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. Consider that all other health care professionals are required
to have AT LEAST a baccalaureate degree, while the majority require At LEAST a Master’s Degree or equivalent of a Doctorate for entry into practice. The BSN degree prepares us to enter the professional practice arena with other members of the healthcare team.
is planned with input from
practicing nurses and students and is geared to addressing the healthcare issues facing entry level nurse managers.
Student and community input is vital to our program. During the program students and nursing professionals are
frequently asked to evaluate the program
make recommendations for changes that will better
serve the students and meet community needs. Students serve on advisory and various councils within
The curriculum is planned to give maximum transfer
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
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
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
likely transfer to
As with other students seeking a professional degree, the investment in your future should not be
measured in dollars
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
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
of expertise is eager to assist you
in your journey.
The RN to BSN is offered in the hybrid and online formats. The online format requires Internet access with all course work completed online. The hybrid format is a combination of in-class and Internet course activities. The hybrid requires the students to attend class once a week from 6:00-9:30 pm. The hybrid format is available in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and Orlando.
The only practicum requirement is a 4-credit Community-Based Nursing Practicum that requires 50 hours. This practicum is completed in the last course of study and implemented in the students own geographic area.
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 RN to BSN program is completed in 5 semesters or 1.5 years (18 months). There are 3 semesters in one year with each semester 12-16 weeks in length. You may elect to take fewer credits per term and complete in a longer time frame.
The 2011/12 tuition will be $390 per credit hour. A $50 non-refundable fee is required with each application. A $200 Acceptance Fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant’s in the entering first year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. A Health Professions Division general access fee of $145 may be required each year. An NSU student services fee of $750 is also required annually.
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. On the web financial aid information is found at: http://www.nova.edu/cwis/finaid/index.html 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.