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Flexible. Affordable. Evidence-based. RN to BSN.

As a registered nurse, you pay attention to what actually works. So do we. The 2017 graduation rate for our RN to BSN program was 88%. American Sentinel is one of the first and few online institutions focused solely on healthcare. And most of our students are just like you: working professionals with full-time jobs, families and personal obligations.

When you compare our CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program to others, you’ll find that our program offers one of the lowest tuition rates paired with one of the highest graduation rates in the industry.

Your Degree, Your Way.

Not all students learn the same way. Your knowledge and experience may differ from what your peers bring to the table. That’s why you choose the best way to earn your BSN: a more traditional, course-based RN to BSN, or our competency-based RN to BSN, CBE Powered by SIMPath™. Both options are CCNE-accredited with quality outcomes and flexibility to fit your life.

Our BSN curriculum focuses on the most relevant areas of nursing today: healthcare delivery and quality outcomes, management, community health, strategic planning, case management and more. We rely on evidenced-based educational practices to equip you with the knowledge and skills to advance your career and improve patient care.

But don’t take our word for it. 98% of our students surveyed in 2017 indicated they achieved their stated goals.

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2017 student survey: I would recommend American Sentinel to my family, friends and co-workers.
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2016 American Sentinel Annual Report - RN to BSN graduation rate

Fast-Track Your RN to BSN

The fastest way to earn your BSN depends on your learning style and life circumstances. Our advisors are uniquely qualified to help you choose the best path for you.

AmsenRN to BSN, traditional online (course-based)

Ideal for learners who prefer a more structured approach with more guidance and less emphasis on computer simulated learning environments.

  • Total of 10 courses
  • Complete 1-2 courses in 8 weeks
  • Monthly start dates
  • Average Completion: 30 months
  • $410/credit hour

Total Tuition: $12,300*

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SIMPathRN to BSN, CBE Powered by SIMPath™

Competency-based education lets you choose innovative ways to demonstrate your skills, with a particular emphasis on SIMPath™, our immersive virtual simulation.

  • Total of 10 competencies
  • Complete 3 or more competencies per semester
  • Monthly start dates
  • Possible Completion: 12 months
  • $3,000/semester

Total Tuition: $9,000*

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*additional fees may apply

Curriculum

Whether you have chosen to advance your education to improve patient care, increase your job stability, or meet the 2020 recommendation, you want a quality BSN degree. Both the traditional (course-based) and the SIMPath™ BSN programs are CCNE-accredited and offer immediately impactful courses. The programs have been mapped to each other and include the same learning outcomes.

Course-based Highlights

Reflective Practice, Issues and Trends

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 Delivery and Quality Outcomes

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

Developing Nursing Practice

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.

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SIMPath™ Competency-based Highlights

Organizational and Systems Leadership

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.

Management and Leadership

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.

Collaboration for Improving Outcomes

Explores 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.

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Tuition & Fees

Final tuition will depend on the number of transfer credits awarded. Of the 120 credits required for your BSN, 60 are automatically awarded to eligible registered nurses. An additional 30 credits can be transferred in for a maximum of 90 transfer credits (leaving just 10 courses to complete the degree).

American Sentinel nursing students often use our 0% interest payment plan to finance part or all of their tuition costs, deferring upfront out-of-pocket expenses. Our different payment options allow most of our students to graduate debt-free.

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

American Sentinel University is committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. The Financial Aid Resource Center can help you determine the type of aid that is appropriate for you, and if it’s a mix of scholarships, grants and loans.

Course-Based

Yes You CANN” (Career Advancement for New Nurses) RN to BSN Payment Plan and Scholarship – for new nurses with less than 2 years of experience.

SIMPath™

No scholarship but the program can be completed within two semesters for a low total tuition of $6,000. Additional fees may apply.

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What Our Students Say

Sybilla Ruhl

“I feel I’m more marketable and knowledgeable. American Sentinel is excellent and flexible, and offers great support.”

– Sybilla Ruhl, BSN graduate

 
Sharon VanDalinda

“I absolutely recommend American Sentinel for lots of reasons, but mostly because you will be surprised by what you can achieve.”

– Sharon VanDalinda, BSN graduate & MSN current student

 

Program FAQ

Can I complete the degree while I work?
Yes. You’re a healthcare professional who wants to make a difference, but you have many obligations (work, family, life). You can now choose a BSN program that fits your life. The traditional online RN to BSN learning format is more guided and progresses one course at a time (can overlap). Or you can accelerate your program as you show mastery of the materials with the RN to BSN, CBE Powered by SIMPath™.

Do I have to complete a clinical?
No. This program is for licensed RNs with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing (which equals 60 credits of the total 120 credits to graduate).

Do I have to take statistics?
No.

What about other general education courses?
Incoming students, on average, are required to take two general education courses. Find out how many you’ll need to take by submitting your transcripts. Students accepted to the RN to BSN program will be awarded 60 credits hour for their ADN or nursing diploma and RN license. You can also transfer in up to 30 additional credit hours (including the general education courses), leaving 10 nursing courses to complete your degree at American Sentinel.

What will I learn?
A BSN degree is becoming more crucial every day. Our BSN curriculum focuses on the most relevant areas of nursing today: management, community health, strategic planning and more. Students say they can immediately apply what they learn to their careers.

How will a BSN help my career?
Whether you need a BSN to keep your job or want to improve your skills to deliver better patient care, a BSN will give you more stability, flexibility and career growth. Nurse Journal states that BSN nurses can earn $8,000+ more than an ADN nurse. See more career paths >>

Admissions

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Enrollment is easy, please submit:

  • Complete Application
  • Resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments
  • Copy of your active and unencumbered U.S. RN license
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended*

*The institution(s) must send the official transcripts directly to American Sentinel University.

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Articles & Events

Student Stories

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An overseas nurse creates a program that targets preschoolers' health. An online degree program inspired her to take on this project in community nursing.

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Upcoming Events

Questions? Join our next Open House!


BSN, BSN/MSN, and MSN Open House

Wed., Mar. 14, 2-3 p.m. MDT

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