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Flexible and affordable RN to BSN online program

SIMPath® is an exciting new way for you to learn when you want, how you want. You can complete online competencies 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.

Competency Based Education, or CBE, 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 SIMPath®, you are in control of the speed at which you earn your degree. Leverage your skills and knowledge to complete up to 4 competencies in 16 weeks. With this exciting new format, you could finish your BSN in less than a year.

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 competencies 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 competencies at your own rate, enabling you to finish in less than a year and save thousands of dollars.

Competency 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. 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® and Sentinel Town™ from the comfort of your own chair.

We invite you to take a tour of the digital simulations (provided by Healthcare Learning Innovations):

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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).

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.

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 alternativesmaking it more convenient to achieve your degree.

Competencies

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.

his 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.

Courses

Credit Hours*

General Education (30 credit hours)

Communication Competency (choose 6 credit hours)

Humanities (choose 9 credit hours)

Behavioral and Social Sciences (choose 9 credit hours)

Science, Mathematics and Information Technology (6 credit hours required)

MA215 Statistics (required for RN to BSN/MSN students)

3

Credit by Exam

Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities

3

Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise Global History

3

Jazz: The First 100 Years

3

Worlds of Music

3

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