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RN to BSN Online

Program Overview

Tuition: $10,975* Complete Coursework: as few as 13 months Credit Hours: 27
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The accelerated Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program provides scientifically based nursing curricula to educate clinically competent, caring, nursing professionals with a commitment to excellence in practice, service, and scholarship. The program emphasizes quality and safety in patient care while also instilling lifelong learning as a hallmark of professional nurses, while serving as a foundation for graduate study.

Students will learn to implement culturally appropriate strategies for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention, and use clinical judgment and decision-making skills when assessing and evaluating the health status of individuals and families.

Courses

To earn the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online, students must complete all required nursing classes (27 credits), meet La Salle’s general education requirements and complete a total of 122 credits with 2.0 GPA.

The nursing classes include nine courses (27 credits), including seven nursing core courses (21 credits), one three-credit nursing elective, and one three-credit elective approved in consultation with a faculty advisor. All courses are seven weeks in length.

The number of general education courses and credits needed, and which specific courses fulfill the requirements will be determined by a transcript review. After the review is completed, an email will be sent with an individualized curriculum sheet.

To see the full list of RN to BSN courses, view courses ».

Admissions

Applicants for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program must complete the University's Evening and Weekend Program application for admission and send official transcripts from colleges, universities or nursing schools attended (with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in previous nursing programs). An RN license number is required.

To learn more about our RN to BSN online admission requirements, view admissions ».

Tuition

Tuition for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program is $10,975*. A one-time $75 technology fee and a one-time $100 university fee are included in the total cost. Tuition is the same affordable cost for students living inside or outside Pennsylvania and can be paid by the course.

*Tuition and fees are subject to an annual change.

To learn more about our RN to BSN online tuition, view tuition ».

Calendar

With six start dates each year, the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation and fees, registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the RN to BSN online, view calendar ».

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Courses


For the RN to BSN online, the nursing curriculum is comprised of nine courses covering 27 credits, including 21 credits of nursing core courses, one nursing elective (3 credits) and one university-approved elective (3 credits) chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students must take the following courses:

Courses

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines professional nursing practice and clinical practice competencies specified by professional nursing organizations, nursing accrediting agencies, and private foundation and federal reports. Students expand knowledge of workforce issues and informatics to enhance patient and health care provider safety, evidence-based practice, and patient-centered care. Professional writing, electronic portfolio development, and informatics skills are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Controversies and knowledge development in pathophysiology and pharmacology are investigated, and their impact on nursing care through the lifespan is examined. Factors influencing health and illness, such as genetics, ethnicity and environment, are discussed in relation to disease occurrence and treatment. Relationships among disease states and varying approaches to drug therapies are examined using evidence-based approaches. Technology at point-of-care nursing practice is used, including personal digital assistants (PDAs) and clinical data repositories (CDRs), to develop competencies responding to just-in-time critical values and knowledge for patient-centered care. Prerequisite: NUR 301.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to stimulate a refinement of and appreciation for the potential of the research process in the development of nursing, client and health care systems. This course emphasizes the research approach in nursing and the necessity for theory-based and evidence-based practice. Problem identification, literature review, hypothesis formulation, research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis will be explored. Students are required to identify a problem in the nursing or client system, propose a method for its investigation, and present the proposal for critique by peers. Emphasis is placed on the critique of published nursing research and on the notion that an applied discipline is only as strong as its research and theoretical base. Prerequisites: HSC 217 and all NUR 300-level nursing courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the integration of evidence into clinical nursing practice. Sources of evidence will include nursing research, integrative reviews, practice guidelines, quality improvement data, and case studies. Students have the opportunity to evaluate evidence critically for its validity and applicability to nursing practice. Historical perspectives of evidence-based nursing practice also will be explored. Prerequisite: NUR 408.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course expands the theoretical and experiential base gained in prior nursing and non-nursing courses by introducing students to population-based nursing with a special focus on global and international health issues. Emphasis is placed on identifying trends in the health and health care of populations as well as exploring strategies to address health promotion, primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention, and protection goals for particular at-risk and high-risk population groups throughout the world. The course orients the student to health care needs and interests of families, aggregates, communities and nations as a whole, rather than solely focusing on needs and interests of individual clients. Health care strategies, population-level interventions, community resources, and opportunities for interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration are identified. Relevant political, economic, social and ethical implications of particular health care strategies are examined. Specific countries and public health issues will be selected to compare and contrast with the U.S. health care delivery system. Students reflect upon contemporary literature related to national and international public health issues. Prerequisite: NUR 301.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students explore the political, organizational, social, cultural and economic factors affecting nursing practice. Acute care, long-term care, and community-based settings are examined regarding their organizational structures, health care financing, and reimbursement challengers. Budgeting principles are analyzed with an emphasis on creating a budget on a spreadsheet for a program of nursing services. Clinical data repositories and interdisciplinary efforts are scrutinized within the context of patient-centered, safe care, and process improvement initiatives. Prerequisite: NUR 301.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores medication and other health care errors that threaten patient safety. The impact of health care errors is examined from the perspectives of consumers, health care providers, professional organizations, legislators, hospitals and health care delivery agencies. Systems improvement initiatives are investigated with the goal of preventing health care errors. Interdisciplinary and collaborative roles of consumers, legal counsel, and health care providers, including nurses, pharmacists and physicians, are emphasized. Prerequisite: NUR 301.

Prerequisites

Before beginning nursing major courses, students must have earned at least 60 credits—all transferable into the program from other institutions. College credit may be granted for prerequisite courses through CLEP and Excelsior College examinations. The requirements include:

  • Writing (6 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 credits)
  • Chemistry (4 credits)*
  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • Psychology (6 credits)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Sociology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Religion (6 credits)
  • Philosophy (6 credits)
  • Intro to Literature (3 credits)
  • History (3 credits)
  • Fine Arts (6 credits)
  • General Electives (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer (3 credits)

* Chemistry prerequisite may be waived with proof of a passing grade in high school chemistry. If waived, three credits will be substituted with a nursing elective.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the RN to BSN online program, along with information on required documentation.

RN to BSN Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete Evening and Weekend Program application for admission
  • Official transcripts from colleges, universities, and/or nursing schools attended
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prior nursing program
  • RN license number and state
  • Before beginning nursing major courses, must earn at least 60 credits

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue, Box 112
Philadelphia, PA 19141

You may also email your documents to onlinegrad@lasalle.edu.

Have a question? Call us at 844-466-5587.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing an RN to BSN online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per credit hour Per 3-credit hour course Required fees Total tuition with fees
RN to BSN $400 $1,200 $175 $10,975

One-time fees include a $100 university fee and a $75 technology fee, both payable at time of enrollment.

*Tuition and fees are subject to an annual change.

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Calendar


For the RN to BSN Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 2 2017 October 23, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 13, 2017 October 18, 2017 October 20, 2017 December 10, 2017
Spring 1 2018 January 16, 2018 January 2, 2018 January 5, 2018 January 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 March 4, 2018
Spring 2 2018 March 19, 2018 March 5, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 14, 2018 March 16, 2018 May 6, 2018
Summer 1 2018 May 21, 2018 May 7, 2018 May 11, 2018 May 16, 2018 May 18, 2018 July 6, 2018
Summer 2 2018 July 9, 2018 June 25, 2018 June 29, 2018 July 4, 2018 July 6, 2018 August 24, 2018
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