Registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma may apply for admission to the program and earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing by completing the required University Core Curriculum and nursing courses. The nursing courses required for the RN-BSN completion option are provided through a combination of technologies, including Internet delivery, video streaming, pod casting, and email. The flexibility of the RN-BSN option gives nurses the opportunity to complete the course requirements in their own home and on their own schedule with minimal costs.
The curriculum is built upon a foundation of biological, physical, and social sciences with acknowledgement of previously learned content. No further testing of prior knowledge is required if a nurse holds a valid unencumbered RN license in the current state of employment. 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 accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing
- cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in previous academic work;
- unencumbered RN license (action or pending action against license);
- completion of a USI undergraduate admission application and admission to the University;
- submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
- completion of the USI nursing program application;
- employed by or have access to a healthcare work environment to complete course projects; and
- two years of recent RN experience prior to application to the University preferred.
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.
A maximum of 60 hours of transfer coursework from two-year schools may be applied toward degree requirements. Students are required to complete the University Core Curriculum, including a minimum grade of C or better in the following courses: BIOL 121 ; BIOL 122 ; CHEM 141 ; NUTR 376 or BIOL 176 ; ENG 101 ; ENG 201 ; CMST 101 or CMST 107 ; PSY 201 ; and SOC 121 (or other C2 category course). Additional course requirements include HP 115 ; BIOL 272 ; and HP 302 .