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Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program

Specializes in Med/Surg.

i just wanted to start a thread for the ric bsn program. if anyone has questions on pre-req classes, admission, what the program is like.....this is the place to ask! the whole nursing school process can be overwhelming, so hopefully this will help out a little.

i (along with my buddy chris, who is also on allnurses) will be starting my senior year in the fall. any questions about the program can definitely be answered by either myself or chris! :D

just as a reference, here is the recommended plan of study:

freshman year

biol 108basic principles of biology -4

biol 231human anatomy -4

chem 105general, organic, and biological chemistry i -4

chem 106general, organic, and biological chemistry ii -4

psyc 110introduction to psychology -3

psyc 230human development -4

wrtg 100writing and rhetoric -4

general education core (1)

sophomore year (beginning)

nurs 220foundations of therapeutic interventions -3

nurs 222professional nursing i -3

nurs 223fundamentals of nursing practice -3

nurs 224health assessment -3

biol 335human physiology -4

biol 348microbiology -4

general education core (2)general education core (3)

junior year (intermediate)

nurs 340psychiatric / mental health nursing -6

nurs 344maternal newborn nursing -6

nurs 342adult health nursing i -6

nurs 346nursing of children and families -6

general education core (4)general education (m)

senior year (advanced)

nurs 370public and community health nursing-6

nurs 372adult health nursing ii -6

nurs 374contemporary professional nursing -3

nurs 375transition to professional nursing practice -6

*nurs 375 is the last nursing course taken

general education (a)general education (sb)elective

admission requires completion of the pre-reqs (two chems, bio 108, anatomy, two psychs)

and a minimum gpa of 2.7 (though i don't know anyone who has been admitted with under

a 3.2).

cjcsoon2bnp, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

Leave it to you Lauren to have come up with the idea of starting a RIC School of Nursing thread on here (I never even thought of it to be honest.) But it really is a good idea because we can answer any questions the new students or potential new students might have about the RIC nursing program. I also had an idea that I wanted to mention to you when I saw you the other day but I completely forgot about it. I was thinking about maybe a group of the juniors (and seniors?) could put on a review day for things like physical assessment, clinical preps, creating care plans etc. for the sophomores who are just starting clinicals, first semester juniors and anyone else who needs it. I just thought it was a cool idea that could help the students who are just starting clinicals and are a little nervous about it or anyone else who feels like they need a review plus it could help the juniors/seniors by having them review their skills. Its just an idea I had, I don't know if it would be better to do it around the end of this semester or have it as a refresher at the beginning of the fall semester? What do you think about it? Maybe it could have something to do with the SNA?

!Chris :specs:

RhodyGirl, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

Leave it to you Lauren to have come up with the idea of starting a RIC School of Nursing thread on here (I never even thought of it to be honest.) But it really is a good idea because we can answer any questions the new students or potential new students might have about the RIC nursing program. I also had an idea that I wanted to mention to you when I saw you the other day but I completely forgot about it. I was thinking about maybe a group of the juniors (and seniors?) could put on a review day for things like physical assessment, clinical preps, creating care plans etc. for the sophomores who are just starting clinicals, first semester juniors and anyone else who needs it. I just thought it was a cool idea that could help the students who are just starting clinicals and are a little nervous about it or anyone else who feels like they need a review plus it could help the juniors/seniors by having them review their skills. Its just an idea I had, I don't know if it would be better to do it around the end of this semester or have it as a refresher at the beginning of the fall semester? What do you think about it? Maybe it could have something to do with the SNA?

!Chris :specs:

I absolutely LOVE this idea! Let me talk with Marianne about it, maybe we could set up something during one of the SNA meetings. I'm thinking fall might be best, that way the students who are just starting 223/224 and the first semester of junior year would reap the benefits for the rest of their semester. I'll let you know!

cjcsoon2bnp, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

I absolutely LOVE this idea! Let me talk with Marianne about it, maybe we could set up something during one of the SNA meetings. I'm thinking fall might be best, that way the students who are just starting 223/224 and the first semester of junior year would reap the benefits for the rest of their semester. I'll let you know!

That would be great. I was thinking like setting up stations and each would be manned by one or two of the juniors/seniors and they could be like "Assessing and Communicating with the Pediatric Patient", "Creating Nursing Careplans", "Assessing the Adult Med/Surg Patient", "Assessing the Postpartum Mother and Newborn", "Assessing and Communicating with Psychiatric Patients" and "Completing A Patient Prep" just to name a few. I don't think that Marianne likes me very much so maybe you should wait until the end of talking with her before you mention that its my idea lol.

!Chris :specs:

RhodyGirl, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

That would be great. I was thinking like setting up stations and each would be manned by one or two of the juniors/seniors and they could be like "Assessing and Communicating with the Pediatric Patient", "Creating Nursing Careplans", "Assessing the Adult Med/Surg Patient", "Assessing the Postpartum Mother and Newborn", "Assessing and Communicating with Psychiatric Patients" and "Completing A Patient Prep" just to name a few. I don't think that Marianne likes me very much so maybe you should wait until the end of talking with her before you mention that its my idea lol.

!Chris :specs:

LOL how could anyone not like you Chris?! I've never heard anything of the sort, but I will definitely mention it to her and see what we can set up for fall. And maybe an area for study tips?? Just a thought.

cjcsoon2bnp, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

LOL how could anyone not like you Chris?! I've never heard anything of the sort, but I will definitely mention it to her and see what we can set up for fall. And maybe an area for study tips?? Just a thought.

That's a great idea! Study tips is an excellent idea for a station. We could come up with a whole list of options and see who would be willing to teach/review that area with the other students.

!Chris :specs:

I'm applying to the RIC Nursing Program this semester! Anybody else?

RhodyGirl, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

I'm applying to the RIC Nursing Program this semester! Anybody else?

Good luck to you!! It's an overwhelming amount of work but it goes by quickly! Any specific questions/concerns?

Thanks for starting this thread! I've been looking around this site for a while trying to gather information.

Spring 2010 was my first semester at RIC. I'm a transfer student and am very nervous about getting into the program because of all the things you hear about transfers and 2nd degree students getting in. I'm currently finishing up chem 105, bio 108 and psych 230. I'm doing pretty well in each and think I should end up with an A in both bio and psych and a b (maybe better) in chem 105.

I'm taking anatomy in the summer and 106 in the fall. I didn't want to take them together, plus I work full time and the scheduled times would have me out of work too much....Also, I plan on applying to the nursing program for spring 2011.

Do you have any advice for me or just general info on possibly how many transfers might get in and how much higher of a gpa I might need? My chem lab professer told us that they do pay attention to the gpa and classes that you took prior to transferring, which I hope they do to some extent because I worked really hard to maintain a good gpa.

Thanks in advance for any info!

I am currently attending CCRI and am finishing up my prerequisites this semester. I am going to apply to the Fall '10 Nursing Program here at CCRI in June. I was thinking of applying to the BSN program at RIC, but decided to go to CCRI and get my Associates. I chose this school because of its affordability and there is a less amount of time to get into a great profession. A huge plus is that now CCRI Nursing students are no longer placed on a long wait list. Any prospective student just needs to maintain good grades and get all requirements done (i.e. immunizations, TEAS test, CPR etc) and he/she will be able to get into the program. Something worth noting is that students whether they get an ADN or BSN all take the same NCLEX exam and can apply for the same nursing job. Just trying to spread the word. Oh yeah, we also do not have to take chemistry!

RhodyGirl, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

Thanks for starting this thread! I've been looking around this site for a while trying to gather information.

Spring 2010 was my first semester at RIC. I'm a transfer student and am very nervous about getting into the program because of all the things you hear about transfers and 2nd degree students getting in. I'm currently finishing up chem 105, bio 108 and psych 230. I'm doing pretty well in each and think I should end up with an A in both bio and psych and a b (maybe better) in chem 105.

I'm taking anatomy in the summer and 106 in the fall. I didn't want to take them together, plus I work full time and the scheduled times would have me out of work too much....Also, I plan on applying to the nursing program for spring 2011.

Do you have any advice for me or just general info on possibly how many transfers might get in and how much higher of a gpa I might need? My chem lab professer told us that they do pay attention to the gpa and classes that you took prior to transferring, which I hope they do to some extent because I worked really hard to maintain a good gpa.

Thanks in advance for any info!

Sounds like you are right on track. I was a transfer and I was deferred on my first app due to lack of seats, but was accepted on my second application. They do pay attention to your transferred GPA. Make sure your science /prereq grades are top-notch..especially Chem 106, Anatomy, Bio 108 and Developmental Psych. These courses are weighted most heavily.

Good luck to you and don't be discouraged if you have to wait an extra semester. I know people who have applied 4 to 5 times...so just be prepared to have some patience! I would say, though, if your GPA is above a 3.3-3.4, you shouldn't have a problem getting in, but there is never a guarantee. Feel free to ask other questions that come to mind!

RhodyGirl, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

I am currently attending CCRI and am finishing up my prerequisites this semester. I am going to apply to the Fall '10 Nursing Program here at CCRI in June. I was thinking of applying to the BSN program at RIC, but decided to go to CCRI and get my Associates. I chose this school because of its affordability and there is a less amount of time to get into a great profession. A huge plus is that now CCRI Nursing students are no longer placed on a long wait list. Any prospective student just needs to maintain good grades and get all requirements done (i.e. immunizations, TEAS test, CPR etc) and he/she will be able to get into the program. Something worth noting is that students whether they get an ADN or BSN all take the same NCLEX exam and can apply for the same nursing job. Just trying to spread the word. Oh yeah, we also do not have to take chemistry!

It's great that you're trying to spread the word about your school, but I actually made this thread specifically for the RIC program, and for students who may have questions about this particular program. I believe there is another separate thread for info about CCRI's school of nursing.

About the chemistry thing-- yes, we have to take 8 credits of Chem, and yes it was a pain in the behind, but it has really helped me throughout the program (in terms of learning fluid/electrolyte balance, etc.).

And again, as I replied to one of your previous posts, there are notable differences between ADN and BSN education.. despite taking the same NCLEX examination. I think it's important that pre-nursing students are educated about these differences and make their choice based on an informed decision. Neither is a poor choice, just different! :)

I think the review day is a great idea!!! I just finished my first semester at RIC (in the nursing program). Its definitely something I would be interested in attending. :)

Hi! I was just accepted to the program for fall 2010 - have a few questions..

- they said the school is handling registration to 220 and 222, but i sent the form in 2 weeks ago and still haven't been registered on riconnect? anyone know how long it takes?

-is there anything I can do to start preparing for my classes now? where can I get the info on what textbooks I need?

-Should i expect my GPA to drop significantly? I got A's in chem 106, anatomy, psych, physiology, etc. but I hear nursing classes are harder than any prereq classes.. are they really that hard?

-Does anyone know of any scholarships for nursing majors other than the ones posted on the ric website? I'm from MA so i pay out of state tuition and live in an apt off campus, and my financial aid package just isn't enough. Plus I already have about $20,000 in loans (i'm a transfer from a private school)

I would appreciate any feedback whatsoever. I don't know ANYONE in the program so I have no idea what to expect. Thanks in advance for any responses!

Hi! Congrats on getting accepted!! I was accepted Spring 2010, so I just finished my first official nursing semester. :)

For 220 and 222, I cannot remember exactly how long it took for them to register students, not that long, then again for the Spring semester, acceptance letters were literally sent out a few weeks to the start of the semester, so they didn't have much time! I would give it another week and call the nursing department, or send your advisor an email. They should know about how long it takes.

Text book lists are available in the book store, but not now they are not. Not for the Fall. There are quite a few books you need. I would tell you which ones I needed but book editions are always changing!! There really isn't too much preparing. Maybe brush up on concepts from anatomy, physiology, and chem 106 for nurs 220. The three major concepts covered in 220 are nutrition (right down to the chemical breakdown and absorption of nutrients) pharmacology, and pathophysiology.) Also, my professors emailed the class with a few reading assignments before class, so if they email you, you can start with that. Make sure you buy all the required books, a few people told me not to buy certain books, like the pathophysiology one, because they never used it. I am glad I bought it anyway...we DID use it!! quite a bit!!

From my experience with the nursing courses, as I said before I just completed my first semester, your grade is what you put into the class!! I got straight A's for nurs 220-222, and mostly A's with a few B's for the pre-reqs. I did study ALOT for 220 especially!!!! But its really not that bad. Its just alot of studying!!! Be prepared to study!! everyday!! or you might fall behind. So don't expect your GPA to drop significantly. Just try your best!! Alot of people told me the same thing. I was a nervous wreck!! From what I hear, from reliable junior/senior level nursing students and professors, the nursing courses only get harder and more intense as you progress in the program, so compared to the jr./sr. level courses, 220/222 were a breeze. haha.

Hope this helps!! and good luck!!!

RhodyGirl, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

Congratulations on your acceptance! Welcome to the RIC nursing program. You can visit the bookstore and check out their booklist, or check on the RIC website. As long as you sent in your class selection sheet, you'll be all set.

The first two nursing courses are not intense, but I would say 220 requires much more time than 222. The courses do get progressively more difficult, though. I am going to be a senior in the fall and I can tell you that this is the hardest thing I've ever done.

I know that most people do see a slight or substantial drop in their GPA, but mine actually went up since being in nursing. The pre-reqs were not of interest to me, so I didn't try as hard. I like learning about nursing, so my grades have been very good.

The first year nursing classes (220, 222, 223 and 224) will be the "easiest" of the entire program, so don't feel too stressed about them. 223 and 224 are more work than 1st semester, but overall not entirely that bad. Junior year (especially med/surg 1 and pediatrics) was very, very time consuming.

You will be busy - reading textbooks and ATI books, writing papers, studying for tests, doing careplans, powerpoint presentations, and getting up at 5AM for clinicals. Just keep your eyes on the prize.

Please get involved in student nurses association, we hold a welcome reception for new nursing students at the beginning of the semester. Hope to see you there!

Thank you both so much for all the info! I really appreciate it.

MiniDaschund - thanks for the tip I will be sure to buy ALL the books even if somebody says I don't need certain ones.

RhodyGirl - I would like to get involved with the student nurses association, where can i get info on when the welcome reception will be?

ALSO I have another question that I'm kind of freaking out about. I had to have a background check done by June 25 through the certified background website, I just went online to have it done (i procrastinated for a while because i figured it would only take 5 min) and it says it can't be completed until I upload ALL Of my vaccination/immunization records. It may take me a while to get all that from my doctors..

The sheet the school of nursing sent me says:

"you must have your background check posted by June 25, 2010 to remain enrolled in nursing courses for fall 2010"

Will they still do the background check even if I haven't uploaded my immunization records yet? Does anyone know how this works? I'm so scared!

I went through the same thing. You need to call health services at the college and ask which ones you need completed now because even though the paper says you need all this proof of all these vaccines and tests, some you only need before you start clinical. I STILL haven't shown proof for everything. I was in a panic myself with the situation. But I do not remember them saying I couldn't get the background check until vaccines were completed. I would buy the BCI package you need (its about $50.00!!) because that takes a few days.