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 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 bridge 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 traditional fall term each year. 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. Most of the classes for the on-campus 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 hybrid on-campus cohort will be required to complete organized group community hours at an agency arranged by the UNF faculty. Limited hours (one Tuesday or Thursday per month) in the second semester will be scheduled, while in the final semester, RNs will participate in the organized community experiences each Tuesday or Thursday of the semester. Additionally, in the last semester, RNs will spent time attending nursing conferences, professional nursing organization meetings, and civic meetings for the capstone course. These hours will be self-scheduled by the student. Nurses without hospital experience since passing the NCLEX will enroll for extra credit hours in this course 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.
Those enrolled in the online cohort will identify a community agency in their local vicinity at which to complete most of the community experience hours. Examples of agencies include the following: homeless shelters, public or community health organizations, refugee resettlement programs, hospital case management, hospital outreach programs, home care agencies, health departments or clinics, and organizations or non-profits such as the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Additionally, RNs will spend time attending nursing conferences, professional nursing organization meetings, and civic meetings. These community experiences will be self-scheduled by the student.
Work experience as a RN is not required for enrollment in the online program. However, applicants without previous RN experience or current employment as a RN who enroll in the online RN-BSN program will be required to take NUR4945L, Professional Nursing Integration, for 2 credit hours with a preceptorship if they are not employed as a RN by the semester prior to that course. Questions regarding the employment policy 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 25 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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