Next Start Date May 13
Est.Program Length 9-18 months
Course Length 7 weeks
Credit Hours 120
Cost Per Credit $278*
Transfer Credits Accepted 90
* In-state tuition
RN to BSN Overview
Maintain your full-time nursing role while earning your BSN online.
Led by experienced nurse educators, Shawnee State University Online Campus’s RN to BSN online program features small class sizes, personalized attention, and dedication to your future success. Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), our accelerated curriculum will equip you with the quality education you need to advance your career or pursue graduate studies.
Topics of study for the RN to BSN online program include:
- The legal and ethical issues related to nursing and healthcare
- The history and evolution of various nursing theories
- Cultural influences that affect health, illness, and health-seeking behavior
- Healthcare policy and planning at the local, state, and federal levels
- The promotion of quality of life for the aging population
- Assessment, program planning and application of different interventions to promote health for communities
Upon graduation, you will have the ability to assess the physical, mental, functional, and basic psychosocial skills of patients of all ages and will be prepared for a variety of leadership roles in nursing.
The Online RN to BSN is Designed for:
- Registered nurses (RNs) wanting to continue their nursing career and increase their salary
- Nurses with credits that they can transfer from an associate’s degree in nursing or diploma program
- RNs who are interested in delivering better patient outcomes
Prepare for Advancement
Become equipped for leadership roles or further studies.
Gain Skills You Can Use
Acquire knowledge that’s immediately applicable to your career.
Get Individualized Attention
With smaller classes, get a more personalized learning experience.
Courses and Requirements
27-28 Total Courses In This Program
Our RN to BSN online program includes 120 credit hours through which you’ll explore various topics in nursing. A required 35 credit hours of lower division courses can come from an associate degree in nursing or a diploma program.
The General Education Program combines required and elective courses to provide a well-rounded education that supports the University’s mission statement.
Lower division nursing credits can be transferred from an associate’s degree in nursing or diploma program.
Dimensions of Professional Nursing
This course examines the conceptual foundations and historical events in the development of baccalaureate nursing practice including the various roles of the professional nurse (manager-leader, change agent, consumer advocate, collaborator, research consumer, educator, and member of the profession) and an implementation of a project that educates populations and promotes healthy behaviors. This course will also examine the legal and ethical issues specific to nursing and health care. In addition, skills for success including online learning strategies, introduction of relevant software, utilization of APA format, completion of literature searches, and professional writing techniques will be explored.
Theoretical Basis of Professional Nursing Practice
This course examines the history and evolution of nursing theory. The RN student will investigate selected nursing theories with emphasis on the mid-range theories as a basis for making judgments and decisions in nursing practice. Critical thinking skills are developed as an essential component of professional practice.
Care of Diverse Populations
This course examines the cultural influences on beliefs, values, and practices in relation to health, illness, and health-seeking behaviors. This course applies the nursing process and critical thinking to clients with respect for diversity and individual differences. Trans-cultural nursing research, critical analysis of issues, consideration of health literacy, teaching/learning principles, and trends in international and global health are discussed. Concepts relating to goals and objectives designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts are incorporated.
Principles of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Health Assessment, Education & Promotion
Includes assessment of physical, mental, basic psychosocial, and functional status of the client. Provides the framework for the systematic collection, organization, interpretation, integration, and communication of data reflecting the human needs of individuals across the lifespan. National Health Objectives provide the organizing framework for promotion of health and reduction of risks that impact clients. Integration of clinical laboratory provides a setting for practicing and developing clinical reasoning. Emphasis is placed on the development of psychosocial and physical assessment skills related to the role of the professional nurse.
Healthcare Planning & Policy Information
This course explores the nurse’s role in health care policy and planning and information systems. There is an overview of issues in health care policy and planning, including the socio-political and economic context of health and health-seeking behaviors. Health care policy and planning at the local, state, and federal levels are examined. Ethical dimensions of public policy formulations implementations are highlighted. The application of computer technology in health care and nursing is explored.
Issues in Aging and Quality of Life
This course focuses on current issues in promoting quality of life with healthy aging, at both a regional and national level coming from a multidimensional view. Current theories on aging from a biological, psychological, and sociological perspective are introduced and discussed. The impact of the cultural beliefs, spirituality, and traditions in the older adult is explored. Relationship challenges, such as intimacy and sexuality are discussed. Special emphasis is also placed on the multidisciplinary aspects and the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions for the care of older adults who are vulnerable and marginalized. The multidisciplinary needs of populations, such as older adults who are socially isolated, HIV+, incarcerated, homeless, institutionalized, mentally impaired, and/or neglected and abused, are explored.
Leadership & Management
This course explores theories of leadership/management, organization, change, conflict, and power. Investigates the collaborative role of the professional nurse in leadership and management based on the knowledge of health care policy, finance, regulatory agencies, and health care trends. Incorporates evidence related to leadership and management.
Community Health Nursing
Prepares the student for population-focused practice in community health nursing. Concepts related to community, public health, health promotion, illness prevention, roles of the community health nurse, and National Health Objectives are examined. The student works with aggregates, including families, in the community setting, collaboratively, as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Emphasis is on community assessment, program planning, and application of primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions to promote health for identified populations within the community.
Before applying for this program, you must have:
- An associate degree or nursing program diploma
- A college GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
- A current, non-restricted RN license
- Current immunizations
- CPR Healthcare Provider certification
- Completed a health physical
How to Apply
In order to apply for our online RN to BSN, please contact an enrollment counselor and submit the following:
- Completed application
- Transcripts from all previous attended institutions
- Proof of a current, non-restricted RN license
- Proof of current immunizations and a health physical
- Proof of CPR Healthcare Provider certification
Costs & Financial Aid
The online RN to BSN is offered at a tuition rate of $278 per credit hour for in-state students and $283 per credit hour for out-of-state students. Up to 90 credits may be transferred to the program.
Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $278 per credit hour $33,360 Total $33,360 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 90) $278 per credit hour $8,340 Total with Transfer Credits $8,340 Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $283 per credit hour $33,960 Total $33,960 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 90) $283 per credit hour $8,490 Total $8,490
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes four to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-815-0323 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
To help make your online education more affordable, Shawnee State offers financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants. If you have questions, our experienced enrollment counselors and tuition planners will assist you through the process.
At Shawnee State, we want those who have served our country to get the education they deserve. As a veteran or current member of the U.S. military, you can receive federal and state educational benefits through the VA, and we will provide you with guidance and support throughout your online education.
The RN to BSN online program will equip you with the skills needed to pursue a variety of careers, such as:
Salary and job growth information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale.
- A community health nurse administers care to individuals in their community who may not be able to afford or have access to medical services. They determine the health issues within their community and develop intervention plans to address health concerns. Community health nurses earn an average annual salary of $60,796.
- A school nurse interact with their institution’s students to identify their health issues and to educate them about potential health risks and concerns. They may tend to basic injuries and illnesses and administer medications as needed. School nurses earn an average salary of $45,733 per year.
- Informatics nurses are in charge of enhancing the usage and functionality of patient care software applications and electronic medical records. They work with other nurses and software companies to determine the computer needs in order to improve patient care. Informatics nurses earn an average salary of $77,351 per year.