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BS in Nursing - RN-to-BSN

Designed specifically for registered nurses, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN-to-BSN program at Purdue University Global gives nurses the chance to increase their skills and education level. For more information about this program, read on.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN-to-BSN concentration

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

When enrolling in the RN-to-BSN program, students must show proof of a current license to practice as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states, or a comparable license from another country. Students must also have a diploma, associate's degree or certificate in nursing with at least 50 quarter credit hours and a minimum GPA of 2.5. Additional options are available for students who have recently graduated and are not certified as of yet and for those with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5. Students must also successfully pass a criminal background check. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN-to-BSN program enables registered nurses to progress to the bachelor's degree level. This program is offered in two tracks, the standard track and the advanced start track, with the previous completed level of study dictating which path students choose. Focusing on the skills that nurses need to practice in today's medical field, the program highlights professional growth and encourages leadership in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Paths of study offered in this program encourage clinical reasoning within the standards of professional nursing values, an evidence-based care approach, healthcare technologies and informatics and organizational leadership. In addition to college courses, students also choose a location for clinical practice experience. At the end of this program, students also take part in a capstone course.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

180 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN-to-BSN Program

Students enrolled in this program will take core requirement courses, major requirements and open elective courses of their choosing. To pursue the Advanced Start track, students must have 90 credit hours of prior degree coursework, while the Standard Track only requires 50 credit hours from previous schooling. Before enrolling in a program, contact Purdue University Global for accurate information, as requirements are subject to change.

Advanced Start Track: Core Requirements (23 credits)

  • Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace
  • Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
    • Ethics
    • Humanities and Culture
  • Choose one of the following:
    • The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Advanced Start Track: Major Requirements (41 credits)

  • Professional Leadership Transitions
  • Research Guided Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
  • Health Assessment for the Nursing Professional
  • Chronicity Within Nursing Care Across the Life Span
  • Leadership and Management in the Changing Health Care Environment
  • Public Health Nursing - Population-Centered Health Care in the Community
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Nursing

Advanced Start Track: Open Elective Requirements (26 credits)

  • 10 credits in nursing electives at the 300/400 level
  • 16 credits of open electives

Standard Track: Prerequisite Requirements

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Psychology

Standard Track: Core Requirements (23 credits)

  • Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace
  • Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
    • Ethics
    • Humanities and Culture
  • Choose one of the following:
    • The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Standard Track: Major Requirements (41 credits)

  • Professional Leadership Transitions
  • Research Guided Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
  • Health Assessment for the Nursing Professional
  • Chronicity Within Nursing Care Across the Life Span
  • Leadership and Management in the Changing Health Care Environment
  • Public Health Nursing - Population-Centered Health Care in the Community
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Nursing

Standard Track: Open Elective Requirements (66 credits)

  • 10 credits in nursing electives at the 300/400 level
  • 56 credits of open electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Further study at the master's degree level is within reach with the Advanced Master of Science in Nursing option. While fulfilling their bachelor's degree requirements, students complete three master's-level courses in place of their open electives. Students must receive a minimum grade of 'C' in these courses while maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Nurses with a master's degree education may have greater employment opportunities due to their additional knowledge and skill.

Master's degree options include:

  • Master of Science in Nursing

Career Paths:

A Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing may open new opportunities for nurses with this additional training beyond that of being a registered nurse. Designed to ensure graduates have the abilities needed to work in the nursing field, a Bachelor's of Science degree may help nurses more seamlessly move into new positions in healthcare.

Graduates may be eligible for positions within:

  • Nursing case management
  • Public health
  • Health care administration
  • Non-hospital employment opportunities

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