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Our 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, become more marketable and enjoy greater career stability and mobility. Our fully accredited RN to BSN program is entirely accessible from the web.
Affordable and Attainable
- 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, decreasing the total time and cost it will take to complete your BSN degree.
- Our competitive tuition rates and flexible payment options allow most of our students to graduate debt-free.
- We are ranked among the Top 25 schools with the most affordable tuition by the U.S. Department of Education – College Affordability & Transparency Center for private for-profit four year institutions.
- We adhere to the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) model, which focuses on six competencies including: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, informatics and safety – preparing you to improve the quality and safety of patient care and the health care organization in which you work.
- Our RN to BSN classes are 100% online and designed for working professionals, giving you the convenience and control to participate in your classes.
- Classes are eight weeks in length and start monthly– a benefit you cannot find at most conventional brick-and-mortar schools and even many other online schools that only offer traditional semester schedules or abbreviated classes without monthly starts.
- Our RN to BSN programs are built to be flexible to suit our students’ busy lives.
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.
Practice experiences are imbedded in the BSN courses. They will range from interviewing or shadowing someone in the desired role to online simulations such as a community assessment or “windshield” survey. Online simulation experiences will be incorporated into the practice 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.