New and current RN-BSN students will find essential information here within the tabs below.
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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).
The list of requirements follows, and is in the RN-BSN Student Handbook.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.
Students in the RN-BSN program are required to submit (or complete) all verifications to an electronic repository, Certified Background®. Within Certified Background®, students are required to establish a CertifiedProfile account which provides a secure location to upload, track, monitor, and house all program verifications.
Upon acceptance to the program, RN-BSN students will receive an email outlining the (below) process to get started in Certified Background.
To get started:
Within Certified Background®, complete the background study (national) on admission and within 12 months of the final student semester, before capstone courses begin.
on admission and prior to final semester
Either a or b below
Submit official documentation of a or b within Certified Background®.
Note: a history of varicella disease does not guarantee immune status.
Either a, b, or c below
Submit official documentation of a, b, or c within Certified Background®.
on admission2-step TST and annual one-step TST or b, c
Documentation of current Healthcare Provider/Professional Level CPR certification (expires q 2 yrs)
Submit official documentation to Certified Background®.
on admission keep current while actively enrolled
Annual record of vaccine during flu season (Oct 1 – March 31); deadline: Nov 1.
Submit official documentation (need vaccine lot #, date and administering person’s signature) to Certified Background®.
Up to date for current season upon admissionAnnually in fall by Nov 1
Submit a copy of current, official verification of Professional License (RN License[s]) in Certified Background®.
Students verify that they have read the current RN to BSN Handbook within Certified Background®.
on admission re-submit, as directed, as handbook is updated
Complete Student Consent Form – link found within Certified Background site. Upload to Certified Background® where indicated.
Submit verification of health care insurance coverage where indicated within Certified Background®
Complete Demographic Document Data Manager in Certified Background® and update to keep current if/when a student changes an address.
on admission and when needed
By MN law, through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), all nursing students must submit a specific Minnesota DHS NETStudy (background) on admission and annually (please email email@example.com for further information).
The Minnesota DHS NETStudy notice of study results will come to students’ home address. Students are to then submit a copy of clearance report within Certified Background®.
on admission and annually
Within Certified Background®, students complete HIPAA Training (Overview 2013) which documents training within CB.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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