Our Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN to BSN) is a CCNE-accredited online program, ideal for nurses who want to expand their knowledge base, become more marketable and enjoy greater career stability and mobility. Early admission to the RN to BSN program is available to Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) graduates prior to your registered nurse licensure.
- Our RN to BSN tuition rate is one of the lowest among our peers at just $375 a credit hour, and our flexible payment options allow most of our students to graduate debt-free.
- You will automatically be awarded 60 credit hours toward your BSN degree for your associate degree in nursing and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license – saving you time and money. In fact, it’s possible to complete your BSN in just 10 months with our transfer credit policy.
Flexible Online Format
- Our RN to BSN classes are 100% online and designed for working professionals, giving you the convenience to participate in classes around your busy schedule.
- Classes are eight weeks in length and start monthly – a benefit you cannot find at most schools.
Personalized Student Support
- MySentinel™ Student Support is our distinctive personal approach to helping you succeed. You’ll have a dedicated advisor to help guide you from admissions to graduation.
RN to BSN Program Overview
Our RN to BSN program requires a total of 120 credit hours to graduate (60 will be automatically awarded for your ASN/ADN and RN license). As part of the application process, your official transcripts will be evaluated—up to 90 credits (with 60 from the ASN/ADN) can be transferred into our program.
The RN to BSN program curriculum follows the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) model which focuses on six competencies:
- Patient centered care
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Evidence based practice
- Quality improvement
By following the QSEN model our online RN to BSN curriculum prepares you to improve the quality and safety of patient care in your healthcare organizations.
Our program requires practice experiences. 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 imbedded in the BSN courses and will range from interviewing or shadowing someone in the desired role to online simulations such as a community assessment or “windshield” survey. See Nursing Practice Experience Guide for more information.
To see a list of required courses, visit the RN to BSN program curriculum page.
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.
What You’ll Learn in Our RN to BSN Program
It is our mission to provide nurses with the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on healthcare outcomes. Graduates of our 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.