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Fall 2020 RN-BSN Program Application Packet
Application Fee $29
March 1, 2020
Dear Prospective Student:
Thank you for your interest in Columbia Basin College’s RN-BSN program. Please read the application
materials carefully. Sections I, II and III of the application are for informational purposes only and should be
kept for your records. Please return Section IV: RN-BSN Program Application, a current resume
(instructions are provided in Section III), and a check for the $29 application fee to the following:
Columbia Basin College
Student Records, MS-H4
2600 North 20
th
Ave.,
Pasco, WA 99301
You will also be asked to record a two-to three-minute video about your personal philosophy of nursing as
part of the application process. Instructions for uploading the video are explained in Section I.
Applications will be accepted between March 1, 2020 and June 15, 2020. Program acceptance will be
determined by mid-July, 2020 and classes will begin September 21, 2020.
An in-person orientation is scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2020. Attendance is required for those
accepted into the RN-BSN Program.
Thank you for applying to CBC’s RN-BSN program. We wish you the best in this process and hope to see
you soon.
Sincerely,
~Columbia
~
Basin College
Kim Tucker, PhD, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing Programs
Columbia Basin College
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Application Checklist
RN-BSN Program
Please note: The application checklist is for your information on
ly. Do not return this form
with your application.
Item
Date Completed
1. Hold an Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college.
2. Complete these prerequisites:
ENGL& 101 English Composition, or ENGL&102 Composition,
or ENGL& 235 Technical Writing, or equivalent
CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry (with lab) or equivalent
MATH& 146 Introduction to Stats or equivalent
3. Hold an unrestricted Washington State Registered Nurse license by 8/1/2020.
4. Read Section I: Admission Criteria and Section II: Admission Index Scoring
System.
5. Complete CBC’s Application for Admission (accessible online Apply to CBC).
This is only required for new/transfer or students who are returning after a four-
consecutive quarter absence.
6. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended (other than Columbia
Basin College). Have transcripts sent to:
Columbia Basin College
Student Records, MS-H4
2600 North 20
th
Ave.
Pasco, WA 99301
7. Attach a current resume to the RN-BSN Program Application. Information to
include in your resume is provided in Section I.
8. Record your video essay (see instructions in Section I), upload it to YouTube
and send the link to rnbsnprogram@columbiabasin.edu.
9. Complete the RN-BSN Program Application by 6/15/2020 and pay the $29
application fee.
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Section I: Admission Criteria
RN-BSN Program
Individuals applying to the RN-BSN program must meet these admission requirements:
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Must hold an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally-accredited institution of
higher education.
o Must have earned a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all prerequisite and ADN nursing courses.
o Must have a current unrestricted Washington State Registered Nurse License. Nurses holding
an RN license from another state will need to obtain a Washington RN license. This license
must be obtained by 8/31/2020.
Prospective ADN Graduates:
o Must graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing by June 30
th
of the current year.
o Must have earned a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all prerequisite and ADN nursing courses.
o Must obtain Washington State Registered Nurse Licensure by 8/1/2020.
Complete 40 general education credits in an ADN program, including:
o MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics (or equivalent), and
o CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry with Lab (or equivalent), and
o ENGL& 101 English Composition (or equivalent), ENGL& 102 Composition (or equivalent),
or ENGL& 235 Technical Writing (or equivalent), and
o NUTR& 101 Nutrition (or equivalent) – this course may be taken concurrently during the
RN-BSN program.
Submit a current resume that outlines the following:
o Short-and long-term professional goals
o Formal education (college/university)
o Current (within last year) continuing education (if applicable)
o Nursing experience
o Other job experience
o Community service or volunteer experience
Submit a three-minute video essay describing your personal philosophy of nursing.
The presentation will be scored by RN-BSN faculty using the criteria listed in the Admission
Index Scoring System under Video Essay. Video essays should be submitted via YouTube.
To upload a video to YouTube:
o Sign into YouTube or create an account.
o Click the Upload button at the top of the screen. (Create a video or post)
o Change the privacy settings to Unlisted.
o Select the video to be uploaded.
o After the video is uploaded, copy and paste the video URL (example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxx).
o Email the link to the following: rnbsnprogram@columbiabasin.edu with your name in the
subject header.
Preference will be given to RNs with work experience (see the Admission Index Scoring System
in Section II.
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Section II: Admission Index Scoring System
RN-BSN Program
Students will be selected using an admission index scoring system (see Table 1) that incorporates the
applicant’s cumulative GPA in Core ADN Nursing courses, years of experience as an RN, and evaluation of
his or her video essay by nursing faculty. Applicants will be awarded a raw score in each of the three
categories. These scores are multiplied by a factor that levels each category at 10 points each for a maximum
possible score of 30 points. The highest-scoring applicants will be admitted to the program.
A wait list of potential applicants will be drafted and ranked in order of highest to lowest Admission Index
Score. If an accepted applicant declines entry into the program, the first applicant on the wait list is selected.
Students who are not admitted to the program after the first week of fall quarter must reapply for the next
admission cycle.
Table 1. Admission Index Scoring System
ADMISSION INDEX SCORING SYSTEM
Cumulative GPA in Nursing Courses:
Points
Index
Score*
3.6-4.0
4
3.1-3.5
3
2.6-3.0
2
2.0-2.5
1
* Index Score = Applicant’s score x 2.5 (factor)
RN Experience:
Points
Index
Score*
3+ Years
4
1-3 Years
3
ADN new graduate + externship or LPN experience
2
ADN new graduate
1
* Index Score = Applicant’s score x 2.5 (factor)
Video Essay:
Points
Index
Score*
The applicant’s personal philosophy of nursing is clearly articulated using well-
chosen examples to support his/her position. The presentation is well-organized and
progresses logically. The applicant appears confident and maintains eye contact
with the “audience.” The video does not exceed three (3) minutes in length.
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The applicant’s personal philosophy of nursing is evident, but lacks sufficient
depth, supporting examples, and/or organization. The applicant lacks confidence
and/or does not maintain consistent eye contact with the “audience.” The video
does not exceed three (3) minutes in length.
2
The applicant’s personal philosophy of nursing lacks depth, supporting examples,
and organization. The applicant lacks confidence and does not maintain consistent
eye contact with the “audience.” The video exceeds three (3) minutes in length.
1
* Index Score = Applicant’s score x 3.33334 (factor)
*Total scores will be rounded to the nearest thousandth place (ex: 27.500).
Cumulative GPA
RN Experience
Video Essay
Total Admission Index
Score*
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Section III: General Information
RN-BSN Program
Degree Requirements for Non-Direct Transfer Agreement / Major Related Program
Associate Degree in Nursing (DTA/MRP-ADN) Graduates*
Completion of the RN-BSN degree awards a total of 180 credits that are itemized as follows (see Table 2):
90 credits for completing the ADN,
35 credits for successfully passing the NCLEX-RN examination,
30 credits in upper-division nursing courses,
5 credits in major support courses (NUTR& 101), and
20 general education credits taken during the RN-BSN program.
Table 2: RN-BSN Degree Requirements
Nursing Courses
Course
No.
Course Title
Credits
NRS
301
Nursing Roles, Dimensions, and Perspectives
3
NRS
315
Healthcare Informatics/Information Technology
5
NRS
320
Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
5
NRS
350
Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Assessment
5
NRS
410
Nursing Leadership and Management
5
NRS
420
Populations and Global Health Nursing
3
NRS
421
Populations and Global Health Nursing Practicum
2
NRS
460
Leadership Capstone
2
Total Upper Division Nursing Credits
30
Major Support Courses
Course
No.
Course Title
Credits
NUTR&
101
Nutrition
5
Total Major Support Credits
5
General Education
Course
No.
Course Title
Credits
ENGL
315
Writing for Health Professionals
5
PHIL
315
Professional Ethics in Healthcare
5
ICS
310
American Diversity
5
ECON
315
Economics of Healthcare
5
Total General Education Credits
20
Total RN-BSN Coursework (Nursing & Gen Ed
Credits)
55
ADN Curriculum
90
Credit by Examination (NCLEX-RN)
35
Total Credits
180
*Non-DTA/MRP-ADN graduates are those who graduated from a nursing education program in Washington
State prior to 2016, or who graduated from a school of nursing that does not offer the DTA/MRP-ADN
degree, or who graduated from an ADN program outside Washington State.
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Degree Requirements for Direct Transfer Agreement
Major Related Program Associate Degree in Nursing
(DTA/MRP-ADN) Graduates*
Completion of the RN-BSN degree awards a total of 180 credits that are itemized as follows (see Table 3):
135 credits for completing the DTA/MRP ADN program,
30 credits in upper-division nursing courses,
15 general education credits taken during the RN-BSN program.
Table 3: RN-BSN Degree Requirements
Nursing Courses
Course
No.
Course Title
Credits
NRS
301
Nursing Roles, Dimensions, and Perspectives
3
NRS
315
Healthcare Informatics/Information Technology
5
NRS
320
Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
5
NRS
350
Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Assessment
5
NRS
410
Nursing Leadership and Management
5
NRS
420
Populations and Global Health Nursing
3
NRS
421
Populations and Global Health Nursing Practicum
2
NRS
460
Leadership Capstone
2
Upper Division Nursing Credits
30
Upper Division General Education Courses
ECON
315
Economics of Healthcare
5
ENGL&
315
Writing for Health Professionals
5
ICS
310
American Diversity
5
Upper Division General Education Credits
15
ADN DTA / MRP Credits
135
Total Credits
180
*DTA/MRP-ADN graduates are those who graduated from a nursing education program in Washington State
that followed the statewide DTA/MRP.
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RN-BSN Program
General Information for Prospective Students
1. Students accepted into the program are required to obtain a national background check through
Castlebranch.com. Information about Background checks may be found online at
http://www.columbiabasin.edu/index.aspx?page=2138.
2. Immunizations and American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) cards will be also be submitted and tracked through Castlebranch.com. Students
must remain current with required immunizations (including TB testing and annual flu shots) and
CPR during the RN-BSN program.
3. Students must be able to furnish their own transportation to clinical facilities.
4. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase a personal computer, tablet, or laptop with Microsoft
Word, Excel, and Power Point programs installed. Adobe Reader software is also necessary.
However, computers are available on campus for those who do not have a one at home.
5. Students are encouraged to have accident/health insurance. A Student Injury and Sickness insurance
plan is available for purchase through a college vendor. Rates and coverage may be viewed at
www.summitamerica-ins.com.
6. Students are required to have malpractice insurance. This fee is added to the cost of tuition and billed
by the college.
7. Membership in the CBC Association of Student Nurses (ASN) is encouraged. The cost is $10 per
year.
8. Information about scholarships and student loans is available through Hawk Central, located in the H
Building (the HUB) on the Pasco campus.
9. Students should plan to spend approximately two to three hours of time each week studying outside
of class for each credit hour. For example, a 5 credit class would require about 10 hours of study time
each week.
10. All nursing and general education courses must be passed with a minimum 2.0 GPA to successfully
complete in the program.
11. Applicants living outside the Tri-Cities area will need to work with the Outreach/Retention Specialist
to establish possible clinical sites for NRS 421 and NRS 460. Columbia Basin College maintains
contracts with clinical agencies in the Tri Cities region. If a site is not available where the student is
located, the student will need to make arrangements to travel to a clinical site where a contract is in
place.
12. An in -person orientation is scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2020. Attendance is required
for those accepted into the RN-BSN program.
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RN-BSN Program
Estimated Program Expenses, 2020
CBC Bachelor’s Degree Tuition & Fees: columbiabasin.edu/bastuition
This website provides a breakdown of tuition and fees for Washington State and non-state residents. Revisit
this website after July 1, 2020 for updated costs for 2020-2021 school year.
CBC RN-BSN Program Fees:
NCLEX fee: Considered credit by exam, $350.00 is charged once during the program (winter
quarter). This fee applies 35 credits towards obtaining your BSN.
Background Check/Immunization Tracker (CastleBranch.com): $124.75 one-time charge.
Students who graduated from CBC ADN program in the spring quarter prior to enrollment in the RN-
BSN program do not pay this fee since the information is already available.
Textbooks: Estimated at $800.00
Association of Students Nurses (ASN) $10.00 Although optional enrollment provides an
opportunity to participate in student governance while enrolled in the RN-BSN program.
RN-BSN Specific Costs:
Immunizations: Cost will vary depending upon necessary immunizations needed.
Clothing: Professional clothing (business dress) or scrubs may be needed for practicum experiences
depending upon the facility.
Transportation costs: fuel and automobile costs related to travelling to clinical sites.
Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan is available for approximately $507 per quarter for
students who do not have insurance.
Columbia Basin College complies with the spirit and letter of state and federal laws, regulations and executive orders pertaining to civil rights,
Title IX, equal opportunity and affirmative action. CBC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin,
parental status or families with children, marital status, sex (gender), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information,
honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide
or service animal (allowed by law) by a person with a disability, or any other prohibited basis in its educational programs or employment.
Questions or complaints may be referred to the Colleges Title IX/EEO Coordinator: Camilla Glatt, Vice President for Human Resources & Legal
Affairs, 2600 N. 20th Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301, telephone (509) 542-5548, email cglatt@columbiabasin.edu
. Individuals with disabilities are
encouraged to participate in all college sponsored events and programs. If you have a disability, and require an accommodation, please contact
the CBC Resource Center at (509) 542-4412 or the Washington Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-833-6384. This notice is available in alternative
media by request.
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