Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN To BSN
36 Credits / 2 Courses Every 8 Weeks / Completed in 12 Months
Delivery Mode: 100% Online
The RN to BSN program is designed for nurses to build leadership and management skills introduced in previous nursing programs, while expanding the art and science of nursing into the baccalaureate level. This program is grounded in a Caring Science model that teaches the theoretical and evidenced-based practice of nursing.
The RN to BSN program is offered online, and can be completed in one year (2 courses every 8 weeks). Students will complete one clinical experience that takes place with a focus on community health during NUR 379 Global Community Service Project Internship, and a second clinical experience with a focus on leadership during NUR 490 Capstone in Evidenced Based Professional Nursing Practice.
California-licensed RNs will be eligible to apply for a Public Health Nurse Certificate from the BRN upon completion of the RN to BSN program.
|$12,420 (including fees)|
|Monthly Payment Plan:|
|$250 per month for 50 months|
The College of Nursing at USU uses a holistic admission process to evaluate each applicant on their merits. A wide range of abilities, interests, background, life experiences, and other aspects that bring diversity to the academic environment are considered.
- Completed program application.
- Submit official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities.
- Submit official transcripts from high school or its equivalent.
- Only credits from accredited institutions will be accepted in transfer with a 2.5 GPA or greater.
- Have a valid unrestricted, unencumbered RN license from the United States.
- Proof of student professional malpractice insurance prior to clinical.
Students may be required to have the following information current and uploaded into American DataBank and Complio prior to entering clinical courses based on site requirements:
- Background clearance
- Proof of negative drug screen
- Current professional liability insurance
- Current personal health insurance
- CPR certification for Healthcare providers by American Heart Association
- Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or appropriate treatment
- Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) or titer
- Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years
- Proof of Varicella immunization or titer
- Proof of Hepatitis vaccine series or titer
- Proof of annual influenza vaccine
- Additional laboratory tests, immunizations and/or documentation may be required for clinical experiences.
The BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 credits; 36 of these credits must be completed at United States University:
- Students may transfer a block of no more than 72 credits from an associate degree in nursing.*
- Completion of the 36 USU core nursing credits.
- 12 additional credits in liberal arts: Coupled with appropriate credits transferred from the associate degree in nursing, this provides students with a broad background in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences/mathematics, and a foundation for the professional nursing requirements and potential future graduate study.*
*Where transfer credits do not satisfy the liberal arts requirements, USU recommends general education courses that can act as prerequisites to the nursing courses. Examples include, but are not limited to, COM 204 Argumentation; CHM 102/L Chemistry/Lab; PSY 495 Lifespan Cycles; and MAT 241 Introduction to Statistics. After a transfer credit analysis is conducted by the Registrar’s Office, an academic advisor will work with individual students to ensure they are appropriately scheduled for those courses.
Per Credit: $325
Estimated Tuition: $12,420 (including fees)*
Monthly Payment Plan: $250/month for 50 months
*Rate effective for students accepted on or after January 15, 2018.
The program is 100% online and designed to be completed in one year.
Clinical requirements are designed to be completed in the location where the student resides.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
This course focuses on the professional nursing role. Students will explore professional nursing practices and role transition. Advanced theoretical concepts will be examined using the nursing process as a framework. Students will examine advocacy, empowerment, life-long learning and self-renewal in an evolving nursing role.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN-BSN Program
This course offers a detailed examination of caring as an essential framework for nursing practice. The fundamental components of nursing theory development will be defined. The students will examine the meaning of caring in relation to the use of multiple ways and patterns of knowing. The humanities, arts and sciences, and other nursing theories will be examined and applied as the student develops a personal theoretical framework for nursing practice.
Prerequisite: NUR 370
This course explores the theories, concepts, values and behaviors required to transition to the professional nursing role. Included are historical, ethical, legal, legislative and political processes that impact the practice of professional nursing in the contemporary healthcare system. Introduced is the impact of culture on delivering nursing care to diverse clients, their families and communities.
This course is designed to enable the learner to understand health care delivery systems. Students will explore the nursing role in the formulation of health care policy and political processes with a focus on the legislative and regulatory processes. The business of health care, including the internal and external environment, financing of health care, and resource management and utilization are reviewed.
This course focuses on the analysis and application of systems theory and skills needed to assess, plan and evaluate the care of populations within health systems. The evaluation of current outcome measures as well as the acquisition and management of outcome data will be studied. Systems change is discussed as it relates to effective outcomes of care. An emphasis is placed on clinical, functional, and financial outcomes as well as satisfaction indicators.
This course explores the impact of interprofessional collaboration and communication on patient outcomes. Students will investigate barriers that exist within and between disciplines that can obstruct a team-based care system. An emphasis is placed on methods and actions to foster a collaborative approach in clinical settings in order to jointly make decisions, coordinate patient treatment, combine resources, and develop common goals which may result in improved healthcare outcomes.
Students in this course will explore the recent changes in health care technology including electronic medical records, patient care, decision support, radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems, and work flow. Students will evaluate these technologies in terms of nursing practice and their impact on patient outcomes. Barriers and incentives to implementation will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to stay current in the area and use of information management and patient care technology and related health care technologies to improve the design, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based, quality health care.
This course focuses on the fundamentals of an evidence-based approach to examining a range of cultural norms, religions, and alternative health care practices of varied racial and ethnic groups, and how these practices affect the definition, design and implementation of culturally competent, individualized health care. Variations in race, ethnic, age and gender groups, family structure and patient support will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on summarizing intercultural aspects and how the multicultural professional nursing work force can collaborate to assess, plan, and manage care according to the cultural and spiritual needs of individual patients and populations.
Prerequisite: NUR 376
This course explores the factors that impact the health of individuals, communities, and populations at the local, national, and global levels. Issues including public health, environmental health, emerging infectious diseases, and chronic illness will be explored, while incorporating societal and cultural issues.
This course provides students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge gained in their RNBSN coursework and apply it in a variety of clinical settings at the local, national or global level. Service projects may include but are not limited to, developing a plan for impacting health issues, evaluating and participating in community health initiatives at the local or national level, or participating in global health settings.
96 Hours of Clinical Internship
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of leadership and management in nursing and the health environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding the health care system and social forces affecting care delivery, effective leadership, patient outcomes, project management, accounting principles, and entrepreneurship. Health care policies and their effects on professional practice are explored.
48 Hours of Clinical Internship
This capstone course synthesizes program concepts through analysis of a documented health issue. Students use evidence-based resources, address health competencies and analyze the identified issue. Students will develop a plan of interventions that incorporated current evidence for management of the identified issue. Students will present their capstone work via a poster or podium presentation. Presentation forums may be on-campus, at a professional conference, or conducted virtually.