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The RN to BSN program structure is designed to build upon the student’s prior education and experience as registered nurses. With this foundational knowledge, the RN to BSN program provides additional practicum knowledge, opportunities to apply new knowledge, and the flexibility to explore practice and individualized topics.

The program builds on the education and training of registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree or hospital diploma credential in nursing.  Designed for working nurses this online program provides unique academic learning and experiences as part of a science and technology university.

RN students will have unique opportunities to combine academic coursework with their professional practice in completing requirements for the BSN.  Additionally, RN students will engage in health care advocacy efforts supporting stakeholders in their individual communities.  Working collaboratively with RN nurse educators’ students have a unique opportunity to pursue scholarship and practical experiences in self-identified arenas of interest.

The program is multi-disciplinary, and integrates experts in epidemiology, science, ethics, and informatics.  Completing the required health informatics course will provide the RN student with earned graduate level credits.  Other course work in evidence-based practice, science, and statistics prepares the RN student for success in any graduate program.

The program allows students to begin their BSN with a cohort of colleagues, and allows for flexibility when needed.  In addition to exceptional preparation for graduate school the RN to BSN graduate has gained purposeful education that will enhance their career mobility and provide knowledge to further impact patients and the healthcare system.

A significant body of research shows that nurses with baccalaureate level preparation are linked to better patient outcomes, including lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates. With the Institute of Medicine (2010) calling for 80% of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor’s degree by 2020, moving to prepare nurses at this level has become a national priority.

Based on completed responses from 576 schools of nursing, 54.0% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (up 6.6 percentage points since 2015), while 97.9% of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates.    (Source: http://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Nursing-Shortage).

Career and Earnings Outlook

“Overall, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be good because of employment growth and the need to replace workers who retire over the coming decade. However, the supply of new nurses entering the labor market has increased in recent years. This increase has resulted in competition for jobs in some areas of the country. Generally, registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited February 23, 2018).

A college degree in Nursing opens doors. BSN prepared nurses are changing lives and communities.  Able to apply to graduate school BSN graduates achieve career advancement as Advanced Practice Clinicians, Health Care Administration, Nurse Educators, Policy Specialist, Researchers, and more.

The program is 100% online. Working at your own pace and within your own schedule you’ll gain the skills you need for promotional consideration or graduate education:

Career Salary
Nurse Anesthetist $83,449 – $185,065
Adult Nurse Practitioner $75,016 – $114,185
Nursing Director $56,340 – $122,462
Clinical Nurse Manager $53,845 – $100,567
Charge Nurse $47,670 – $85,918
Scrubs: The Nurses Guide to Good Living, Top 19 Nurse Salaries by specialty in 2015, on the Internet at http://scrubsmag.com/top-10-nurse-salaries-by-specialty-in-2015/ (visited March 7, 2018)

Program Goals

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) will:

  • Apply increased insight through practical experience in assessing, intervening, and evaluating health problems from a practice, policy, and systems perspective.
  • Demonstrate efficiency in interprofessional written and oral communication skills that improves health outcomes.
  • Solve increasingly complex healthcare concerns through integration and utilization of evidenced based practice in the provision of professional nursing care.
  • Translate professional nursing practice into innovative opportunities in communities, organizations, and policy arenas to improve health.
  • Dissect a variety of ethical scenarios facing the healthcare industry and theorize from a professional practice discipline an interprofessional perspective in addressing ethical challenges.
  • Interpret nursing care needs holistically including cultural, global, and environmental influences over a lifespan.
  • Select and appraise appropriate information systems to optimize patient care provided in a variety of settings.
  • Value the professional practice of nursing as a member of an inter-disciplinary team that collectively optimizes health care universally.

Core Courses – 30 credits

Students are required to complete 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science Degree.

The following 10 courses comprise the required core courses of the RN to BSN degree program.  The credit value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

 INSC 320  Study of Disease  (3 credits)
 BIOL 320  Genetics  (3 credits)
 INSC 410  Epidemiology  (3 credits)
 MEBA 375  Statistics for Managers  (3 credits)
 MEBA 440  Leadership and Organizational Behavior  (3 credits)
 GEND 450  Healthy Mind and Body  (3 credits)
 GEND 465  Professional Ethics  (3 credits)
 ISEM 542  Health Information and Information Systems  (3 credits)
 NURS 325  Integrative Patient Assessment  (3 credits)
 NURS 320  Nursing Practice and Senior Adults  (3 credits)

Experiential Courses – 17 credits

 SEMR 315  Accelerated Learning Cornerstone  (3 credits)
 NURS 430  Nursing Practice and Population Health  (4 credits)
 NURS 435  Nursing Leadership and Health Policy  (4 credits)
 NURS 398  Project I Evidence Based Practice  (3 credits)
 NURS 498  Project II Applied Nursing Research  (3 credits)

General Elective – 3 credits

 Elective Course  (3 credits)


Course Sequencing

Shown below are the course sequences for a full time adult degree RN to BSN student. Part time students will work through courses at a different pace and sequence. This is offered as an example while the student’s actual and individual sequence will be based on the number of actual transfer credits and the type of courses the student has completed.

 Session A1  Session A1  Session A1  Session A1
SEMR 315 Accelerated Learning Cornerstone GEND 450 Healthy Mind & Body ISEM 542 Health Informatics & Information Systems INSC 410 Epidemiology
MEBA 375 Statistics for Mangers GEND 465 Professional Ethics BIOL 320 Genetics NURS 430 Nursing Practice & Population Health (4 credits)
 Session A2  Session A2  Session A2  Session A2
NURS 320 Nursing Practice & Senior Adults MEBA 440 Leadership & Organizational Behavior INSC 320 Study of Disease NURS 435 Nursing Leadership & Health Policy (4 credits)
NURS 398 Project I Evidence-Based Practice Elective NURS 325 Integrative Patient Assessment NURS 498 Project II Applied Nursing Research
12 12 12 14



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