Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)
- 18 Months
Through The Chicago School’s Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program, graduates advance their knowledge of nursing theory, research skills, evidence-based practice, and mental health while deepening their ability to apply this knowledge across a wide range of health care settings. Additionally, our graduates will be knowledgeable about the importance of understanding the impact […]
Through The Chicago School’s Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program, graduates advance their knowledge of nursing theory, research skills, evidence-based practice, and mental health while deepening their ability to apply this knowledge across a wide range of health care settings. Additionally, our graduates will be knowledgeable about the importance of understanding the impact of mental health during the delivery of quality integrated health care.
Guided by practitioner faculty, online RN-BSN program students will focus on the following multiple roles nurses assume within the health care profession:
- Professional provider of holistic patient‐centered care
- Leading and managing culturally-congruent nursing care
- Educating nurses and precepting nursing students
- Consulting for hospitals and private companies
- Evidence-Based Practice care providers and researchers
- Advance-Practice Nurses in different specialties
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Specialist
- Telehealth Nurse Specialist
This online RN-BSN program provides graduate nurses with the needed competencies that are essentials for the ever-changing health care industry. Graduates of this program will prepare for different roles by adopting evidence-based, transcultural, holistic approach, focusing on mental health.
Typical roles for nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing include, but are not limited to:
- Nursing Director/Manager/Head Nurse
- Medical Case Manager
- Nursing Staff Development Specialist
- Clinical Educator
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Mental Health Specialist
- Tele-Health Nurse Specialist
- Advance-Practice Nurse
- Evidence-Based Practice Researcher
- Nursing Consultant
- Informatics Nurse
- Quality Nurse Coordinator
Graduates from the online RN-BSN program have the potential to better position themselves for success in a rapidly growing sector. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 16 percent between 2014 and 2024. This online RN-BSN program is designed for registered nurses (RNs) seeking to increase the career outcomes available to them within the occupation, potentially including leadership or management positions.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN): Online Student Experience
Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, you can enjoy logging in to the courses when it works for you. You can experience the supportive staff and faculty and communicate with them via emails or phone. You will enjoy the interaction with your fellow students.
Ethical Issues and National and Global Health Policy
This course is an overview of national and global health issues as well as the origin and effects of disease. Students will examine the natural history of disease and identify the frequency, distribution, and causation of disease. Policy development, healthcare systems, and the role of national and global healthcare agencies are examined. In addition, this course analyzes theoretical and clinical nursing situations, applying ethical principles and decision-making models. Students will examine basic doctrines and principles utilized for providing legally acceptable nursing care, based on the standards of nursing practice.
Concepts in Community and Public Health NursingThis course focuses on the role of community and public health nursing as it pertains to promotion of a healthy community. Students will be guided to think critically about the role and core competencies of community health nursing in promoting health, preventing disease, and restoring health. Emphasis is placed on the examination of concepts, theories, and practice from nursing and public health to assess and respond to the health status and needs of diverse communities. A community experiential learning project will be conducted under the supervision of the course faculty in collaboration with a community preceptor.
Health Assessment and Promotion Across the LifespanThis course examines the patterns of health and illness in individuals and populations as they relate to the nurse’s role in health assessment, health maintenance, and health education. Students will develop interview techniques, therapeutic communication skills, and physical and mental health assessment skills. A systematic review of health screening, as well as physical and psychosocial assessment approaches across the lifespan, will be explored.
Application to the BSN program is open to any nurse who has earned an associate’s degree or a Diploma in Nursing from a regionally accredited nursing program, holds an active Registered Nursing License (RN) in good standing, and who meets TCSPP general admission entrance requirements. Students who have satisfactorily completed up to 72 credits of undergraduate credit with or without having the Associates’ Degree awarded may request transfer credit for coursework on a course-by course review basis, provided they are currently licensed as Registered Nurses in good standing. This is a completion program and is not open to students who have not completed undergraduate coursework in preparation for licensure as registered nurses. 120 total credit hours, including transfer credits, are required for the conferral of the BSN degree. Additional requirements:
- Proof of licensure as a Registered Nurse in Good Standing
- Completed application form
- Application fee of $50
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended for which transfer credit is desired
- Cumulative GPA for transferring credits of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
- Current resume
- Statement of professional goals
- Two (2) letters of professional reference
The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our online RN-BSN program accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.