Online RN to BSN Degree

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Advance Your Profession - Online RN to BSN

Southern New Hampshire University’s online RN to BSN program is designed to accommodate your busy life as a working nurse. Your role in today’s complex healthcare environment requires critical competencies, including evidence-based care, health promotion, disease prevention and the use of technology to enhance your clinical and professional development. The online RN to BSN at SNHU delivers on those objectives and more, preparing you for your next step in nursing.

SNHU offers an affordable, transfer-friendly online RN to BSN program, allowing you to maximize your prior coursework and reduce the cost of completing your degree. Our online RN to BSN degree program provides the time and flexibility to master your coursework, while balancing your professional and personal life.

Our RN to BSN curriculum was developed by experienced nursing faculty with advanced degrees. If you’d like to continue on to an MSN degree, SNHU’s online Accelerated RN to MSN program lets you earn your BSN prior to completing the MSN program. With the online Accelerated RN to MSN you can choose a Clinical Nurse Leader or Patient Quality and Safety concentration – or opt for no concentration at all. 

Why earn an online nursing degree at SNHU?

  • The Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • An affordable online RN to BSN from a private, nonprofit university
  • A nursing curriculum built upon the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report competencies
  • Expert faculty, highly experienced teaching nurses online
  • Dedicated academic and career support
  • 24/7 access to your coursework

RN to BSN Degree Curriculum

SNHU’s online bachelor's in nursing programs follow a 10-course curriculum that delivers against the competencies mandated by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This framework was developed to accommodate busy practicing nursing professionals and permit sufficient time to complete coursework.

Our curriculum is built around a transformational model of individual development. The coursework initially stresses enhancing nursing professionals’ abilities to manage themselves, then focuses on managing in a complex environment. Our nursing students also work on developing the awareness, knowledge and proficiency reflected in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's 11 nursing competencies. Additional BA/BS core courses also are required for a BSN.

Students may transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU. Students with a bachelor’s degree in another field will find the online RN to BSN program especially transfer-friendly.

Nursing Major Courses

IHP-420: Ethical and Legal Considerations of Healthcare
Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in healthcare. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment. The impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care systems is explored.
IHP-450: Healthcare Management and Finance
This course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations within a performance improvement model. Students will explore problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare department. Additionally, topics will include healthcare finance reimbursement, bookkeeping, accounting principles, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefits analysis.
NUR-300: Scholarly Inquiry
This course is designed to introduce the licensed registered nurse to the role of the bachelor's prepared nurse in complex health care setting. The Transformational model of learning will be the foundation to develop scholarly inquiry in order to improve practice. Skill development in critical reflection, assessing evidence, professional writing, study habits, and work-life balance will be essential for success. The goal is to provide a knowledge base in nursing theory to improve nursing practice. The role of the Bachelor's prepared nurse as a patient advocate, clinical expert and a leader in evidence-based practice and transformation of health care will be emphasized. The course will discuss the capstone course and development of a project.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-305: Information Management and Patient Care Technologies
This course explores patient care technologies, information systems, telecommunication technologies, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. Topics covered include standardized terminology; electronic health record, patient portal, meaningful use, and pay for performance; data integrity, abstraction and mining; use of clinical decision support tools to promote patient safety, and ethical and legal issues related to information technology.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-315: Pathophysiology for Nurses
This course introduces the student to common health problems in individuals. Adult conditions will be reviewed. Cellular disruptions resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress conditions will be analyzed. The understanding of nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan and implement treatments for disease processes will serve as the foundation for decision-making and management. Diagnostic evaluations and holistic management of selected disease processes will be explored.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program and have taken
NUR-325: Patient Assessment and Health Literacy
The student will analyze health assessment methods and communication strategies for diverse populations across the continuum of care in this course. An overview of assessment techniques and patient education will be explored in order to support informed health care decisions. Development of interpersonal effectiveness and cultural competence will be the focus of competency for the student. The goal of health literacy will be to develop verbal and written communication strategies that nurses can use to effectively meet the individualized needs of the patient to promote health and address illness. The student will review standards of care and regulations which oversee the provision of safe and effective care. This three-credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the course.
Prerequisites:
Take NUR-315; and must be enrolled in Nursing prog
NUR-400: Systems Leadership for Continuous Quality
This course will explore organizational and systems leadership within the complex clinical microsystems to promote high quality patient care utilizing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote care coordination, negotiation, change management, team building and collaboration within the interdisciplinary team. Topics will include quality improvement and safety concepts using structure, process and outcome measures, and performance improvement methodologies to promote quality outcomes for diverse populations. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-490: Transformational Capstone
The Transformational Capstone course will utilize a seminar process to establish the expectations for the project. The Capstone project will demonstrate the achievement of four stages of personal development as outlined in the Transformational model for education. .Expectations for the project will be addressed to demonstrate application of knowledge in a complex health environment. In conjunction with the faculty member, the student will design an individual experience to apply skills to effectively promote a positive change in complex health systems. The Capstone project will represent the culmination of achievement in the RN-BSN program.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program

Select one of the following:

NUR-350: Community and Population Health
In this course, the student will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and recommend change for health issues for groups and in communities. Topics will include local and regional conditions that affect vulnerable populations through the lifespan. Case management and care coordination will be discussed. Application of community health principles will be the foundation for recommending interventions. The prevention will include diverse, environmental disease treatments and healthcare policy strategies. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the course.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-350AP: Community and Population Health AP
In this course, the student will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and recommend change for health issues for groups and in communities. Topics will include local, regional, and global conditions which affect vulnerable populations through the lifespan. Case management and care coordination will be discussed. Application of community health principles will be the foundation for recommending interventions. Diverse environmental, disease treatments, and health care policy strategies will be the goal for prevention. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the course.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program and must be an

Select one of the following:

NUR-440: Research & Evidence-Based Practice
Undergraduate students will be introduced to theory-guided and evidence-based nursing practice. Students will acquire the skills to become proficient consumers of nursing research. Focus is placed on understanding established research methodologies, ways of knowing in nursing, and developing the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to retrieve and critique published studies for application to evidence-based nursing practice. This three credit course will include 45 hours of practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-440AP: Research & Evidence-Based Practice AP
This course is an examination of two antisocial personality disorders and the behavioral traits shared by both. The course will help the student understand the commonalities as well as the unique differences. It will culminate in a thorough examination of infamous serial killers and the disorders attributed to them.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in Nursing program; Advanced Path

ASN Transfer Electives: 36 Credits

General Education Requirements

The BSN program is 120 credit hours. In addition to completing the 10 nursing courses outlined above, students must complete the following coursework:

ENG-122: English Composition I
English 122 is a college-level writing course that introduces students to the various forms of academic discourse. This course focuses primarily on the basic elements of college composition and writing as a process in both narrative and analytical forms. Students will investigate the importance and promise of effective written communication in various personal and professional contexts and identify effective strategies through critical analysis of written works as well as their own writing. Finally, this course prepares students for more advanced research analysis by connecting students to important avenues of research.
ENG-123: English Composition II
English 123 focuses students on the importance of research to advancing knowledge for various purposes. This course will build on the foundations of composition and introduce students to the research process and the analysis and evaluation of various sources. Students will investigate the writing process for research as well as appropriate research methods and skills. Additionally, this course offers multiple opportunities to engage in the important tasks of revision and editing and will ask students to incorporate feedback to improve their writing.
Prerequisites:
ENG-122
SNHU-107: Success Strategies for Online Learning
This course focuses on student success strategies for students who are new to higher education or online learning. Skill areas include academic research and writing, effective communication in an online environment, critical thinking, self-advocacy and support services, community learning and group collaboration, and the empowerment of students to utilize their strengths in order to improve the likelihood of academic success.

Students transferring in more than 11 credits can choose to substitute an elective in lieu of SNHU-107. Contact your advisor for more information. 

MAT Foundation Elective: 3 Credits

EFAH Exploration: 6 Credits

ESBS Exploration Credits Dictated:

PSY-108: Introduction to Psychology
This course provides students an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students prepare for more advanced concepts in upper-level Psychology courses by learning the basics of how to evaluate research and exploring various areas of specialization within the discipline. Offered every semester.
PSY-211: Lifespan Development
The purpose of this course is to engage students in meaningful exploration of theories, basic concepts, and research methodologies in psychological development. Students will gain an understanding of patterns of human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional development and the interplay between these areas. This course will also explore the roles of environmental and genetic factors, culture and history, continuity and change in development. Offered every semester.
Prerequisites:
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
BIO-205: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I is the first of two courses examining the structure, function, and interdependence of the human body systems. The course begins at the cellular and molecular levels with a concentration on the organization of the human body as a symbiotic system. The integumentary, nervous, and endocrine systems provide focal points for case studies and discussions throughout the term. The online laboratory course component allows the student to integrate and apply theory based knowledge from the course room to online experiments and critical appraisal exercises.
BIO-211: Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II is the second of two courses examining the structure, function and interdependence of the human body systems. The muscular/skeletal, cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems provide focal points for case studies and online discussions throughout the term. This course allows the student to integrate and apply theory based knowledge from the course room to simulations and critical appraisal exercises.
Prerequisites:
Take BIO-205;
BIO-212: Microbiology
Microbiology focuses on the impact of pathogenic organisms and their role in immunology and disease. Course content will focus on the etiology of microbial infections, the interaction between microbe and host, and preventive measures. Students will participate in simulations that will provide clarity into the symptomatology, etiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and best practices in the treatments of infectious diseases.
Prerequisites:
Take BIO-205 BIO-211;
IHP-340: Statistics for Healthcare Professionals
This course explores the basic statistical concepts of inference, variability, and statistical significance. Statistical methods used to describe data, quantify relationships and to test for differences between means will be studied. Parametric statistics will be the main focus but some common nonparametric tests will be introduced. The course will focus on the interpretation of published research findings.

Integration Credits

IDS-400: Diversity
This course aims to broaden and deepen students' understanding, experience, and critical thinking skills with regard to cultural differences and cross-cultural interactions. Students will analyze diversity through the disciplines of socio-economics, physical anthropology, biology, geography, and arts and the humanities. Intercultural competence, a lifelong learning process, is introduced as a crucial skill set and benefit to the individual, interpersonal relationships, organizations, and society. Analyzing the role of culture in today's world, developing culturally responsive practices, and understanding the benefits and challenges of diversity will be emphasized.
Prerequisites:
ENG-122 and ENG-123 - contact your advisor to regi

Integration Area Electives: 6 Credits

Total Credits: 120

Bachelor's in Nursing Outcomes

The demand for nurses with bachelor’s-level education continues to increase at hospitals and other healthcare organizations. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is urging that the number of BSN-prepared nurses increase to 80 percent by 2020, a sentiment echoed by the Tri-Council for Nursing as a means to enhance patient care and safety.

With SNHU's online RN to BSN degree, you’ll:

  • Apply skills in using patient-care technologies, information systems and clinical decision support tools to promote safe nursing practice and quality patient outcomes
  • Utilize evidence-based practice in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care
  • Formulate strategies to promote health and prevent disease in individuals and populations across the lifespan
  • Implement patient safety and quality initiatives within the complex clinical microsystem using leadership and communication skills
  • Analyze trends in healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments and their implications for healthcare access, equity and affordability
  • Evaluate lifelong learning and nursing engagement to promote personal and professional transformation

Accelerated RN to MSN

For professional nurses with defined education goals, our online Accelerated RN to MSN offers a seamless pathway for advancing from an ASN through a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to a Master of Science in Nursing. The Accelerated RN to MSN program option allows BSN students to progress into the MSN program through the successful completion of two advanced level BSN courses in which students perform graduate level work. The Accelerated RN to MSN option saves you time and money, and lets you pursue advanced nursing degrees within SNHU without a break in continuity or momentum. Prior to moving into the MSN program, students must successfully complete their BSN degree.

As an RN to MSN student, you’ll complete graduate-level coursework in your BSN courses, resulting in the elimination of two graduate courses and reducing the time for the overall program by as much as 20 weeks of class. RN to BSN students who apply to and are accepted into the online Accelerated RN to MSN option can choose to pursue the Clinical Nurse Leader or Patient Quality and Safety concentration – or opt for no concentration at all.

BSN Admission Requirements

  • An earned associate degree in nursing from a state-approved or nationally accredited nursing program and a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Evidence of unencumbered state RN licensure (due upon completion of the first BS in Nursing course)
  • Daily access to the internet

To pursue an Accelerated RN to MSN, you must have an active unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If you have a GPA below 3.0, but higher than 2.67, you are eligible for provisional acceptance. You must achieve a grade of B+ or better in your first graduate nursing course to be fully accepted into the MSN program.

If you are enrolled in Community College System of New Hampshire nursing programs, contact your CCSNH advisor or an admissions counselor at Southern New Hampshire University to learn more about program admission requirements and tuition information.

If you are an RN to BSN student interested in the Accelerated RN to MSN, contact an SNHU admissions counselor or your academic advisor to learn more about the separate admission requirements.

CCNE Accredited Nursing Program

 

The Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).