Why the BSN?
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing was developed by public and private colleges in response to a community-identified need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. It offers expanded career options for persons in the nursing field by combining technical aspects of nursing with leadership skills necessary to lead in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. Students will develop critical thinking and decision making skills to function effectively in interpersonal and group settings. Graduates will be prepared to understand and respond to changing healthcare needs of individuals and communities.
What is the 1+2+1 partnership between DC and Northwest State Community College (NSCC)?
- The first year is taken at Defiance College completing prerequisites
- Students complete years 2 and 3 at Northwest State Community College obtaining the Associate of Applied Science degree and take the NCLEX-RN
- Students return to Defiance for their senior year to complete the RN-BSN program
What are the benefits of the 1+2+1 program?
The 1+2+1 program addresses a need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Northwest Ohio and will give students the opportunity and convenience of pursuing a BSN without having to travel a greater distance. With enrollment at both Northwest State Community College and Defiance College, students will have the benefits of excellent technical and clinical training combined with general education, liberal arts courses, and upper-level leadership and nursing courses.
Students awarded the Presidential or Dean’s Scholarship at NSCC may defer the scholarship until the second and third years. Students may also enjoy a residential experience at Defiance College while attending classes at Northwest State.
For Northwest Ohio, the program represents a strategic partnership of public and private higher education along with the healthcare community to maximize community assets and retain a talented workforce.
Is Defiance College accredited?
The RN to BSN Completion Program at Defiance College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. Defiance College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in nursing program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents with extended accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
What if I already have my RN licensure?
Persons who have already completed an associate’s degree or Diploma in nursing and have a current unencumbered RN licensure may pursue the BSN completion program at Defiance College by taking general education courses and upper -level nursing courses.
Learn more about the RN to BSN completion program