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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 10 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $10,380

Overview


Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

Build on your professionalism and passion for helping others by completing your RN to BSN from Northern Kentucky University. In this 30 credit hour online program, you will gain the leadership skills you need to continue and excel in your professional nursing practice. This accelerated program offers flexibility to fit your schedule, multiple start dates, and low tuition.

Registered nurses with a BSN degree can work in a variety of roles in practice areas that include: acute care settings, intensive care units, specialty areas (e.g., pediatrics, maternity, mental health) and community health settings (e.g., schools, clinics, health departments).

In this program, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of research focusing on the fundamentals of the research process, levels of evidence, and quality of evidence for nursing practice
  • Study an overview of models and theories of vulnerability—focusing on social determinants of health, health disparity, and culturally appropriate strategies to address the effects of vulnerability
  • Examine the foundations of leadership and management theories and concepts in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Gain an introduction to the concepts and trends in the health informatics field, both locally and nationally
  • Have the ability to become acquainted with essential topics and processes in genetics, genomics, and molecular biology.

Courses

To complete the RN to BSN online program, students must complete 10 core nursing courses (30 credit hours) in this program. To earn their BSN, students must also complete 37 general education credit hours, and 48 credit hours of electives—for a total of 120 hours. All online courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of our RN to BSN online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the RN to BSN online degree program must submit official transcripts from an associate degree or diploma program in nursing as well as official transcripts from all postsecondary work.

To learn more about RN to BSN online admission requirements, view admissions.

Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Tuition

We understand that it can be a challenge to juggle work, classes, life, and finances. Tuition for the RN to BSN online program is affordably priced,and all fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

To learn more about RN to BSN online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the RN to BSN online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation, registering for classes, and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the RN to BSN online, view calendar.

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Courses


To complete the RN to BSN online program and earn their BSN from NKU, students must complete the 10 core nursing courses (30 credit hours) in the program, and complete a total of 120 credit hours.

Students must have:

Student will also receive credits from their Associate of Nursing degree. The actual number depends on the courses taken, and if any of the courses match the aforementioned general education or health sciences credits.

Please note: students could receive more than 120 credits if they have a number of additional transferable courses from their ADN.

However, even if a student has 120 credits, they must still have all the required general education and Health sciences courses outlined in the attached document. For example, a student may have over 120 credits but still be missing the statistics course. They will then be required to take the statistics course.

If the following courses have not been completed with a minimum grade of C, they may be completed as corequisites:

  • One full year of English composition (ENG 101 and ENG 291)
  • One full year of anatomy and physiology with labs (BIO 208, BIO 208L, BIO 209, BIO 209L)
  • Microbiology for Health Professionals with Laboratory (BIO 202/BIO 202L)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100)
  • Lifespan Development OR Human Growth and Development (PSY 321 – OR – EDU 300)
  • Health Care Ethics OR Ethics (PHI 220 OR PHI 200)

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers concepts and theories providing the foundation for development of the registered nurse into the role of the professional baccalaureate-prepared nurse.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course identifies the basis of nursing and interprofessional theories as they relate to the practice of professional nursing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to nursing research, focusing on the fundamentals of the research process, levels of evidence, and quality of evidence for nursing practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of models and theories of vulnerability; focusing on social determinants of health, health disparity, and culturally appropriate strategies to address the effects of vulnerability.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores models of care delivery related to healthcare quality measures, safety measures, and public policy in a variety of settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores global and community health concepts focusing on population bio-psycho-social and spiritual well-being. Strategies included for population health equity and the utilization of assets and resources to create an environment for health promotion.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course recognizes the relationship of genetics and genomics to the health and care of patient and families across the lifespan.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the foundations of leadership and management theories and concepts in a variety of healthcare settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course is a culminating experience integrating knowledge from previous courses to design, implement, and lead an interdisciplinary team project to improve outcomes in an appropriate health care or community-based setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to concepts and trends in the health informatics field, both locally and nationally. Several areas will be introduced that will provide baseline knowledge for a health informaticist.

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Admissions


It's time to get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program, along with information on required documentation.

RN to BSN Online Requirements

  • Meet all requirements for a bachelor's degree as stated in catalog
  • Official transcripts from an associate degree or diploma program in nursing
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary work

Mail transcripts to:

NKU Office of Admissions
Lucas Administrative Center
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Note: RN licensure must be obtained during first course. Proof of RN licensure in state of practice is mandatory prior to the first day of any clinical course.

Admitted students must complete either Introduction to Statistical Methods (STA 205) or Statistics for Business Applications I (STA 212) prior to enrolling in Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (NRP 472).

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour (including fees) Total With Fees
RN to BSN $346 $10,380

Scholarships are available. For more information, contact your enrollment specialist.

A $40 application fee is required; applications will not be processed without it.

Rates include tuition as established by the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents. Rates are effective Fall 2017 and subject to change.

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Calendar


For the RN to BSN Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 2 June 25, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 20, 2018 June 25, 2018 August 10, 2018
Fall 1 August 20, 2018 August 6, 2018 August 13, 2018 August 15, 2018 August 20, 2018 October 5, 2018
Fall 2 October 17, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 10, 2018 October 12, 2018 October 17, 2018 December 7, 2018
Spring 1 January 14, 2019 January 2, 2019 January 7, 2019 January 9, 2019 January 9, 2019 March 1, 2019
Spring 2 March 18, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 May 3, 2019
Summer 1 May 13, 2019 April 29, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 8, 2019 May 8, 2019 June 28, 2019
Summer 2 July 1, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 24, 2019 June 26, 2019 June 26, 2019 August 16, 2019
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