Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., has launched a new online RN-to-BSN curriculum with an updated course progression and a new capstone course called the Service Learning Experience. These changes are in response to feedback from current online RN-to-BSN students on how to make the BSN degree more attainable, according to a news release.
Each semesters workload of nursing courses has been reduced to better support students work-life balance. The new plan of nursing courses is designed to be completed in four semesters, achieved by taking six credits each semester. This academic plan encourages the completion of the degree in an efficient and manageable manner while accommodating students full-time employment and family responsibilities, according to the schools announcement.
The curriculum progression plan also provides access to financial aid each semester. It fosters greater customization of courses, allowing students to select nursing elective courses and a wider range of non-nursing courses to fulfill BSN graduation requirements, as their schedules permit, according to the colleges website.
The new capstone course, the Service Learning Experience, provides academic credit for conducting a health promotion project that meets a local community need. The RN and local community members will collaborate to identify a need and an appropriate project.
The Service Learning Experience takes into account how healthcare is being delivered in the 21st century, and the key role that registered nurses play as leaders in promoting health and preventing disease in the local and global community, said Melissa Jones, PhD, RN, the RN-to-BSN faculty coordinator at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. Mallie Kozy, PhD, RN, dean of nursing at the school, said the updated curriculum and Service Learning Experience are uniquely suited to the mission of our College and to the community-based philosophy of our curriculum.
Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.