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    Graduation Requirements for the BSN-Completion Program

    The requirements for the BSN-Completion Program fall into 5 general categories:

    1. General Education Courses
    To get a bachelor's degree from Capital, you must meet our 12 General Education requirements. As a BSN-Completion student, you will automatically meet some of these through your nursing coursework. You'll meet others through non-nursing courses or through transfer credits you've applied to your Capital degree.

    Everyone enters this program with a different academic and professional background. Your adviser will talk with you about which general education requirements you will need to take.

    We know your schedule is tight. Most of our general education courses meet every other week in the evening to make them easier for you to attend.

    2. Nursing Courses
    There are just 6 required nursing courses (27 semester hours) in this program:
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    315 Foundations and Contemporary Issues for RNs
    316 Nursing in a Multicultural Society
    380 Information Technology in Healthcare
    411 Nursing Research for RNs
    415 Nursing of Families and Communities for RNs
    425 Leadership and Management for RNs

    3. Other Courses
    General psychology and statistics are both required for this degree.
    More than likely, you'll be able to satisfy the psychology requirement with transfer credits. The statistics course has been structured to provide weekly feedback and help, so it's accessible for students who feel less confident about their math skills.

    4. Science Courses
    You can use whatever science courses you completed as part of your ADN or diploma program to fulfill our science requirement. If you have questions about how your previous science courses would transfer, send us an e-mail. We'll be happy to let you know.

    5. Elective Courses
    If you've already met the required 124 semester hours, you may not need to take any electives at all. This is the case for most ADN graduates.

    If you have a nursing diploma and need more elective hours, you can take any non-required CLL course that interests you. A popular choice is a course called Complementary and Alternative Healing Methods.

    You can also build a portfolio to highlight life/career experiences that could translate into college-level credit. To do this, you'll have to consult your adviser and attend a special workshop. You will have to document your knowledge and show how it fulfills the objectives of a particular course.

    Your time and effort won't be wasted. Through this process, you could earn up to 30 hours of free credit.