FAST FACTS: Our Online RN-to-BSN Program

American Sentinel’s online BSN program is geared toward working professionals with full-time jobs, families, and personal obligations – just like you.

Program mission

The Institute of Medicine has called for a higher percentage of nurses to be educated at the BSN level, to better meet the needs of a complex and evolving healthcare system. Our program is designed to enhance the knowledge and practice of nurse generalists who are key members of an interdisciplinary team that can have a positive impact on patient outcomes.

Industry need

  • Increasingly, employers prefer to hire nurses with a BSN, or ask new hires to obtain a BSN within a few of years of starting employment.
  • Magnet hospitals are required to have a certain percentage of BSN-prepared nurses.
  • The BSN is often seen as the minimum education requirement for specialty fields within nursing.
  • A large body of research has linked BSN-prepared nurses with better patient outcomes.
  • The recent emphasis on more collaborative care creates a need for nurses with more educational parity with physicians and other members of the care team.

Admission requirements

  • A completed application.
  • A resume, curriculum vitae, or list of professional employment and accomplishments.
  • A copy of your current U.S. nursing license.
  • Official transcripts from a hospital school of nursing or an associate’s degree program in nursing from an accredited institution.
  • Nurses educated outside the U.S., please see additional requirements explained online.

Transfer credits

Your RN license plus an ASN or ADN automatically earns you 60 credits toward the total required 120 credits for your BSN. (You can transfer up to 90 credits total, depending on your official transcripts from other colleges and universities.)

Your coursework will ultimately prepare you to

  • Assume leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams within healthcare organizations.
  • Enhance professional nursing practice through the use of research and evidence-based practice.
  • Design care models for individuals, groups, and communities.
  • Incorporate methods of health promotion and education in the nursing care of individuals, families, and groups with simple to complex health care needs.
  • Develop critical thinking skills.
  • Integrate professional values and role behaviors into daily practice.
  • Examine the problems of contemporary health and illness.
  • Collaborate with other groups to shape health policies that affect both individual and community health.

Fast, flexible, and affordable course of study

  • The RN-to-BSN program consists of individual classes that are eight weeks in length.
  • Typically 10 classes are required (this depends on how many credits you are able to transfer.)
  • Rolling admission means you can start on the first of any month—you’re not locked into traditional semester calendars.
  • Classes are online, designed for working professionals, and allow you to work at your own pace with no mandatory login times.
  • A student success advisor offers one-on-one support to help you reach your goals.
  • Most of our students graduate without debt, due to our competitive tuition rates and flexible payment options.
  • Our total program cost can be less than $12,000 (depending on transfer credits and number of courses required). This is one of the lowest tuition rates available for a similar program.
  • Students often use our payment plan to finance part or all of their tuition costs, lowering out-of-pocket expenses. Through our zero percent interest financing and flexible payment options, most of our students to graduate debt-free.

To chat with an Admissions advisor, please call 866-753-1676!