The Rochester College School of Nursing strives to prepare you for a fulfilling and challenging nursing career. Our program offers challenging academics within a Christian community to prepare nurses who are socially conscious and professionally skilled.

The nursing profession continues to grow dramatically. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “overall job opportunities are expected to be excellent for registered nurses,” and “RNs with at least a bachelor’s degree will have better job prospects than those without a bachelor’s.” Basically, there are not enough nurses, and there has not been enough nursing training.

The Rochester College School of Nursing is here to help you enter this successful and personally rewarding field. First-time college students can begin traditional nursing studies after they complete their pre-nursing requirements and are accepted into the School of Nursing. The nursing program will require three years to complete with a minimum of 126 credit hours.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 | Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202.887.6791 | www.aacn.nche.edu.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rochester College School of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses in an academically challenging Christian community to provide socially conscious and professionally skilled practice in a diverse and rapidly changing health care environment. The curriculum is designed to enhance students’ understanding of health and illness in the context of a Christian environment.

The School of Nursing is professionally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Click to view Certificate of Accreditation from CCNE

Career Opportunities

The nursing program provides BSN students the opportunity to explore career options in various areas within hospital and community settings.  Students advance their understanding of the nursing profession and expand their leadership potential in the areas of management and health education within the community. More than ever, employers recognize the value of baccalaureate-prepared RNs. This degree commonly offers graduates career opportunities at and beyond the bedside.


Requirement for the BS in Nursing

General Education Core43*
*ENG 1113 and MAT 1103 are satisfied with 25+ on English and Math portions of ACT.
Required Support Courses (Pre-requisites for School of Nursing admission)19
CHE 1314 Intro to Chemistry I (taken in general education core)
CHE 1324 Intro to Chemistry II4
BIO  1014 Biological Science I with Lab4
BIO  2011 Intro to Anatomy/Physiology Lab1
BIO  2013 Intro to Anatomy/Physiology Lecture3
BIO  3324 Microbiology4
PSY2223 Life Span Development3
Nursing Major64
NUR 2102 Introduction to Professional Nursing2
NUR 2203 Integrated Pathophysiology3
NUR 2304 Health Assessment4
NUR 2402 Community Wellness I with clinical2
NUR 2503 Nursing Skills Acquisitions3
NUR 2604 Innovative Pharmacology4
NUR 2705 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice with clinical5
NUR 3215 Adult Nursing I with clinical5
NUR 3314 Mental-Health Nursing with clinical4
NUR 3412 Applied Nursing Research I2
NUR 3422 Applied Nursing Research II2
NUR 3514 Maternal-Infant Nursing with clinical4
NUR 3614 Pediatric Nursing with clinical4
NUR 4115 Adult Nursing II with clinical5
NUR 4214 Population Based Nursing with clinical4
NUR 4311 Nursing Empowerment1
NUR 4414 Pre-Licensure Capstone Practicum4
NUR 4512 Leadership and Informatics2
NUR 4614 Comprehensive Nursing4
Minors available but not required – 18 Additional hours for a minor0


Application Process

  1. Application deadline for Fall entry into Rochester College School of Nursing is 3 p.m. May 27, 2016. Complete application includes full acceptance to Rochester College and receipt of all transcripts by the application deadline.
  2. Rochester College School of Nursing applicants are evaluated on their potential for academic success and their ability to contribute to an enriching educational environment while in school. Grade point average (cumulative and prerequisite) is an important factor in evaluating that potential. To be eligible to apply applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.2 in cumulative coursework. GPA is considered along with all other factors in deciding which students, from a very talented and qualified pool, will be admitted to the School of Nursing.
  3. Along with GPA, Rochester College School of Nursing applicants will also take the Kaplan Pre-Admission Test.  The Pre-Admission Test is a three-hour, online, multiple choice exam, which evaluates critical thinking, reading, math, writing, and science skills of students seeking entry into the nursing program. This exam will be proctored in the Rochester College computer lab.
  4. In order to know our applicants better, potential Rochester College School of Nursing candidates will be invited to a group interview as part of the application review process.  Qualifying applicants will be notified individually of their interview time and date.
  5. Important documents in this evaluation also include the academic transcript and the personal information provided on the Rochester College application form.
  6. Decisions regarding acceptance to Rochester College School of Nursing are made by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee utilizes collective judgment, which provides for fair and balanced decisions concerning the selection of candidates. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications that meet minimum requirements.


Documents for the Nursing Program:

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 | Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202.887.6791 | www.aacn.nche.edu.


How to Read Class Titles KeyCourse Descriptions

NUR 2102 Introduction to Professional Nursing
Introduction to concepts of the nursing process, communication, professionalism, protection of patient’s rights, leadership and management skills of the baccalaureate prepared nurse.

NUR 2203 Integrated Pathophysiology
Study of various disease processes that relate to an individual’s unique pathophysiology across cultures.

NUR 2304 Health Assessment
Foundational techniques in physical, spiritual, and psycho-social assessment applied in the nursing skills laboratory such as obtaining health history for a full physical and mental health assessment and vital signs. Simulation experiences augment the curriculum.

NUR 2402 Community Wellness w/clinical
Explores the unique methods, tools, and settings that the BSN nurse applies and interacts with in the community. Foundational health assessment techniques utilized with community groups. Analysis of the integral role of nutrition in maintaining and promoting community health.

NUR 2503 Nursing Skills Acquisitions
Advanced nursing skills such as assessment of vital signs and assisting with self-care in various health care settings. Application of infection control principles, medication administration and wound care across the wellness spectrum.

NUR 2604 Innovative Pharmacology
Investigation and examination of holistic, over-the-counter, and prescriptive medications. Current pharmacology trends will be analyzed.

NUR 2705 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice w/clinical
Assessment of data within the community and medical-surgical areas with subsequent development of nursing interventions to promote community wellness in the extended care facility and in-patient population. Analysis of the integral role of nutrition in maintaining and promoting health.

NUR 3215 Adult Nursing I w/clinical
Assessment and supportive measures (including nutrition) provided to adults experiencing various illnesses.

NUR 3314 Mental Health Nursing w/clinical
Foundations of mental health with emphasis on illness prevention and nutritional analysis within various community settings.

NUR 3412 Applied Nursing Research I
Foundations of nursing research with application to various health care issues and settings.

NUR 3422 Applied Nursing Research II
Exposure to and use of online databases to survey nursing research that guides evidence-based practice.

NUR 3514 Maternal-Infant Nursing w/clinical
Health assessment, nutrition integration, and health promotion of mother and baby in various community settings.

NUR 3614 Pediatric Nursing w/clinical
Addresses health assessment, nutrition, and health promotion of children in various community settings.

NUR 4115 Adult Nursing II w/clinical
Advanced assessment, nutritional support, and health teaching for adults experiencing various acute illnesses and chronic health challenges.

NUR 4214 Population Based Nursing w/clinical
Community health issues addressed in partnerships with residents in various communities. Focus on health promotion (including nutrition), disease prevention, and care of the chronically ill.

NUR 4311 Nursing Empowerment
Exploration of the legal and professional issues/trends in nursing. Identification of challenges and opportunities within a professional setting.

NUR 4414 Pre-Licensure Capstone Practicum
Individualized clinical immersion experience emphasizing professionalism and autonomy within assigned health care setting. Emphasis on effective multi-disciplinary collaboration for improving safety and quality in patient health care.

NUR 4512 Leadership and Informatics
Assessment of various nursing leadership roles in complementary, spiritual, business, health care, finance, regulatory, and governmental environments.

NUR 4614 Comprehensive Nursing
Synthesis of assessment, nursing process, leadership, and management skills in health care.


Additional Costs for Nursing Students

  • ACE clinical placement (annual) $50
  • Drug Screen (annual) $25  – Can be done at PCP/may be covered by insurance
  • Michigan Background Check (annual) $10
  • Immunizations/titers (1st year if not up-to-date)  Cost Varies – Check with PCP/possible insurance coverage
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hep B
    • TDaP every 10 years
  • Tb skin test (annual) Cost Varirs – Check with PC
  • Flu vaccine (annual) Free at RC Health Fair
  • Physical exam (1st year only) Cost Varies – May be covered by insurance at PCP
  • CPR certification (every 2 years) $70  – Must be Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider (HCP)
  • Uniform with RC logo (1st year only) $100-$120
  • Kaplan NCLEX test prep (every semester) $90
  • Skills Lab Kit (1st year only) $130
  • MDF secondary skills equipment (1st year only) Cost Varies – Includes stethoscope, BP cuff, hemostat/scissors, and penlight