RN to BSN Degree Completion (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

Earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing is an important step in your decision to advance your nursing career. Grantham University’s RN to BSN Degree Completion Program is 100% online to build upon your associate degree with current, evidence-based courses, designed according to the NLN Competencies for Nursing Graduates and QSEN Competencies.

What will I learn?

You will expand your nursing skills in the areas of leadership, community concepts, research and professional practices.

What are the admission requirements?

This degree completion program builds on the foundation of previous nursing education at the associate degree level. To be admitted into this program (which meets the Kansas Articulation Model), you need to satisfy general requirements for undergraduate admissions, as well as provide proof of:

  • An earned Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN/ASN/AAS) from an accredited nursing program with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Current and unencumbered RN License as indicated by Date of Issue
  • Nurses educated outside the United States, who are eligible to practice as an RN in the United States must have an earned associate degree in nursing that equates to a U.S. associate degree

Note: Certain states, such as Kansas, require CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) certification as part of the vetting process to earn a valid and current RN license. Please check with your state to determine requirements.

What careers can I pursue with this degree?

By completing your nursing bachelor’s degree, you set yourself for opportunities in nursing leadership, such as charge nurse or even director of nursing1.

How long is the degree completion program?

At 40 credit hours, this option should be completed in 24 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take each term.

How much will it cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin frequently, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

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RN to BSN Degree Completion (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

RN to BSN Degree Completion Outcomes

After successfully completing the nursing courses in this program, you will be able to:

  • Utilize effective communication in oral, written, interpersonal and electronic modes
  • Employ clinical judgments based on evidence-based practice standards and ethical practices
  • Identify accountability when providing and ensuring safe, efficient, quality patient care
  • Synthesize available resources to apply critical thinking to complex clinical situations
  • Select culturally competent care concepts for individuals and families across the lifespan
  • Demonstrate proficiency in caring for communities and populations experiencing threats to well-being
  • Display concepts of lifelong learning to enhance personal and professional nursing practice
  • Apply clinical technologies and informatics in practice
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

RN to BSN Degree Completion (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The courses in this online RN-BSN degree completion program can prepare you for number of nursing positions1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Charge Nurse
  • Emergency Department RN
  • Staff Registered Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Operating Room RN

Employers can include:

  • Healthcare organizations
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community health agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Government agencies

RN to BSN Degree Completion (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

As you consider your educational options for RN to BSN degree programs, bear in mind Grantham University’s coursework is online for the flexibility you need to succeed.

NOTE: Nursing courses must be taken in the sequence shown. Non-matriculating students holding a current and unencumbered RN license may take an individual nursing course.

Students Entering With An Associate Degree in Nursing and RN License Credit Hours
Education and Licensing Completed Prior to Matriculation at Grantham University:
Basic RN Program - credits for nursing coursework 30
General Education transferable credits from an appropriately accredited institution 21
Experiential Credit for RN practice 30
Required Courses to be Completed at Grantham University:
BSN Degree Completion 40
Total Hours 121

Transfer Credit Note: Individual student transfer results may vary, as each student receives an evaluation based on official transcripts provided. Prior postsecondary education transcripts will be reviewed for possible transfer credit for EN361; residency requirements apply.

Course Note: Nursing courses must be taken in the sequence shown. Non-matriculating students holding a current and unencumbered RN license may take an individual nursing course. GU100 and 400 level nursing courses must be completed at Grantham University; no transfer credits for these courses are permitted.

 

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 40
Total Credit Hours: 40
Accreditation(s): DEAC

Textbook Information

Program Core: 40
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU100 Title: Student Success Credits: 1
  This required one-credit hour course introduces Grantham students to various strategies for learning and helps develop skills essential for succeeding in an online education program. Students complete self assessments to become familiar with their learning styles and how to use their learning styles in online studies. Students successfully completing this course are more proficient in time management, reading skills, writing techniques, memory abilities, and test-taking strategies. Students learn how to navigate within Grantham University's online course learning environment, submit assignments, and where to go for academic assistance. GU100 is normally taken with level 100 or 200 courses that offer the most common challenges in working in an online learning environment. Students complete assignments in both courses simultaneously as a learning strategy for general education and entry-level knowledge acquisition while developing successful online study skills. Successful completion of
Course: EN361 Title: Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course teaches the skills needed to produce such forms as memos, informal reports, proposals, and letters of applications. The course starts with theory and proceeds to skills and applications. Some of the topics studied include the Technical Writing Process, Research, Summarizing, Outlining, and Formatting of various reports. Your knowledge of the subject matter will be evaluated through objective tests, and your writing skills will be evaluated by your performance on writing assignments.
Course: MA230 Title: Mathematical Statistics I Credits: 3
  This intermediate mathematics course presents methods in making analytical decisions using statistics. This course focuses on the characteristics of numerical and categorical data, methods of presentation, and descriptive statistics. Correlation and covariance are presented in the context of business analysis. The course also introduces students to basic methods of sampling and of making inferences using one or two independent samples.
Course: NUR302 Title: Pathophysiology Credits: 3
  This course builds on the basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology to identify the disruptions in normal body functioning. The student will analyze objective and subjective data from common health issues occurring in diverse populations. Factors impacting on the disruption in health patterns will be discussed. Integrated into the discussion of each health issue are the assessment findings, diagnostic testing measures, and interventions including pharmacological therapy.
Course: NUR304 Title: Nursing Ethics Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of healthcare ethics and the nurse's role in ethical decision making as it impacts on delivery of care. The nurse must understand that their own values, views of society, life experiences and clinical expertise influence the ethicaof l decision making process. An understanding of the trends, theories and models of ethical decision making as well as an understanding of the established principles upon which ethical decisions are made is necessary to deliver safe, efficient, quality care that takes into consideration the global perspective of cultural norms of populations and communities. Patient advocacy is addressed as part of the nurse's role in ethical issues. This course provides the basic principles behind the model for ethical decision making and explores ethical issues confronting nursing practice in the following arenas: relationships, technology, patient self-determination, health policy, economics, social policy, gender and transcultural and spi
Course: NUR306 Title: Pharmacology Credits: 3
  This course establishes the foundation principles upon which nursing management of drug therapy is based. An overview of core drug knowledge and variables in drug administration is provided. A body system/drug classification approach is utilized to investigate the pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs. From knowledge gained in this course, the nurse can provide safe, effective, quality care regarding administration of medications to diverse populations.
Course: NUR402 Title: Transition to Professional Nursing Credits: 3
  This course explores the traditional and less traditional roles of the professional registered nurse in addition to implications for future practice. The course addresses the added complexities that technological advances bring to the health care delivery systems, and includes topics such as critical thinking, socioeconomic issues, patient selfdetermination, cultural diversity, research and evidence-based practices and ethical issues in healthcare.
Course: NUR405 Title: Health Assessment for Professional Nursing Credits: 3
  Nursing courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence noted in the degree program chart. This course builds on the practical knowledge many RNs possess due to employment in healthcare agencies. The course provides a holistic approach to health assessment for the adult client with adaptations across the life span. Theories and competencies are needed to elicit a thorough and accurate assessment of the client under various health and wellness conditions. The student will apply concepts of health assessment focusing on a general systems approach and will complete 45 hours of practice experience (PE). Using a simulated patient encounter for clinical learning, students will conduct a general health assessment, and formulate an individualized care plan.
Course: NUR410 Title: Theoretical Concepts of Research in Nursing Credits: 3
  This course introduces the student to components of the research process with application to the theory and practice of professional nursing. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice utilizing the research process. Students will be introduced to several research methods with an emphasis on the use of these methods in solving patient care problems. Critiquing skills will be developed to assist the student in becoming an active consumer of research and a participant on the research team.
Course: NUR415 Title: Introduction to Nursing Informatics Credits: 3
  Nursing Informatics will provide an overview of the basic concepts of nursing and healthcare informatics as well as their relevance to nursing practice. Course activities are designed to synthesize current nursing informatics applications and analyze the impact of nursing informatics on practice. The student will gain knowledge of the current state of the regulations, accreditation and major issues in research and evidence based practice. The course includes clarification of the concepts of nursing, technology, and information management and comprises underpinnings of nursing informatics, the practice of nursing informatics, and current challenges in nursing and health care informatics.
Course: NUR417 Title: Nursing Leadership and Management Credits: 3
  This course prepares the RN-BSN student for experiences in a leadership and management arena. Students will use a variety of learning methodologies to develop a foundation for decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. A continuation of the legal and ethical concepts as well as advocacy roles will be discussed throughout this course. This course includes practice experience (PE) totaling 22.5 hours
Course: NUR427 Title: Population Health in the Global Community Credits: 3
  This course will introduce the principles of population health and epidemiology in individuals and family case studies as well as disaster scenarios. Students will discuss disease prevention in the context of emerging global diseases within the constraints of personal and national financial resources. This course includes practice experience (PE) totaling 22.5 hours. Students will conduct a virtual community health assessment and develop a plan for intervention for a specific community health need that reflects a global health issue. A teaching project reflecting a current health issue will be developed for potential implementation in a community.
Course: NUR441 Title: Case Management Concepts Credits: 3
  This course offers the student a means to explore professional nursing practice that focuses on innovative, integrated nursing case management models within the context of the current managed care delivery system. Cost effective strategies and appropriate levels of care across the continuum of care will be examined in relation to current healthcare economics.
Course: NUR499 Title: RN-BSN Capstone Project Credits: 3
  The Capstone course in the RN-BSN program focuses on the synthesis of knowledge from past and current learning experiences to promote professional evidence - based practice that emphasizes principles of lifelong learning. Collaboration with other healthcare providers to improve evidence - based outcomes of clients, families and the community is emphasized. The learning of these concepts is embedded in Programmatic Outcomes for each course. The culmination of the RN-BSN program involves showcasing how these Programmatic Outcomes have been met with the creation and presentation of an ePortfolio.