New and current RN-BSN students will find essential information here within the tabs below.
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On admission to the program, RN-BSN students must provide verification of the following health related immunizations and/or tests and other programmatic requirements. Students admitted since January 2015 submit verifications to the Certified Background® repository. Students who began prior to 2015 submit verifications to the Nursing Student database (see Uploading Documents to the Database).
To comply with Minnesota, federal, and agency requirements for MSUM’s RN-BSN students, all students must verify all program requirements (listed below) before program start. Thereafter, some requirements will need re-verification, depending on how long your program of study lasts. Also, some agencies may add requirements beyond what are current below; in such case students would need to comply with the added clinical site requirement(s).
To remain program compliant, it is absolutely the student’s responsibility to remain current with verifications listed below. Students who are non-compliant face risk of program dismissal.
Annual record of vaccine during flu season (Oct 1 – March 31); deadline: Nov 1.
on file in fall by Nov 1 annually
Documentation of 3-dose series OR lab report documenting Hep B immunity (e.g., HepBsAb or anti HepB)
Documentation of immunization (2 doses) OR lab report documenting immunity (a varicella-zoster virus (VZV) titer).Note: a history of varicella disease does not guarantee immune status.
Either a, b, or c below
on admission2-step TB or b, cannual one-step TB
Documentation of two vaccines OR lab report documenting immunity (a titer documenting immunity of all three diseases)
Either a or b below
on admission and annually
MSUM nursing students must complete a Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS) background study on admission and annually.
Admitted students must complete the ACI federal background study on admission and within 12 months of the final student semester, before capstone courses begin.
on admission and prior to final semester
Documentation of current Healthcare Provider/Professional Level CPR certification (expires q 2 yrs)
on admission keep current while actively enrolled
In School of Nursing website > RN-BSN Program > Student Resources tab > forms. Sign and submit
Proof of licensure is required by program start and must remain current (re-submit as needed).
A brief HIPAA review is linked further in this Handbook. Students must review and then verify obligations related to HIPAA by signing and submitting the Acknowledgements and Understandings Form (Appendix C of the Student Handbook).
Students verify understanding of the current RN-BSN Program Student Handbook by signing and submitting the Acknowledgements and Understandings Form (Appendix C of the Student Handbook).
on admission re-submit, as directed, as handbook is updated
Uploading Documents to the Database
For program compliance, new RN-BSN students must verify HIPAA obligations. The 3-step process follows:
This program exclusively uses the online environment in this educational experience. Therefore, it is important for students to utilize appropriate hardware and software to be successful. MSUM’s Information Technology department will help ensure that your equipment will serve your needs; please contact Information Technology for any questions: email@example.com.
Basically, you will be served best in the MnSCU system if your computer is a PC, if you use current Microsoft Office products, and use Firefox as your browser.
Below are the suggested minimum technology requirements for the RN-BSN Program.
Processor: Inter Core 2 Duo
Memory: 4 GB RAM or higher (8 is better)
Hard Drive: 250 GB minimum
Internet Access: Cable, DSL, FiOS
Video: On board video, 512 MB memory, minimum
Wireless: Campus does have 802.11g or 802.11b access points, fyi
Soundcard: Any compatible type – there will be internet meetings in some courses
Speakers: Any compatible type – see above
Webcam: Optional – though desirable for internet meetings
USB Flash: 2 GB (recommended only)
Browser: Firefox (recommended as works best with MnSCU systems), Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari (most recent version)
Surge Protector: Recommended
Anti-Virus: Yes [examples: Symantec, McAfee, Bitefender (paid products)
OR Avast amd MS Security Essentials (freeware)]
Operating System: Microsoft Window 7 professional or higher
Programs: Microsoft Office 2010 or newer/higher version
Microsoft Word (not Microsoft Works)
Microsoft Excel Virus Protection required to access campus networks
You will find a great introduction to our program and frequently asked questions in this video.
Scholarships available through the funding of the MSUM Alumni Foundation and facilitated through the MSUM Nursing Scholarship Committee
Students interested in applying for a scholarship offered through the MSUM Nursing Department, please submit an electronic application to the MSUM Scholarship Committee by February 15 each year. There are a number of scholarships available, each having individual criteria. A single application will be used to screen for scholarship eligibility.
Application for all is completed with the provided online application:
The MSUM Student Handbook provides general guidance and direction and is not intended to cover every conceivable situation. The information about University policies outlines the rights, responsibilities, and privileges enjoyed by the students, faculty, and staff that make up the University community.
The Xi Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, provides valuable resources throughout your nursing career, connection with peers, opportunities for mentoring and making a difference in the future of health care.
Samantha Kundinger, Health Services Administration Major