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 clinical 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 currently listed below below; in such case students would need to comply with the added clinical site requirement(s).
The list of requirements is below and in the RN-BSN Student Handbook. To remain program compliant, it is absolutely the student’s responsibility to be 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 compliance management system called CastleBranch® (formerly Certified Background). The program does not accept or maintain any hard copies of health records. Within CastleBranch ® students will 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 process below to get started in CastleBranch® (CB).
Here is what you will need to do:
Within CastleBranch® there are currently a few demographic questions to complete.
Within CastleBranch®, students complete HIPAA Training (Overview 2013) which documents training within CB.
Minnesota DHS NETStudy (background check)
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. Directions to order your MSUM-paid DHS study come to you by email or directly from nursing office or assistants: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Within approximately one month after your DHS study order, the MN study results will come to students’ home address (cleared backgrounds come on blue documents). Students are to then upload a copy of clearance report within the CastleBranch® (CB) tracker.
on admission and annually
Clinical Compliance Requirements
Either a or b below
Submit official documentation of a or b within CastleBranch® tracker.
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® tracker.
on admission2-step TST and 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® tracker.
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 CastleBranch® tracker.
Up to date for current season upon admissionAnnually in fall by Nov 1
Submit verification of health care insurance coverage where indicated within CastleBranch® tracker
Submit a copy of current, official verification of Professional License (RN License[s]) in CastleBranch® tracker.
on admissionkeep current while actively enrolled
Students verify that they have read the current RN to BSN Handbook within CastleBranch® tracker.
on admissionre-submit, as directed, as handbook is updated
Complete Student Consent Form – link found within CastleBranch® site. Upload where indicated.
Demographic Document Data Manager
Complete Demographic Document Data Manager in the CB tracker and update to keep current if/when a student changes an address.
on admission and when needed
Background check - national
Within the CastleBranch® tracker, order 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
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