RN to BSN Online Degree

 
Complete Coursework:
 in as few as 12 months

Transfer: Up to 90 Credits
Cost:
 $310 per credit
Tuition: $9,300 for 30 credits
Overview

Anna Maria College’s online RN to BSN nursing program is designed for working registered nurses, who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing, seeking degree completion to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN).  The program prepares graduates to meet the ever-changing nursing practice challenges within contemporary health care settings.  The curriculum’s focus on the Massachusetts Core Competencies for Nursing broadens and refines the learner’s knowledge, skills, and clinical competencies.  Direct and indirect clinical experiences that focus on the acquisition of new knowledge and skills are integrated throughout the program.  Online RN to BSN courses are offered throughout the calendar year in 8-week terms. Students enroll in 2 nursing courses per 8-week term, making it possible to complete the program in under two years.


Program Goal

The primary goal of the Nursing Program is to educate nurses prepared for safe and compassionate practice in contemporary healthcare environments. The goal is met through the student achievement of the defined student learning outcomes of the nursing program (Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing/PL-BSN, or RN to BSN).

Program Information



Courses

Required Nursing Curriculum
For the RN to BSN online program, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses covering 30 credit hours. The nursing program course list follows below. Additional courses may be required to fulfill general education requirements for the Bachelor’s degree, if the student has not yet completed and successfully transferred those credits from an Associate program. The Bachelor Degree program is a total of 120 credits. 

 

Courses

NUS 301 - Professional Nursing (3 credits)

NUS 320 - Comprehensive Health Assessment for the RN (3 credits)

NUS 304 - Scholarly Inquiry in Evidence-Based Nursing (3 credits)

NUS 315 - Integrative Approaches to Health (3 credits)

NUS 400 - Contemporary Issues in Pharmacology (3 credits)

NUS 405 - Core Concepts of Leadership (3 credits)

NUS 421 - Managing Resources within the Organization (3 credits)

NUS 408 - Public Health Nursing (3 credits)

NUS 431 - Nursing in a Global Society (3 credits)

NUS 495 - RN-BSN Capstone (3 credits)

Click here for a full program curriculum map

Admissions

Admission to the RN to BSn Program
The RN to BSN Completion Program for the Registered Nurse is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.* In recognizing the unique learning needs of working nurses with multiple responsibilities in an age of technological advancement, the RN to BSN completion program is offered exclusively online.

  • ~ The contemporary RN to BSN online curriculum is designed to give Diploma and Associate Degree nurses the foundation for advancing their professional nursing practice while giving credit for existing education.
  • ~ Online RN to BSN courses are offered throughout the calendar year in 8 week units. Students can enroll in 2 nursing courses per 8-week semester.
  • ~ Registered nurses have up to 3 years to complete the RN to BSN program.
  • ~ Students in the RN to BSN completion program must complete 120 credits to graduate. Thirty nursing credits are accepted in transfer from Diploma or Associate Degree graduates.
  • ~ The College may accept up to 75 credits in transfer from prior college course work, to include the required general education course work (Refer to RN to BSN curriculum plan).
  • ~ Foundational courses in Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, English Composition, English Literature, Natural Science, Sociology, Psychology, and Human Growth & Development are required.
  • ~ The Anna Maria College online programs are approved to confer a degree in many states in the U.S., but are still awaiting full approval from certain states. The online programs below are restricted in the following states:  Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Wisconsin.

 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • ~ Unencumbered current Registered Nurse license in their state(s) of practice.
  • ~ Graduated from a state approved, regionally accredited (ASN graduates) or nationally accredited (diploma nursing program).
  • ~ Official Nursing Program/College transcripts.
  • ~ Resume with documentation of current nursing employment and professional activities.
  • ~ Two Letters of Recommendation.
  • ~ A College GPA of 2.0.
  • ~ $100.00 deposit.
Achievement Data

Anna Maria College Nursing Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are defined as performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the purposes of the nursing education program are achieved and which the program documents effectiveness. Program outcomes are measurable, consumer-oriented indexes designed to evaluate the degree to which the program is achieving its mission and goals. Examples include, but are not limited to, NCLEX-RN Licensure Pass Rates, Program Completion; and, Employment Rate.

 

Program Goals/Outcomes
PL-BSN Program

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate
Graduates’ NCLEX annual licensure exam pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test takers during the same 12-month period (January 1 through December 31).

Program Completion

Fifty percent (50%) or greater of students entering the program will successfully complete the program within 6 years.

Employment Rate
One hundred percent (75%) of the responding graduates will obtain employment or continuation of their education within 12 months of program completion.

RN to BSN Program

Program Completion
Seventy-five percent (70%) or greater of students will graduate within 3 years from the date of admission (Fall through Summer).

Employment Rate
One hundred percent (70%) of the responding graduates will obtain employment or continuation of their education within 12 months of program completion.

Anna Maria College Nursing Student Outcomes

Pre-licensure BSN (PL-BSN)
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

Expected Level of Achievement developed by Anna Maria College Faculty (and reported to ACEN accreditation body) are at or above national mean.

Anna Maria College Results – PLBSN:

 

MA Results – PLBSN:

 

National Results - PLBSN:

 

2018 Anna Maria College:

87%

2018 MA Results:

89%

2018 National Results:

88%

2017 Anna Maria College:

76%

2017 MA Results:

86%

2017 National Results:

87.11%

2016 Anna Maria College:

78%

2016 MA Results:

83.61%

2016 National Results:

84.56%

2015 Anna Maria College:

93%

2015 MA Results:

83.61%

2015 National Results:

84.51%

National Statistics: National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc., NCLEX-RN (2015, 2016, 2017). NCLEX Pass Rate Statistics.

Program Completion

Expected Level of Achievement developed by Anna Maria College 50% or greater will graduate within 6 years.

Anna Maria College Results:

 

2018 Anna Maria College:

To be determined May 2020

2017 Anna Maria College:

64.15%

2016 Anna Maria College:

57.14%

2015 Anna Maria College:

66% (Inaugural Class)


Employment Rate:
Eighty-five (85%) of Anna Maria College responding graduates of the nursing program are employed in a nursing position or continuing their nursing education within one year of graduation.

Anna Maria College Results:

 

2018 Anna Maria College:

100%

2017 Anna Maria College:

100%

2016 Anna Maria College:

100%

2015 Anna Maria College:

100%


RN to BSN
Program Completion

Seventy percent (70%) or greater of students will graduate within 3 years from the date of entering the nursing course sequence.

Anna Maria College Results:

 

2015 - 2016: Anna Maria College:

TBD Spring 2019

2014 - 2016 Anna Maria College:

71.71%

2013 – 2014 Anna Maria College:

76.19%

2012 - 2013 Anna Maria College:

76.62


Employment Rate:

Eighty-five percent (85%) of the responding graduates are employed in a setting that allows them to practice within the full extent of their education or continuing their nursing education.

Anna Maria College Results:

 

2017 - 2018 Anna Maria College:

TBD

2016 – 2017 Anna Maria College:

100%


Data is obtained from the Senior Exit Survey and Alumni (Post graduate) Survey.

Clinical Requirements

NURSING PROGRAM CLINICAL HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. A physical examination within 1 year prior to admission to the nursing program and prior to the start of the Junior and Senior academic years (Fall) for courses with clinical/lab experience.
  2. MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Proof of serologic immunity of each disease. Documentation of Immunity includes: a) 2 doses of MMR on or after 1st birthday and at least a month apart; or b) laboratory evidence of immunity to measles and mumps and rubella or laboratory confirmation of each disease (consider the terms of “indeterminate” or “equivocal” immunity to be susceptible.) History of physician-diagnosed disease or documented proof of immunity is not acceptable as proof of immunity.
  3. Td/Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): An initial dose of Tdap, then Td booster every 10 years thereafter.
  4. Varicella (chicken pox): 2 doses of varicella vaccine > 4 weeks apart, or laboratory evidence of immunity, or laboratory confirmation of disease, or reliable history of varicella disease (chicken pox or herpes zoster) by a health-care provider, including occupational health nurse.
  5. Hepatitis B: Proof of serologic immunity (hepatitis B surface antibody test) OR if not immune, negative antigen. Course includes 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine on a 0. 1, and 6 month schedule. Test for hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) 1-2 months after the 3rd dose to document immunity. After completion of the 3rd injection of the series, a positive hepatitis titer is required. This process can take 6 -8 months to complete. This series must be completed before the start of the student’s first clinical course.
  6. An initial negative 2-step tuberculin skin test with an annual TB skin test thereafter. For students who cannot undergo skin testing (history of positive reaction of previous BCG immunization) evidence of a negative chest x-ray within five years and annual assessment of signs and symptoms from a medical provider is required. If desired, a QuantiFERON Gold blood test or T spot test is acceptable. 
  7. Annual seasonal flu vaccine by October 20.
  8. Must obtain/maintain a current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare providers CPR certificate or a Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare provider/BLS/CPR for Healthcare certification.


Clinical facilities may stipulate additional requirements for which medical documentation must be provided. Clinical sites require proof of student health and immunization status. This information is provided to affiliation offices before clinical clearance is granted. If this information is not disclosed, the student would be dismissed from the nursing program. Students are responsible for expenses incurred for meeting practice requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to keep documentation of these requirements up-to-date, entered into, and stored by CastleBranch. The student incurs enrollment fee for this service.


Students are not eligible for participation in the Nursing Program without documentation of required health and immunization requirements (see below). The Student Health Record is to be completed and submitted to Student Health Services prior to entry to the college. No record = No clearance for classes or clinical.

Massachusetts State Law requires that all Health Science students have a completed health form on file in the Student Health Office prior to the start of classes.

 

CHANGE IN HEALTH STATUS
In order for a student to continue in class or clinical when his/her health status has changed, the student must provide documentation from a health care provider to AMC Health Services (508-849-3458) that clearly states the limitations or the ability of the student to fully participate in all activities. Please notify Student Health Services for an individual consultation. In addition, students must adhere to facility policy regarding return to clinical. Health status changes require medical documentation that clearly identifies student limitations/restrictions and ability to participate in all program activities. Health status changes include, but are not limited to: injury, pregnancy/delivery, major illness (physical or mental), communicable disease, and/or splint/brace/cast/sling. Withdrawal from the course, with current grade earned, may result if the course outcomes cannot be completed.

Significant changes in health status may affect the student’s ability to perform clinical functions. If determined that student or patient safety may be compromised, the student will be excluded from the clinical area until cleared by his/her healthcare provider. Clinical agencies will be consulted, as needed, to determine if the student can participate in clinical assignments. The inability to participate in clinical assignments may result in withdrawal from the nursing program.


Please be advised a clinical agency’s policy may require additional clinical compliance requirements of student nurses and are subject to change at any time. The nursing program is not responsible for providing alternate clinical placements for students who are not granted health clearance from a clinical agency.

Some clinical agencies may perform or request actual successful student results in compliance with their mandates. Security clearance is required by some clinical agencies. This may involve a necessity to provide the clinical site with such identifying information. All information will be transmitted via secure measures.

All agencies’ clinical and health requirements must be successfully met for the student to meet the course requirements. Students not meeting, or unable to meet, the clinical and health requirements will not be successful in the nursing course; therefore, will be withdrawn from the nursing course and/or program.

HEALTH INSURANCE
All students are required to carry either their own health insurance or the college health insurance. Any health expenses incurred while the student is enrolled are the student’s responsibility.


MALPRACTICE INSURANCE
Each student will be covered for malpractice insurance with a group policy provided through the College.

Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online:

Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All program fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Additional costs will apply for students who need to complete general education courses, unless an applicant has completed and successfully transfers these credits earned from an Associate degree program. A total of 120 credits – 32 nursing program credits plus an additional 88 credits (including general education credits) – is required to complete the RN to BS online degree.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
RN to BS in Nursing   $310   $930   $9,300

 

Additional Fees may apply pending the status of your current license. Students must have an unencumbered license.

For additional Information please contact Lori Farrar at lfarrar@annamaria.edu or call (508) 849-3371.

ACEN Seal Color

The RN to Bachelor of Science (BSN) program at Anna Maria College is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)

The RN to Bachelor of Science (BSN) program is approved and accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN):
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326
1 (404) 975-5000
http://www.acenursing.org

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