Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Program Level - Bachelor's degree
16 Months –120 Semester Credits

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Program Description
16 Months –120 Semester Credits
The RN to BSN program develops the Registered Nurses ability to analyze and apply research and evidence-based practice models into various healthcare environments. Through the application of theory, research, and translation of outcomes, the student will analyze clients, community, public health, technology, aging, and vulnerable populations with a focus on healthcare quality, safety, and improved outcomes. This program prepares the successful and previously licensed registered nurse graduate to continue in their current employment, seek additional employment opportunities or assume additional responsibilities within the field of nursing or healthcare.

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of liberal education into nursing practice
  2. Demonstrate interprofessional leadership and communication skills to effectively implement safe and quality care in an evolving healthcare delivery system
  3. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and client preference in planning, implement and evaluating outcomes of care
  4. Use technology to assist in effective client care in a variety of healthcare settings
  5. Explore the impact of socio-cultural, economic, legal and political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice
  6. Use interprofessional communication and collaboration skills to deliver evidence-based, client-centered care
  7. Use evidence-based practices to guide health teaching, health counseling, screening, outreach, disease and outbreak investigation, referral, and follow-up throughout the lifespan
  8. Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct
  9. Conduct comprehensive and focused physical, behavioral, psychological, spiritual, socioeconomic and environmental assessments of health and illness parameters in patients, using developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches

Credential Issued
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Programmatic Accreditation
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Delivery Mode
This program is offered face-to-face (onsite).

Transfer Credits Credits
Florida Registered Nursing License 41
General Education Requirements Credits
Sciences 16
English and Communications 9
Humanities 3
Mathematics 6
Social Sciences 6
Total General Education Credits 40


NUR3000 Professional Roles in Healthcare 3 45
NUR3100 Cultural Diversity in Healthcare 3 45
NUR3200 Health and Physical Assessment 3 45
Semester I Total: 9 135
NUR3300 Healthcare Informatics and Technology 3 45
NUR3400 Care of the Aging Population (Includes Clinical) 4 90
NUR3010 Nutrition 3 45
Semester II Total: 10 180
NUR3500 Nursing Theory 3 45
NUR4100 Research and Evidence Based Practice 3 45
NUR4200 Community and Public Health Nursing (Includes Clinical) 4 90
Semester III Total: 10 180

Vulnerable and Underserved Populations (Includes Clinical) 4 90
NUR4400 Quality and Safety in Healthcare 3 45
NUR4900 RN to BSN Capstone 3 45
Semester IV Total: 10 180
Program Totals: 120 945

Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements and procedures, prospective students considering admission to the RN to BSN program must:

  1. Provide proof of graduation: Official University Transcript –Associate Degree in Nursing from accredited institutions recognized by the United States Department of Education
  2. Provide Official University transcripts for all courses approved for transfer (must be received by the end of the first term)
  3. Have an active Registered Nursing license for the State of Florida or participating Compact state
  4. Demonstrate ability to meet program specific requirements

Credits for Nursing License
Applicants must hold an Have an active Registered Nursing license for the state of Florida or participating Compact state prior to enrollment. Upon verification of licensure, 41 credits will be awarded upon entering the final course (NUR4900) and prior to graduation.

General Education Requirements
There are 40 general education semester credits required to complete the program, which are comprised of 16 Science credits, 9 English Composition and Communications credits, 3 Humanities credits, 6 Mathematics credits, and 6 Social Science credits.

The following criteria must be met to satisfy the general education requirements:

16 Science Credits – 12 credits must include Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, and Microbiology with Lab. The remaining 4 credits may include Biochemistry, Biochemistry Lab, Chemistry, Chemistry Lab, Physics, Physics Lab, Comprehensive Pathophysiology, and Comprehensive Pathophysiology Lab.

9 English Composition and Communication Credits – 9 credits must include English Composition I, English Composition II, and Report Writing and Research Methods.

3 Humanities Credits – 3 credits may include Introduction to Literature or Philosophy. Another general humanities course may be considered.

6 Mathematics Credits – 3 credits must include Statistics. The remaining 3 credits may consist of College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, or other general mathematics courses, which include a prerequisite of College Algebra or equivalent.

6 Social Science Credits – 6 credits must include Growth and Development and General Psychology.

Prerequisite for Nursing Concentration (Core) Courses for the RN to BSN Program Option
All students must have a GPA of 2.5 (letter grade of C) or higher on a 4.0 scale in all the required general education courses prior to starting nursing concentration (core) courses.

Specific Course Grading Requirements
Students must successfully pass all components of nursing (NUR) concentration courses to receive a passing grade. Failing any component (lecture, lab, simulation and externship) will result in a recorded grade of “F” for all components of the course attempted.

Nursing Concentration Course Failure
Only one repeat of the SAME nursing concentration course (NUR) is permitted for students enrolled in the nursing program. A second failure of the SAME nursing concentration course (NUR) will result in the student being dismissed from the nursing program. Failing three nursing concentration courses (NUR) of any combination, including courses repeated, will result in the student being dismissed from the nursing program. A grade of “WF” is treated as a course failure. Students with two “W” grades for the same course shall be considered as a single course failure. A student with a total of three “W” grades in the same course or with a total of three “W” grades in any combination of nursing concentration courses shall be dismissed from the nursing program.

General Education Course Failure
Only one repeat of the SAME general education course is permitted for students enrolled in the nursing program. A second failure of the SAME general education course will result in the student being dismissed from the nursing program. Failing three general education courses of any combination, including courses repeated, will result in the student being dismissed from the nursing program.

Graduation Requirements:
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing will be issued to each student who successfully completes the program requirements and satisfies graduation requirements:

  1. Student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  2. Student has completed and passed all required externship hours
  3. Student is current with financial obligations to the University
  4. Student has met with the Office of Career Services for assistance with job placement or provides documentation of employment
  5. Student has completed an Exit Interview with the Office of Financial Aid
  6. Student has completed the Graduation Clearance form and submitted it to the Office of the Registrar at least 60 days before the last day of class

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