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.

    Frequently Ask Questions about the RN to BSN Program

  • 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.

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    To comply with Minnesota, federal, and agency requirements for MSUM’s RN to BSN students, all students must verify all program requirements (listed below) 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 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 Nursing RN to BSN Admitted Student Requirements webpage. 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.

    WHERE to Upload Required Verifications

    Students in the RN to 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 to BSN students will receive an email outlining the (below) process to get started in CastleBranch® (CB). To get started:

    1. The cost for you to complete the verification on your CB account will be a one-time fee of $97.
    2. Place your order and create your account visit https://www.castlebranch.com/
    3. Begin by clicking “Place Order” then under “Package Code” enter "MQ12".
    4. Please read and review the details, check the box provided and click "Continue" to enter your information.
    5. If you have any issues with this phase, first call the CastleBranch service personnel for assistance @ 888.723.4263 or see https://mycb.castlebranch.com/help
    6. If you need additional support, contact the nursing office or assistants at nursing@mnstate.edu or 218.477.2693.
    7. Once you have created your account and purchased your package, you can complete the requirements listed below.

     

    Clinical Requirements  
    Acceptable Verification  
    When Due  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. MQ 12 eLearning: HIPAA Training
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Within CastleBranch® under the MQ12 e-learning tracker, students
    1. complete HIPAA Training (Overview 2013) in CB and
    2. upload their completion certificate to their CB profile.
     
    When Due
    on admission
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Background Study
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Within CastleBranch® (CB), complete the background study (national):
    1. on admission and
    2. prior to NURS 473. The background study is valid for 1 year and must be renewed prior to NURS 473 so that it will remain current throughout the entire clinical period.
     
    When Due
    on admission and prior to NURS 473  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Minnesota DHS NETStudy 2.0 (background check)
     
    Acceptable Verification
    By MN law, through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), all nursing students must submit a specific Minnesota DHS (MNDHS) NETStudy 2.0 (background) and must show ability to provide direct patient care.
    Complete a MNDHS NETStudy 2.0:
    1. on admission and
    2. prior to NURS 473. The MNDHS NetStudy 2.0 is valid for 1 year and must be renewed prior to NURS 473 so that it will remain current throughout the entire clinical period.
    Instructions for completing your MN DHS NETStudy, if you have questions, please email nursing@mnstate.edu for further information. Please note that fingerprints and a photograph are now required for this background. The Minnesota DHS NETStudy 2.0 notice of study results will come via postal mail or you can log into your MN DHS NETStudy account to obtain a copy of your clearance letter.
    Please submit a copy of clearance letter within CastleBranch®.
    When Due
    on admission and prior to NURS 473  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Demographic Document Data Manager
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Complete Demographic Document Data Manager in CastleBranch® and update if/when any relocations (moves) occur while a RN to BSN student.
    When Due
    on admission and when edits are needed  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Either a or b below
    1. Documentation of two vaccines OR
    2. Lab report documenting immunity (a titer documenting immunity of all three diseases).
    Submit official documentation of a or b within CB.
    When Due
    on admission
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Varicella (Chickenpox)
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Either a or b below
    1. Documentation of immunization (2 doses) OR
    2. Lab report documenting immunity (a varicella-zoster virus (VZV) titer).
    Note: a history of varicella disease does not guarantee immune status and is not an acceptable form of verification.

    Submit official documentation of a or b within CB.
    When Due
    on admission
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Hepatitis B
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Either a or b below
    1. Documentation of 3-dose series OR
    2. Lab report documenting Hep B immunity (e.g., HepBsAb or anti HepB).
    Submit official documentation of a or b within CB.
    When Due
    on admission
    Clinical Requirements
    1. TB screening
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Either a, b, or c below
    1. Initial two-step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) on admission. One-step annually thereafter. OR
    2. Lab Test. A negative TB blood test on admission (e.g., QuantiFeron®-TB or T-Spot® TB). One-step TST or blood test annually thereafter. OR
    3. If a TST or blood test is contraindicated. Students will need a chest X-Ray report by provider. An initial healthcare provider report of one negative chest x-ray within 12 months of program start. Healthcare provider letter verifying absence of symptoms annually thereafter.
    Submit official documentation of a, b, or c within CB.
    When Due
    on admission and annually  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Either a or b below
    1. One dose of Tdap vaccine within the last 10 years. OR
    2. One dose of Tdap vaccine administered as an adult and one booster dose of Td within the last 10 years (must provide both records as a single upload).
    Submit official documentation of a or b within CB.
    When Due
    on admission
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Current CPR certification
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Documentation of current Healthcare Provider/Professional Level CPR certification (expires every 2 years). Documentation must include the student’s name and expiration date.

    Submit official documentation to CB.
    When Due
    on admission and keep current while actively enrolled  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Influenza Vaccine
     
    Acceptable Verification
    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 to CB.
    When Due
    up to date for current season upon admission

    annually in fall by Nov 1  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Health Insurance Coverage
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Submit verification of health care insurance coverage where indicated within CB. Please submit a copy of the FRONT and BACK of your insurance card.
    When Due
    on admission and update if insurance carrier changes  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Professional License (RN License[s])
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Submit a copy (a screenshot of online verification is acceptable) of current, official verification of Professional License (RN License[s]) in CB.
    When Due
    on admission keep current while actively enrolled  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. RN to BSN Student Acknowledgement
     
    Acceptable Verification
    Complete RN to BSN Student Acknowledgment within CB site.
    When Due
    on admission

    re-submit, as directed, as handbook is updated  
    Clinical Requirements
    1. Release of Records
     
    Acceptable Verification
    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 from CB.
    When Due
    on admission

    NOTE: 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.

    RN to BSN 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 table above). 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 load this form immediately to Certified Background/Castle Branch to ensure compliance. If the student loses or accidently throws away the study form, the student will need to call MNDHS to request a new copy be sent or log into their account at MN DHS NetStudy 2.0. If the student completes more than one study annually, the student will be charged the $20 processing fee.

    New RN to BSN students are REQUIRED to attend the on-site orientation at either MSUM’s campus or North Hennepin Community College - Center for Liberal Arts in Brooklyn Park. Please know that orientation is typically within a week before or during the new semester start.

    • Spring 2020 Orientation - Thursday, January 9, 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, & CastleBranch
    • 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

    RN to BSN Program: Computer Access and Recommendations

    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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