RN to BSN Online Degree

 
Complete Coursework:
 in as few as 12 months
Cost: $310 per credit

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).

The RN to Bachelor of Science (BSN) program is 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
(404) 975-5000
http://www.acenursing.org 


Program Information



Courses

Required Nursing Curriculum
The RN-to-BSN degree is a total of 120 program credits. Courses are required to fulfill general education requirements but can be transferred in from previous college and nursing coursework


Click here for a full program curriculum map

Admissions

Admission to the RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program is a 120 credit online program offered through a cohort model. After entering the nursing course sequence, the program is completed in 5 consecutive 8 week terms.

 

The contemporary RN to BSN online curriculum is designed to provide Diploma and Associate Degree prepared nurses with the knowledge and skills to enhance their professional nursing practice. Up to 90 credits maybe awarded in transfer credits. (Refer to RN to BSN curriculum map/plan).

 

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 AMC RN to BSN online program is restricted to be offered within in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi; and, Wisconsin.

 

Program Admission/Transfer Requirements

1. Candidates for admission to the RN to BSN program must submit to the College as part of the application process:

a. Validation of holding an unencumbered current Registered Nurse license in one of the AMC online nursing program approved states.
b. Official transcripts validating.

1. Graduation from a state approved regionally accredited (ASN graduates) or nationally accredited (diploma) nursing program.

2. Attainment of a College GPA of 2.0 in the Foundational Courses (Pre-requisites) See curriculum map/plan.

3. Completion of any other college/university transcripts for college courses not included in the official nursing program transcripts, to validate completion of all courses that will be transferred into the RN to BSN program.

c. Resume with documentation of current nursing employment and professional activities.
d. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the AMC; c/o Assistant Director Online Programs, Lorene Farrar or lfarrar@annamaria.edu

2. International applicants for admission to the RN to BSN program:

a. Must have attended an institution approved by the Ministry of Education in the institutions country.

b. May be required to have transcripts evaluated by a professional evaluation service.

c. Whose native language is not English may be required to demonstrate their English proficiency. There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Applicants may be asked to submit results of one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced English Exam (CAE) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) exam. The recommended scores for direct admission into undergraduate degree programs are as follows. TOEFL 72, IELTS 6.0, PTE 50 or higher. CAE 58.

3. All students admitted to the RN to BSN program are required to pay a $100.00 enrollment deposit fee.

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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
The AMC PL-BSN program annual first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate for the calendar year, January 1st through December 31st will be at least 80%.

Program Completion

50% or greater of the PL-BSN students will graduate within 6 years.

Employment Rate
Eighty-five percent (85%) of Anna Maria College pre-licensure BSN responding graduates are employed as a registered nurse or continuing their nursing education within one year of graduation.

RN to BSN Program

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

Employment Rate
Eighty-five percent (85%) of Anna Maria College RN to BSN responding graduates are employed in a setting that allows them to practice within the full extent of their education or continuing their nursing education within one year of graduation.

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, 2018). 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:

56.6%

2017 Anna Maria College:

64.15%

2016 Anna Maria College:

57.14%

2015 Anna Maria College:

66% (Inaugural Class)


Employment Rate:

Expected Level of Achievement developed by Anna Maria College - Eighty-five percent (85%) of Anna Maria College pre-licensure BSN responding graduates are employed as a registered nurse or continuing their nursing education within one year of graduation.

 

Anna Maria College Results:

 

2018 Anna Maria College:

Pending

2017 Anna Maria College:

89%

2016 Anna Maria College:

100%

2015 Anna Maria College:

100%


RN to BSN
Program Completion

Expected Level of Achievement developed by Anna Maria College - 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:

73%

2013 – 2014 Anna Maria College:

76%

2012 - 2013 Anna Maria College:

77%


Employment Rate:

Expected Level of Achievement developed by Anna Maria College - Eighty-five percent (85%) of Anna Maria College RN to BSN responding graduates are employed in a setting that allows them to practice within the full extent of their education or continuing their nursing education within one year of graduation.

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

Clinical Learning Experiences/Experiential Learning

The RN to BSN program embeds direct care and indirect care clinical learning experiences/experiential learning across the nursing course sequence (10 required nursing courses).  These experiences provide an opportunity for students to integrate new practice-related knowledge and skills into their professional practice.  Students may complete these experiences in their place of employment; however, these experiences cannot be activities in which the student receives compensation for or is part of the student’s current job position experiences.

 

NURSING PROGRAM CLINICAL HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Clinical and Health Requirements are:
    1. A physical examination within 1 year prior to admission to the nursing program
    2. Proof of current valid American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR certification OR a Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare certification.
    3. It may be warranted that a Criminal Offenders Record Investigation (CORI) that includes an investigation of federal offenses (HHS-OIG, SAM), Sex Offender Registry Information Act (SORI), and/or Drug Screening be conducted for a clinical assignment. An unsatisfactory result may prevent the clinical placement; and, therefore an inability to satisfactory complete the course/program.

  2. Immunization Requirements are:
    1. 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.
    2. Td/Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): An initial dose of Tdap, then Td booster every 10 years thereafter.
    3. 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.
    4. 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
    5. 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.
    6. Annual seasonal flu vaccine by October 20.

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.

 

Please email your clinical/immunization requirement information to Pat Marsh, Academic Affairs Coordinator, at pmarsh@annamaria.edu

Tuition and Fees

The RN to BSN program is a 120 credit online program offered through a cohort model. After entering the nursing course sequence, the program is completed in 5 consecutive 8 week terms.

 

The contemporary RN to BSN online curriculum is designed to provide Diploma and Associate Degree prepared nurses with the knowledge and skills to enhance their professional nursing practice. Up to 90 credits maybe awarded in transfer credits. (Refer to RN to BSN curriculum map/plan).

 

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

 

Program

 

Per Credit Hour

 

Per 3 Credit Course

RN to BS in Nursing

 

$310

 

$930

 

Additional Fees may apply pending clinical placement requirements (e.g. CPR Certification, CORI, Immunizations, and Physical Examination).

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

 

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

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
http://www.acenursing.org 

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