Sep 20, 2017
Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 120 semester hours
The RN to BS Nursing Program is committed to offering superior, accessible undergraduate nursing education for registered nurses pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree with a major in nursing. The courses are taught via distance education to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.
Admission to the Nursing Major
Enrollment in RN to BS nursing courses is limited to students who have been admitted to the nursing major. A complete Application for the RN to BS in Nursing Program Admission must be on file in the nursing office to be considered for admission to the major. Admission decisions are made by a nursing committee and are competitive.
Provisional Admission to the Nursing Major
Provisional admission to the major is available to students from community colleges where EIU has a Dual Track Agreement in place. Students from these community colleges may apply for provisional admission. Students provisionally admitted to the Nursing major may enroll in EIU coursework as provided in the dual track agreement. Full unconditional admission will be granted when students meet the RN to BS in Nursing program requirements. For information about the Dual Track Agreements and community colleges participating in the agreements, contact the Nursing Program office at EIU, 217-581-7049.
Criteria for Admission to the Major:
- Unconditional admission to the University
- Complete Application for the RN to BS in Nursing Program
- Achievement of a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- RN license from state of residence
- Current CPR certification for the professional provider
- Documentation of health requirements
- Two professional references
- Professional statement
- Professional Liability Insurance
- Certified Background Check
- Completion of the following courses or their equivalents with a grade of ‘C’ or better:
Registration for Upper Division Nursing Courses:
Only students admitted to the nursing major will be approved to register for upper division (3000 or higher) nursing courses.
Applications for the RN to BS in Nursing Program are available in the Nursing Office, Room 2230, McAfee Building or on the nursing program website. Applications and documentation of all admission requirements must be submitted to the Nursing Office on or before July 1st for admission to fall nursing courses and November 15th for admission to spring nursing courses.
General Education Requirements
Foundational Courses (Writing-6, Speaking-3, Math-3) 12 hours
Quantitative Reasoning in Natural Sciences 7 hours
Citizenship in Social and Behavioral Sciences 9 hours
Communication in Humanities and Fine Arts 9 hours
Senior Seminar or Study Abroad Capstone 3 hours
Total 40 hours
Semester Hours required for the Major: 42 semester hours
The major in Nursing comprises:
- Professional Elective. Credits: 3
- Students enrolled in the RN to BS in Nursing Program must earn a ‘C’ or better in all major requirement courses to progress in the program.
- Students must achieve a satisfactory for the clinical component of each nursing course.
- Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 throughout their enrollment in the RN to BS in Nursing Program.3
- A nursing course in which a student failed to earn a grade of ‘C’ or better may be repeated by the student only one time. Failure to receive a grade of ‘C’ or better for a second time of any nursing course will result in dismissal from the program.
- Failure to earn a ‘C’ or better in any two nursing courses within the RN to BS in Nursing curriculum will result in dismissal from the program.
1 This major does not require the completion of a foreign language through high school or college work as a graduation requirement. Of the 120 semester hours required to complete the degree, at least 25 semester hours earned at EIU must be included.
2 Based on recommendations developed while enrolled in OPD 3000 Portfolio Development, students may prepare and submit a portfolio which explicitly describes college-level learning based on prior occupational experiences. This credit may be granted via OPD 3200 or 3300.
3 Major GPA based on all nursing courses taken at EIU.