Why complete the RN to BSN at APSU?
APSU offers a 100% online program for registered nurses to complete a BSN degree. Our faculty are highly effective instructors with noteworthy nursing experience who understand the importance of advancement of one's career. Nurses wishing to further their education find the online 24-hour accessibility of all coursework convenient and manageable. The program curriculum is organized into 8-week semesters allowing you to quickly move through the program. APSU participates in a statewide articulation agreement for RN-BSN students with a goal of enhancing the educational mobility for RN's. The agreements guide credit transfer between associate degree and baccalaureate degree programs. This means you may already have many of the nursing pre-requisites. We also offer unique elective opportunities for the nurse to begin specialized practice certifications in acute care and holistic nursing. APSU offers opportunities for scholarships for RN-BSN students.
What will I learn?
Nursing is an ever-changing discipline. With the RN-BSN program at APSU, you will gain exposure to a wider range of nursing competencies not typically taught in an associate degree program such as:
- Decision-making and critical thinking
- Leadership and management skills
- Holistic assessment of patients, families, and groups
- Evidence-based research to strengthen and improve patient outcomes
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. As a RN to BSN student, you may have already received credit for these courses. If you have not already received credit for these courses, you will select coursework in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are APSNA the school chapter of the TSNA (Tennessee Student Nurses Association) and NSNA (National Student Nurses Association) and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma.)
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Some examples of HIP experiences include research in conjunction with Study Abroad, Community Health, and Pediatric Education Experiences in local elementary schools.
What Do Nursing: Concentration RN to BSN Majors Do After Graduation?
Experienced nurses are often called on to supervise other nurses, teach essential nursing skills to students, handle administrative tasks and even conduct research.
The best nurses are patient, organized and compassionate. They can think on their feet and pay close attention to detail. A good nurse must be able to handle high-stress situations and embrace opportunities to learn new skills every day. A BSN is a stepping stone to a Masters degree in Nursing.
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
- Physician's Office Nurse
- School Nurse
- Camp Nurse
- Staff Nurse
- Home Health Nurse
- Hospice Nurse
- Surgery Nurse
- Critical Care Nurse
- Emergency Room Nurse
- Managed Care Nurse
- Graduate School opportunities