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Self-Paced BSN Degree Completion Program

Powered by SIMPath® is an exciting new way for you to learn when you want, how you want. You can complete online courses at your own pace (instead of structured courses in 8-week terms). Not only can you choose innovative ways to show your skills (create a graphic, give a presentation, or show us in your own way), but the program also utilizes digital simulations to create new environments for you to visit, anywhere, anytime.

In this program, students are not required to learn at the same rate as others in their courses. This approach allows you to demonstrate knowledge and skills at the pace that is best for you.

With Powered by SIMPath®, you are in control of the speed at which you earn your degree. Leverage your skills and knowledge to complete competencies in 16 week subscription periods. With this exciting new format, you could finish your BSN in less than a year.

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Each student’s educational journey is all their own. Even if the degree is the same, the way you learn, when you study, the experience you bring, and the challenges you overcome, are unique to you. Powered by SIMPath® gives you the flexibility to earn your degree, your way.

Flexible Online Format

  • RN to BSN classes are 100% online and designed for working professionals, giving you the convenience to complete competencies around your busy schedule
  • You complete courses at the pace that works best for you
  • Monthly start dates

Relevant to Market Needs

“Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) are more proficient in their ability to make nursing diagnoses and evaluate nursing interventions as well as demonstrate improved professional integration and research/evaluation skills.”

AACN Policy Brief, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

Affordable Tuition

Our competitive tuition rates and flexible payment options allow most of our students to graduate debt-free.

You pay 16 weeks at a time but proceed through the courses at your own rate, enabling you to finish at an accelerated rate and save thousands of dollars.*

*About 10% of students finish in two semesters, some even less. Actual time and cost depend on transfer credits and your speed in completing competencies. Books, supplies, and other fees may apply.

Course Highlights

Professional Values

Explores nursing theories and principles that serve as guides for ethically sound behavior within a nursing context. Addresses the added complexities that technological advances bring to the healthcare field. Other topics include economic issues, patient self-determination, ethics in research, diversity, and discrimination in healthcare.​

Healthcare Policy and Regulation

Focuses on nursing practice foundations including the influence of socio-cultural-political-economic and physical environments on health, healthcare delivery systems, and outcomes.

Evidence-Based Practice

This competency is based on foundational research and is designed to introduce students to the components of the nursing research process. There is an emphasis on critiquing and applying current research for evidence-based practice.

SIMPath®

Each student’s educational journey is all their own. Even if the degree is the same, the way you learn, when you study, the experience you bring, and the challenges you overcome, are unique to you. Powered by SIMPath® gives you the flexibility to earn your degree, your way.

SIMPath® degree programs incorporate exciting digital simulations into the curriculum, enhancing your experience. You can explore Sentinel City®, Sentinel Town™ and Sentinel Health
™ from the comfort of your own chair.

We invite you to take a tour of the digital simulations

SIMPath® – Quality, accredited programs – Your Degree, Your Way

We are with you through your entire BSN journey.
Joke Alausa, 2016 Graduate, shares her experience.

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  • Assume leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams within healthcare 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
  • Military Scholarship
  • Military Benefits
  • Education Partner Program
  • Employer Reimbursement
  • More Ways to Reduce Tuition Costs
  • Active, unencumbered RN License
  • Diploma from a hospital school of nursing program or
  • ASN or ADN from a nationally accredited college
  • For nurses with foreign education, equivalent recognized by NACES evaluator
  • College credits
  • Professional work and life experience
  • Military training
  • Credit by exam or test out
  • Professional certifications and licenses

The mission of the RN to BSN program 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 healthcare outcomes (civic lives).

What Our Students Are Saying

I really love American Sentinel. My instructors have been great and I appreciate how the program fits the way I learn best, which is independently and at my pace.

Summer Haywood

Summer Haywood

SIMPath® RN to BSN Student with Jasper Memorial Hospital

I have gained so much confidence learning how to navigate this online program all on my own, but with help just a phone call away if I ever need it.

Shila Hagar

Shila Hagar

SIMPath® RN to BSN Student with Watson Clinic Main

You can push yourself to complete the modules at your pace. Best of all, I feel the material is so applicable to what I do in my case management job at St. Luke’s Cornwall.

Jeanne Icolari

Jeanne Icolaria

SIMPath® RN to BSN Student with St. Luke’s Cornwall

I love this university and tell every nurse who will listen about this program.

Lacie Maninga

Lacie Maninga

SIMPath® RN to BSN Student with Cape Fear Valley Health System

RN to BSN,
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Curriculum

A Bachelor of Science Nursing is quickly becoming the minimum education level for many healthcare systems. Nurses are an important part of the care team and advanced nursing education is the key to stability and mobility in the healthcare industry. Our BSN curriculum focuses on the most relevant areas of nursing today: management, community health, strategic planning and more. And students say they can immediately apply what they learn to their careers.

The RN to BSN degree program is based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model. Nursing students will be awarded 60 credit hours of the total 120 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. More about SIMPath®

Courses

Explores nursing theories and principles that serve as guides for ethically sound behavior within a nursing context. Addresses the added complexities that technological advances bring to the healthcare field. Other topics include economic issues, patient self-determination, ethics in research, diversity and discrimination in healthcare
Focuses on nursing practice foundations including the influence of socio-cultural-political-economic and physical environments on health, healthcare delivery systems, and outcomes.
This course introduces concepts of organization and management theory as they relate to key issues in nursing management. Topics include delegation, conflict negotiation, standards of practice and professional responsibility.
Provides the theoretical foundation for understanding organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and safety within selected healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on strategies for effective change management and communication in quality improvement and patient safety. Ethical, legal, and resource management concepts will be explored.
This course is a foundational research course designed to introduce students to the components of the nursing research process, with an emphasis on critiquing and applying current research for evidence-based practice.
Provides an overview of concepts and theories related to community health nursing. Emphasis is on population focused practice, health promotion, health maintenance and risk reduction. Topics include core functions and essential services of public health, epidemiology concepts, community assessment, and interprofesssional collaboration to meet client needs in community settings.
This course introduces a structured critical thinking approach to achieving the Institute of Medicine Competencies. Critical Thinking Habits of the Mind and Critical Thinking Skills will guide students in critiquing nursing assessment, inter-disciplinary planning, and setting goals for patient health outcomes. The course offers suggestions for assessing the critical thinking abilities of patients and families to participate in care.
Provides students with intergraded functional health assessment knowledge and practical applications of physical assessment. The integrated health assessment includes physical, social, cultural, psychological and spiritual components across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on developing and using therapeutic communication skills. All students may submit a video recording of a complete head to toe assessment. A complete head to toe assessment is required for Tennessee residents.
This course covers current topics and trends in Nursing Case Management. This course will cover a wide array of topics including disease navigation and demand management. The course focuses on the nurse’s role in a collaborative team approach utilizing both acute and community settings.
The capstone course reflects the nursing program outcomes and University principles of accountability, leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. This course is designed to synthesize and integrate the successful achievement of previous course objectives met during the program of study.

General Education Notes

Nurses educated outside of the United States will be required to take ENG105 Beginning Writing as their first course.

Students holding a bachelor’s degree in another field will automatically be awarded 30 general education credits hours for the RN to BSN.

American Sentinel has partnered with Sophia Pathways to offer undergraduate general education alternatives making it more convenient to achieve your degree.

General Education (30 credit hours)
CoursesCredit Hours*
ORI100 Orientation0
Communication Competency (choose 6 credit hours)
COM200 Intercultural Communications3
ENG105 Beginning Writing3
ENG110 English Composition I3
Humanities (choose 9 credit hours)
GHIS200 Global History of Nursing3
GHIS201 History of Global Health3
HIS125 Western Civilization I3
HIS225 Western Civilization II3
HUM200 Nursing: A Critical Voice in Health Care Transformation3
HUM201 Media and Nursing3
PHI215 Philosophy of Religions3
Behavioral and Social Sciences (choose 9 credit hours)
GA200 The Comparative Study of Health Care Systems3
GEO200 Global Geography3
NUTRI101 Global Nutrition3
SOC220 Globalization3
Science, Mathematics and Information Technology (6 credit hours required)
MA120 College Algebra3
MA215 Statistics (required for RN to BSN/MSN students)3
Credit by Exam
Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities3
Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise Global History3
Jazz: The First 100 Years3
Worlds of Music3

NOTE: Students may transfer courses in Physics, Geography, Geology, Forensic Science, Ethics in Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology to fulfill the six credit hour Science, Mathematics and Information Technology requirement.

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours