- 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 completion 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 completion degree 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 Completion Degree Curriculum
Our RN to BSN completion degree curriculum builds on the prior learning experiences of the diploma or associate degree nurse focusing on advancing the knowledge and skills in Public 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 completion degree 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.
RN To BSN 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 Completion Degree 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 completion degree 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.
Technical Standards for Baccalaureate Nursing Progression, Retention, and Graduation
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Baptist Health Sciences University indicates the graduate is prepared to enter into supervised practice after obtaining registered nursing licensure. Therefore, all applicants and matriculated students must possess certain essential abilities and characteristics required for completion of the BSN degree that consist of certain minimum physical and cognitive abilities and emotional characteristics. This is to ensure that candidates for admission, matriculation, and graduation are able to complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of baccalaureate nursing training, with or without reasonable accommodations.
To be qualified for the BSN degree and subsequent licensure, the student must demonstrate competency in five requisite areas: observation and sensory; communication; motor; intellectual-conceptual; and behavioral and social attributes. Students are required to demonstrate said competencies to provide safe and effective nursing care in a wide variety of clinical environments.
Baptist Health Sciences University is committed to the admission and matriculation of qualified students and does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, creed, or religion. Students with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations if needed to meet these technical standards by following the University’s policies and procedures and contacting the Office for Disability Services as outlined at the end of this document. A student must be able to perform these outlined technical standards in an independent manner.
Students who accept an offer of admission from Baptist Health Sciences University to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing major will be required to sign an affirmation regarding compliance with the technical standards. Should a student's ability to meet the technical standards change at any point in the academic program, it is his/her responsibility to report this to the Undergraduate Nursing Program Chair and/or the Office of Disability Services.
Requisite Competency Areas
I. Observation and Sensory
Students must be able to acquire a defined level of information in the nursing theoretical, clinical, and health sciences domains. Students must be able to obtain information from demonstrations and experiments in the health sciences. Students must be able to assess a patient and evaluate findings accurately. The observation and information acquisition noted above will require students to have functional use of visual, auditory and touch sensations or the functional equivalent.
A student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently, and to observe patients in order to elicit information, detect and describe changes in mood, activity, and posture; perceive nonverbal communications; and establish a therapeutic relationship. A student must be able to respectfully communicate effectively, efficiently and sensitively with patients, their families, faculty, peers and all other members of the health care team. Communication includes speech, reading and writing or the functional equivalent.
Students must, after a reasonable period of training, possess the capacity to perform physical assessments. They must be able to respond to clinical situations in a timely manner and provide general and emergency nursing care. These activities require some physical mobility, coordination of both gross and fine motor neuromuscular function and balance and equilibrium. Such actions require coordination of gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision or the functional equivalent.
IV. Intellectual - Conceptual
Students must possess proficient measurement, calculation, reasoning, and analysis skills. Clinical judgment, the critical skill demanded of registered nurses, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, students must be able to comprehend three dimensional relationships and to understand and be able to work within the spatial relationships of structures. They must have the intellectual capability to increase their fund of information and knowledge base through various media as well as from course materials, scheduled conferences, lectures, rounds, current literature and journals; and to make appropriate evaluations of clinical circumstances. Analytical problem-solving skills are critical in nursing and students must be able to perform in a timely manner, tasks utilizing such skills. The practice of nursing implies the protection and safety of patients, not just the ability to pass licensure examinations. Registered nurses are responsible for those who place themselves into their care and must demonstrate the ability to rapidly process information, make decisions, and perform the appropriate interventions. Certain personal characteristics are expected of a nurse. These include integrity, compassion, interpersonal skills, and motivation.
V. Behavioral and Social Attributes
Students must exercise good judgment and act professionally, complete all responsibilities promptly and effectively, attend to the nursing diagnosis, medical treatment and care of patients while maintaining mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. Students must be able to function effectively under stressful conditions, adapt to changing environments, and function in the face of the uncertainties inherent in the clinical care of patients. Compassion, integrity, empathy, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the educational process. Students must display flexibility and a spirit of cooperation with faculty, classmates, and colleagues. Students must be able serve (in an appropriate manner) all persons in need of assistance, regardless of the person's age, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation (or lack thereof), gender identification, ability, sexual orientation, and value system.
Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other applicable laws, Baptist Health Sciences University provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students with verified disabilities. An accommodation will not be provided if it would result in the fundamental alteration of the university’s programs, services or activities, or if it would impose undue financial or administrative burdens on the University.
Additional information about Baptist Health Sciences University’s Office of Disability Services may be found at https://www.baptistu.edu. If student circumstances should change related to these technical standards, the student will promptly notify the Undergraduate Nursing Program Chair and/or the Office of Disability Services if reasonable accommodations are required at any point.
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.