This summer, The University of Olivet launched its RN-BSN program, designed to increase the number of bachelor-level nursing graduates in the Battle Creek region. As the first class of students began this fall, the program has already begun to make an impact in the community and workforce.
The RN-BSN program is in partnership with Kellogg Community College (KCC) and focuses on a blended-delivery, community-based learning model. The curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and upholds a flexible approach for licensed registered nurses. The program is designed to provide a balance of evidence-based delivery models to assure that students feel supported through their family-work-life responsibilities, while learning and earning a bachelor of science in nursing degree.
Making an Impact
The program is led by Lorraine Manier, DNP, who is passionate about nursing, leadership and teaching and is inspired to make a positive difference in the world in as many ways as possible.
“The University of Olivet RN-BSN program is designed to meet students at their current level as registered nurses with associate degrees and support them through a curriculum that will develop critical thinking skills matching the expectation of the baccalaureate nurse,” Dr. Manier explained. “The learning style of all students is considered and embedded in this program, with the intent of developing nursing leaders at the patient’s bedside and beyond. Furthermore, the program will prepare students for graduate degrees in nursing.”
Dr. Manier credits much of her success in the nursing field to her own college professors, mentors and advisers. She understands the positive impact of a relationship-based education and utilizes an individualized approach to teaching to ensure every student in the program is successful.
Casie Hudson, a member of the inaugural RN-BSN class, directly connects with Dr. Manier’s teaching philosophy. Casie’s inspiration to serve as a nurse also stems from her desire to do good in the world, and it’s the close relationship she has with her professors that’s helping her reach her goals.
“I chose Olivet because it fits well with my own personal beliefs and morals. As an RN, my job and life goal is to make a difference in lives of others and The University of Olivet does that every day,” Casie said. “I love the small community feel of the program and how the teachers really care about their students.”
Designed for Professional Learners
Another student pursuing his BSN, Rick Wilson, directly connects with the relationship-based model of the program — but that’s not the only way the program is helping students succeed. Rick discovered his passion for nursing later in life after spending time in psychology, real estate and insurance.
“The hybrid of online and classroom instruction allows me to truly learn,” Rick said. “I was slated to attend another program this fall, but the OC RN-BSN program is a much better fit for my learning style. I find classes thought-provoking and interactive, and the knowledge we are learning is directly applicable to my professional role.”
Further, Rick shared that the class recently had the chance to attend the Michigan American Nurses Association Annual Conference. He noted that these unique learning opportunities are directly tied to small class sizes, a staple in OC’s program.
RN-BSN student Nicole Stone-Matako echoed that classes are not only small and comprehensive, but also cater to the working nurse. “I chose The University of Olivet because it was close to home, offered flexible class times and upholds a strong reputation,” she explained. “OC is focused on real life and motivation. Class sizes are small and the teachers are fantastic, open, available and flexible.”
The University of Olivet BSN degree completion program requires the completion of 120 semester hour credits. The program has no hidden prerequisites or requirements and all general education requirements are embedded in the nursing courses to be completed. The total credits required for the BSN degree are earned through a combination of upper-division nursing courses, credits transferred from the associate degree in a nursing-granting institution or other colleges attended, and “flexible credits” that may be earned in a variety of ways.
“I am committed to the RN-BSN program’s success through ensuring that the student’s educational experience remains the primary focus. Together we will improve the health care outcomes of the community in which we serve,” Dr. Manier said.
OC’s RN-BSN program offers a 50 percent tuition reduction to cohorts spring 2019, summer 2019 and fall 2019 through the duration of the degree with the commitment of maintaining program completion within five semesters. Learn more about the The University of Olivet Bachelor of Science in Nursing by contacting Jim Weidman, director of admissions for adult professionals and graduate programs, at 269.749.6612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.