- Bachelor's Degree
- RN to BSN Completion Program
It has never been easier to advance your nursing career. Baptist Health Sciences University values your individual achievement and education. By offering our RN to BSN degree program entirely online, students can tailor their learning to fit their lifestyle. At Baptist University, you may design an individualized plan to complete the degree requirements at a pace best for you. The path you choose is entirely your own.
The RN-BSN program is a sequence of study for the diploma or associate degree nurse or graduate awaiting licensure who wishes to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Qualified students are admitted to Baptist University and to the professional program simultaneously. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Baptist University is ideal for nurses who want to expand their career options and help improve their earning potential.
RN to BSN Curriculum
Our RN to BSN curriculum builds on the prior learning experiences of the diploma or associate degree nurse focusing on advancing the knowledge and skills in population health nursing, leadership, and nursing research for evidence-based practice. All of which are essential for nurses seeking to provide a higher level of quality care.
This program accommodates the working diploma or associate degree graduate or licensed registered nurse who wishes to obtain the baccalaureate degree. Students may enroll in and complete General Education/Pre-Professional courses concurrently with professional nursing courses if desired. The courses in the RN-BSN program are offered in a variety of formats; online, blended, flex or face-to-face. Students select the delivery format best suited for them.
The RN applicant must:
- Graduate from an accredited nursing program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (4.0 grade-point scale).
- Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (4.0 grade-point scale) on all college work (not just transfer hours accepted) from a regionally accredited college of university. RN-BSN applicants must be in good standing and eligible to return to any institution previously attended.
- Hold an active, unencumbered RN license or be eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.
- Comply with citizenship/residency requirement for all applicants.
Completion degree students are admitted to Baptist University and to the professional program simultaneously. Students may enroll in and complete General Education/Pre-Professional courses concurrently with professional nursing courses if desired.
APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM
The Baptist University RN-BSN Program’s application is available through NursingCAS. NursingCAS is simple to use, and they offer a chat feature and help sections for each application section. Please click on the links below to learn more about NursingCAS and to help you fill out your NursingCAS application and ensure that it is complete.
Why choose the RN to BSN program at Baptist University?
Personal, one on one instructionfrom exceptional nursing faculty
An innovative teaching environmentoffered online, blended, and on campus delivery methods based on student preference
Rich clinical experiencewith seasoned nursing leader preceptors in your community
Collaborative learning environmentthat includes strong mentoring, tutoring and academic support
A safe, friendly campus
Relationship with Baptist Memorial Health Care System
Employers seek out our nursing graduatesbecause they are well prepared with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become a leader in the nursing profession.
The baccalaureate in nursing degree program at Baptist Health Sciences University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791).
The baccalaureate in nursing degree program is also approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (Health Related Boards 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243, 1-615-532-5166; tn.gov/health).
The goals of baccalaureate nursing education at Baptist University are to:
Prepare professional nurses as generalists who:
- Provide comprehensive direct and indirect patient-centered care for diverse populations along the health-illness continuum, in a variety of health care settings.
- Promote quality and safety, as well as stewardship of health care resources.
- Use research to guide evidence-based practice.
Prepare graduates to successfully pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Provide an avenue for graduates of Associate Degree of Nursing and Diploma programs to attain the knowledge and competencies of the professional nurse at the baccalaureate level.
Program Learning Outcomes
Using previously learned concepts (i.e., from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing) the graduate will:
- Apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to address simple to complex situations.
- Translate research-based evidence into practice for safe, high-quality patient-centered outcomes.
- Practice holistic care in a variety of health care settings for diverse populations across the lifespan and the health-illness continuum.
- Integrate cultural, economic, social, environmental, genetic, regulatory, and political factors in designing care for individuals, families, and communities.
- Use standardized terminology, information systems, and patient care technology effectively.
- Use effective communication and collaboration skills with members of the health care team, patients, and support networks.
- Synthesize principles of leadership and management, accountability, and life-long learning while functioning in multiple roles of care (i.e., provider, designer, manager, and coordinator) to ensure a safe practice environment.
- Incorporate legal and ethical precepts, as well as standards of practice, in serving as advocates for the patient and the profession.
- Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety to ensure optimum care.
The following technical standards outline reasonable expectations of a student enrolled in the nursing program for the performance of common nursing functions:
Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, and the ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording and documenting patient information required.
Analytical Skills/Critical Thinking
Analytical skills sufficient to process information, to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, and to prioritize tasks. Critical thinking ability sufficient for safe, clinical judgment.
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess patient needs; to detect and respond to alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help.
Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for the care of patients and operation of equipment.
Tactile ability sufficient for patient assessment and operation of equipment.
Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina sufficient to provide safe and effective care.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.
Emotional and mental health sufficient to establish therapeutic boundaries, to perform multiple tasks concurrently and to handle strong emotions.
Applying to the Program
Starting August 13th, 2021, those interested in applying for the RN-BSN program will need to complete an application using the NursingCAS system. If you would like to request more information about the RN-BSN program, please visit https://bchs.secure.force.com/form?formid=217729.