The RN to BSN degree option is designed to give licensed registered nurses who have accumulated at least 1,000 hours working as an RN the opportunity to advance their education and career by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The RN to BSN option prepares students for the complex challenges facing our nation's health care system. The course work may be completed in as little as 12 months depending on required support courses previously earned.
The nurse prepared at the baccalaureate level is a professional who has acquired a well-delineated and broad knowledge base for practice. The role of a baccalaureate graduate is multifaceted and developed through extensive study in the areas of liberal education, professional values, core competencies, core knowledge and role development. The baccalaureate graduate functions as a provider of direct and indirect care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. The baccalaureate graduate is also a member of the profession and a designer, manager and coordinator of care. Additionally, the baccalaureate prepared nurse has a background in teaching, research and management skills which lay the foundation for leadership positions and graduate education.