About the Online RN to BSN Program
The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN to BSN) is a CCNE-accredited, program ideal for nurses who would like to expand their knowledge base, have increased job security and enjoy greater career mobility. In today’s health care landscape, there is a growing recognition that nurses need more education to be fully functioning members of a health care team that contributes to the improvement of patient care and patient outcomes. Increasingly, nurses are expected to advance their education to meet current health care reform initiatives and strengthen the nursing workforce.
Students entering our RN to BSN program with a diploma in nursing or an associate degree in nursing plus an unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license will automatically be awarded 60 credit hours for their U.S. license and original nursing curriculum, including foundational courses.
American Sentinel’s RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model, a statewide agreement that permits registered nurses who are graduates of a hospital school of nursing or have an associate degree accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education to articulate to a RN to BSN program. Under this model, applicants receive block transfer credit for their original nursing education without evaluation of specific nursing courses or testing in nursing content areas.
American Sentinel University announces that it will host a site visit for re-accreditation of its RN-BSN, RN-MSN, and MSN programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). You are invited to meet with the site visit team, attend a conference call or provide written comments. View complete details.
The curriculum of the RN to BSN online program is based on contemporary issues in health care today. Nurses study the improvement of health care, creating quality patient outcomes and how to foster strategic change in the health care delivery system. Embedded in the American Sentinel nursing curriculum is an emphasis on quality of care as guided by nursing-sensitive indicators.
In 2009, American Sentinel voluntarily adopted the competencies defined by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) as an integral part of all of our nursing programs. Those six competencies are:
- Patient-centered care
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Evidence-based practice
- Quality improvement
American Sentinel enhances its nursing curriculum by adhering to the QSEN model. Our online RN to BSN curriculum prepares nurses to improve the quality and safety of patient care and the health care organizations in which they work.
The nursing programs at American Sentinel University contain practice experiences. This is done to meet the accreditor requirement that RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN or DNP programs include practice experiences in the curricula to enable students to achieve the required educational competencies (AACN White Paper, Oct. 2012; DNP Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, 2006; ACEN 2013 Standards). These practice experiences have specific objectives, expected outcomes and competencies.
Practice experiences are not like the clinical experiences you completed to obtain your degree as a registered nurse. Practice experiences do not involve hands-on patient care. They are designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply the concepts and knowledge you learn in the nursing courses.
See Nursing Practice Experience Guide for more information.
Practicum experiences are imbedded in the BSN courses. They will range from interviewing or shadowing someone in the desired role to teaching a section of discussion questions in an online course. Online simulation experiences will be incorporated into the practica experiences.
Our rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of issues in nursing and health care, giving nurses the foundation and skills to expand their practice. Here are a few of the RN to BSN program’s key courses:
- Case Management (BSN440): Emphasizes patient management across the health care continuum, rather than episodic patient management in an acute-care environment.
- Developing Nursing Practice (BSN436): Teaches nurses to employ critical thinking tactics to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s core competencies. Helps nurses learn to bring new knowledge and evidence-based practice into their own practice.
- Public Health Nursing (BSN425 and BSN430): Requires students to complete a hands-on community health assessment project.
- Capstone Project (BSN499): Helps students learn to become change agents in their own environment by creating a solution to an organizational problem.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the RN to BSN program will be able to:
- Assume leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams within health care organizations.
- Enhance professional nursing practice through the use of research and evidence-based practice.
- Integrate methods of research and scholarship to make and prioritize diagnoses.
- Design care for individuals, groups and communities.
- Incorporate methods of health promotion and education in nursing care of individuals, families and groups with simple to complex health care needs.
- Accept accountability and responsibility for professional judgment and actions.
- Integrate professional values and role behaviors.
- Examine the problems of contemporary health and illness.
- Demonstrate the role of the global citizen.
- Collaborate with other groups to shape health policies that affect both individual and community health.
The mission of the RN to BSN program builds from the American Sentinel University mission. Its mission is to enhance the knowledge and practice of nurse generalists who are key members of an interdisciplinary team (professional lives) that can have a positive impact on health care outcomes (civic lives). Course content focuses on adding to the knowledge and skills acquired by students at the lower division level, particularly in the area of research and evidence-based practice, community health, and management.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP TOWARD SUCCESS
The RN to BSN degree program is based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model. Nursing students will be awarded 60 credit hours for their U.S. RN license and original nursing curriculum, including foundational courses, from an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing.
Nurses educated outside of the United States will be required to take ENG105 Beginning Writing as their first course.
Students residing in the state of Arkansas should refer to their General Education requirements.
Students residing in the state of Minnesota should refer to the State Regulatory section of the catalog for specific information regarding their general education requirements.
|REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES (30 credit hours)|
|BSN405 Reflective Practice, Issues & Trends||3|
|BSN410 Health Care Delivery and Quality Outcomes||3|
|BSN415PE Nursing Management Strategies||3|
|BSN421 Leadership and Strategic Planning||3|
|BSN422 Nursing Research||3|
|BSN432 Community Health||3|
|BSN436 Developing Nursing Practice||3|
|BSN437 Health Assessment||3|
|BSN440 Case Management||3|
|BSN499 Capstone Project||3|
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Career Opportunities in Nursing
Whether you are a newly licensed nurse or a veteran nursing professional seeking to advance your career, the RN to BSN program is ideal for those seeking professional development and practical skills that can be immediately applied to the workplace. Nurses treat patients, educate patients about medical conditions, teach the public about good health care and provide support to families of patients. Many nurses specialize in a type of setting, care, disease or treatment, such as diabetes, holistic, home health care, hospice and palliative, oncology and rehabilitation.
The American Sentinel RN to BSN program will prepare you for a rewarding career in nursing and will also qualify you to pursue additional education. Learn more about advancing your nursing career in American Sentinel's nursing chat series with NurseTogether.com.
Job Outlook for Nursing
Increasingly, a BSN is becoming a requirement for entry-level nursing jobs. RNs with a bachelor's degree or higher will have better job prospects than those with just an ADN. Learn more about the Bureau of Labor Statistics outlook for nurses.