RN to BSN Program Description

The RN to BSN Program is designed to further develop skills, reasoning, and attributes of licensed professional registered nurses (RNs).

Our Program allows registered nurses to further their education in order to develop skills and reasoning advanced from an ADN competency level. As employers are divulging the benefits of having BSN-prepared bedside nurses, it is a necessity for RNs to continue their education in order to provide quality patient safety and care in diverse areas of care and environments.

RN to BSN Program Accreditation

The BSN Program is currently in candidacy status with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for 2016 and is built upon the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing. If you want to find out more about Nightingale’s Programs Accreditation, check Accreditation and Affiliation.

How many credits do you need for the BSN degree?

A total of one hundred twenty (120) semester credits are required for the conferral of the BSN degree. Upon enrollment, learners are granted forty-eight (48) semester credits of core pre-licensure nursing coursework pursuant to the RN licensure.

The RN to BSN Program consists of twenty-four (24) semester credits of upper-division nursing coursework. In addition, the completion of the BSN degree requires forty-eight (48) semester credits of general education.

How long does it take to get a BSN?

Our Program can be completed in as few as 12 months or 3 semesters if the required General Education (GE) courses have not been completed. If a learner has completed all GE requirements, the Program can be completed in 8 months or 2 semesters.

Learners who hold an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and transfer a minimum twenty-seven (27) semester credits of general education, including the required Physical Sciences credits, can complete the RN to BSN Program within three (3) semesters, or forty-eight (48) weeks of instruction.

Learners who have not completed any general education requirements and elect to complete all GE coursework at the College can complete the Program within five (5) semesters or eighty (80) weeks of instruction. Nightingale College’s RN to BSN Program has 3 start dates per year that enroll in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.

Can you get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Online?

The RN to BSN Program utilizes distance delivery of instruction, where learners engage in online didactic and capstone project experiences in community nursing, leadership, policy, ethics, critical care, gerontology, health promotion, disease prevention, informatics, and other key nursing concepts.

The curriculum is specifically constructed to promote career mobility in nursing. Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed Program curriculum, the learner will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree.

Note: The Program only enrolls residents in states where it is fully authorized. If a learner enrolls in the Program and subsequently moves to a state where the Program is not authorized, he/she will not be able to continue being enrolled until such authorization is obtained. Learners must notify the Program immediately upon relocation.

How hard is it to get a BSN degree?

According to the grading system and grading scale, a passing grade of at least “B” or higher is required in all courses. Completion of all learning activities, as prescribed by a course syllabus, including assignments, quizzes, and remediation, is required to pass the course. Failure to complete any required learning activity will result in a failure of a course. Any course with a failing grade must be repeated before progressing in the Academic Program.

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Questions regarding Admissions into the Program or Financial Aid, speak directly with an Admissions or Financial Aid Advisor at (801) 689-2160. For more information, check and download our complete College Catalog.