Nursing Online Bachelor's Degree
The Online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at American Public University System is designed to facilitate the immediate and lifelong professional development needs of Registered Nurses who earned an associate degree in nursing. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the curriculum reflects current nursing practice and the Institute of Medicine recommendations for nursing education.
Core Nursing Courses:
- Professional Transitions in Nursing
- Assessment, Evaluation and Clinical Decision-Making
- Caring for Today’s Veterans
- Integrated Pathophysiology and Clinical Pharmacology
- Science of Evidence-Based Practice
- Transformational Leadership and Cultures of Safety
- Emerging Scholarship and Trends in Healthcare
- Community Health
- Senior Seminar in Nursing Studies (Capstone)
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Student learning is enhanced through interaction with respected faculty sharing diverse nursing experiences in both nursing education and clinical practice. Collaboration among students with varied personal and professional experiences and from different geographical areas enriches the learning environment.
Degree Specific Admission Requirements are:
- Associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing
- A current, unrestricted, and unencumbered Registered Nursing License
- Employment in a clinical nursing position documented on official letterhead
Please note that admission to this degree program requires that you already have successfully completed an associate degree in nursing or a nursing diploma from another institution and also hold a current/active RN license.
The baccalaureate program at American Public University System is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
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Program Completion Rates, Median Debt, and More
The following program details are intended to help you make an informed decision about the university that's right for you. The RN to BSN program requires 122 credits. The cost of the program (at $250 per credit hour) depends on the number of credits transferred. The average student transfers between 60 and 70 credits. Costs associated with the nursing core courses are outlined below.
|2012-2013 Program Completion Rate|
|Normal time to completion for full-time student||2 years|
|Graduates who completed in this time1||80%|
|Tuition & Fees as of September 1, 2013||Median Loan Debt of 2012-2013 Graduates|
(11 core courses)
|$50||Private educational loans||$0|
|Transfer Credit Evaluation fee3 |
|$50||Institution financing plan||$0|
|Books and supplies4||$0|
|On-campus room and board||Not applicable|
1 Data may be “not available” if the program has no graduates during reporting period or if it has not been in existence the normal time for completion. If 0%, then graduates in the reporting period took longer than the average time, usually because they were part-time students. 89% of our students are working adults and do not take a full-time course load.
2 A $50 Technology Fee will be charged for all future undergraduate and graduate level course registrations, including audited courses. The fee is not applicable for Comprehensive Exam courses. An APUS grant will cover the fee for Active Duty Military, Reservists, National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOCA), VA and VA Chapter 33 students, and anyone using military tuition assistance (TA).
3 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
4 The undergraduate book grant provides textbooks, e-books, and other course materials at no cost to students for courses being taken for academic credit. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program.
5 This figure does not include PLUS loans or TEACH grants converted to Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.
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American Public University System (APUS) makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of an APUS program or coursework will result in employment within a particular field. Many employers take into account various criteria, in addition to education, when determining eligibility for employment. To assist our students in their career search, the APUS Office of Career Services provides students and alumni a variety of tools, resources, information, and guidance to assist them as they pursue their life goals.