Academics

Nursing, BSN

Spring 2024 | Session A
Classes Start

Jan 6

Session B
Classes Start

Mar 2

Program Overview

Do you get satisfaction from helping to heal others? The Nursing program at RCU will prepare you for a fulfilling and challenging nursing career. You’ll become a socially conscious nurse who’ll be able to contribute leadership and clinical skills in a variety of settings – with both compassion and know-how. 

degree requirements

This program prepares you to take the NCLEX exam in the State of Michigan. Graduates who want to practice in other states should review the requirements of that state via the Board of Nursing link below.

As a graduate of the Nursing program, you will be able to support individuals, families and communities as an advocate while synthesizing knowledge from the liberal arts, applied sciences and current research in the delivery of nursing care. You’ll develop a commitment to community involvement and leadership within that community while being able to evaluate communication techniques, and advocate for culturally diverse healthcare practices.

Total Credit Hours: 124

  • General Education Core: 37 hours
  • Required Support Courses: 23 hours
  • Nursing Major: 64 hours
  • Student Nursing Association
  • Pre-Health Society

The Rochester Christian University School of Nursing (RCU-SON) is pleased to offer freshman acceptance to qualified high school seniors. Freshman acceptance assures admission to the nursing program upon completion of prerequisite courses for the nursing major. Prerequisite courses must be completed within two years of initial enrollment to Rochester Christian University. The criteria for freshman admission to the RCU-SON are as follows:

  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
  • Successful completion (grade of B- or higher) of one year of biology, chemistry and algebra.
  • Enrollment at Rochester Christian University following high school.

Applications:

  • Priority will be given to students who apply before February 1.
  • Applications will remain open until all Direct Admit seats are filled. For details contact Admissions at admissions@rochesteru.edu.
  • Each applicant will be interviewed by the RCU SON.
  • Rochester Christian University School of Nursing applicants will write a 500-1000 word essay highlighting the reasons why you want to attend the Rochester Christian University School of Nursing.  Describe the skills, experiences, and personal attributes you have that will make you a Servant Leader within the field of nursing. Please submit your essay as a word document to Susan Griffin at sgriffin@rochesteru.edu.  Be sure to include your name in the title of the document.

Upon direct admission, students will:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment at Rochester Christian University.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses and be eligible for the nursing major within 2 years of initial enrollment

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Career Opportunities

Types of Jobs

  • Nursing
  • Various Opportunities in Hospital and Community Settings

$60,376

$88,900

$98,678

Avg. Salaries post graduation

Market Trends

Job Outlook from 2021 to 2031 = 4-7%
Projected job openings (2021 to 2031) = 203,200

student experience

Internships

Clubs

  • Student Nursing Association
  • Pre-Health Society

Activities

alumni testimonial

Since starting her nursing career, Linda has been nominated for more than ten DAISY Awards, an international nurse recognition program that celebrates the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients.

“I don’t do anything extraordinary – nursing is just my ministry. It’s a calling. You meet people in a vulnerable state. You hold their hand, and you listen. As a Christian, as a mother, as a human being, I know I’m here to save lives. RCU helped me lean into my vocation, and gave me the training and skills I needed to succeed.”

Faculty

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