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RN to BSN Online Degree Program

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 roles in nursing in a variety of patient care settings. Graduates will possess a thorough understanding of culturally responsive health care practice and advocacy.


Overview

Get to know our online RN to BSN program

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

As low as $8,110* Tuition

as few as 12 months Duration

36 Credit Hours

You will also learn to integrate clinical prevention and healthcare promotion strategies to maintain and improve patient health outcomes–and to expand your awareness of culturally diverse nursing care. You will learn from nationally and internationally recognized 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 pre–requisites.


RN to BSN Degree – CCNE Accredited

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.


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.

Nursing Career Opportunities

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

Choosing Our Online Program Is Cost-Effective

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 STU 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 Per Credit Hour Technology Fee Per Course Total Program Tuition (including fees)
Tuition $210 $50 $8,110*

Tuition for any additional general education courses needed will be the regular St. Thomas University rate.

*Tuition costs are subject to change at any time.

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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 multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
Spring 1 2022 01/08/22 12/17/21 12/21/21 12/28/21 01/03/22
Spring 2 2022 03/12/22 02/28/22 03/03/22 03/04/22 03/07/22
Summer 1 2022 05/14/22 05/02/22 05/05/22 05/06/22 05/09/22
Summer 2 2022 06/25/22 06/13/22 06/16/22 06/17/22 06/20/22
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Admissions

Explore the qualifications for 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.

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.

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Courses

Read about our RN to BSN online classes below

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.

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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 affect 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 its 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

This course includes an 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, will be examined.

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, is included. 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 are included.

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.

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."

These General Education Requirements are considered developmental requirements. Missing some of these courses will not deter from admission to the program, but they must be completed before the end of the program.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (GER) 24 credits

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The RN to BSN coursework includes two courses, each requiring 54 hour clinical practicums: NUR 419 Nursing Leadership and NUR 420 Community Health Nursing. See course descriptions for more details.

STU strongly encourages students to secure their own preceptors, as this is the best way to accommodate schedule and location to the student’s needs. We also encourage students to have an alternate preceptor available. If assistance with clinical placement is needed, you may be required to commute outside your local area, as STU cannot guarantee a clinical site within your immediate location. Please note that your clinical site could be up to 100 miles from your residence. Please also be aware that:

  • Students are restricted from completing clinical rotations in their assigned unit.
  • Your immediate supervisor at your place of employment may not serve as your preceptor.
  • Students are not permitted to perform clinical rotations during hours they are working as an employee at a facility.
  • Students are also not allowed to be paid during clinical hours.

Prior to beginning clinical courses, you are required to complete and submit proof of the following:

  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Basic Life Support (CPR) certification
  • Annual Physical Examination
  • Current Immunizations
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