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RN to BS in Nursing Online

Complete Coursework: in as few as 12 months* Credit Hours: 32 Tuition: $9,952

Overview

RN to BS in Nursing

Prepare for leading roles or graduate education in nursing with the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BS in Nursing) online program.

The CCNE-accredited program is designed to prepare professional nurses to meet societal healthcare needs in a variety of settings. It also provides a foundation of legal, ethical and professional standards that will instill respect for diversity and social responsibility, along with a commitment to excellence in holistic nursing practice.

The program's relevant and evidence-based curriculum includes an emphasis on social justice and advocacy, as well as an introduction to caring for forensic populations. It is delivered in an accelerated online format to meet the needs of working nurses.

Graduates of the RN to BS in Nursing program will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing as a foundation for safe, client-centered care
  • Incorporate basic organizational and systems leadership to provide quality care and patient safety
  • Apply evidence-based practice, including current research and critical thinking in the management of client care
  • Analyze information using information technology to improve patient outcomes
  • Examine the impact of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments on nursing practice
  • Integrate principles of communication in professional practice
  • Use knowledge of health promotion and disease/injury prevention in designing population-focused care
  • Integrate professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct into nursing practice

Why should you earn your RN to BS in Nursing?

RN to BSN programs provide a bridge for diploma and ADN-prepared nurses who wish to develop stronger clinical reasoning and analytical skills to advance their careers. These programs build on initial nursing preparation with coursework to enhance professional development, prepare for a broader scope of practice, and provide a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social issues that affect patients and influence care delivery.

These programs are growing in importance since many professional practice settings, including academic health centers and MAGNET® hospitals, now require or prefer a baccalaureate degree for specific nursing roles. Enrollment in RN to BSN programs has been increasing for 13 consecutive years, which suggests that they will continue to be in high demand.

Courses

To earn the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree online, students must complete 10 courses (32 credit hours), including eight nursing core courses (24 credit hours), and two courses with a clinical practicum experience (4 credit hours each). All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of RN to BS in Nursing courses online, review courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program must submit transcripts from all previous institutions attended, reflecting a minimum GPA of at least 2.5, plus a valid nursing license in good standing. Applicants also must submit a statement of purpose totaling about 300 words.

To learn more about our RN to BS in Nursing online admission requirements, review admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program is $9,952. All program fees are included in the total cost. Tuition is the same affordable cost for students living inside or outside Massachusetts and can be paid by the course. There is a $50 application fee.

To learn more about our RN to BS in Nursing online program price, review tuition.

Calendar

With six start dates each year, the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should review deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation and fees, and registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the RN to BS in Nursing online, review calendar.


*Students who need only the program Nursing courses and carry two courses per 7-week session could finish in as few as 12 months. Completion time will be longer for students who need additional credits and/or who take one course per 7-week session.

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Courses

For the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses covering 32 credit hours, including 24 hours of nursing core courses and two clinical practicum courses. Students must take the following courses:

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course sets the groundwork for transition of the RN to baccalaureate education and professional nursing practice. Leadership, management and issues influencing nursing education and practice are emphasized. The course provides the RN with the foundation on which to build nursing expertise inherent in successful transition to the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a foundation for nursing assessment of the adult client. Interviewing techniques, health history taking, physical assessment and critical-thinking skills are developed. Normal findings and deviations from normal are explored. Changes related to age are discussed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the application of evidence-based practice in the nursing profession. It also examines the research process and how it is incorporated with clinical judgment and patient preferences to develop safe, quality patient outcomes.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on systems’ concepts as a basis for applying the nursing care of vulnerable populations, including the homeless, people of poverty, minority populations, women and children, and older adults. Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention are used when applying the nursing process in a variety of distributive care settings. A clinical practice experience allows students to apply practice to theory.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will be encouraged to think critically and expansively about the social world, social justice, and how they apply to healthcare. A foundational exploration of the nurse’s role related to social justice concepts, issues and policy remedies will be presented. The role of the nurse as advocate for vulnerable populations to promote social justice will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the basics in the application of the concepts of genetics and genomics in nursing practice. Principles of epigenetics and pharmacogenomics, and their implication for nursing practice, will be examined. The social, legal and ethical aspects of genetics and genomics testing application and its role in health maintenance and disease prevention will be explored. Students will appreciate the role of the professional nurse in recognizing and examining their own beliefs and values, knowledge of genetics referral services and resources, genetic counseling, follow-up and evaluation of these services.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with an understanding of health care financing, economics, politics and policies. The student will develop a solid understanding of the broader context of health care, including how patient care services are organized and financed and how reimbursement is structured.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Culturally competent healthcare is required for professional nursing practice. Culture extends beyond traditional boundaries of race and ethnicity to other marginalized populations, including subcultures within society. This course will explore challenges to providing competent care in professional nursing practice—such as those generated by language, race, ethnicity, health beliefs and practices, sexual orientation, and subculture affiliation. Additionally, specific barriers to culturally competent care, including biases and stereotypes, will be challenged in this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Violence occurring in the home, community and healthcare institutions has a negative effect on client health and on providers of care. Preventing and reducing the consequences of violence is an integral component of professional nursing practice. Early identification and intervention with potential and actual victims and perpetrators of violence can reduce negative health outcomes. This course explores the individual, sociocultural, environmental and systemic factors related to violence and trauma. Necessary professional forensic nursing competencies and roles will be explored. Students will learn specific forensic health assessment, violence prevention and intervention strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This capstone course provides students the opportunity to examine nursing trends in their practicum placement to gain insight into their clinical practice. Through weekly discussion and written reflection, students engage in critical thinking necessary for practice.

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Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program, along with information on required documentation.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online Requirements

  • Pay $50 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prior coursework
  • Valid nursing license in good standing
  • Statement of purpose (about 300 words)

If you needs to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Fitchburg State University
Admissions Office
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

*All foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated before we are able to make an admissions decision. Following are suggested organizations which provide foreign credential evaluation services:

Have a question? Call us at 844-351-9393.

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Tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All program fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
RN to BS in Nursing $311 $933 $9,952
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Calendar

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall II October 30, 2017 September 25, 2017 October 2, 2017 October 24, 2017 October 26, 2017
Spring I January 22, 2018 December 18, 2017 December 22, 2017 January 16, 2018 January 18, 2018
Spring II March 19, 2018 February 12, 2018 February 19, 2018 March 13, 2018 March 15, 2018
Summer I May 21, 2018 April 16, 2018 April 23, 2018 May 15, 2018 May 17, 2018
Summer II July 16, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 18, 2018 July 10, 2018 July 12, 2018
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