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Program Description

Fostering students’ ability through a foundation of the liberal arts, sciences and humanities to enhance their development intellectually, socially, culturally and spiritually as professional nurses

The University of Mount Olive is proud to offer the RN to BSN program as a fully asynchronous online degree option. Designed as a convenient and affordable opportunity for active and unencumbered licensed registered nurses, students earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in an environment that values the experience of an RN and accommodates the hectic schedule of a busy adult.

The RN to BSN at the University of Mount Olive is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

What to Expect

  • 100% Virtual Campus: Courses are delivered online and can be taken anytime, anywhere with no required log in times
  • No Traditional Clinical Requirements: Students will engage in a community nursing experience in their local area, and evidence based practice capstone proposal experience guided by a collaborative mentor
  • Personal Attention: Every student will be guided by a dedicated online admissions counselor and receive individual attention from highly qualified nursing faculty
  • Affordable Tuition: $415 per credit hour with financial aid available to those that qualify

Admission Requirements

  • Associate’s degree or diploma in nursing
  • Active and unencumbered RN license

Have questions? Contact Nina Ciric, online admission counselor, anytime at (919) 346-7046 or by e-mail at nciric@umo.edu.

How to Enroll in the RN to BSN Program

Contact your admissions counselor, Nina Ciric, at (919) 346-7046 with questions or for assistance.

  • Complete a free online application 
  • Submit a copy of your active and unencumbered RN license from your Board of Nursing website
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or school of nursing previously attended
    • Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for pre-evaluation and to expedite the admission process. Email admissions.online@umo.edu or fax copies of unofficial transcripts (919) 882-8302.
    • Request official transcripts to be sent directly from the awarding institution to: UMO Online Admissions - 634 Henderson Street Mount Olive, NC 28365

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Complete the FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ using the school code 002949.

RN to BSN Core Curriculum

RN to BSN Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

NUR 304 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing (1 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: RN to BSN students only

This introductory online course will explain to the new RN to BSN student the University of Mount Olive mission, vision, and the nursing department’s mission, vision and philosophy. The RN to BSN student’s ability to improve their critical thinking, research, and communication skills to the baccalaureate level will be explored. Developmental strategies for achieving educational goals that will help them be successful in the undergraduate program as well as in their professional development will be discussed. Students will also be introduced to the participation guidelines and assignment requirements of the RN to BSN degree program courses, the College library and databases, APA formatting (which is necessary for all their core major courses), plagiarism and paraphrasing exercises.

NUR 320 Introduction to Nursing Leadership (3 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304

This introductory course introduces the RN to BSN student to the basic principles of leadership in nursing. The management of people and tasks within the healthcare environment, such as teaching assistive personnel the requirements of ensuring security of patient’s medical information and professional ethics, will be explored through the effects of leadership theory. Emphasis is placed on a humanistic model for teaching and learning that stresses interpersonal communication as an essential component of nursing and leadership.

NUR 330 Law & Ethics for Healthcare Professionals (3 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304

This introductory course examines the principles of healthcare law and the U.S. legal system including: Organizations, documentation, privacy, security, release of health information, liability, consent, malpractice, major ethical theories, ethical decision making models, patients’ rights, confidentiality, informed consent, professional relationships, and allocation of scarce resources.

NUR 340 Transcultural & Global Nursing (3 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304, 320, 330

This course explores current social and cultural issues in healthcare including the effects of societal pressures, cultural influences, spirituality, World religions, and diversity on healthcare. In addition, a historical overview of healthcare systems in other countries around the World will be examined including: issues of cost, quality and access, as well as trends such as, cultural diversity, demographic shifts, economics, technological influences and ethical issues impacting healthcare delivery. The student will gain the essential understanding of the continuum of care and examine the impact of integrated delivery systems on care delivery processes and patient outcomes. Spiritual care of patients will be addressed utilizing case scenarios.

NUR 360 Health Policy & Issues in Nursing (3 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304, 320, 330

This course analyzes the impact of healthcare policy implementation on the nurse’s role in patient care and overall profession. A basic overview of the process of policy implementation and historical trends will be introduced to assist the student understanding the framework of today’s health policy.

NUR 440 Community Health Nursing (3 sh) *15-Week Online *Course length extended to accommodate interdisciplinary and community resources for clinical experience projects Prerequisite: NUR 304, 320, 330

This course will provide students with opportunities to develop a holistic view of the biopsychosocial needs of individuals and multi-problem families in the community. Emphasis is on meeting the health needs of patients in different environmental settings. Students will complete a Community Nursing Observation Experience with a Collaborative Mentor who works in a Community Nursing role, and a Windshield Survey of their local community where they will complete a Community Needs Assessment that can be utilized as the subject for their evidence based practice capstone project proposal. Spiritual care of patients will be addressed utilizing case scenarios.

NUR 445 Nursing Professional Development (2 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304, 320, 330, 340, 360, 440

This course examines nursing as a profession and a discipline and the individual nurse's role as a member of the profession. The student will focus on the ongoing challenges of self-improvement as a professional nurse. An examination of the impact of continuing education, professional organizations, and certifications on the quality of nursing care will be examined. Students will identify career aspirations and pathways to achieve short and long-term professional goals.

NUR 455 Nursing Theory (3 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304, 320, 330, 340, 360, 440

This course will provide an introduction to the nature of scientific explanation and inquiry as it relates to nursing. Origins and strategies for theory development in nursing will be examined in terms of importance in guiding the development of the profession. Nursing theory will be analyzed as a foundation for nursing practice and research.

NUR 465 Applied Statistics for Nursing (3 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304, 320, 330, 340, 360, 440

This introductory course on statistical concepts emphasizes applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Students will learn how to formulate and ask the right questions, how to collect data effectively, how to summarize and interpret information, and how to understand the limitations of statistical inferences.

NUR 475 Introduction to Evidence Based Practice (3 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304, 320, 330, 340, 360, 440, 445, 455, 465 Corequisites: NUR 495

This course focuses on the critical analysis of nursing and health care research and its application to nursing education, nursing practice, and the delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on strategies to access current and relevant data, synthesize the information, and translate new knowledge to practice. Ethical issues in the design and conduct of research are addressed.

NUR 485 Introduction to Nursing Research (3 sh) 5-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304, 320, 330, 340, 360, 440, 445, 455, 465 Corequisites: NUR 495

This course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is on the critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice. An overview of evidence based practice is provided.

NUR 495 Evidence Based Practice Project Proposal (3 sh) *15-Week Online Prerequisite: NUR 304, 320, 330, 340, 360, 440, 445, 455, 465 Corequisites: NUR 475, 485 *Course length extended to accommodate interdisciplinary and community resources for capstone projects

The Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Project Proposal is a faculty-guided scholarly capstone experience that provides evidence of critical thinking and the ability to apply the principles of evidence based practice through a proposed project. In addition, the student will work with a Collaborative Nursing Mentor from the discipline of nursing they wish to explore with their proposed project. The proposal will include: An overview of the problem and its significance to that discipline in nursing, a review of significant literature to support the project, and the proposed methodology/intervention. All students will complete their CITI Training as a Primary Investigator (PI), and submit their IRB application. This will position the RN to BSN student to implement their proposed project upon graduation.