RN to BSN Admitted Student Requirements

Upon admission to the RN to BSN program, new students will receive information about required documentation of immunizations and other screenings, CPR, background checks, etc prior to program start.

The RN-BSN student handbook is your guide to the program processes and your success. Students are accountable for familiarizing themselves with that latest Handbook version contents and for compliance with the policies and procedures within the Handbook.

To comply with Minnesota, federal, and agency requirements for MSUM’s RN-BSN students must verify all program requirements before program start and during enrollment in the program. 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 currently required; in such case students would need to comply with the added clinical site requirement(s).

WHERE to Upload Required Verifications
Students in the RN-BSN program are required to complete and submit all verifications (immunizations, CPR, background checks etc.) to an electronic repository called Student Passport.

  • Students are required to establish an account in Student Passport that provides a secure location to upload, track, monitor, and house all program verifications.
  • Approximately 60 days prior to start of the semester, students will be sent an email to their school email with login information to set up their Student Passport account. Please watch for this email and take action. All requirements MUST be completed one week prior to the start of their first semester in the RN-BSN program.
  • Please note that there will be additional agency related requirements to complete and submit once starting the program.

Details and information regarding each verification are included within the Passport system. To remain program compliant, it is absolutely the student’s responsibility to remain current with verifications prior to starting the first course in the program and throughout the program. Students who are non-compliant face risk of program dismissal. If there are question please email nursing@mnstate.edu.

Certifications
Certification verifications must clearly contain: your name, date issued and expiration date.

CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers

IMPORTANT: You must receive certification for a HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. Students must be certified in CPR for ONE & TWO PERSON, INFANT, CHILD AND ADULT. It must include AED. Training will ONLY be accepted from one of the following organizations:

American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers)

  • American Red Cross (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers)
  • RN-BSN Students-provided by the healthcare agency at which you are employed
Online certification is not acceptable.
Must be completed prior to program start and renewed every 2 years.
RN License You must upload your CURRENT Registered Nursing license. You may upload a screenshot of your online license verification with name and license number for RN modules (make sure it is a PDF or JPG). Must be completed prior to program start and renewed every 2 years.

Immunizations
A valid record is a CLEARLY READABLE summary of vaccinations and/or lab tests completed. If the school cannot read the record they will deny it and ask you to resubmit a readable copy. Records must clearly contain: your name, the name of the clinic where you received the vaccination or test, vaccination or test administered, date administered and, if applicable, test result(s). Each required immunization verification must provide valid record/documentation.

If one of your records has evidence of multiple vaccinations, upload that file to all applicable immunization requirements. The Uploader will store all records for you to easily apply to the pertaining requirement.

Chickenpox/Varicella There are two (2) options you may choose to complete this requirement:
  1. Provide evidence of two (2) doses of Varivax (chickenpox vaccine)
  2. Provide lab evidence of immunity to varicella (varicella titer)
Must be completed prior to program start
Influenza Vaccination This vaccination must be updated each Flu season. Flu season (and when vaccinations are available) is October through March. Vaccines are usually available mid August. To complete, you must provide valid documentation that you have received a flu vaccination. Must be completed prior to program start or the first semester of the program that the immunizations are offered and upon clinical agency request
Hepatitis B (Hep B) There are three (3) options you may choose to complete this requirement:
  1. Complete a three (3) step Hep B vaccination series (brand name: EngerixB or RecombiraxHB).
  2. Complete a two (2) step Hep B vaccination series (brand name Dynavax)
  3. Provide lab evidence of imunity to Hepatitis B (Hep B titer)
Must be completed prior to program start
Mantoux / Tuberculosis (TB) There are four (4) options you may choose to complete this requirement.
  1. Option 1. First Time Entering Two-Step Skin Test (TST) Results
  2. Option 2. Updating Previous Year's Skin Test (TST) Results
  3. Option 3. Entering Blood Test Results (t-spot or Quantiferion Gold)
  4. Option 4. Students with a Positive TB Test Chest x-ray dated within the prior year AND document showing positive TB test
Must be completed prior to program start and upon clinical agency request
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) There are two (2) options you may choose to complete this requirement:
  1. Provide record of two (2) MMR vaccinations after your 1st birthday
  2. Provide lab evidence of immunity to Measles, Mumps & Rubella (a lab titer for each disease)
Must be completed prior to program start
Pertussis, Tetanus, Diptheria (Tdap) with Td Update To complete, you must provide evidence that you have received a Tdap vaccination within the last 10 years. After 10 years, you may update your immunity with a booster Td. Must be completed prior to program start and every 10 year needs to be renewed

Background Checks

MN DHS NetStudy 2.0 To confirm, you must upload a copy of the notice DHS mailed or emailed to you that included the background study results to Student Passport. Students will access the MN DHS Applicant Background Study instructions and QA Fingerprint and Photo Document in Student Passport. Must be completed prior to program start
National Background Check Students will access the National Background Study instructions (completed in CastleBranch) in Student Passport To confirm you will be asked to upload your background study results to Student Passport. Must be completed prior to program start

Insurance

Health Insurance Please upload the FRONT & BACK your insurance card OR proof of health insurance Must be completed prior to program start and as insurance is updated

Confidentiality, Safety and Security

MSU Moorhead Student Handbook & Release of Info Read the RN-BSN Student Handbook Download and print the MSU Moorhead Acknowledgement Form in Passport, sign, scan or take a picture of the signature page and upload to Student Passport Must be completed prior to program start
HIPAA Training Students will access the HIPAA Training instructions (completed in CastleBranch) in Student Passport To confirm completion of the HIPAA module you will be asked to upload your certificate of completion to Student Passport. Must be completed prior to program start

***If you started the program prior to Fall 2020, you will continue to use the CastleBranch online repository to upload, track, monitor, and house all program verifications through graduation from the RN-BSN program.

Liability Insurance
The University (through MnSCU) provides liability insurance for nursing students (and faculty members) only for when students/faculty function as students/faculty. Students are not covered by this liability insurance while practicing for pay, during personal volunteer work, or during any engagements other than in student role. Nursing students are encouraged to carry their own personal professional liability policies as practicing clinicians. Reasonable insurance rates may be obtained from insurance companies, e.g., the Nursing Service Organization (NSO), Mercer (through the ANA) and others.

Criminal Background Checks
National and State criminal background checks are required by the program (see Passport). A student who is disqualified from having patient contact based on results of a background check will be delayed in academic progression until qualified to provide direct care or the student will be ineligible for a degree in this program. Please upload these background forms immediately to Passport to ensure compliance.

The RN-BSN orientation will be offered online only using Zoom video conferencing. The mandatory orientation will be on Wednesday, August 19, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. This will be a live meeting so you are expected to attend in a synchronous manner. The Zoom meeting link to join the online orientation will be provided by email prior to the orientation date.

  • Fall 2020 Orientation - Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Below you will find the schedule for the RN to BSN program orientation schedule.

  • 9:00 - 9:30 am | Introductions
  • 9:30 - 9:45 am | University Welcome & Orientation
  • 9:45 - 10:30 am | Program Overview, Student Outcomes & Plans of Study
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am | Clinical Expectations & Program Verifications
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | RN to BSN Program Webpage & Policies
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch
  • 1:00 - 1:30 pm | Livingston Lord Library Orientation
  • 1:30 - 2:30 pm | MSUM’s D2L BrightSpace, Academic Writing & Course View
  • 2:30 - 3:00 pm | Administrative Details
  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm | Optional session to discuss YOUR individual plan of study

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.

Refer to the Tools4School Hardware page for the suggested minimum technology requirements for the RN to BSN Program.

NOTES:

  • MSUM offers free and discounted software for current students. Refer to the course syllabus for specific software that you may be required to use during your class. Note: MSUM students have free access to Office 365, which contains versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Use the System Check for verification that your computer is configured to use D2L Brightspace.
  • See the Tools4School Hardware page for recommendations when purchasing a new computer for school.
  • Purchases of a computer for educational purposes can be applied to your financial aid and might be tax deductible.
  • Students are responsible for the maintenance of their personal computer.

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