RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program is designed for students with or without an associate degree or diploma in nursing who are looking to enter professional nursing or advance further in their professional nursing career. The program provides the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary to advance in the nursing field by seeking a higher-level position and/or to apply for graduate study in nursing. The Bachelor’s Program is designed for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing who are looking to further their education.

Program Objectives

  • The student must be able to provide individualized comprehensive care based on principles of nursing.
  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare delivery system and health occupations.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively.
  • The student will demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of and apply wellness and disease concepts.
  • The student will recognize and practice safety and security procedures.
  • The student will recognize and respond to emergency situations.
  • The student will recognize and practice infection control procedures.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of information technology applications in healthcare.
  • The student will demonstrate employability skills.
  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of bloodborne diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
  • The student will demonstrate and apply basic math and science skills.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing professional behavior.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing-communication.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing assessment.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of the professional nurse-clinical decision making.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing-caring intervention.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing-teaching and learning.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing collaboration.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing-managing care.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of the professional nurse leadership and delegation.
  • The student must be able to demonstrate responsibility for continued personal and professional development through enrollment in graduate education, continuing education programs, professional reading, participation in professional organizations, and service to the community.
  • Exhibit ethical principles that demonstrate interactions with patients/clients, healthcare professionals, and the public.
  • Combine knowledge from nursing, sciences, and humanities to meet the patient’s/client’s physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual needs.
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, economic, and political factors that affect the management of healthcare for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Incorporate community resources to meet primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare needs for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Utilize critical thinking to resolve healthcare issues.
  • Be prepared for a leadership role within one’s scope of practice.
  • Evaluate research findings for use in nursing practice.
  • Utilize effective communication in the healthcare environment.
  • Participate in activities that support the profession of nursing.

Credit by Examination for RN to BSN Program
Students in the BSN program may earn credit in approved courses by earning “C” or better on the appropriate Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay examination offered on Baccalaureate level through NLN OR RUN EXAM platforms for the following subjects:

Pharmacology NUR 303
Pathophysiology for Nursing NUR 302
Management in Nursing Examination NUR 402
Baccalaureate Capstone Examination NUR 404

Students wishing to obtain credit by examination must demonstrate satisfactory completion of core nursing courses (i.e. Fundamentals, Pharmacology, and Medical-Surgical Nursing) related to the subject matter areas of Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay ’s curriculum and will be required to complete competency testing prior to receiving credit. The Student must see the campus registrar for additional information on requirements and costs.

Credit awarded by examination becomes part of the student’s permanent record, and the grade earned on the examination is used in calculating students’ cumulative GPAs.

A student must obtain approval from the appropriate campus Academic Dean to take credit-by-examination.

A student may obtain the required forms and additional information through the appropriate campus Registrar.

A student is not eligible to attempt credit-by-examination for any courses in which the student is currently enrolled.

A student who has completed a course and earned a grade of “D” or “F” is eligible to repeat it through credit-by-examination.

Grades for courses repeated through credit-by-examination are recorded in the same way as courses repeated through class attendance.

If a student has applied to graduate at the end of the term and intends to take one or more courses through credit-by-examination, that student must notify the registrar.

Credential Awarded

The student receives a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing once all program competencies and objectives are fulfilled and the required basic skills have been demonstrated. Students in the Bachelor’s Program may apply to receive their Associate of Science in Nursing after completing at least 83 credits. Students who have received their Associate of Science Degree will be able to sit for their NCLEX RN boards while completing their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Advanced placement students who have an RN license will not need to take the NCLEX examination.

Program Delivery

The program is delivered using a combination of residential (on-campus), distance learning (online), and hybrid learning (on-campus & online) courses.

Program Length

Full Time: 147 credits
Part Time: 147 credits
Clock Hours: 2730

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ENC 1101 * English Composition I 3
ENC 1102* English Literature and Composition II 3
MAC 1105 * College Algebra Math 3
HUM 1100 * Cultural Diversity and Elementary Logic 3
AMH 1020 * Modern American History 3
PSY 1012 * Principles of Psychology 3
PSY 3000* Organizational Behavior 3
PSY 3301 * Interpersonal Communication 3
HUM 3200* Sociology of Religion 3
BUS 3100* Business Statistics 3
HIS 4936 * Special Topics in History 3
HCC 101 Basic Health Care Worker 4.5
BSC 108 Anatomy and Physiology, I 3
MCB 200 Elements of Microbiology and Lab 4
NUR 110 Nursing Care: Pharmacology and Lab 4.5
NUR 211 Nursing Care: Pharmacology Math 1
BSC 109 Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 4
BSC 102 Health and Nutrition through the life Span 3
NUR 200 Transition to Registered Nursing 2
NUR 220 Nursing Care: Fundamentals of Nursing 6.5
NUR 230 Community Nursing 3
NUR 240 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing and Lab 8
NUR 241 Nursing Care: Maternity and Pediatric Nursing and lab 5
NUR 242 Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing 2
NUR 243 Management and Leadership in Nursing 8.5
NUR 250 Clinical Competencies in Nursing and Examination I 1
NUR 251 Clinical Competencies in Nursing and Examination II 1
NUR 250 Clinical Competencies in Nursing and Examination II 2
NUR 250 Clinical Competencies in Nursing and Examination II 5
RN TO BSN CORE COURSES
NUR 301 Educational Transitions for Nursing 3
NUR 302 Ethical/Legal Aspects of Nursing 3
NUR 303 Pathophysiology for Nursing 3
NUR 304 Pharmacology in Nursing 3
NUR 305 Physical Exam & Assessment and Lab 4
NUR 306 Preceptor Guided Health Assessment Clinical and Examination 3
NUR 400 Community/Public Health Nursing 3
NUR 401 Preceptor Guided Community Nursing Clinical and Examination 3
NUR 402 Leadership and Management in Nursing 3
NUR 402 Management in Nursing Examination 3
NUR 404 Nursing Research and Inquiry 3
NUR 405 Baccalaureate Capstone Examination 3
Electives (any 300-400 level courses) TOTAL 9 CREDTIS REQUIRED
NRSG501 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NRSG502 Health Policy and Finance for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NRSG504 Wound Care Management 3
NRSG503 NRSG503 Nursing Informatics 3
TOTAL 147