Online RN to BSN

  • Overview

    This RN-to-BSN degree completion is designed for both diploma and associate degree registered nurses who want to earn their bachelor's degree.

     

    Whether seeking mastery of advanced skills or completing your bachelor's degree, take advantage of our strong history and tradition in nursing education.

    With the increasing emphasis on patient outcomes across all health care settings, the online BSN degree completion program at Saint Joseph's College helps you build upon your nursing education. You will increase knowledge in evidence-based care, clinical decision making, ethical practice, population-based care, and health promotion and disease prevention.

    The baccalaureate and master's program at Saint Joseph's College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. The pre-baccalaureate program is also approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

     At a Glance

    • We accept more courses in transfer than most institutions (Diploma nurses receive 30 to 90 credits, and Associate Degree nurses can receive 65 to 90 credits, based on transcript analysis.)
    • Courses blend content with your professional experience, allowing for immediate application in your work setting.
    • No on-campus residency required.
    • Faculty with current knowledge and experience in the field of nursing will work one-on-one with you to ensure your success.
    • Degree completion for associate degree nurses
    • We have a fast track MSN External Icon option for students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA

    State Authorization for Distance Education Nursing Programs

    The United States Department of Education (USDOE) published regulations in the Federal Register (Chapter 34, § 600.9(c)-October 29, 2010; page 116-117 http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-26531.pdf) that require all institutions of higher education to seek authorization in every state (and territory) in which they operate, physically or virtually, in order to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid.

    Saint Joseph's College and the Department of Nursing have been and continue to make a good faith effort in pursuing state Board of Nursing authorizations. Additional information will be posted to this web site as more information becomes available. Due to the complexity of rules and regulations of some state boards of nursing, Saint Joseph's College is unable to accept new applications for admission to most of our distance education programs from students residing in: Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia. We are actively seeking full approval in Washington and New York. However, in New York we are able to accept students to the RN/BSN, MSN/ADM, and the MSN/EDU programs only. Some state boards of nursing require individual application and approval for clinical placements within their state, and those states are: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, and Wyoming. We regret the lack of opportunity to provide individuals with nursing education in those states and it is therefore our primary goal to meet the rules and regulations necessary to obtain approval in the future.

  • Curriculum

    Students enrolled in the RN to BSN program must complete 128 semester hour credits through a combination of transfer, enrollment, and challenge examinations. Nurses with a nursing diploma will receive 30 credits in transfer for the lower-level BSN nursing courses. Thirty-two semester hours must be earned through Saint Joseph’s College. A full transcript evaluation will be done to determine all possible transfer credit.

    This program has a very competitive admissions process and successful applicants must meet all prescribed requirements.

  • Some of our faculty

    • Lynette A. Hamlin

      Associate Dean, Department of Nursing

      PhD, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

      MSN, Loyola University–Chicago

      BSN, Loyola University–Chicago

    • Kathleen Cross

      MSN, Saint Joseph's College

      BSN, Loyola College

    • Brian Higgerson

      DNSc, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

      FNP-BC, Mississippi University

      BSN, Union University

    Lynette A. Hamlin

    Associate Dean, Department of Nursing

    PhD, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

    MSN, Loyola University–Chicago

    BSN, Loyola University–Chicago

    Kathleen Cross

    MSN, Saint Joseph's College

    BSN, Loyola College

    Brian Higgerson

    DNSc, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

    FNP-BC, Mississippi University

    BSN, Union University

  • Student Stories

    • Kim Gourley

      “My education at Saint Joseph's College has been everything I hoped and more. Thank you!”

      Registered Nurse

      Ellsworth, Maine

    • Joshua Sheehan

      "Saint Joseph's College is changing my life!"

      Education Coordinator

      Phoenix, Arizona

    • Veronica Paolantonio

      It has not been easy going back to school, being a single Mom and helping my child with school. Everyone has been very understanding and they always work with me.

      Clinical Leader Orthopedics

      Wakefield, Rhode Island

  • Career Moves

    BSN prepared nurses are now required by those facilities seeking Magnet status. As of January 2011, 75 percent of the unit level nurse managers must hold a BSN or higher degree. The Navy, Air Force, and several other federal agencies will only accept BSN prepared RNs, and public health agencies still prefer BSN (or higher) prepared RNs.

    Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals.

    Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average and, because the occupation is very large, 581,500 new jobs will result, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation.