal” below.)

A student who withdraws from ( grade of “W”, “WP” or “WF”) or earns a grade of “C-“ or less in a required nursing course may not be permitted to continue with the same group in subsequent nursing courses. The following policies apply to required Nursing courses in the ADCP RN to BSN program.

  1. A student who withdraws or earns a grade of “C-“or less in a required nursing course is eligible to repeat the course once.  A second “W” or “C-“or less makes the student ineligible for retention in the major.
  2. A student who makes a grade of “W” or “C-“ or less in two required nursing courses is no longer eligible for retention in the major.
  3. A student who withdraws or makes a grade of “C-“ or less in a lab, clinical, preceptorship course must repeat both the lab, clinical, or preceptorship course, and companion didactic course.
  4. A student who withdraws or makes a grade of “C-“or less in a didactic course must  repeat both the didactic and companion lab, clinical, or preceptorship course.
  5. A student who withdraws from a didactic course with a companion clinical course must withdraw from both courses and will be counted as (1) W from a nursing course when the student is evaluated for retention in ADCP RN to BSN program.
  6. Students who do not meet the criteria for retention in the ADCP RN to BSN program and have extreme mitigating circumstances contributing to their academic standing may initiate the waiver process as outlined in the Area of Nursing Handbook.

Grades of “Incomplete,” or “I,” are given at the end of a course only when there is evidence that a significant event or issue interfered with a student’s successful completion of the course.  Faculty assigning a grade of “I” must complete an “Incomplete Contract” and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.  The student must resolve the “I” prior to enrollment in a subsequent course(s) through continuing work with the instructor. Only under extraordinary circumstances can the student apply for an incomplete grade and an extension to resolve the “incomplete” grade be granted. Students are reminded to make every effort to avoid “I” grades that are recorded on the transcript.

Repeating Courses

Any student who must or wishes to repeat a course may do so on a space-available basis. Tuition is paid for any repeated courses at the current tuition rate for the group with which the student will meet for that repeated course. See Course Repeat Policy under Academic Policies in this Catalog.

Transfer Credit
Once a student matriculates, all required nursing courses must be taken at Milligan College.  Students may not take nursing courses at other colleges or universities to repeat a course for which a grade of
“C-“or less or “W” is earned.

Course Attendance

Because of the concentrated scheduling and the emphasis upon participatory learning, students need to attend every class meeting. Please note that the emphasis is on attendance in a course. Students are expected to arrive on time for each class session. Although emergencies may cause a student to be late for class or actually to miss an entire session, such situations should be the exception rather than the rule. When an emergency requires tardiness or absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor about missed assignments and class content as outlined in the course syllabus. Making arrangements with a classmate to receive copies of class notes or a tape of the class can be useful but cannot equal attending class. Excessive absence can result in unintentional withdrawal and/or failure of the course.

Calendar and Student Load

Students enroll in major courses to total twelve semester hours each term. It is recommended that the student not enroll in any additional courses outside the major. However, those students who conclude that additional course work is prudent may take non-major courses if the student has the prior written consent of the director of adult degree completion programs, Nursing ADCP liaison and associate registrar. Written consent is obtained when a Course Approval Form, available in the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies, is completed. If the student fails to obtain written consent for non-major courses, Milligan College is not committed to apply those hours toward degree requirements. Although completion of all degree requirements is ultimately the responsibility of the student, this procedure supports accurate academic advising.

Probation and Dismissal

A student who fails to receive a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) during any period of enrollment at Milligan or who fails to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at any time is placed on academic probation or dismissed. The student’s behavior and attitude exhibited toward academic pursuit are factors in determining probation or dismissal. If a student fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 by the end of the term in which the student is currently enrolled, the college is not obligated to grant the privilege of further study at Milligan College.

Commencement

Degree candidates are encouraged to participate in commencement ceremonies; ceremonies are conducted in May and December each year. Candidates for a degree are identified through their completion of the “Intent to Graduate” form. Degree candidates must have met all degree requirements and the student’s account must be paid in full prior to commencement. Arrangements must be completed as early as possible through the Registrar’s Office, the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies, and the Business Office.