This program is for those who are already Registered Nurses (RNs) and who desire to further their nursing education and expand their career opportunities by completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). While the online tracks are open to applicants nationwide who hold active RN licensure in their states of residence, the on-campus tracks require active RN licensure in the state of Florida. Today’s healthcare arena is increasingly complex with its high-tech focus in the hospital, its shift toward population-based health care management in the community, and the increasing influence of political and economic forces on all phases of healthcare. The broad knowledge base found in a BSN provides the opportunity for RNs to gain the competencies necessary to excel in the current and future healthcare job market.
The faculty use web-enhanced technology (technology requirements) combined with individualized attention to focus learning on the most current trends and competencies necessary for professional growth and advancement. The curriculum provides a strong scientific base of study with unique opportunities to work with vulnerable and under-served populations. A BSN at UNF offers registered nurses a learning environment in which to:
The on-campus cohort is offered in a RN-designated cohort that allows RNs to complete the program in three (3) semesters (approximately one year). This delivery format is offered for those beginning in the spring and fall terms. Classroom-based curriculum is scheduled one day per week (Wednesday), typically from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the three (3) semesters the student is enrolled in the program. Several of the classes for the traditional cohort will be presented in hybrid (meeting 4-5 times instead of every week) or distance learning (online) formats.
While there are no formal hospital clinicals, those enrolled in the traditional, on-campus cohort will be required to complete organized group community hours at an agency arranged by the UNF faculty. Limited clinical hours (one Tuesday or Thursday per month) in the second semester (Summer) will be scheduled, while in the final semester (Fall), RNs will participate in the organized community clinicals each Tuesday or Thursday of the semester. Depending on the agency to which the RN is assigned, these clinicals will be schedule from 8 or 9 a.m. until approximately 2 or 3 p.m. Additionally, in the last semester, RNs will participate in clinicals for the Professional Nursing Integration course. These clinical hours will be self-scheduled by the student and include attendance at Florida Board of Nursing meetings, professional nursing organization meetings, and various nursing conferences and civic meetings in the community. Nurses without hospital experience since passing the NCLEX will enroll for extra credit hours in this course. Inexperienced nurses will precept with a BSN/MSN prepared staff nurse in one of the local hospitals in order to refresh clinical skills and to maintain current nursing practice.
The fully online program allows registered nurses to complete the program in three (3) traditional semesters (approximately one year). Beginning with Fall 2014 admissions, the new online cohorts are an adjusted online format, which will include 7-week terms (two 7-week terms and their corresponding 1-week processing windows are the equivalent of one traditional 16-week term). With this new format, students will typically take two (2) courses per 7-week term. This format will admit a new cohort every eight (8) weeks. Coursework will be completely online, and students will participate in experiences in the community to fulfill accreditation standards and the requirements for a BSN from the university.
Work experience as a RN is required for enrollment in the online track. Applicants, through their 1-page resumes submitted directly to the School of Nursing Admissions Office, must demonstrate at least one year's experience as a registered nurse OR be currently working as a RN. Those without experience are only eligible for the on-campus RN-BSN track, which admits each spring and fall term. Questions regarding the acceptability of experience are currently best directed to Dr. Debi Wagner, RN-BSN Program Director, at email@example.com.
Provided below are several tools/resources for distance learners to review:
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Additionally, information may be obtained at http://onlinedegree.unf.edu/ or by phoning (855) 478-2013.
*Note: each cohort must enroll a minimum of 30 registered nurses in order to “make.”
Two types of courses make up the nursing curriculum: professional courses and clinical/laboratory courses. Clinical/laboratory courses are distinguished by the C or L that follows the course number. The nursing curriculum is a full-time course of study and follows a specific sequence.
Total credit requirements for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are 60 credits. Of these 60 credits, 30 credits are the required nursing courses listed above; the remaining 30 credits are awarded based upon validation of previous nursing knowledge through the submission of proof that one holds a clear and active Florida registered nursing license. When the criteria have been satisfied, 30 credits will be placed in escrow until the semester of graduation. The student will then graduate with a total of 60 nursing credits.
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