Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:07/18/2013 
Constituent Institution:Winston-Salem State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:513801 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Nursing 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BSN 
Date of Initiation:01/2/2014 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? NO 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery? 
If "no," list proposed sites.

City:  Marion

County:  McDowell

State:  North Carolina

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):1 year (3 semesters) 

SACS/COC substantive change questions (1=Procedure One; 2=Procedure Two)

Site-based (where the instructor is present):

Is the institution initiating instruction where the student may earn more than 25% and less than 50% of credits toward a degree at a site 30 miles or more from the campus? (2) YES 
Is the institution initiating an (additional) off-campus site at which students may earn at least 50% of an educational program? (1) NO 
Is the institution adding significantly different degree programs at a currently approved site? (2) NO 
Distance learning (where instructor and student are geographically separated):
Is the institution offering its first credit courses via technology-based instruction by which students can obtain at least 25% of credits toward a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution expanding a previously reported program from less than 50% of credits to 50% or more of a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution adding a significantly different program from previously reported programs offered via technology-based instruction? (2) NO 
Does this action constitute a substantive change? If so, by what date should SACS be notified?  
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

The WSSU nursing programs were reaccredited in 2009 for 10 years.  The RN-BSN Option is an 8 course,     3 semester-long program for Diploma and/or Associate degree-prepared Registered Nurses to earn a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing.  It is designed to meet the needs of the working nurse, be consistent with NCBON requirements, meet Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing, and support IOM and Magnet initiatives.  The content is consistent with that offered by WSSU RN-BSN Option at other sites in the state.

2. Describe the proposed instructional delivery systems (e.g., on-site instruction by faculty, interactive video, Internet, etc.).

The instructional delivery method will be face-to-face onsite at McDowell Hospital, Marion, North Carolina.  The delivery will be enhanced by web-applications outside of class time via BlackBoard 9.1 through which discussion boards, interactive video, and internet application will be applied.

3. Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies).

The WSSU RN-BSN Option is the largest program of its type within the UNC system.  Contact was made from nursing leadership of McDowell Hospital to Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) nursing leadership in Fall 2012.  Following infrastructure enhancement to accommodate responses to additional prospective sites, communications continued in March 2013.  The WSSU RN-BSN Option Interim Director met at McDowell Hospital, Marion, with the nursing leadership from McDowell Hospital, Mission Health, and Blue Ridge Regional Health on May 13, 2013, to verify interest and need for the seated option.  WSSU RN-BSN Option Interim Director and Regional Coordinator participated in the May 16 Education Fair at Mission Health.  As a result of the high interest indicated by nurses and employers, an on-site program information session with preliminary transcript review opportunities were provided at McDowell Hospital on June 17, 2013.  All 50 interview slots were filled with a further 60 interested nurses attending the information sessions.  Additionally, 10 nurses left transcripts with information sheets in a designated box.  Reviews were conducted at WSSU and responses made to the inquiring nurses.  There have been approximately 15 further communiques of interest since the on-site session. 

No other North Carolina university offers a seated RN-BSN program in Marion or in McDowell County.  McDowell County is a Tier 1 county (NC Department of Commerce, 2013).  McDowell Hospital is now affiliated with Mission Health (Buncombe County) and Blue Ridge Regional Health (Burke County).  No other North Carolina university offers a seated RN-BSN program in the counties of affiliation - Buncombe County nor Burke County (also a Tier 1 county).  Although there are online options available to the nurses (including through WSSU), the need expressed is for an on-site RN-BSN Option.  Nurses from those affiliated health systems participated in the needs assessment.

The nursing leadership from McDowell Hospital, Mission Health, and Blue Ridge Regional Health (Ms. Kathy Hefner, Ms. Keisha Hastings, Ms. Regina Phelps, and Ms. Bonnie Stephens) are supportive of a seated site at McDowell Hospital in Marion, NC, which is central to the 3 affiliated health systems.  Ms. Hastings toured the WSSU RN-BSN Option Interim Director through the proposed area for an RN-BSN on-site program.  The classroom is located in the Business Services Building on the McDowell Hospital campus, contains appropriate audiovisual, internet, and classroom furniture needs.  The classroom will accommodate 25 students.  Restrooms and cafeteria are accessible.  Parking is readily available and convenient.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:20 
Year 2:20 
Year 3:25 
Year 4:25 
Year 5:30 
his intent to plan a new distance education degree program (or program site) has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Contact Name:Cathy Franklin-Griffin, PhD, MA, MSN, RN, CPHN 
Contact Title:Interim Director (July 1, 2012), RN-BSN Option, (336)750-2429