This track is for those who are already Registered Nurses (RNs) licensed in the state of Florida and who desire to further their nursing education and expand their career opportunities by completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). 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 underserved 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) semesters (approximately one year). This delivery format will be offered beginning in the Summer 2014 and will admit a new cohort every eight (8) weeks. Coursework will be completely online, and students will participate in clinical activities in the community to fulfill accreditation standards and the requirements for a BSN from the University of North Florida.
**NOTE: The online RN-BSN Bridge track will require that applicants have at least one year's experience working as a registered nurse caring for multiple patients in an inpatient setting (hospital or nursing home) OR be currently working as a RN in a hospital providing direct patient care. Inexperienced RNs will still be able to enroll in our on-campus program format.
*Note: each cohort must enroll a minimum of 20 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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