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Orientation rn to bsn spring 2011 subterm 2


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Orientation rn to bsn spring 2011 subterm 2

  1. 1. Welcome to theRN to BSN Program
  2. 2. RN to BSN Program Specific Course TemplateA student in an online learning cohort is enrolled for a full 16-week semester of courses. Semesters are divided into two eight-week subterms. Students are to complete courses in sequential order. Reference the following course template, which is specific to your program, for course start dates.Term Subterm Course Code Course Title Course Start Course EndSemester I 10 NUR 3001 Health Tech & Informatics March 5, 2012 April 29, 2012Semester I 10 NUR 3303 Health Assessment March 5, 2012 April 29, 2012Semester I 15 NUR 3003 Concepts of Professional Nursing May 7, 2012 July 2, 2012Semester I 15 NUR 3103 Transcultural Nursing May 7, 2012 July 2, 2012Semester I 15 NUR 4003 Nursing Theory and Research May 7, 2012 July 2, 2012Semester II 10 NUR 4303 Nursing Leadership July 3, 2012 August 27, 2012Semester II 10 NUR 3403 Nursing Care of the Older Adult July 3, 2012 August 27, 2012Semester II 15 NUR 3503 Womens Health August 28, 2012 October 23, 2012Semester II 15 NUR 3203 Pathophysiology August 28, 2012 October 23, 2012Semester III 10 NUR 4205 Nursing Care of Communities October 24, 2012 December 19, 2012Semester III 15 NUR 4104 Evidenced-based Nursing Practice January 9, 2013 March 6, 2013Semester III 15 NUR 4403 Nursing Synthesis/Capstone January 9, 2013 March 6, 2013
  3. 3. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION Total hours required in BSN major . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 General Education Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Additional elective credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 • 30 credit hours will be given for the nursing courses taken in an associate degree program. •Possible sources of elective hours: general education online courses, training programs, C.L.E.P., or DSST. • All sources must be approved in advance by the registrar. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained. Minimum Credits Required for Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 • All degree requirements of the Bluefield College catalog in effect at the time of first enrollment must be met.
  4. 4. General Education RequirementsThe inSPIRE Degree Completion program is primarily structured forthe awarding of Bachelor of Science, BS, degrees. However,sometimes a student‟s previous general education course work isbetter suited to a Bachelor of Arts, BA, degree. If you would prefer toearn a BA degree, please contact the Registrar, at 1.800.872.0176 ext.4397 or 4
  5. 5. Ways to Earn Additional Credit Bluefield College‟s Associate/General Studies Online courses – For course availability, . CLEP/DSST Testing – Transfer in up to 30 hours. Professional (PST) & Military Training - A combination of sixty credit hours formilitary and professional training may be applied as transfer credit. This creditmust be submitted to the Registrar‟s Office using special guidelines. Someprofessional training will be evaluated only after the student begins the degreecompletion program.  Please contact Terri Thomason, Assessment Counselor, 1.800.872.0176 ext. 4397 or prior to selecting additional credit options. 5
  6. 6. Registering for classes• Registration for program specific (core) courses is completedautomatically each semester by the registrar‟s office.• Although classes are 8 weeks in duration, registration is for the full 16week semester in order for the student to be eligible for financial aid.• Registration for additional general education and elective courses is notautomatic. Student‟s desiring to register for these courses must do sothrough their MyBC account. . 6
  7. 7. Participation and Drop Policy for inSPIRE Program Specific and GeneralEducation Courses• A student must participate (respond to a discussion thread or complete anassignment) by noon of the second day of the semester/term to be consideredenrolled.• The first semester begins Monday, March 5th.• Failure to participate by noon of the second day of the semester/term will result in anadministrative withdrawal and courses will be deleted from the student‟s permanent academicrecord. (See the Tuition and Fees section of the catalog for the refund policy.)• Once a student participates in an online course, it is his or her responsibility to withdrawfrom the college or drop a course by officially notifying the Registrar‟s Office in writing.Charges and financial aid will be adjusted according to the refund policy (prorated) at thatpoint.• Once enrollment has begun, failure to continue participating in class, without officialnotification of withdrawal, earns a grade of „F‟.• Faculty monitor student participation and report to the Registrar‟s Office on a weekly basis. 7
  8. 8. Questions or Concerns• While you are in a totally online program please know you are not alone. We arehere to help you. Our goal is for you to be successful and enjoy your educationalexperience.• If you have questions or concerns please follow this process: 1. Review the syllabus and course instructions carefully. The syllabus has instructions regarding your course and for MyBC. 2. Review the useful links and resources found within the course and on MyBC. Technical or administrative issues should be directed to the responsible party. See slide 32 for contact names and numbers. 3. Contact your course instructor. 4. If you have issues that cannot be resolved through one of the previous steps, contact your Department Chair.• Finally, feel free to contact your instructor or department chair just to chat orfellowship. 8
  9. 9. Withdrawal Information If unforeseen “life circumstances” arise• Do not stop participating in a course.• Before making a descion to withdraw, you should discuss your situation with yourprofessor and/or your department chair as stated in the previous slide.• Should you decide withdrawal is your best option, contact Dena Monroe in theRegistrar‟s Office, or 1-800-872-0176 ext. 4550.• Once you have withdrawn from school, the grade of “W” will be assessed for classesnot completed.• If you do not officially withdraw, you will receive a grade of “F” for all classes notcompleted.• The Business Office will contact you regarding your financial responsibilities.• Please refer to the college catalog for the detailed withdrawal & refund policies. Anelectronic copy is located on the college website,, under “Academics”. 9
  10. 10. Your Financial Investment Bluefield College Tuition and Fees - inSPIRE Degree Completion Students 2011/2012Effective August 1, 2011inSpire Degree Completion Program:Tuition $ 325 Per credit hourApplication Fee $ 30Graduation Fee $ 110Non-refundable Registration Deposit $ 25 (New & Re-admitted Students) *Tuition, fees, and deposits are based on present economic conditions. The College reserves the right to increase or decrease the price of tuition, fees, and deposits. 10
  11. 11. Financial Aid Process If you have not already done so, you should begin the Financial Aid Process right away. If you plan to pay out of pocket or your employer will pay in advance, youshould make arrangements with the Business Office. If you plan to pay with Veterans Educational Benefits or Vocational RehabBenefits, you should notify the Financial Aid Office and begin completingpaperwork with Amanda Parks the college‟s Veterans Certifying Official andRegistrar. If you plan to pay your school bill with federal, state, institutional, outsidescholarships, or any other form of assistance, you should contact theFinancial Aid Office. 11
  12. 12. What is the difference between employer payment and employer reimbursement? Employer Payment Employer ReimbursementThis is defined as the “Employer‟s paying The student must pay Bluefield Collegewithin 30 days of class start date.” either by personal payment or by student loans at the beginning of each semester.The Bluefield College business office mustreceive a written statement on official  The student is reimbursed by the employerletterhead stating full employer payment. after providing grades to the employer. Bluefield College will bill the student‟s  It is important to note that theemployer. reimbursement agreement is between the student and the employer. *Ultimately, the bill incurred by the student is the responsibility of the student, should the employer default in making payment. 12
  13. 13. Financial Aid Steps Financial Assistance may be available to help you pay for your inSPIRE degree completion program. We can help you obtain federal, state, and institutional aid. Complete the FAFSA on the Web. Obtain a PIN number to electronically sign your FAFSA If you are a Virginia Resident, complete the application form for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant, and submit itto the Financial Aid Office no later than July 31, or December 1 for Spring starts (if state funds are available). Theform is available on the BC website. There are a number of required notices, acknowledgments, and forms you will need to complete and return to us,related to your Tuition & Fees, important policies, and the Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act. You will receiveletters from us regarding how to complete these forms. They are available on the College‟s website under Forms. The Federal government selects around one-third of federal aid applicants for a process called Verification. If youare selected, we will need copies of your signed tax documents, W-2‟s, and a signed Verification Worksheet. We willnotify you if you have been selected, and ask for additional paperwork. If you apply for federal aid and wish to receive federal loans, there will be a number of additional steps to complete. 13
  14. 14. Federal Student Loans You must first complete the FAFSA and be eligible to receive Federal Direct StudentLoans. We will examine your eligibility based on past loans, grade level, dependency, andload/status. You will need to complete a Loan Request Form and submit it to the Financial AidOffice. You will need to complete a Master Promissory Note at You will need to complete Entrance Counseling at 14
  15. 15. Financial Aid Reminders Use your MyBC account online to keep up-to-date on your financial aid and school account. Youcan see your financial aid awards on MyBC as well as any missing documents that may be holdingup your financial aid processing or disbursements. You will need to apply for aid each year by completing the Renewal FAFSA. This may becompleted as early as January for the upcoming Fall/Spring/Summer academic year. We askinSPIRE students to complete the Renewal FAFSA by March 15, but no later than the end of June toensure their aid is in place for the new year. You can only receive financial aid at one school per semester. If taking courses at a communitycollege or other school, ensure you only seek financial aid from one institution. You must be enrolled in a full semester to receive financial aid. For inSPIRE, a semester is madeup of two 8-week terms. You must be at least half time in a semester to receive federal loans. 15
  16. 16. Financial Aid Reminders (cont.) You must be a Virginia resident and a full-time student to receive the Virginia TuitionAssistance Grant (VTAG), and it is only available for Fall and Spring semesters. Our accelerated degree-completion program often spans more than the traditionaltwo semesters per academic year. If you receive Pell grants or federal loans, speak tous about spreading your financial aid over 3 semesters rather than 2, so that you haveenough aid to cover your charges for all semesters. If you have to drop a course or withdraw entirely from school, be sure to complete theproper paperwork and withdraw officially. Failure to do so could leave you owing a largebalance.Be sure to read all letters, emails, phone calls, & requests we send you. Your $$depends on it! 16
  17. 17. Student ObligationsAs an inSPIRE Degree Completion student: • You agree to assume financial responsibility for all tuition and fees for your education at Bluefield College. • You understand that payment is required at the beginning of each semester (unless you have secured adequate financial aid, or your employer will pay the costs due to Bluefield College within 30 days of the start of the semester). • You understand that your financial obligations are for an entire semester. • You understand that you will be responsible for any and all legal collection costs if you fail to keep your commitment to Bluefield College. • You understand that certain types of financial aid are available if the non-core program courses you are enrolled in for the semester collectively span a full 16-week semester, (i.e. at least one course in the first 8 weeks of the semester and at least one in the second 8 weeks of the semester); contact the financial aid office for aid eligibility details. NOTE: Please refer to the college catalog for the detailed withdrawal & refund policies. An electroniccopy is located on the college website,, under “Academics”. 17
  18. 18. Bluefield College Email account• After registration and prior to the first day of class, an email account will beestablished for the student through Bluefield College. (*Contingent upon completion of all required paperwork )• You will receive a letter via USPS containing your Email user id and password.• To access email go to and click on “Student Email” inthe left panel titled “Quick Links”.• To retrieve your specific information: 18
  19. 19. Bluefield College Email account• Your Bluefield College email account is the primary avenue of communicationbetween you and the faculty and staff.• Please do not use other email addresses such as hotmail, gmail, or yahoo tocontact the faculty or staff of the college. Communications from accounts other thanyour BC email will not be received or responded to.• Course instructors will only use this BC Email address to communicate with you.• Important information and reminders from the Bluefield College staff will only besent to your BC Email address. Please check it regularly! 19
  20. 20. The Bluefield College Student Portal The MyBC portal is located at (do not use www in front of the address)The MyBC login is your student ID number. The passwords for Email and MyBC are the same.Click on the “Student” link to access your transcript, grades, financial aidinformation and other student information.Click on “inSPIRE” to access forms, etc. The best way to learn what MyBC has to offer is log on and see. 20
  21. 21. The Bluefield College Student PortalWhat to do if you forget your username or password. Go to Click on „My Account Information‟ and fill out the form. 21
  22. 22. Technology: Computer• As an inSPIRE student, you will need regular, long term access to apersonal computer.•The following table provides the minimum specifications for this device. Windows Apple Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz or higher Intel-based Memory: 2GB or higher 2 GB or higher Operating System: Windows Vista or higher MAC OS 10.5 or higher• Students enrolled full time in major specific core classes are eligible for aone time $250 discount through Dell toward the purchase of personalcomputer. (See next slide for details) 22
  23. 23. Technology: $250 Discount through What you need to know• This offer is available only during a specific window of time, beginning one week priorto start of the first semester and ending after the third week of classes that semester.• Dell will not apply this discount to your purchase outside of this time period.• You will receive email notification with specific instructions when this discountbecomes available for you.• This discount applies only to purchases made in accordance with the emailinstructions and at the time of purchase. It cannot be applied to previous purchases.• This discount is available only for purchase of netbooks, laptops, desktops and tabletcomputers.• Bluefield College recommends that you wait until receipt of the email notification topurchase your personal computer, if you desire to use this $250 discount. 23
  24. 24. Technology: Broadband Internet Connection • A broadband connection refers to a high-speed DSL, Cable Modem, or Satellite Internet Connection. • Slower connections such as cellular and dial-up are not sufficient to meet the online learning demands of the inSPIRE program. 24
  25. 25. Technology: Anti-virus protectionYou will need to protect your computer from viruses and malware. Theseprograms will slow the performance of your computer and possible cause seriousdamage. • If you have already purchased an anti-virus program, it is important to keep your subscription active and up to date. • IST recommends Microsoft Security Essentials which can be downloaded for free from Microsoft, It will update with your regular Windows updates and protect your computer from viruses. 25
  26. 26. Technology: Microsoft Office 2010• You are required to submit all writing assignments using MicrosoftOffice Word 2010.• Your Bluefield College email account is equipped with Microsoft Office WebApps for free (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote). You may use theapplications to create, view and edit documents on the web while logged in toyour email account.• If you would like to purchase a full version of Office for your computer,please go to . JourneyEd offers a reduced studentrate that is generally lower than other sources. 26
  27. 27. E-TextsAs an inSPIRE Degree Completion student, you will receive access to e-text books aspart of your tuition for core courses.  Each student is responsible for downloading e-texts. Prior to the beginning of each term, registered students will be sent a pin number and vendor information along with instructions on how to download the e-text books by the Academic Affairs office.  Information on specific e-texts and textbooks for each class, including the publisher and the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), can be obtained on the course syllabus and are published online on the MyBC student portal.  inSPIRE students may order textbooks and e-texts directly from the College‟s official textbook partner, Other online vendors also provide textbooks. These vendors include, for example, These vendors are not partnered with Bluefield College. Another alternative is to order your books directly from the publisher. Please note that vendors other than may require different equipment for the download of e-books.  The College is not responsible for purchasing or handling student textbooks and e- texts, and will under no circumstances engage in buying back texts or issuing refunds for the cost of textbooks that have been purchased from another provider. 27
  28. 28. Library Services To use the Easley Library website at Bluefield College, go to Accessing library databases and e-books requires students to login with a user name andpassword. For the user name use the beginning part of your BC email address, leaving offthe part. You will receive the password with your email access letter. Please note that if you change your MyBC or Email passwords, it will not change yourlibrary password. To change this password, you will need to contact the Information Servicesdepartment, 1.800.872.0176 ext. 4603. You can additionally reach the Easley Library Website from the quick links panel in theMyBC portal. It is recommended that you not be logged into the MyBC portal when you linkto the library. If MyBC “times out,” you will be kicked out of any library databases you haveopen.  For questions or help with using library databases or e- books contact Lynne Bartlett, 1.800.872.0176 ext. 4269 or 28
  29. 29. APA Writing Style• The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(APA) contains what is known as the APA Writing Style. It was firstpublished in 1929, and is presently in its 6th edition, the PublicationManual contains a standardized procedural writing protocol using a set ofstyle rules and that has become the basic platform for scholarly writingused by business, psychology and the social sciences.• Mastering APA writing style is an essential skill learned from coursestaught in the inSPIRE program. 29
  30. 30. APA Writing StyleFor specific help with APA Writing Style, go to MyBC and look at the bottom left hand corner.Click on the Library Page or use this link ( )which is found on the Bluefield College Library Home Page. There you will find online guidesthat are designed to help you navigate through APA Style: • Using APA – (Online Writing Lab at Purdue University) contains examples. • YouTube Video Tutorial: Setting up a paper in APA format in Microsoft Word • Tutorials from the APA: o The Basics of APA Style o Whats New in the 6th Edition • Corrections to the 6th Edition • Frequently Asked Questions about APA Style • BLOG - about using APA style • Contact the APA Style Experts at the APA if you have a question you cannot find the answer to in the above guides. 30
  31. 31. Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)Writing assistance is available. Students can receive online writing assistance on any written assignment forany class through our ACE Online Writing Lab. Students can submit their papers online and receive comments andsuggestions for improving writing. Please allow 24 to 48 hours for a response. Just go to MyBC,, and click “ACE.” You will need to login to access this service.  For questions or help with this service, contact Crystal Kieloch, 1.800.872.0176 ext. 4660 or 31
  32. 32. Faculty Evaluations• In an effort to provide the highest quality educationalexperience, Bluefield College has instituted a mandatoryevaluation process for every course in the inSPIRE program.• The Academic Affairs office will send the evaluation requestvia BC Email prior to the end of each course. The evaluationis short, only requiring a few minutes of your time. 32
  33. 33. Contact Names and Numbers Associate Vice President for inSPIRE Degree Completion Programs: • Dr. Larry Sinsabaugh, 866.870.0293, Department Chairs • Human Services: Dr. Larry Sinsabaugh, • Criminal Justice: Dr. Robert Lang, • Pre-law • Criminal Justice • Management & Leadership: Dr. Mark Gettle, • Nursing: Dr. Carolyn Lewis, • Public Safety: Dr. Robert Lang, • Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructure • Homeland Security & Emergency Management 33
  34. 34. Contact Names and Numbers (cont.) Main Campus 800.872.0176 (Offices are open 8:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday) • Director of Academic Programs: ext. 4456 - Ann Looney, • Campus Store: ext. 4260 - Judy Vannoy, • Credit Evaluations: ext. 4397 – Terri Thomason, • Financial Aid Info: ext. 4223 – Waku Nanuma, • MyBC: ext. 4219 – Chip Lambert, • Library: ext. 4269 - Lynne Bartlett, • Student Account Info: ext. 4204 - A. Michele White, • VA Benefits: ext. 4348 – Amanda Parks, CLEP & DSST Testing: Bluefield Campus: 800.872.0176 ext. 4606 - Crystal Kieloch, Richmond Office: 866.870.0293 - Ken Newman, 34
  35. 35. Contact Names and Numbers (cont.)Extended hours assistance:For your convenience, the following offices are additionallyavailable from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. • Registrar: 276.326.4550 • Financial Aid: 276.326.4280 • Student Accounts: 276.326.4204 35
  36. 36. THE HONOR CODE AT BLUEFIELD COLLEGE "Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs, 29:23Bluefield College is committed to the pursuit of truth, the dissemination of knowledge, andthe high ideals of personal honor and respect for the rights of others. These goals canonly be achieved in a setting in which intellectual honesty and personal integrity are highlyvalued and other individuals are respected. This academic code of conduct reflects ourcorporate and earnest desire to live lives of honor that are above reproach, based uponChristian principles. Each member of the community is called upon to understand andagree to its concepts and to operate within its spirit.Honor is an ideal and an obligation that exists in the human spirit and lives in the relationsbetween human beings. An honorable person shall not lie or cheat or steal.In all scholarly work produced by community members, academic honesty is inherent andapparent, the work being the original work of the author unless credit is given through theuse of citations and references.In all relationships, the college community expects respect and integrity between itsmembers and toward all peoples and organizations. Honesty and civility are requiredelements of an effective learning environment. Truthfulness and respect for others areshared values of Bluefield College and are expected characteristics of its members.Continued on the next slide: 36
  37. 37. THE HONOR CODE AT BLUEFIELD COLLEGE "Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs, 29:23Continued from the previous slide:Students at Bluefield College commit to the ideals of integrity, individual responsibility, andmutual respect when they sign the Honor Code during freshman orientation.The Honor Code affirms the core values of Bluefield College to “develop students‟potential through academic excellence and the intentional integration of faith, the liberalarts and professional studies;” and to “create a caring community characterized byrespect, support and encouragement for each member of our College community.”Membership in the student body of Bluefield College means agreeing to followthose standards of conduct which govern an honorable person in every walk of life.Because the integrity of degrees granted by Bluefield College depends upon theHonor Code, all students in every class must regard themselves as bound by theirhonor not to cheat in any form. “Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” 37
  38. 38. Please be sure to:1. Let us know if you have any questions. • Call - 1.800.872.0176 • Email – admissions@bluefield.edu2. Save a copy of this presentation for future reference. • Use the “Save A Copy” function.3. Complete the confirmation form acknowledging that you have reviewed this PowerPoint Presentation. • To do this, you will need to return to the original window and complete the confirmation form in the lower left. Please be sure to include your full name. • It is very important that you complete this confirmation form. It will be added to your file as Bluefield College‟s assurance that you: o Understand the material presented. o Agree to abide by the Honor Code of Bluefield College. 38
  39. 39. Thank you for choosing Bluefield College’s online inSPIRE Degree Completion program. We look forward to learning with you.