REGISTERED NURSE TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (RN TO BSN)
SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCE AND NURSING
EXPAND THE POTENTIAL OF YOUR NURSING CAREER
Nexus University’s RN to BSN Degree Program is a uniquely designed curriculum that allows current licensed registered nurses (associate degree or diploma) to earn their baccalaureate degree in nursing in three (3) sequential semesters*. This online degree program allows working nurses the flexibility they need to continue working while advancing their skills.
The program focuses on concepts of leadership, autonomy, and management to identify effective strategies in policy and regulatory processes that promote health, prevent disease and injury, and improve the healthcare delivery system, the health of the public and the profession of nursing.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT IN THIS PROGRAM?
Relevant skills that can be immediately applied to your career.
Highly qualified faculty with relevant career experience.
Online theory classes that let you study at your own pace.
Education priced around the needs of our student population.
Flexibility that lets you maintain a work-life balance.
Small class size for personalized communications with faculty.
What Will You Learn?
This program provides the content and qualifications to turn your Associate’s degree in Nursing into a four-year Bachelor’s degree. In our RN-to-BSN program, you won’t need to retake any of the core nursing courses you already completed. Instead, this program enhances knowledge in informatics, leadership, research, evidence-based practice, and more.
Why Choose Nexus for Your BSN Degree?
- We have deep experience with online higher education.
- Higher education that is more accessible than ever.
- Our nursing programs build off your previously earned degrees.
- We provide you with the tools to become a true professional leader.
- You learn important communication, critical thinking and leadership skills.
- All qualified applicants are accepted.
- Transfer up to 49 general education credits.
Expected outcomes for graduates of the BSN program will be to:
1. Engage in culturally responsive patient-centered evidence-based care for professional nursing practice based on foundational and advanced nursing science, current evidence, application of research, and knowledge from other disciplines. (Essentials I, III, & VIII)
2. Apply organizational, leadership, and management concepts in practice in order to effect change, recognize threats to safety, and improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes. (Essentials II, IV, & VI)
3. Use health information systems and technology resources to demonstrate integration of knowledge, support lifelong learning, ensure safe practice environments, implement quality improvement initiatives, optimize healthcare outcomes, and promote patient self-management. (Essentials IV & VI)
4. Use concepts of leadership, autonomy, and management to formulate effective strategies in policy and regulatory processes to promote health, prevent disease and injury, and improve the healthcare delivery system, the health of the public, and the profession of nursing. (Essentials V, VII, & VIII)
5. Communicate effectively respecting dignity, worth, and uniqueness of self and others to improve systems care and collaboration, and optimize patient and population health outcomes. (Essential VI)
6. Integrate research findings to provide evidence-based care, support decision-making, and promote safe and ethical nursing practice. (Essentials I, VII & IX)
CAREER OUTLOOK FOR NURSES WITH A BSN
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) strongly believes that registered nurses (RNs) should be, at minimum, prepared with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or equivalent baccalaureate nursing degree (e.g., BS in Nursing, BA in Nursing). In fact, a recent AACN survey found that 46% of employers require new hires to have a bachelor’s degree, while 88% strongly prefer baccalaureate-prepared nurses.1
As associate’s degrees and diplomas lose power in the job market, BSN holders will enjoy more opportunities. The nation’s largest and most renowned hospital systems now typically require a BSN for senior roles and advancement opportunities.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A BSN DEGREE?
There are many different careers you can pursue with a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Here are 9 examples of where this degree can take you:
- Registered nurse at a hospital
- Nurse manager
- Hospital educator
- Public health nurse
- Quality assurance coordinator
- Case management nurse
QUICK FACTS ABOUT BSN HOLDERS
- The average salary with a BS in Nursing is $83,000 – $20k more than the average RN makes.2
- Based on a survey of the job market, an RN diploma is eligible for 51% of positions, while a BSN is eligible for 88%.3
- Research shows that more education ties directly to better clinical outcomes.4
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for nurses is projected to grow “much faster than the average for all occupations.” 5
- The BLS also predicts that “registered nurses who have a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one.” 6
To be awarded a BSN degree, a student must have a total of 120 credits, of which 36 credits in nursing were completed at Nexus University and 49 credits in general education may be transferred in. The student is awarded 35 escrow credits for nursing courses from a diploma or associate degree in nursing programs after successful completion of all mandatory courses for a total of 120 credits.
The Admissions Process
Applying to a degree program at the Nexus University School of Health Sciences and Nursing is fast and easy. Applications are reviewed within 48 hours and all qualified applicants are accepted. Upon reviewing your application, your admission representative will contact you to follow up with the admission process.
Our RN to BSN program requires an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). For details on our general Admissions Requirements, please visit our Admissions page. If you’re ready to take the first step, you can:
*Refers only to core nursing courses. Students need 120 total credit hours to graduate with a BSN. 35 credits are awarded for nursing courses from your nursing diploma or associate’s degree studies and held in escrow until completion of the RN to BSN
NUR 411 BSN Nursing Values
NUR 412 Physical Exam and Health Assessment
NUR 413 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
NUR 414 Health Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments
NUR 421 Nursing Research
NUR 422 Information Management & Technology
NUR 423 Evidence-Based Practice
NUR 424 Organizational and Systems Leadership
NUR 431 Public Health & Community Care
NUR 432 Public Health & Community Experiential
NUR 499 Evidence-Based Practice Capstone Project
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
The Baccalaureate and the Master’s nursing programs at Nexus University located in Miami, Florida are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000 The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the RN to BSN and Master’s nursing programs is Initial Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding these programs at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm
5Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Management Analysts, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm
6Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Management Analysts, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited December 02, 2020)