Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Online)
The Online RN to BSN Program is designed to prepare professional nurses capable of meeting societal healthcare needs in a variety of settings. Legal, ethical and professional standards guide the students in the art and science of nursing. The graduate is prepared to respect diversity and social responsibility as well as to possess a commitment to excellence in the practice of holistic nursing.
Requirements and Curriculum
Liberal Arts and Science Credits
In order to obtain a BSN from Fitchburg State University, students are required to take 121 credits. A total of 59 Liberal Arts & Science credits must be fulfilled as part of the RN to BSN program. Most Associate Degree registered nurses are able to use transfer credits to fulfill many of these credits. Additionally, some of those credits may be fulfilled through College Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing, which can be arranged through Placement Testing at Fitchburg State.
To graduate with honors, a student must have completed at least 60 credits with a numerical grade at the university. For more information, please refer to the “Graduation Honors” section in the online catalog (PDF).
Five courses; a minimum of 15 credits. One of these courses must have a global diversity non-western designation.
|ENGL 1100 Writing I||3 S.H.|
|ENGL 1200 Writing II||3 S.H.|
|Art or Music||3 S.H.|
Three courses; a minimum of 9 credits. Introduction to Sociology fulfills the global diversity designation.
|PSY 1100 General Psychology||3 S.H.|
|SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology||3 S.H.|
Science, Math, Technology
Four courses; a minimum of 12 credits
|MATH 1700 Applied Statistics||3 S.H.|
|BIOL 1200 Anatomy & Physiology I||4 S.H.|
|BIOL 1300 Anatomy & Physiology II||4 S.H.|
|BIOL 2700 Survey of Microorganisms||4 S.H.|
Four courses; a minimum of 12 credits with a minimum of 6 credits at or above the 2000 level.
|PSY 1200 Human Growth and Development||3 S.H.|
|PHIL 2500 Contemporary Ethical Problems OR|
|PHIL 2600 Philosophy of Human Nature||3 S.H.|
2 or 3 courses; a minimum of 8 credits
|Electives||8 or 9 S.H.|
Required Nursing Courses
A total of 62 nursing credits must be fulfilled as part of the RN to BSN program. Associate degree registered nurses may transfer a maximum of 30 nursing credits from their associate degree institution: diploma registered nurses may be awarded 30 nursing credits through the successful completion of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) II. The examinations are given in the areas of Care of the Adult Client, Care of the Client during Childbearing/Care of the Child, and Care of the Client with a Mental Disorder. A minimum score of 90 is required on each examination. If a score of 90 is not achieved in a specific area, the diploma registered nurse student will be allowed to retake the exam.
All RN to BSN students are required to earn the remaining 32 nursing credits through Fitchburg State University. These courses are:
|NURS 3500 Concepts of Nursing I||3 S.H.|
|NURS 3600 Concepts of Nursing II||3 S.H.|
|NURS 3650 Portfolio Preparation||1 S.H.|
|NURS 4000 Nursing Research||3 S.H.|
|NURS 4400 Community Health Nursing||5 S.H.|
|NURS 4500 Nursing in a Global Community||2 S.H.|
|NURS 4510 End of Life Care OR|
|NURS 4520 Caring for Forensic Populations||3 S.H.|
|NURS 4800 Selected Practicum||9 S.H.|
|NURS 4850 Nursing Leadership & Management||3 S.H.|
Once the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is completed, graduates are eligible to apply to graduate programs in nursing, apply for management positions in nursing, and after two years experience become a preceptor for nursing students.
HOW TO APPLY
Contact Admissions Office: (978)665-3144, firstname.lastname@example.org
at a Glance
This program is offered completely online.
Four Year Plan of Study
Clinical Nursing Instructor
This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
This program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.
Clinical placements are arranged in collaboration with students and can take place in student's location.
Anthony, Room 112
Mon-Thur 8-6:30 pm, Fri 8-5 pm