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 on the RN-BSN Program website and 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, CastleBranch®. Within CastleBranch®, students are required to establish an 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 CastleBranch® (CB). To get started:
Within CastleBranch® under the MQ12 e-learning tracker, students complete HIPAA Training (Overview 2013).
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. You get instructions for completing your DHS study in email after admission to the program (if questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 CastleBranch®.
on admission & annually
Complete Demographic Document Data Manager in CastleBranch® and update if/when any relocations (moves) occur while a RN-BSN student.
on admission & when needed
Within CastleBranch® (CB), complete the background study (national) on admission and within 12 months of the final student semester, before capstone courses begin.
on admission & prior to final semester
Either a or b below
Submit official documentation of a or b within CastleBranch®.
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 CastleBranch®.
on admission2-step TST & annual one-step TST or b, c
Documentation of current Healthcare Provider/Professional Level CPR certification (expires every 2 years)
Submit official documentation to CastleBranch®.
on admission keep current while actively enrolled
Annual record of vaccine during flu season (Oct 1 – March 31); deadline: Nov 1 or request dept. over-ride if after Nov 1 when admitted.
Submit official documentation (need vaccine lot #, date and administering person’s signature) to CastleBranch®.
Up to date for current season upon admissionAnnually in fall by Nov 1
Submit verification of health care insurance coverage where indicated within CastleBranch®.
Submit a copy (a screenshot of online verification is acceptable) of current, official verification of Professional License (RN License[s]) in CastleBranch.
on admissionkeep current while actively enrolled
Students verify that they have read the current RN to BSN Handbook within CastleBranch®.
on admissionre-submit, as directed, as handbook is updated
Complete Student Consent Form – link found within CastleBranch® site. Upload to CB where indicated.
To assure clinical contract compliance, at times some agencies may require proof of specific verifications on this list. Students affirm that it is acceptable to release records if requested.
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