Jun 17, 2019  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog

Research College of Nursing


 

Administration

President   Thad Wilson, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean   Julie Nauser, Ph.D., R.N.
Director of Financial Aid   Stacie Withers, B.A.
Director of Student Affairs   Amanda Gray, M.A.
Director of the Seelos Center   Tobey Stosberg, M.S.N., M.S., R.N.
Director of Web-Based Education   Sheryl Max, M.N., R.N.
Director of Institutional Effectiveness   Christy Hammond, M.S.N., R.N.
Coordinator of Learning Resource Center   Nicole Belcher, M.S.N., R.N.
Director of Transfer and Graduate Recruitment   Leslie Burry, B.A.
Director of Technological Resources and Data Management   Bill Hampson
Accelerated B.S.N. Program Director   Rebecca Saxton, Ph.D., R.N.
Traditional B.S.N. Program Director   Glenna Mahoney, D.N.P., R.N.
Interim Graduate Program Director   Julie Nauser, Ph.D., R.N.
Registrar   Camelia Williams, B.F.A.

Introduction

Research College of Nursing was founded in 1979 and admitted its first class in 1980. Research College of Nursing, in partnership with Rockhurst University, offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is awarded jointly by the two institutions. Research College of Nursing is a private non-sectarian institution of higher learning sponsored by Research Medical Center.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) is organized and available to qualified students in two undergraduate formats: the traditional B.S.N. and the accelerated B.S.N.

The traditional B.S.N. is for first-time-in-college students, transfer students and adult students. It is designed to be completed in four years on a full-time basis.

The accelerated B.S.N. is for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing at a regionally accredited institution. The nursing component is designed to be completed in a calendar year (twelve months).

Students of the nursing program are enrolled at both institutions. The B.S.N. degree consists of a minimum of 128 credit hours in nursing, liberal arts, and science courses. The majority of the liberal arts and science courses are taken prior to the nursing courses.

Research College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with three tracks. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track prepares nurses for an advanced practice role as a health care provider for individuals and families across the lifespan. The Adult-Gerontology (AGNP) Nurse Practioner track prepares nurses to provide primary care to the adult and older population. The Executive Nurse Practice and Healthcare Leadership (EPHL) track provides nurses with the skill sets necessary to function in management roles in complex health care delivery systems. The Registered Nurse (RN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) entry point is designed for individuals who hold a diploma in nursing or an associate degree in nursing and provides the opportunity to attain a Master of Science in Nursing degree. For further information, contact Research College of Nursing.

The faculty and administration of both institutions have carefully designed the B.S.N. nursing program to provide a consistent, integrated educational experience. While some information about purposes, curriculum, and policies of Research College of Nursing are provided in this Catalog, students and other interested persons should also review the Research College of Nursing Catalog.

Accreditations and Affiliation

Research College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Research College of Nursing holds membership in the Greater Kansas City Collegiate Nurse Educators, the Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs, the Missouri Higher Education Council, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Missouri Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Nursing Licensure

Graduates earning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree may be eligible to apply to take the National Comprehensive Licensure Examination—Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Graduation does not automatically ensure eligibility to take the licensure examination. Each graduate will be expected to schedule a date for the licensure examination. Upon passing the NCLEX-RN, the nurse is able to practice in the state where she/he applied for licensure. Nurses practice under the provisions of each state’s nurse practice act. In Missouri, it is the Nursing Practice Act, Missouri Statutes Chapter 335. The Missouri State Board of Nursing enforces the Act. The State of Missouri Nursing Practice Act governs the practice of professional nursing in Missouri. Sections of the Act pertaining to refusal or revocation of license are published in the Research College of Nursing Catalog and the Guide to Student Life. Nursing students should be familiar with the Missouri Nurse Practice Act.

Admission

Admission to the Research/Rockhurst Joint Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is based on the applicant’s academic record, evidence of scholastic ability, and interest in the goals of the institutions. Students make application for one of the two program options. Information in the section entitled “Undergraduate Studies” regarding admission is applicable to the traditional B.S.N. program. Information regarding admission to the accelerated B.S.N. program can be found in the current Research College of Nursing Catalog and on the college website: http://www.researchcollege.edu. Interested students may also call the Director of Transfer and Graduate Recruitment at Research College of Nursing.

Students who wish to transfer from another college where nursing course work has been completed must follow regular admission procedures. In addition, the student must:

  1. Present a letter of recommendation from the dean or chairperson of the nursing program attended.
  2. An interview with the Research College of Nursing Dean may be required.

Requirements for Admission

The Research College of Nursing Program encourages applications either through Rockhurst freshman admissions, internal Rockhurst transfers, or students transferring credits from other institutions. Enrollment is limited in both the traditional and accelerated programs.

Transfer students, both internal and external, must complete an application to Research College of Nursing, consult with the Director of Transfer and Graduate Recruitment at Research College, and be admitted to the nursing program to begin nursing courses. Transfer student applications are reviewed in the spring and admission is competitive.

Students will fulfill all prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in nursing courses.

To enroll in 2000 level nursing courses of the Research/Rockhurst joint program, students must meet the Science/Math grade requirements below.

Traditional B.S.N. program: Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all Science and Math courses.

Accelerated B.S.N. program: Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all Science courses.  Anatomy & Physiology courses must be earned within five years of applying to the program.

To enroll in 2000 level nursing courses of the Research/Rockhurst joint program, students must meet the GPA requirements below.

Traditional B.S.N. program:

  1. Students must have a minimum cumulative Rockhurst GPA of 2.8 or greater at the end of the summer of their freshman year. If students do not achieve this GPA, they will be placed on a waiting list for consideration for admission with the next cohort group the following January.
  2. Those students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or a 2.8 with at least a B- in A & P II) at completion of the fall sophomore coursework may enter the January nursing cohort.  Students who do not meet these criteria will be placed on a waiting list to be reconsidered for admission with the next cohort the following January.
  3. All students placed on the waiting list will be evaluated on a competitive basis; placement on the waiting list does not guarantee admission to the nursing coursework.
(*Approved FGA 4/21/2017)

 

Accelerated B.S.N. program: Students must have a minimum College GPA of 3.0, or a minumum College GPA of 2.8 with at least a B- in the final semester of Anatomy & Physiology.

 

 

Financial Aid

Freshman and sophomore students of the Research/Rockhurst Joint Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program who wish to apply for financial aid should do so through Rockhurst University. Junior, senior, accelerated and graduate nursing students should apply for financial aid through Research College of Nursing. More detailed information regarding financial aid may be found in the section “Undergraduate Financial Aid Programs and Policies,” and in the Research College of Nursing Catalog.

Academic Policies and Advising

For details regarding the academic policies of the nursing program, students should refer to the current Research College of Nursing Catalog.

Upon admission students are assigned to faculty advisors from Research College of Nursing who assist them in selecting courses, reviewing grade reports and completing degree requirements. Faculty facilitate the successful retention and progression of students through an effective and knowledgeable advising process. Academic advising is under the general supervision of the Traditional B.S.N. and Accelerated B.S.N. program directors of Research College of Nursing. Students experiencing problems may consult their academic advisor, individual faculty or the Counseling or Learning Centers at Rockhurst or Research for assistance.

Academic Program Requirements

Degree Offered

Research College of Nursing and Rockhurst University confer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for graduates of the joint program. This degree enables the graduate to apply to write the National Comprehensive Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed registered nurse (R.N.) and to pursue graduate education if so desired.

This section contains a description of degree requirements for students entering the traditional B.S.N. program with no previous college credit. Information on the distinguishing characteristics of the accelerated B.S.N. program, beyond what is provided here, may be found in the Research College of Nursing Catalog. Each option is designed to provide as much flexibility as possible for the student population it serves.

Transfer students in the traditional B.S.N. program and students with a degree will need to have an evaluation of all transcripts of credit to determine what courses will be needed to meet the degree requirements for the B.S.N. It is  recommended that students meet with their advisors to develop a plan of study projecting ahead as far as possible. As circumstances dictate the plan may be revised.

Course Descriptions

The following section provides course descriptions for the nursing major. Courses with a last digit of 1 are for accelerated B.S.N. students.

Nursing Electives

Nursing electives afford the student the opportunity to pursue an area of interest to develop knowledge and skills beyond the core content of the curriculum. The variety of course offerings or faculty-guided independent study in a given term is subject to availability of faculty and institutional resources. Selected courses in the College of Arts and Sciences are also identified and may be used to meet the nursing elective requirement. These courses will be listed following the nursing electives by course title only. For a complete listing of courses in the Nursing program please see the Research College of Nursing catalog.

 

Select College of Arts and Sciences Courses

Faculty

Leslie Bachar (2006)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Wichita State University, 1986; M.S.N., University of Phoenix, 2007; Ph.D., University of Phoenix, 2017.

Susan Bennett (2016)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1988; M.S.N., Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, 1996.

Margaret A. Bjelica (2004)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N.,Webster University, 1991; M.S.N. University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1998; D.N.P., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2016.

Rebecca Cahill (2016)
Associate Professor
B.S.N., University of Missouri - Columbia, 1988; M.S.N., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2002; D.N.P., Samford University, 2009.

Teresa Chang (2005)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Kaohsime Medical College, 1982; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2006.

Susan E. Chrisman (1984)
Professor
B.S.N., St. Louis University, 1980; M.S.N., St. Louis University, 1984; Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1995.

Jo Ellen Collette (2014)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., California State University Northridge, 2001; M.S.N., University of California Los Angeles, 2003; D.N.P., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2016.

Karen Cooper (2015)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., University of Kansas, 1985; M.S.N., University of Kansas, 1996.

Shanna Foley (2016)
Instructor
B.S.N., University of Kansas, 2003; M.S.N., Chamberlain College of Nursing, 2014.

Michele Gerdes (2013)
Assistant Professor
B.A., Psychology, University of Missouri - Columbia, 1999; B.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2005; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2013.

Christy Hammond (2012)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Avila College, 1998; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2012.

Terri Kirkland (2004)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., University of Kansas, 1981; M.S.N., University of Kansas, 2003; A.G.N.P.

Nicole Kreimer (2013)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Seattle Pacific University, 1999; M.S.N., University of Kansas, 2008.

Heather Lewis (2012)
Assistant Professor
B.S., Secondary Education, Southeast Missouri State University, 1995; M.A., Theatre, Southwest Missouri State University, 2000; B.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2009; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2012.

Susan H. Mahley (1983)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., University of Iowa, 1974; M.N., University of Kansas, 1981; W.H.N.P., 1993.

Glenna Mahoney (2014)
Associate Professor
B.S.N., Graceland University, 2005; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2006; D.N.P., Carlow University, 2012.

Summer Masters (2013)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Graceland University, 2007; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2009.

Sheryl A. Max (1980)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., University of Kansas, 1978; M.N., University of Kansas, 1983.

Martha E. McElyea (1994)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Saint Louis University, 1974; M.S.N., Southern Illinois University, 1982.

Holly Miles (2014)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Chamberlain College of Nursing, 2010; M.S.N., University of Central Missouri, 2014.

Rosalia Molina (2017)
Instructor
A.S.N., Penn Valley Community College, 2006; M.S.N., Research College of Nursingi, 2016.

Julie Nauser (1993)
Professor
B.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 1984; M.S.N., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1993; Ph.D., Indiana University, 2007.

Erin Newton (2011)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., St. Luke’s College of Nursing, 2003; M.S.N., Walden University, 2011.

Julia Payne (2015)
Instructor
B.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2002; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2013.

Cassie Pearson (2015)
Instructor
B.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2007; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2013.

Sarah Prichard (2013)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2009; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2012.

Rebecca A. Saxton (2006)
Professor
B.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2000; M.S.N., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2005; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2010.

Sharon K. Snow (1980)
Associate Professor
B.S.N., Avila College, 1972; M.S.N., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1987; Ph.D., 2006.

Shirley F. Spencer (1992)
Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1977; B.S.N., University of Kansas, 1979; M.N., University of Kansas, 1985.

Tobey Stosberg (2008)
Assistant Professor
B.S. Biology, Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State), 1996; M.S. Education, Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State), 1997; B.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2001; M.S.N., Research College of Nursing, 2010.

Christi E. Thurlow (2003)
Associate Professor
B.S.N., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1982; M.S.N., University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1986; Ph.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2016.

Faye Vandendaele (1999)
Assistant Professor
B.S.N., William Jewell College, 1979; M.S.N., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1997.

M. Lynn Warmbrodt (1982)
Professor
B.S.N., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1979; M.S.N., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1981; Psy.D., Forest Institute, 1992.

Nicole Webb (2017)
Assistant Professor
A.S.N., Southern Union State Community College, 1996; B.S., Faulkner University, ; M.S.N., University of South Alabama, 2006; D.N.P., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010.

Thad Wilson (2017)
Professor
B.S.N., Graceland University, 1976; M.S.N., University of Utah, 1981; Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1995.

Donna R. Zimmerman (1995)
Assistant Professor
B.S.Ed., Northeast Missouri State University, 1977; B.S.N., 1979; M.S.N., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1983.

Council for the Joint Nursing Program

Thad Wilson, Co-Chair
President, Research College of Nursing

Doug N. Dunham, Co-Chair
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rockhurst University

Elizabeth Evans
Assistant Professor, Biology, Rockhurst University

Koleen Kolenc
Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Rockhurst University

Glenna Mahoney
Associate Professor, Nursing, Research College of Nursing

Julie Nauser
Dean, Research College of Nursing

Rebecca Saxton
Professor, Nursing, Research College of Nursing

Gerald Moench
Vice President for Finance and Administration, Rockhurst University

Brenda Laney
Registrar, Rockhurst University

Stacie Withers
Director of Financial Aid, Research College of Nursing

Programs