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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Proposed for R-MC Curriculum

Apr 23, 2018


Diane Blackburn GearhartRandolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that the college has formally submitted its application to establish a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to the Virginia Board of Nursing. The nursing program application is now pending Board of Nursing approval. This step is critical towards the formation of this new program, proposed to begin in fall 2019.

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"The BSN program will be a powerful academic offering for our students," Lindgren said. "There is enormous enthusiasm at the college for the establishment of this program. In March, our college faculty voted unanimously in favor of approving the degree and nursing curriculum. I have no doubt that nurses who are educated at Randolph-Macon College will be exceptionally well-equipped to enter the healthcare arena and become leaders in their profession."

The establishment of the nursing program, and the new, state-of-the-art nursing building that will be constructed by fall 2019, is covered fully by private alumni donations. Randolph-Macon College alumni are among the most loyal in the nation, ranking R-MC 20th last year out of over 3,000 public and private institutions for alumni loyalty.

Living and Learning at R-MC
The new nursing major and BSN degree will be an outstanding complement to the college's over 54 current academic offerings. The program will integrate the college’s liberal arts tradition as it prepares students to work as collaborative members of interdisciplinary healthcare teams.

Nursing students will develop essential skills as they gain a deep knowledge of the sciences.

At Randolph-Macon, students are provided with opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to learn while developing and refining critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, and excellent communication skills. These are the hallmarks of a Randolph-Macon education, and will be a key component of the BSN program.

R-MC Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Susan Parker, who has spearheaded the nursing initiative, says, "What will make our BSN program distinctive is the combination of an outstanding nursing program with a robust liberal arts curriculum and a residential experience. Our nursing students—like all of our students—will enjoy the full college experience, including opportunities to participate in athletics, campus activities, Greek life, internships, ground-breaking research, our study-abroad program, and more. Nursing students will be a vital part of our residential campus community."

Parker says that R-MC is also looking forward to building on its existing partnerships with two major healthcare providers, Bon Secours Health System, Inc. and HCA (Hospital Corporation of America).

"These relationships will provide a wealth of opportunities for our students," says Parker. "They will be able to explore and experience the diverse roles of nurses throughout various healthcare delivery systems and settings and gain invaluable hands-on experience and future career opportunities."

Close, Personal Attention
The proposed Randolph-Macon BSN curriculum is based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and will prepare graduates to obtain licensure as Registered Nurses and practice as generalist nurses.

Students in the proposed BSN program will receive close, personal attention from experienced faculty with clinical expertise in a variety of nursing specialties. In cohorts of approximately 30, BSN students will have opportunities to conduct collaborative research with nursing faculty, pursue internships, and participate in clinical practice as they gain a depth of understanding to prepare them for practice.

Graduates of the program will qualify to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse. An R-MC-educated, professional nurse will also be prepared for entry into graduate nursing programs.

Founded in 1830, and ideally located in historic Ashland, Virginia, just minutes north of Richmond and 90 miles south of Washington D.C., Randolph-Macon College is a selective, co-educational, nationally-recognized liberal arts college with a mission of “developing the minds and character of its students.” The college achieves this mission through a combination of personal interaction and academic rigor. Enrollment is over 1,400 with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1 and an average class size of 15 students. Randolph-Macon College is known for its exceptional faculty, national and international internships, study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities and unique First-Year Experience and January Term programs. The college pledges a Four-Year Degree Guarantee for eligible students and also offers The Edge, a dynamic 4-year program aimed at helping graduates lead the pack when competing for jobs and applying to graduate schools. Randolph-Macon, the oldest United Methodist Church-affiliated college in the nation, is an NCAA Division III school and member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) that offers 18 varsity sports.