RN to BSN

Earn your Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing

If you are a registered nurse looking to expand your career and educational mobility, then our RN to BSN completion program is for you. Earn your BSN degree on your schedule in an environment that complements the knowledge, skills, and abilities your experience brings to the digital classroom.

8

Week Sessions

90

Transfer Credits Allowed

from accredited institutions
9

Advanced Nursing Courses

6

Start Terms a Year

Program Prerequisites

  • Diploma or associate degree earned at a state board of nursing-approved program with national nursing accreditation
  • Current, unencumbered registered nurse license in the state of residence
  • Minimum grade of “C” in all science and nursing courses in the basic nursing program
  • Minimum grade of “C” in all general education and prerequisite courses
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Proof of Malpractice insurance due for NURS 303

Required Materials

  • Completed University of Bridgeport Application
    • Please note if you had a different last name on any previous school records
  • Proof of High School Graduation (Copy of Diploma or GED Transcript)
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Official Transcripts from ALL Colleges/Universities Previously Attended

Transfer Credits

The RN to BSN completion program curriculum has a total of 120 credits and is made up of three parts: basic nursing courses, general education requirements and upper level nursing courses.

Questions?

Visit How to Apply to learn more about the process and how to contact your admissions counselor.

Students may transfer up to 90 credits from previous nursing program coursework from accredited institutions.

As a student in the RN to BSN completion program, you will complete a total of 120 credits in the following areas: general education (University core and electives), basic nursing, and upper level nursing. Once matriculated, you must complete the last 30 credits of residency coursework at UB in order to receive a degree.

You may transfer up to 90 credits from previous nursing program coursework from accredited institutions.

University Core (32 credits)

General education course requirements can be found in the UB Catalog.

ENG 101 Composition
MCOM 110 Public Speaking
MATH 105 or higher, Int. Algebra
BIOL 113 Anatomy & Physiology I, with lab
BIOL 114 Anatomy & Physiology II, with lab
Humanities (2 courses)
SOC 101 Sociology
PSYC 205 Lifespan Development
Fine Arts

Program/ Transfer Requirements (44 credits)

BIOL 106 Microbiology, with lab
PSYC 103 General Psychology
MATH 203/ or NURS 315 Elementary Statistics
Basic Nursing Block Transfer

General Electives (16 credits)

CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry, with lab

Upper-level BSN Requirements (28 credits)

NURS 301 Nursing Theory and Evidence Based-Practice

This course is designed to introduce the RN student to the conceptual, philosophical, scientific, and ethical bases for professional nursing practice.  The relationship among theory, research and evidence-based practice is explored and applied to real life practice situations.  The role of the nurse in support of this theory, research, and evidence-based practice is addressed through a theoretical paper, research critiques, and discussion of evidence-based care in selected scenarios.

Prerequisite: Statistics

Credits: 3

NURS 302 Health Assessment

The focus of this course is to provide the essential elements of health assessment relevant to the role of the BSN graduate.  Skills and tools for holistic health assessment are provided that facilitate the implementation of safe, quality nursing care across the lifespan.

Credits: 3

NURS 303 Community Health

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to an explore concepts related to aggregates, epidemiology, global health, bioterrorism, and public health principles.

Credits: 3 Credits

NURS 304 Professional Seminar

A seminar course focusing on issues pertinent to professional nursing practice. This course provides an opportunity for the RN student to complete the synthesis to the BSN role prior to program completion while exploring current trends that impact the practice of professional nursing.

Credits: 3

NURS 305 Leadership and Management in Nursing

Introduces the RN student to organizational theory, management, structure of nursing care delivery systems, and components of leadership behavior.  This course focuses on the role of the nurse as both a formal and informal leader in multiple roles of organizing, teaching, decision making, evaluating, and managing conflict.

Credits: 4 (3 credits theory, 1 credit practice experience)

NURS 306 Quality, Safety/Health Policy

This course examines health care policy and politics as it relates to the quality and safety of nursing practice. Historical, ethical, political, and economic factors are discussed and the nurse’s responsibility and role in health care policy is explored.  A project facilitates application of principles addressed in the course.

Credits: 4 (3 credits theory, 1 credit practice experience)

NURS 307 Nursing and Healthcare Informatics

The focus of this course is to introduce the principles of health care informatics, communication networks, and health care technology in the assessment, delivery, and evaluation of quality nursing care in a variety of settings.  Ethical and legal considerations are integrated into the application of technological best practice to care.

Credits: 3

NURS 308 Capstone II

This seminar style course is designed to provide an opportunity for synthesis of learning experiences from past and current learning to promote professional practice emphasizing principles of lifelong learning and caring practices.  Collaboration with other health care providers to improve evidence-based outcomes of care for individuals, families, and communities is emphasized.  The application of these concepts through the development of a professional portfolio will document a strategic change project that reflects successful completion of individual goals and program learning outcomes.

Credits: 3

NURS 310 Population and Global Health

This course is for RN’s and focuses on application of community and population health. Students apply concepts of the nursing process to a selected aggregate population through completion of a community assessment project demonstrating successful completion of practice experiences. A global health experience may be used to meet completion of this requirement.

Prerequisite: NURS 303

Credits: 2 credit seminar, 35 hour practice experience

Upon conclusion of the RN to BSN completion program, you will be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from a liberal education in communication, human experience, scientific literacy, analysis, and global society;
  • Communicate using an ongoing interactive process that builds therapeutic interpersonal and inter-professional relationships for an increasingly interconnected healthcare environment;
  • Apply the nursing process to provide patient-centered, evidence-based, clinical competent, contemporary professional nursing care;
  • Apply critical thinking skills to support excellence in nursing practice and to provide comprehensive compassionate, evidence-based nursing care across the life span;
  • Promote healthy lifestyles through health education, health promotion strategies and population-focused interventions;
  • Comprehend system-based practice and its impact on safe, quality patient care within the scope of professional nursing practice;
  • Apply leadership and management skills in the provision of safe, quality and cost-effective care in the continuum of healthcare environments;
  • Exercise innovative inquiry in the use of information and patient care technology with knowledge based on research for the improvement in patient outcomes; and
  • Practice within the values, ethics, and legal standards of professional nursing.

The RN to BSN completion program is designed for registered nurses who are looking to advance their careers and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, an essential credential for those looking to enter the professional role of nursing leadership.

The curriculum is designed to integrate a foundation in the liberal arts and nursing courses that expand the knowledge base of basic nursing practice beyond the original nursing pre-licensure program.  The curriculum provides the opportunity for professional growth and development in evidence-based practice, health assessment, quality, leadership, safety, informatics, professional seminars and community health.

The RN to BSN completion program at the University is also a great foundation for advanced nursing education.

Career Assistance

UB's Center for Career Development helps graduates prepare for entrance into the workforce. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource center is dedicated to helping you become an active participant in your own academic, professional, and career development.

Services provided include basics like resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, negotiation, goal assessment, and personal branding.

What's UBJobnet?

UBjobnet is UB’s internal job portal–open only to UB students and alumni! Here, you can access a variety of opportunities posted by local and national employers. Search for jobs/internships, submit your resume online, register for career related events, or all of the above.

To access UBjobnet:

  • Login to the myUB Portal
  • Click on the “Quick Links” box on the right side to navigate to UBjobnet
  • Find the resources that suit your needs:
    • Job Search: Find full-time, part-time, internship, student employment and volunteer opportunities
    • Email me new jobs: Set up job alerts by clicking “Email me new jobs” located above your search results. Use specific keywords to help tailor your emails to match your interests
    • Career Events: Register for and learn about more upcoming events
    • Employer Directory: Find and research companies related to your desired field
  • Upload your updated resume and cover letters to UBjobnet to be able to easily apply to posted positions through the system
  • Update your major, GPA, and graduation year in your profile to receive information on jobs and events related to your field

In order to successfully complete the RN to BSN program, you must complete 120 credits of required coursework. Visit the Courses tab to learn about the curriculum and plan of study. You will be required to complete the last 30 credits of residency coursework at UB in order to receive your degree.

You must maintain a cumulative professional grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and a grade of at least "C+" (77) in all nursing, mathematics, and science courses. Progression in the nursing major is dependent upon this requirement.

While the program may be completed on full- or part-time basis, you must complete your BSN degree within seven years of matriculation.

If I am a current University of Bridgeport (UB) student am I eligible for this program?
No, this program is designed for those students who hold a current unencumbered registered nurse license and have graduated from a diploma or associate’s degree nursing program. Students currently at UB must review the pre-nursing curriculum guidelines for recommended course selection.

Can I start taking courses while still working on my diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing?
If you have graduated from a diploma or associate’s degree nursing program and are waiting to take or receive your NCLEX results, you may apply to the University but will be granted “conditional” acceptance until your NCLEX-RN pass results are known. You may only take general education courses until such time as you are waiting for approval of your nursing license.

Can I pursue my degree on a part-time basis while working as a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Yes, many nurses work full-time or have been out of school for an extended period of time. Most courses are offered every 8 weeks and you make take 1 or 2 courses each 8-week term. You may also elect to complete the program at a faster pace and may take up to 4 courses/semester for full-time study.

Is there an application deadline?
The University of Bridgeport admits on a rolling admission basis. You may be admitted to the RN to BSN completion program at 5 different start times per year: June, August, October, January, or March. We do not encourage students to start as a new student during the summer session. If you are accepted but need to defer your start date, please contact admissions prior to registering for courses.

How long will it take me to complete my BSN?
It will depend upon the number of general education courses you are transferring in. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from an accredited institution. It will also depend on how many courses you take per semester. It is possible to complete the program in one academic year plus a summer semester.

Can I take courses at a community college while enrolled in your program?
Once matriculated as a student at the University of Bridgeport, courses must be completed at UB. The last 30 credits of your degree must also be completed at the University. Permission to take a general education course at other institutions for transfer credit will only be approved for valid reasons.

What happens if I need to take a semester off?
We recognize that as adult learners who may also be working full-time, sometimes our students need to take a leave for a variety of reasons. You are permitted to request a leave of absence and work with the Associate Dean, Dean and Registrar to complete the necessary steps in order to do so. You may request a leave for up to one year without having to reapply to the program. It is intended that the RN to BSN completion program be completed within 7 years of matriculation.

Is there a clinical component to this program?
Within the RN to BSN completion program there are 3 courses that include activities that require you to be engaged in a variety of assignments away from the computer at sites convenient to your geographic location. NURS 310 is a community practice experience that requires 35 hours towards completion of a community project. All RN to BSN programs must provide practice experiences to achieve baccalaureate knowledge. These practice experiences enhance students’ ability to meet course objectives through a variety of direct and indirect care experiences.

Is your program accredited?
The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at The University of Bridgeport is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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