Just the Facts: King’s RN to BSN Program Online
posted July 17th, 2014 by Tricia Hussung
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is quickly becoming the new standard for nurses as health care organizations become more dependent on advanced skills to keep pace with industry demands.
Nursing professionals have higher expectations placed on them than ever before. With advances in technology and changes in both patient demographics and approaches to care, employers are looking for nurses who have the knowledge and experience to lead. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is quickly becoming the new standard for nurses as health care organizations become more dependent on advanced skills to keep pace with industry demands. As a working nurse professional, now is a great time for you to apply your nursing experience and previous education by earning an RN to BSN online. At King University, we offer a degree program that is designed for working nurse professionals who require the flexibility of online learning. Read on to learn how you can gain new nursing credentials and improve your healthcare career.
About the Degree
The first thing you need to know is that a nursing diploma or Associate of Science degree with a major in nursing is required for enrollment to the RN to BSN program. A valid registered nurse (RN) license for the state of Tennessee (or multistate license) is also required.
The program includes 32 credit hours of core nursing courses and can be completed in as little as 16 months, depending on your transfer credits. With a total of 124 credit hours required for completion, this degree is designed to build on your nursing knowledge and experience while making you an ideal candidate for today’s demanding nursing job market. It provides you with the professional skill development you need to meet patient needs and advance your career.
Though the program is offered completely online, clinical aspects of courses require participation in a community service assignment and implementing a change project in the work environment. This means that you get all the benefits of online learning while continuing to make a difference as a nursing professional.
The King University School of Nursing is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The following courses make up the nursing core sequence:
- Dimensions of Professional Nursing: This course introduces students to the scope of professional practice by helping them to re-engage into the role of the baccalaureate nurse.
- Research Methods for Nurses: This course studies the use of evidence-based findings in clinical practice with a focus on qualitative and quantitative methods, sampling procedures, data collection methods and result interpretation. Students will propose a clinical investigative study that may be carried out within the acute care or community health setting.
- Health and Physical Assessment: This course is designed to improve and build upon current health assessment skills, including interviewing techniques, the use of standard assessment instruments, data analysis, documentation and interventions to promote and maintain health.
- Spiritual and Cultural Considerations in Nursing: This course overviews nursing within a spiritual and cultural context, with a strong emphasis on understanding human behavior and promoting, maintaining and restoring holistic health of patients, families and communities.
- Nursing Ethics: This course examines nursing care at the end of life with topics including palliative care in the hospital and long-term care setting, hospice care, pain management, symptom management, the meaning of illness, the meaning of hope in the dying, public policy dealing with end-of-life care issues and a look at the global end of life care perspective.
- Community and Public Health Theory and Practice: A look at caring for the public’s community health problems, epidemiology and promoting community preventive health programs with a focus on local, state, federal and international health policy issues that impact individuals, families and groups.
- Principles of Leadership and Management: This course examines previous learning and experience as it relates to leadership in a nursing role. Students will develop their own professional role as managers of patient care; leaders in health care policy-making; advocates for patient rights and educators of patients, the public and other health care professionals.
- Capstone for Registered Nurses: This cumulative course utilizes the student’s knowledge from previous nursing courses to facilitate dynamic discussions and the course change project. Students are expected to be active discussion participants and are to engage in activities that focus on professional development.
How to Apply
Students applying for RN-BSN online program must meet the following requirements:
- An associate degree or diploma in nursing.
- A current unencumbered license as a registered nurse from the Tennessee Board of Nursing or a compact multi-state license. Applicants should not be on probation and must report any past or current disciplinary action taken by a state board.
- A current CPR certification.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in previous nursing courses at the community college level. Diploma program-level courses (e.g., anatomy and physiology) must have been completed at the community college level.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Shank, Enrollment Counselor
1-800-293-7075 ext. 106
As a graduate of King University’s RN to BSN program online, you can increase your earning potential and advance your career in various areas of nursing. Apply now to get started and build upon your passion for nursing.