Registered nurses with an associate degree may apply for admission to the program and earn a bachelor's degree in nursing by completing the required non-nursing and nursing classes which directly support baccalaureate nursing practice. The RN-BSN program is provided through distance education. Online course delivery, six entry points per year, and seven week classes facilitate completion of the BSN degree requirements.
The curriculum is built upon a foundation of biological, physical, and social sciences with acknowledgement of previously learned content. Additional information about the RN-BSN program is available at http://health.usi.edu.
RN-BSN Program Admission Requirements
The requirements for admission to the RN-BSN program include:
- completion of an associate degree in nursing from a program with regional accreditation and national nursing accreditation;
- cumulative grade point average of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale in previous academic work. Students with a 2.0 - 2.29 GPA will be considered on an individual basis;
- unencumbered RN license (action or pending action against license);
- completion of a USI undergraduate and RN-BSN application;
- submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
- completion of the USI RN-BSN nursing program application;
- employed by or have access to a healthcare work environment to complete course projects.
Non-native speakers of English must provide an official report confirming a TOEFL score of 525 (paper test) or 71 (Internet based), or APIEL score of 3, or IELTS score of 6.
Students who have earned an associate degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program and are licensed as a Registered Nursing in the US, will receive 36 credits for previous nursing coursework (see attached nursing block credit). Students must complete 18 credits of specified non-nursing support courses which directly support nursing practice and 30 credits of BSN level nursing courses. Total program requirement = 120 credits.