RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

Program Availability

You’re already an accomplished RN, but completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree will help you climb the career ladder and become a leader within a health care organization. Through the online RN to BSN program at Creighton’s College of Nursing, you will expand your knowledge of quality improvement projects and the role of nursing in promoting patient safety and quality care. This means you’ll be well-equipped to effect better patient outcomes.

With all courses online, the program is designed and delivered in a way to fit your busy lifestyle. The RN-BSN curriculum offers both full-time and part-time options. 

Outcomes

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) [2011] calls for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the nursing workforce to 80% by 2020. According to a 2014 American Association of Colleges of Nursing report(AACN), approximately 44% of hospitals and other health care settings require new hires to hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (BSN), with almost 79% preferring a BSN-prepared nurse. 

Demographic and financial trends are transforming the health care landscape and require a nursing workforce that provides care coordination/care transition and outcomes-based population health management.  Nursing leadership, at all levels, is required to effectively drive healthcare in the U.S, lead systems change, and achieve quality-cost-effective patient care outcomes (Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, 2016). 

As a bachelor’s prepared nurse with leadership skill sets in outcomes management, care management and care transition, cost-quality care, population management; you will be presented with a myriad of career growth opportunities in clinical practice, education, and administration.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares students to: 

  1. Integrate respect for each person’s dignity, worth, and spiritual uniqueness into professional practice.
  2. Synthesize knowledge and evidence from nursing and other disciplines to coordinate health care for diverse clients. 
  3. Demonstrate clinical judgment and professional accountability that supports safe practice and quality client outcomes.
  4. Collaborate and communicate effectively as a leader and advocate using diverse modalities.
  5. Manage resources efficiently and effectively in the coordination and management of care. 
  6. Incorporate deliberate reflection, self-awareness, and values consciousness into a process of personal and professional formation. 
  7. Integrate professional, legal, and ethical standards into nursing practice.

What You'll Learn

  • Principles of population management
  • Principles of Outcomes Management, Care Coordination, and Care Transition
  • Principles of health care finance and budget
  • Conflict engagement and resolution skills
  • Leadership and team-building skills

Curriculum

We offer rolling admissions, so you can begin courses in August or January with this flexible program.

  • A minimum of 32 credits hours must be earned at Creighton University. Students in this program will also take 33 credit hours of nursing (NUR) courses as outlined in the RN-BSN Program of Study.
  • Support Courses: The program of study includes 52 credit hours of required courses that support the nursing (NUR) courses in the program. A flexible transfer policy is in place for courses taken in previous programs and for courses taken concurrently as support courses for program.  While many support courses are completed in previous educational programs, some support courses may also be completed while enrolled in the RN to BSN courses, provided pre-requisite courses are met. 
  • Validated Credit Hours: Following completion of NUR 350, a maximum of 43 credit hours will be validated for prior nursing course work and licensure as an RN.
     

PDF iconRN-BSN Program of Study (PDF)

Our R.N. to BSN program builds upon the Outcomes Management Care Coordination Leadership Certificate. As a student in the RN-BSN program, once you complete NUR 315, NUR 319, NUR 335, NUR 340, NUR 345, and NUR 356, you will be awarded a certificate in Outcomes Management and Care Coordination Leadership. You can complete both programs in as little as 40 weeks.

RN to BSN curriculum model illustration

Admissions Requirements

Registered nurses who have graduated from an associate degree program or diploma program in nursing, who show evidence of consistent academic ability, and are eligible for licensure in Nebraska, may apply directly to the College of Nursing, Admissions Office. Applicants must submit an application to the College of Nursing.

Admission to the College of Nursing is a two-tiered process. Acceptance is conditional until all steps in both tiers are successfully completed:

  1. Academic acceptance is based solely on academic credentials
    1. Official college transcripts
    2. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above
    3. Copy of current unencumbered nursing license
    4. Two letters of reference, once from the dean or director of the basic nursing program and one from the most recent nursing employer.  If the applicant graduated longer than three years ago, both reference letters should be from employers (clinical practice managers or charge nurse supervisors).
  2. Validation of the applicants’ ability to meet the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor requirements of the nursing curriculum, with or without reasonable accommodations, consistent with the American Disabilities Act, is required.
    1. Full acceptance into the College of Nursing is conditional upon receipt and approval of the “Safety & Technical Standards” (S&T) form. 
    2. The S&T form is sent to the applicant with the letter informing of conditional academic acceptance and is to be returned within fourteen (14) days. 
    3. If the “Safety & Technical Standards” form is approved, the applicant is granted full admission. If there are any concerns about the “S&T Standards” form, a follow-up letter will be sent addressing the issues raised by the form and the status of the conditional admission into the College of Nursing. 
    4. Any requests for accommodations will be evaluated to determine the adequacy of the supporting documentation and the reasonableness of the requested accommodation.
    5. All current students verify that they meet these technical standards on an annual basis.   

Conditions of Enrollment:

  1. Certain conditions of enrollment must be met to insure access to placement in clinical settings.
    1. Completion of immunizations required of all Creighton University Health Sciences students
      Participation in clinical experiences is dependent upon the completion of these immunizations.
    2. Background investigation of all current and fully accepted students
    3. Drug testing consistent with clinical agency contracts
    4. Completion of physical examination to provide evidence that the student is free from contagious disease and not a health hazard to patients in various settings.
    5. Completion of certification in Basic Life support (BLS). Either Red Cross “Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuer” or American Heart Association “Health Care Provider” are accepted. Courses should be labeled “professional level” and include instruction on Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
  2. The College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international students. The ability to speak and write correct grammatical English is imperative. All international applicants who are not native speakers of English or who have obtained a high school diploma or degree outside of the United States must present a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 on Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 100 on the Internet-Based Test (IBT). The College of Nursing accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as an acceptable exam for showing English proficiency. A passing score for the IELTS is 8.0, which is deemed equivalent to the 100 iBT TOEFL exam. TOEFL is still the preferred and recommended exam for proficiency but IELTS scores will be accepted as well. Score over two years old will not be accepted. Students must ask the ETS (testing agency) to send original TOEFL scores to Creighton University (Institutional Code 6121). The College of Nursing reserved the right to require students to re-take the exam. It is also at the discretion of the College of Nursing as to whether a TOEFL score is required of applicants who have earned a college degree from a United States university

Tuition & Scholarships

2016 enrollments earn special scholarships. View tuition and fees details.

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