Aug 18, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Advanced Nursing Studies

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Location: Albright Health Center 206
Telephone: 859-572-7964
Fax: 859-572-1934
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Department Chair: Adrianne J. Lane
Other Key Personnel:

R.N.-B.S.N. Program Director: Michelle Teschendorf
Academic Coordinator: Ann Harding
Department Secretaries: Kim Gamm, Amy Sterrett

The RN to BSN program allows Registered Nurses to expand their knowledge base to incorporate scientific and humanistic theories with nursing theories to provide graduates with a foundation for professional nursing practice.  Our online RN to BSN program offers flexibility and affordability, allowing the nurse to take her/his nursing career to the next level.

Northern Kentucky University’s RN to BSN program has a proven history of producing alumni who become successful leaders in their professional endeavors. Through innovative use of technology, our faculty provide an up close and personal educational experience.

Features of the Program: Our online RN to BSN Program offers the flexibility that most working RNs desire, helping them to make the most of their associate degree or diploma degree in nursing.

Unique features of this program include:

  • No testing to validate previous nursing education
  • Easy transfer of prior college course work
  • Nursing courses offered online in 8-week sessions
  • Non-nursing courses offered online in both 8- and 16-week sessions
  • Curriculum designed to accommodate working nurses

Work and Go to School: Most students work full-time and have family responsibilities. Our fully online RN to BSN provides the needed flexibility to successfully complete one’s degree.

Transfer Friendly: We understand that there are numerous pathways to nursing. At NKU, we pride ourselves on being transfer friendly. In addition to graduates of regionally accredited institutions, we are pleased to welcome students from various colleges through articulation agreements.

Who can apply to the online RN to BSN Program? Individuals who have completed a diploma or associate degree program in nursing, from an approved institution, who have an RN license in good standing, and who meet the admission criteria are eligible to apply for the RN to BSN online program.

What is the application deadline? Applications for RN to BSN program are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters. A student may apply as a pre-major to complete prerequisite courses prior to full acceptance into the program.
The deadline to apply for priority acceptance into the RN to BSN program for Fall is April 1st, for Spring it is October 1st. Please note that we may continue to accept applications based on availability.

Can you describe the RN to BSN curriculum?  
To begin the RN to BSN curriculum, students must have completed the prerequisites and can have no more than 12 credit hours remaining to complete in the Foundations of Knowledge. The curriculum consists of baccalaureate-level nursing courses in areas such as Role Transformation; Quality Care for Vulnerable Populations; Population-Centered Health in the Community; and Leadership.

How do I transfer in credit hours from other institutions I have attended?
A complete assessment of previously earned credits can be obtained from an academic advisor upon application to the program.

Does the RN to BSN program have a clinical component?  
The RN to BSN program does not offer a “traditional” clinical experience; instead, our program contains a Leadership Practicum designed to provide a culminating practice experience within a clinical setting where students will integrate new practice, knowledge, and skills.  

How do I prepare to be an online student?  
All RN to BSN students are enrolled in Successful Online Learning Orientation (SOLO). SOLO helps students develop the skills needed to be comfortable and successful in the online environment. Each student can work there at her/his own pace and revisit as often as needed.



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