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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

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

12/20/19 Apply by
01/21/20 Start classes

Overview

Fitchburg State’s CCNE-accredited RN to BS in Nursing 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.

$9,952 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months* Program Duration
32 Credit Hours

Our 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.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Fitchburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

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As a graduate of this online program, you 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
  • 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.

*Students who need only the nursing program 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.

Tuition and Fees

Our RN to BS in Nursing online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$311 Per Credit Hour
$9,952 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
RN to BS in Nursing $372 $933 $9,952

Additional costs will apply for students who need to complete general education courses unless the applicant has completed and successfully transfers these credits earned from an Associate degree program. A total of 120 credit hours—32 nursing program credits plus an additional 88 credits (including general education credits)—is required to complete the RN to BS in Nursing online degree.

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Calendar

Fitchburg State online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

12/20/19 Next Application Deadline
01/21/20 Start classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Intent to Enroll Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Drop For Non Pay
Spring A 2020 01/21/20 12/20/19 12/30/19 01/06/20 01/13/20 01/14/20 01/15/20
Spring B 2020 03/16/20 02/14/20 02/24/20 03/02/20 03/09/20 03/10/20 03/11/20
Summer A 2020 05/18/20 04/17/20 04/27/20 05/04/20 05/11/20 05/12/20 05/13/20
Summer B 2020 07/13/20 06/12/20 06/22/20 06/29/20 07/06/20 07/07/20 07/08/20

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Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the RN to BS in Nursing online program, along with information on required documentation. The requirements include:

Valid nursing license in good standing
Minimum 2.5 GPA on prior coursework
Statement of purpose

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You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission.

  • 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)†

To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

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

† Waived only if the student completed MassTransfer.

International Students:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores required for natives of non-English speaking countries
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended*
  • General Foreign Credit Evaluation
  • GPA of not less than 2.5
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose (300 word minimum)

*All foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated before we are able to make an admissions decision. Graduate applicants are required to submit a "general" evaluation. Following are suggested organizations which provide foreign credential evaluation services:

You are encouraged to contact the Fitchburg State International Admissions department if additional information is needed at 978-665-4399 or intladmissions@fitchburgstate.edu.

U.S. citizens with foreign education (from a non-English speaking country) will need to follow the international admission requirements (TOEFL excluded). Students with the following visa are not eligible for the program:

  • I-20
  • F1

TOEFL Code: 3518

IELTS Code: No code; please select Fitchburg State as a recipient.

The Department of Nursing at Fitchburg State is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN) and has full approval status from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (MABORN)

Courses

For the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses covering 32 credit hours, including 24 hours of nursing core courses and two clinical practicum courses. Additional courses may be required to fulfill general education requirements for your Bachelor’s degree, if you have not yet completed and successfully transferred those credits from an Associate program.

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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.

Course rotation:

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