Nursing: RN to BSN
Providing quality baccalaureate nursing education is the goal of Indiana State University's College of Health and Human Services. To accomplish this goal and respond to the educational needs of practicing registered nurses, the nursing faculty developed the Baccalaureate Track for Registered Nurses.
- The online RN to BSN Program offers registered nurses an alternative curriculum through which they can earn the baccalaureate degree. The program consists of 35 credit hours in the nursing major. In addition to the coursework required in the nursing major, students must also complete the University's Foundational Studies Program.
- A unique feature of the track is the opportunity to earn up to 10 hours of credit through professional portfolio evaluation. The portfolio evaluation option provides the experienced nurse the opportunity to demonstrate successful attainment of specific objectives and earn either full or partial credit for selected nursing courses in the Baccalaureate Track for Registered Nurses (Nursing 304, 322, and 470).
- The online RN to BSN Degree Program is open to eligible in-state and many out-of-state applicants. The program is closed to all students (including U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members) residing in a country other than the United States.
RN to BSN students pay these academic fees.
Additional expenses related to the program of study include assessment and remediation materials, a nursing clinical faculty fee for designated courses, books, and other instructional materials.
The baccalaureate degree program is recognized as the basic preparation for professional nursing practice and prepares the graduate as a generalist. Baccalaureate graduates are prepared to provide direct and indirect nursing care. The graduate also is prepared as a communicator, educator, and advocate, and can assume beginning leadership roles. In addition, the baccalaureate degree is foundational for graduate study in nursing.
There are many and varied employment opportunities for registered nurses who have a baccalaureate degree. In hospitals and other health care settings, baccalaureate nurses are practicing in ways that recognize their educational preparation and nursing competencies.
Baccalaureate nurses have more complex nursing care responsibilities in providing direct care. They supervise other personnel who provide nursing care. They also collaborate with other health care professionals in developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive plans of health care for patients/clients of all ages in a variety of settings.
In addition, the Nursing Program is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
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The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.