The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and other leading nursing organizations recognize the BSN degree as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice. While graduates can begin practice as an RN with an associate degree or hospital diploma, the BSN degree is essential for nurses seeking to perform at the case-manager or supervisory level or move across employment settings. The BSN degree prepares us to enter the practice arena with other members of the professional healthcare team.
The curriculum is planned with input from practicing nurses and students and is geared to addressing the healthcare issues facing nurse managers at all levels. Student and community input is vital to our program. During the program students and nursing professionals are frequently asked to evaluate the program and make recommendations for changes that will better serve the students and meet community needs.
The curriculum is planned to give maximum transfer credit to the practicing RN. On-line and face-to-face classes are small, and individual attention to a student is of utmost importance. The curriculum focuses on enhancing your established clinical skills with separate Health Assessment and Pathophysiology courses and developing a skilled leader/manager with a separate Finance and Leadership course. All the courses are taught by MSN or doctoral-prepared nurses with expertise in the area. All courses focus on the use of evidence based research as a cornerstone for practice. RN to MSN students complete nine credits towards the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) while in the program. Although we hope that all students continue with NSU nursing for their MSN, these credits will most likely transfer to another MSN program.
As with other students seeking a professional degree, the investment in your future should not be measured in dollars and cents. The reputation of the program, individualized attention and small classes, along with a relevant, state-of-the art curriculum should all be weighed in your decision. At NSU you will be exposed to the full interdisciplinary team consisting of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Dental students and faculty. Fully operational clinics and partnerships with many health care facilities are available for your learning experiences. A caring faculty with a wide range of expertise is eager to assist you in your journey.
How much time you spend will be based on several factors to include your study style, time management, the professors’ methods, and your study area. It is generally felt by polling current students that approximately 10 hours per week per class will be the average. This will include study time, assignments, reading, discussion board activities and interactive internet activities.
The courses are offered through a course management tool called Web CT/Black Board. Each professor will have his/her own instructional strategies that could include discussion boards, chat, synchronous sessions, online group and individual activities, and written requirements. Synchronous sessions are real-time sessions on your home computer with a microphone. However, the program is cognizant that our online students are working professionals with a variety of work and personal responsibilities.
Yes. As with most online and face-to-face programs of study, papers compose a large portion of the course requirements. All scholarly writing is in the APA writing format. One of the factors that separates baccalaureate nursing education from associate degree education is the focus on scholarly writing.
Yes. We have developed an online student center for the RN to BSN and RN to MSN students. In this virtual student lounge, you can post messages, questions, and have chats with classmates. You will also find the schedule, course plans, links, library resources and much more.
The financial aid department is an integral part of our admission process. Student loans for nursing are at an all time low interest rate. Loans are not due for repayment until 6 months after completing all of your higher education. Many healthcare facilities in the area participate in the National Loan Forgiveness programs. Health care facilities are offering sponsorships for many of the students. We will explore all available options with you as you develop a workable financial aid package. Financial aid information is found at: http://www.nova.edu/financialaid/ It is important that you check the financial aid website early in order to complete the necessary forms to be eligible for financial aid.
The RN to BSN Program is an established program within the College of Allied Health and Nursing at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). The NSU Baccalaureate Nursing Program is accredited the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, telephone number 202-887-6791. NSU is also accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Bachelor's, Master's, Educational Specialist and Doctoral degrees.