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College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN To BSN

30 Credits / 10.5 Months/ 120 Semester Credits Total
Delivery Mode: Online

The RN to BSN program is designed for the associate degree or diploma prepared registered nurse to build on the 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 Theory to teach theoretical and the evidence-based practice of nursing.

The RN to BSN program is offered fully online, and can be completed in less than one year (approximately 10.5 months). Students will complete a 45 hour community experience that can be completed near their residences with a focus on community health.

Tuition Rate:
$10,350 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$250 per month for 42 months

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants seeking admission into the RN-BSN program must have earned an associate degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or have earned a diploma in a (registered) nursing program. Applicants with foreign credentials must be evaluated showing proof of equivalency from an acceptable organization as listed under the general admission requirements. Official transcripts must be provided from all previously attended programs, colleges, and universities. Applicants must hold a valid unrestricted, unencumbered RN license, or have obtained a date for NCLEX-RN testing scheduled before the end of the first term in a core nursing course.

NOTE: Students who enter the program without a current unencumbered license will not be allowed to continue in the program without the obtainment of the RN license past the first term of the nursing program.

Tennessee residents must complete NUR300 Physical Examination and Health Assessment as part of the program or transfer in a 3 credit equivalent course.

Some programs require nursing students to have the following information current and uploaded into American DataBank (AKA “Complio”) prior to entering clinical courses based on site requirements. For more information regarding documents please contact your Academic Advisor:

  • Background clearance
  • Proof of negative drug screen
  • Proof of student professional malpractice insurance
  • 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.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 semester credits where students must complete at a minimum 30 semester credits with United States University. Students may transfer a block of up to 60 semester credits in the arts, humanities, health sciences, sciences and other general education courses and up to 45 semester credits in nursing courses (‘RN BLOCK’) from previous completed nursing programs (with an active unencumbered nursing license), not to exceed 90 semester credits.

Where transfer credits do not satisfy the general education requirements, USU recommends general education courses that can act as prerequisites to the nursing courses. Examples include, but are not limited to, COM204 Argumentation; MAT241 Introduction to Statistics and Probability; NUR300 Physical Examination and Health Assessment; HUM499Senior Seminar: Humanities; SSC499 Senior Seminar: Social Sciences. 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 if needed.

Students who are residents of the State of Tennessee MUST complete an additional physical exam and health assessment course as part of their RN-BSN program. Tennessee students may opt to transfer an equivalent physical and health assessment course.

TUITION & COST

Per Credit: $325
Estimated Tuition: $10,350 (including fees)*
Monthly Payment Plan: $250/month for 42 months

*Rate effective for students accepted on or after December 1, 2018.

COMPLETION TIME

The program is 100% online and designed to be completed in 10.5 months.

Clinical requirements are designed to be completed in the location where the student resides.

 

Core Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
30 Credits
NUR 300: Physical Examination and Health Assessment

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of basic physical examination and health assessment. Emphasis is placed upon interviewing techniques for data collection and health histories, clinical assessment skills, critical analysis, establishing databases and performing physical, psychological and cultural assessments.

Tennessee residents must complete NUR300 Physical Examination and Health Assessment as part of the program or transfer in a 3 credit equivalent course.

Prerequisites: None.

3 Credits

NUR 370: Transitions and Issues of the Professional Nursing Role

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: None.

3 Credits

NUR 371: Foundations of a Caring Science

This course offers a detailed examination of caring as an essential framework for nursing practice and is based upon Dr. Jean Watson’s Core Concepts of her Theory of Human Caring/Caring. 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.

Prerequisites: None

3 Credits

NUR 372: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

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.

Prerequisites: None.

3 Credits

NUR 373: Healthcare Policy, Regulation and Finance

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.

Prerequisites: None.

3 Credits

NUR 374: Managing System Change and Improving Patient Outcomes

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.

Prerequisites: None.

3 Credits

NUR 375: Inter-Professional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Healthcare Outcomes

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.

Prerequisites: None.

3 Credits

NUR 376: Innovation in Patient Care Technology and Information Management

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.

Prerequisites: None.

3 Credits

NUR 377: Cultural Diversity, Spirituality and Ethics in Healthcare

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.

Prerequisites: None.

3 Credits

NUR 378: Global and Community-Based Nursing

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.

Prerequisites: NUR370, NUR371, NUR372, NUR373, NUR374, NUR375, NUR376, NUR377, or MSN300.

3 Credits

NUR 499: Capstone in Evidenced-Based Professional Nursing Practice

Students review and build upon leadership and management principles. Emphasis is placed on understanding the health care system and social forces affecting care delivery, effective leadership, patient outcomes, project management, health care policies, basic accounting principles, and entrepreneurship. Students use evidence-based resources, address health competencies and analyze an identified issue while developing 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 at their selected venue, at a professional conference, or conducted virtually.

Prerequisite: NUR378 or Co-requisite: NUR378

3 Credits