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Nursing Degree - Bachelor of Science

BSN FAQ's

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General Questions

  • What benefit is a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN)? Is a bachelor's degree right for me?

    Professional nurses (RN with BSN is considered entry level into professional nursing)

    • Maintain a broadened scope of knowledge used to assess, plan, and intervene to promote health, prevent disease or injury.
    • Uphold a unique scope of practice and can practice independently while they may also collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to provide the care needed by individuals as well as entire populations, nationally and globally.
    • Continue to focus on direct and indirect patient care and outcomes.

    Professional nursing roles range from direct patient care and case management to establishing nursing practice standards, managing clinical units, developing quality assurance procedures, directing complex nursing care systems, conducting clinical research, teaching in nursing programs, as well as practicing in many other fascinating settings.

    The Tri-Council organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and National League for Nursing have issued a policy statement identifying the need for more highly educated nursing workforce. According to the AACN position statement (2001), the emerging demands of the workforce and healthcare trends call for nurses to be armed with a broader scope.

    In addition to the liberal learning and global perspective gained from a four-year baccalaureate education, the BSN curriculum includes clinical, scientific, decision making, and humanistic skills, including preparation in community health, patient education, and nursing management and leadership. Such skills are essential for today's professional nurse who must make quick, sometimes life-and-death decisions; design and manage a comprehensive plan of nursing care; understand a patient's treatment, symptoms, and danger signs; supervise other nursing personnel and support staff; master advanced technology; guide patients through the maze of health care resources in a community; and educate patients on health care options and how to adopt healthy lifestyles. (AACN, 2001)

    Furthermore, research has shown that patient outcomes are greatly improved when care is provided/managed by a nurse with a bachelor's level education.

    AACN Position Statement available at www.aacn.nche.edu/Publications/positions/baccmin.htm.

    Tri-Council Policy Statement available at www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ThePracticeofProfessionalNursing/PatientSafetyQuality/Education/TriCouncil-for-Nursing-Issues-Policy-Statement.aspx.

    Additionally, a BSN education prepares a nurse for entry into graduate programs:

    • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN)
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
    • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
    • Nurse Midwifery
    • Nurse Educator
    • Masters in Healthcare Management
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • PhD in Nursing, Leadership, Management, or Education (and more!)
  • What does Bellevue's program have to offer me?

    Not all RN to BSN programs are created equal. Bellevue's motto, Real learning for Real life, rings true in this program. Your time is valuable. You want an education you can use. In this program you not only read and discuss topics, you get the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real life situations faced by nurses and nurse managers every day. This is accomplished through dynamic, highly interactive course delivery including virtual simulations, case studies, and presentations, just to name a few.

Admission Requirements Questions

  • Do I need to have an RN license or work experience as a licensed RN?

    You must have a current, unrestricted RN license to practice in the state in which you live/work. International applicants must validate credentials with the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools before applying for RN licensure. Additionally, you must have one year of practice experience or currently be practicing as a licensed RN.

  • Are there additional requirements for admission into the program?

    There are program specific admission requirements that must be met in addition to the Bellevue University admission requirements. It is important to note these requirements as admission into Bellevue University does not guarantee admission into the RN to BSN degree completion program. Admission into the RN to BSN degree completion program is contingent upon successfully meeting program specific admission requirements which are to be submitted upon request to your Enrollment Counselor/Academic Advisor. The program specific requirements include:

    • A current unrestricted RN license to practice in a US state (International applicants must validate credentials with the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools before applying for RN licensure.)
    • Currently practicing as a licensed RN OR a minimum of one year of practice as a licensed RN. (Verification form completed and signed by supervisor or employer.)
    • Copy of all transcripts on file and documenting an earned grade of C or higher in the following prerequisite courses:
      • English Comp I & II (6 semester credits or equivalent)
      • College Chemistry with lab (4 semester credits or equivalent)
      • Intermediate College Algebra or higher math (3 semester credits or equivalent)
      • A&P I & II (8 semester credits or equivalent)
      • Social Science Course (Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology) (3 semester credits or equivalent)
  • Are there course requirements for admission into the program?

    Applicants are required to provide transcripts documenting an earned grade of C or higher in the following prerequisite courses:

    • English Comp I & II (6 semester credits or equivalent)
    • College Chemistry with lab (4 semester credits or equivalent)
    • Intermediate College Algebra or higher (3 semester credits or equivalent)
    • A&P I & II (8 semester credits or equivalent)
    • Social Science Course (Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology) (3 semester credits or equivalent)
  • How many credits do you accept from other colleges?

    Transcripts from all college, university, and school you attended after high school will be reviewed for transfer of credit to our university; 60 credits are awarded for completion of previous nursing education and experience. Additional college transfer credits will be evaluated to meet the required 22 elective credits needed to reach the 127 credits required for graduation.

  • I am a licensed LPN, how can I get my BSN?

    Many community colleges offer programs for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to advance their career and scope of practice through associate's degree programs. Once you have completed an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), become state licensed as an RN, and secure a nursing practice, you would qualify for application into Bellevue University's RN to BSN program.

Program Information Questions

  • How many classes will I need to take?

    The baccalaureate degree is 127 credits. Sixty credits are awarded upon admission for the prior nursing education and work experience and 22 college credits from electives will be evaluated for transfer. The degree completion core program consists of 36 credits and the addition of the Bellevue University Kirkpatrick Signature Series (9 credits) completes the requirements for the degree.

  • Does this program require completion of clinical hours?

    This is a non-clinical degree completion program for nurses who are currently practicing as a licensed RN or who have a minimum of one year of experience practicing as a licensed RN. It is expected that you already have the clinical nursing skills and maintain those through your RN practice.

  • Do I ever need to come to campus for class?

    The RN to BSN program offers two delivery options.

    • You may elect to enroll and complete the program online. The online program will rarely, if ever, require any travel to campus; however we would enjoy celebrating your accomplishment and success at commencement.
    • You may elect to enroll in the enhanced residential program. This program is offered once a year and requires completion of traditional face-to-face classes, though is enhanced through the additional use of the online classroom. Again, we would like to celebrate with you at commencement once you have completed the program.
  • How long does it take to complete the RN to BSN program?

    The core program consists of nine 6-week courses for a total of 54 weeks of instruction, not including holidays and scheduled breaks. The Kirkpatrick Signature Series (3-course cluster completed in 12 weeks) is then completed once the program core requirements have been met and you may then apply for graduation.

  • Is this program strictly online or hybrid?

    The RN to BSN program offers two delivery options.

    • You may elect to enroll and complete the program online.
    • You may elect to enroll in the enhanced residential program. This option is hybrid in fashion, incorporating traditional face-to-face classes incorporating components of the online classroom.
  • How do I attend class and how are tests administered?

    There are two course delivery options:

    • All online courses are carried out through the online classroom management system. In the online classroom, you will participate in discussion boards, online presentations, group projects, etc. Exams are also completed via this online classroom. Course faculty will designate specific deadlines and expectations for the course, just as you would have in the face-to-face classroom; however you have the ability to access the online classroom to participate and complete course work as it fits your schedule, day or night.
    • In the enhanced residential program, components of the courses will be completed online via the classroom management system, such as virtual simulations, quizzes/exams. The majority of course activities will occur in the face-to-face classroom. Activities in the face-to-face classroom may include topic discussion, debate, presentations, group projects, quizzes and/or exams. Typically, the enhanced residential courses are held one night a week in three hour blocks.
  • Does this program require group work?

    This program incorporates both individual and group work. This is in line with the industry expectation for interprofessional collaboration. The Institute of Medicine supports interprofessionalism and provides this statement, "All health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches, and informatics." Furthermore, patients benefit from interprofessional collaboration through the minimization of error in care delivery as well as financial expense and maximization of safety and patient outcomes. Specific techniques and goals for participating as an effective team member will be incorporated into your education and thus benefit your professional practice.

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