Program:
Nursing

Degree Awarded:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Length of Program:
Full-time: 2 semesters
Part-time: 6 semesters

Application Deadlines:
Rolling Admissions - Fall, Spring, Summer
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with Your BSN Degree.

Degree Overview

The Clarkson College online Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program provides associate-degree or diploma-prepared RNs an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and advance in their professional nursing career.

The RN to BSN program has a tremendous reputation for its level of academic excellence, proficiency in online education, customizable and accelerated study options and small student-to-faculty ratio. The curriculum includes a series of core and nursing courses related to evidence-based practice, leadership and population health, which provides students with advanced knowledge to prepare them to be leaders in the nursing field.

With the goal of preparing well-educated and highly skilled advanced practice nurses, the program is designed to align with the core competencies outlined by the Institute of Medicine. Application to real-world scenarios is emphasized through coursework and faculty-led class discussions, so you may begin applying what you learn as it’s taught in the classroom.

Upon successful completion of the RN to BSN program, your enhanced knowledge can lead to advanced opportunities in the nursing field, as well as serve as a pathway toward a career as a nurse practitioner or nursing instructor, administrator or researcher.

If you have considered pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, Clarkson College also offers an online RN to MSN option that allows you to apply credit earned at the Bachelor degree-level toward your Master’s degree.

Admissions Requirements 

Applicants must first meet all basic admissions criteria for Clarkson College to have your file reviewed by the committee:

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA for math and science courses.

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How we prepare
the best

  • Start dates for every semester
  • Nationally accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Theory coursework 100 percent online
  • Degree attainable in less than a year
  • Flexible course scheduling with part- and full-time options available
  • Practicum hours may be completed in or near your hometown
  • Portfolio option to earn credit for your experience in community health, nursing leadership or research

Required Courses for RN to BSN

General Education Courses

(12 semester hours) All RN to BSN students are required to complete the Clarkson College Health Care Core curriculum courses as listed in their specific degree plan.

Courses Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 12
Support Courses

(6 semester hours) **Note: Upon successful completion of HC 206 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices, the student will receive three hours of earned semester hours and three hours of validation credit.

Courses Semester Hours
HC 206 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices 3
BSN Transition Courses

(seven semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
NS 349 - Pathways for Success 1
NS 356 - Concepts of Professional Practice for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
NS 357 - Physical Assessment 3
Total Semester Hours 7

Note: Upon successful completion of the BSN transition course and HC 206 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices, the student is eligible to take the remaining BSN courses.

Major Courses

(12 semester hours) RN to BSN students with two or more years of work experience and expertise in leadership, population health, or evidence-based nursing may portfolio for validation credit in one 400-level nursing course.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 352 - Evidence Based Inquiry in Healthcare for the RN-BSN/MSN Student 2
NS 475 - Principles of Leadership and Management for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
NS 481 - Population Health for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
NS 482 - Capstone/Practicum for the RN to BSN/MSN 4
Total Semester Hours 12

Total Semester Hours in Program 130

Note: HC 206 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices (three semester hours) must be taken prior to taking 400 level nursing theory and clinical courses.

Nursing courses are offered through online education. Clinical applications may be completed at the student’s workplace with faculty approval and if clinical competencies can be met.

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2020-21 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Find out more information about costs, tuition, and fees.

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RN to BSN Tuition & Fees

Cost per Semester
$5,395 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$2,761 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Tuition
RN to BSN and RN to MSN - Undergraduate Tuition Rate$300 / credit-hour
Undergraduate Courses$558 / credit-hour
Graduate Courses$621 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $35/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $100/ each
Technology Fee: On-Campus $20 / credit-hour
Activity Fee $4 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $90/ student
ATI Testing Fees - (NS 125, NS 233, NS 254, NS 340, NS 342, NS355, NS359, NS 467, NS 468) $350/ class

Career Overview

Median Salary

$63,568
Payscale.com, 2019

Job Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. 
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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