Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN to BSN)

Accelerate your career with our RN to BSN program

The RN to BSN program at Sullivan University builds on the initial preparation you received in the associate degree in nursing (ADN) or hospital diploma program. It will prepare you for a broader scope of practice, help you obtain a holistic perspective, and make sure you understand the cultural, social, economic, community and leadership issues that impact patients and shape nursing care. It provides critical knowledge and a valuable credential for the next step in your professional life. The online format allows you to earn a BSN degree in a timely manner.

To meet these needs, Sullivan offers courses focused on evidence-based practice, holistic nursing, economics and finance, diversity in healthcare, management and leadership, community theory and family theory, quality care and patient safety, genetics, and technology and informatics. This course content also includes competencies identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and other professional organizations.

Graduates from this program are prepared to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP).

Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Success
Program Success

Course offered at the following campuses:
Get to know the program.
Dr. Marilyn Musacchio
Dean of the College of Nursing
 

What type of person would this program appeal to?

If you’re a licensed registered nurse graduate of an associate degree or hospital diploma nursing program and you are interested in pursuing a BSN to meet increasing requirements of leadership roles in nursing, the RN to BSN program is designed for you.

The world is changing fast, and having a BSN is becoming much more important to a successful nursing career. For example, the Commission on Magnet Recognition now expects all nurse managers and leaders to have their BSN. By 2020, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80% of all RNs have a minimum of a BSN degree.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing indicates that an RN to BSN program offers a timely bridge for ADN and diploma prepared nurses to develop stronger clinical reasoning and analytical skills.

In addition, some states are considering the possibility that a nurse must hold a BSN or higher degree to obtain or renew their RN license. Some healthcare organizations are also considering a pay differential for BSN graduates.

 

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the program?

The curriculum and student learning outcomes are based on national standards for professional nursing practice, including the following:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Institute Competencies
  • National League for Nursing Competencies for Graduates of Baccalaureate Programs
  • American Nurses Association Standard and Scope of Practice

This program will prepare you to engage in the practice of nursing in complex and dynamic healthcare settings. The RN to BSN program supports the RN in providing competent, compassionate care to diverse individuals, families, communities and populations. Upon completion of this program, you’ll be prepared to provide leadership for the delivery of evidence-based nursing care, committed to safety, quality, effectiveness and holistic care.

Likewise, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for commitment to life-long learning and professional development. Nursing core courses provide content beyond that of basic pre-licensure education programs and focus on the expanded role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Examples include expanded content in community health and family nursing, and leadership and management in nursing. Additionally, coursework is designed to provide you with essential skills to pursue graduate studies in nursing.

 

What is the most important or unique aspect about this program?

Convenience

  • All courses available online with 24/7 access and support.

Career Enhancement

  • Coursework is designed to have an immediate impact on your current nursing position.
  • Courses can be taken free of charge after you graduate so that you can stay current in nursing or to refresh prior to entering into a nursing graduate program.
  • Career services available for life.

Faculty Expertise & Background

  • More than 80% of faculty have earned doctorates and teach in their area of expertise.

Expand Knowledge & Expertise

  • Curriculum designed by nursing experts to address key elements necessary to meet the demanding needs within the nursing profession and healthcare system.
  • Enhance scholarly and analytical skills to assess and utilize evidence based practice.
  • Address global problems from a local, national and world perspective.
  • Approach nursing from a holistic perspective.
  • Demonstrate the principles of leadership, management and finance as they apply to community organizations, long-term care facilities and hospital based organizations.

Quarterly Start Dates

  • Nursing courses are Fall and Spring quarter.
  • Sullivan University starts general education courses every January, March, June and September.

 

What are good resources for finding out more on this career field?

Accreditation

Sullivan University is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is one of the eight regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The baccalaureate Nursing program at Sullivan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NURSING DEGREE

Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per quarter, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

General Education Requirements Quarter Credit Hours
NATURAL SCIENCES/MATHEMATICS 18
BIO 201 MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY  6
BIO 202 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I WITH LAB  6
BIO 204 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II WITH LAB  6
COMMUNICATIONS 12
ENG 101 COMPOSITION I  4
ENG 102 COMPOSITION II  (ENG101 is prerequisite) 4
COM 214 PUBLIC SPEAKING (or Communications Elective) 4
HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS 4
PHL 344 BIOETHICS  4
SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 8
PSY 214 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY  4
SOC 214 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY  4
GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES 8
ELECT   4
ELECT   4
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDIT HOURS 50
Nursing Core Requirements Quarter Credit Hours
QUARTER 1 (6 CREDITS)  
NUR 300 INTRO TO ACCELERATED & ONLINE LEARNING IN NURSING 3
NUR 303 TRANSITION TO BACCALAUREATE NURSING ROLES 3
ELECT *From General Electives (if needed)  
QUARTER 2 (6 CREDITS)  
NUR 304 HOLISTIC NURSING & COMPLEMENTARY ALTERNATIVE 3
NUR 305 GENETICS IN HEALTHCARE 3
ELECT *From General Electives (if needed)  
QUARTER 3 (9 CREDITS)  
NUR 309 DIVERSITY IN HEALTHCARE 3
NUR 306 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY  6
QUARTER 4 (12 CREDITS)  
NUR 307 HEALTH & PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT ACROSS LIFESPAN 6
NUR 402 END OF LIFE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN 3
NUR 405 QUALITY CARE AND PATIENT SAFETY 3
QUARTER 5 (12 CREDITS)  
NUR 403 HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS AND TECHNOLOGY 3
NUR *** EVIDENCEBASED NURSING PRACTICE AND STATISTICS  9
QUARTER 6 (10 CREDITS)  
NUR 4** HEALTHCARE MGMT, ECON, FINANCE, GOVT SUPPORT AND INSURANCE 4
NUR 407 MGMT. LEADERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING 6
QUARTER 7 (9 CREDITS)  
NUR 401 COMMUNITY THEORY AND FAMILY THEORY 3
NUR 406 COMMUINITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING 6
QUARTER 8 (6 CREDITS)  
NUR 408 SENIOR EXPERIENTIAL PRACTICUM & SEMINAR 6
TOTAL NURSING CORE CREDIT HOURS 70
TOTAL NURSING BLOCK TRANSFER CREDIT HOURS 60
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS 180

 

Those who lack one or more required general studies courses must complete them as prerequisites to upper-level nursing courses.

*Courses subject to change.