Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

The accelerated, online RN to BSN program at St. Thomas University is designed for working RNs who want to expand their practice to transformative leadership nursing roles in a variety of patient care settings. Graduates will possess a thorough understanding of culturally responsive health care practice and advocacy.

Apply by: 12/18/22
Start class: 1/7/23 Apply Now

Program Overview

Learn more about our accredited RN to BSN online program

In St. Thomas University's accelerated, RN to BSN online degree program, you will add to your scientific knowledge base, gain the leadership skills to move into management roles, and expand your understanding of the diverse range of patients and families you may encounter in providing expert nursing care.

You will also learn to integrate clinical prevention and health care promotion strategies to maintain and improve patient health outcomes–and to expand your awareness of culturally diverse nursing care. You will learn from supportive faculty members who are dedicated to your professional development.

Core coursework includes community health nursing, culturally diverse nursing care, an exploration of ethical dilemmas encountered in nursing, and operational issues related to the health care system. Program curriculum incorporates a Catholic Identity course and a Diversity course that examine bioethical issues from the Catholic perspective and bring a depth of understanding of other faiths. Any required general education coursework may be completed in conjunction with nursing courses; there are no prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the integration of philosophical and theoretical principles of the art and science of nursing to create a caring environment for diverse patients, families, and communities
  • Incorporate teaching, learning and evaluation concepts in developing individualized health plans that meet the cultural and individual needs of patients, families and communities
  • Demonstrate ethical and transformative leadership skills to promote a quality, safe, cost-effective health care environment for individuals, families and communities
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the care of patients, in inter-professional education and in collaborative practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to advocate for transformation in the health care delivery system that is responsive to sustain health care outcomes at local, regional, state, national and global levels
  • Assume accountability for one's own professional development, lifelong learning and scholarship, and the advancement of the nursing profession
  • Employ information technologies to manage knowledge, disseminate information, and promote decision-making in nursing practice
  • Demonstrate the integration of philosophical and theoretical principles of the art and science of nursing to create a caring environment for diverse patients, families, and communities
  • Incorporate teaching, learning and evaluation concepts in developing individualized health plans that meet the cultural and individual needs of patients, families and communities
  • Demonstrate ethical and transformative leadership skills to promote a quality, safe, cost-effective health care environment for individuals, families and communities
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the care of patients, in inter-professional education and in collaborative practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to advocate for transformation in the health care delivery system that is responsive to sustain health care outcomes at local, regional, state, national and global levels
  • Assume accountability for one's own professional development, lifelong learning and scholarship, and the advancement of the nursing profession
  • Employ information technologies to manage knowledge, disseminate information, and promote decision-making in nursing practice

Nursing Career Opportunities

  • BSN-prepared nurse
  • Assistant Director of Nursing
  • Assistant Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Supervisor
  • BSN-prepared nurse
  • Assistant Director of Nursing
  • Assistant Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Supervisor

Total Tuition $8,326
Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 30-36

Accreditation

CCNE Accredited Program

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree programs in nursing at St. Thomas University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Tuition

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Tuition for the RN to BSN online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students and can be paid by the course. The program consists of 9 nursing courses and 2 university-required courses (Catholic Identity and Diversity) for a total of 36 credit hours. Each course has a technology fee as noted in the below table. The tuition shown here reflects 36 hours of nursing courses and is inclusive of the fees.

Please note that the Catholic Identity and Diversity courses, REL 2300 World Religions (3 hours), and PHI 3633 Biomedical Ethics (3 hours), must be taken at St. Thomas University to meet graduation requirements. Tuition price for these two courses will be the same rate as the nursing courses and is included in the posted tuition below.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $8,326
Per Credit Hour $216

Calendar

See our application deadlines and course schedules below

The RN to BSN program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring six start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Fall 1 20228/20/228/7/228/10/228/12/228/15/2210/14/227 weeks
Fall 2 202210/15/2210/2/2210/5/2210/7/2210/10/2212/9/227 weeks
Spring 1 20231/7/2312/18/2212/23/2212/29/221/3/237 weeks
Spring 2 20233/11/232/24/232/27/233/3/233/6/235/5/237 weeks
Summer 1 20235/13/234/28/235/1/235/5/235/8/236/23/236 weeks
Summer 2 20236/24/236/12/236/14/236/16/236/19/238/4/236 weeks
Fall 1 20238/19/238/4/238/7/238/11/238/14/2310/13/237 weeks
Fall 2 202310/14/239/29/2310/2/2310/6/2310/9/2312/8/237 weeks

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 12/18/22
Class Starts 1/7/23

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Admissions

Here is what you need to know before applying to our online RN to BSN program

Our very reasonable admission requirements allow students from diverse academic backgrounds greater access to the RN to BSN online program.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Active RN license

RN to BSN Online Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission to the RN to BSN online program:

  • A completed and signed application for admission
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on previous coursework from an approved nursing program
  • Active and unencumbered RN license
  • Official college and/or university transcripts from all institutions previously attended, including the institution where the degree was conferred
    • Official transcripts must be submitted to the admissions office before final acceptance into the program
  • All foreign applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Standard testing generally used for this purpose by St. Thomas University will apply
  • To utilize VA benefits, veterans are advised to communicate with our VA Benefits Administrator

Additional Requirements

Prior to clinicals, students must:

  • Show proof of current CPR awarded by the American Heart Association
  • Show proof of current immunization and yearly Influenza vaccine prior to clinical rotation
  • Successfully pass a Level II background check with an agency appointed by the University at students’ expense

Students are also required to carry personal, medical, and hospital insurance.

Official transcripts and all other documents should be sent to:

St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

This program is currently offered in Florida and Georgia.

Courses

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The RN to BSN online curriculum is comprised of 30 hours of nursing courses and 2 university-required courses (Catholic Identity and Diversity). STU requires the Catholic Identity and Diversity courses to be completed at STU as part of the graduation requirements. An additional 60 credits will be granted with the RN license. Students must also complete an additional 24 credits of general education credits. General Education courses from an accredited institution may be transferred in and are contingent upon course requirement equivalencies. Total course requirements will be determined after a transcript review once all official transcripts have been received.

Accredited institutions are those that have been accredited by organizations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education. Students who previously attended a school not recognized as accredited by CHEA or the U.S. Department of Education may have to repeat or take additional general education courses. An advisor will reach out early in the application process to discuss potential course work required.

Courses in this program are seven weeks long. Courses during the two summer terms, however, are six weeks long.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the nursing metaparadigm: client, nurse, health/illness and environment. Nursing theoretical perspectives will be discussed as a foundation for professional nursing practice as care provider and manager of care. Special emphasis will be on the practice of the baccalaureate nurse.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Discussion of the current and emerging forces that will effect the quality of health care delivered across the health care continuum. Issues related to health-care relevant policy, finance, and regulation will be included.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the research process and utilization in professional nursing practice. Discussion of evidence-based practice as the foundation for safe, quality care will be the focus of this course. Students will be guided through the development of clinical questions and explore strategies for collecting and appraising the evidence available to answer them.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of common ethical dilemmas encountered in health care. Application of ethical principles to the complicated situations encountered by inter-professional teams, with special consideration of those related to end-of-life care.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course builds on previous health assessment knowledge and skills focusing on comprehensive health assessment skills. Using a lifespan approach, students examine the physical, cultural, psychosocial, spiritual and nutritional variables through the use of health history and health assessment.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course explores the role of the nurse leader, integrating prior learning with an understanding of the nature of leadership as well as leadership and management theories, as it relates to the nursing profession. An introduction to the principles of project management with application to a clinical leadership project is included. Consideration of individual student growth, particularly related to the student outcomes of the program and personal goals for future growth. Application of the content will occur in the 54-hour precepted clinical practicum, under the direction of the faculty, to develop and implement a clinical leadership project.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course has both a didactic and a clinical component. The didactic portion introduces the concepts and principles of community health and the practice of evidence-based community health nursing. The nursing process is applied to the care of individuals, families, and groups within the community. Emphasis will be on community health measures which promote and maintain the health of the community. Application of community health nursing principles occurs in the 54-hour precepted clinical practicum in a community health setting with oversight from a registered nurse. The clinical practicum must be conducted outside of the student's place of employment.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the influence of culture on health care practices and the delivery of nursing care for individuals, groups, and communities. Emphasis is on increasing awareness of culturally diverse nursing care and the impact of cultural beliefs, values, and practices upon health and health care delivery.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of nursing informatics as a means to improve information management in health care. Consideration of health care technologies with ethical and financial criteria in relation to the quality of their outcomes.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction and broad survey of the major faith traditions of the world, with particular emphasis on the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Eastern religious traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism are introduced. *Course must be taken at St. Thomas University
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an exploration of ethical issues currently arising in the practice of medicine and its allied sciences, which incorporates the perspective of Catholic Bioethics. Topics to be covered include informed consent, euthanasia, research on human subjects, genetic engineering, public policy, and health care. This is a writing intensive course which meets the requirements of the State of Florida “Gordon Rule.” *This course must be taken at St. Thomas University

In addition to the 30 credits of nursing, students must complete 24 credits of general education and 3 credits each of an upper-division course in religious studies and an upper-division course in philosophy.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course emphasizes the principles of basic nutrition and nutritional needs integrated with cultural dietary patterns and its impact on the life stage and life span. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing or Permission of Instructor.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course provides the basis of microbiological principles, a survey of microorganisms, their environment, metabolism, and activities, and their interaction with multicellular organisms, especially humans. Students will gain an appreciation of the vast diversity of microbial life, the central roles of microorganisms in nature, and their influence on our lives. This course is intended for students enrolled in the Nursing Program. Prerequisites: BSC 1005 or BSC 1010, and CHM 1033
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
In this course, the molecular, cellular and tissue levels of organization within the human body, the relationship of the body's systems to one another, the physiologic processes responsible for maintaining homeostasis, and the variations from normal that may cause disease will be studied. Includes laboratory – Laboratory Fee
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Descriptive statistics; basic probability and distribution theory, point and interval estimation. Hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, chi-square and F distributions. Emphasis on applications to business, marketing and behavioral science. Prerequisite: MAT 100A or SAT quantitative score of 26.5 or placement test score of 85.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
The course is a continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology I. In this course, the structure of the body’s various systems and how the structure of organs often determines the functions it can perform will be explored. Includes laboratory – Laboratory Fee
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of the concepts, methods and problems of human development with consideration of both its psychological and psychosocial aspects; studies of the physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social aspects of growth of the normal person. Emphasis on the psychology of learning, maturation, nature-nurture, cognition, perception, and personality.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed as a foundation for students preparing to take MGF 1106, STA 2023, or MAC 1140. Emphasis is placed on the application of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations and quadratic equations. Topics also include real numbers and their properties, products and factoring, graphs and functions, counting methods, descriptive statistics as well as an introduction to probability and financial mathematics. Prerequisite: MAT 100A or SAT quantitative score of 28 - 29 or ACT quantitative score 21-22 or placement test score of 80 - 85.
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