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Brooks College of Health

RN-BSN Bridge Track Online

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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 (B.S.N.). The program is offered online and open to applicants nationwide who hold active RN licensure in their states of residence. 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 B.S.N. 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. The B.S.N. at UNF offers registered nurses a learning environment in which to:

  1. increase competency in health assessment across the lifespan;
  2. gain the expertise necessary for the care of individuals within the context of family and community;
  3. expand professional and interpersonal communication skills;
  4. use critical thinking skills to evaluate nursing research for its application to practice; and,
  5. broaden leadership competencies needed for the 21st century.
All courses in the RN-BSN Bridge online program are Quality Matters (QM) certified.  This is a significant accomplishment and indicates that these courses have met rigorous standards centered on the best practices in instructional design and online learning according to the most current research literature.

Online Format

The fully online program allows registered nurses to complete the program in the equivalent of three (3) traditional semesters (approximately one year). The online cohorts are an adjusted online format, which will include 8-week terms (two 8-week terms are the equivalent of one traditional 16-week term). With this format, students will typically take two (2) courses per 8-week term. This format will admit a new cohort every eight (8) weeks. Coursework will be completely online.

The community experience provides an opportunity for students to gain experience and connect with professional nursing. 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 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, students will have the opportunity to gain experience in the professional field and integrate into the professional nursing community through attending self-scheduled nursing conferences, professional nursing organization meetings, and/or civic meetings.

Work experience as a RN is not required for enrollment in the online program.

Tuition and fees for distance learning programs may vary. The online RN-BSN Bridge program is a self-supporting tuition rate program. Tuition for this program differs from the standard (Florida resident/non-Florida resident) tuition rates. Refer to the UNF Tuition & Fees page for more detail. For information regarding tuition waivers, please see our page on University accepted waivers.

Provided below are several tools and resources for distance learners to review:

Distance Learning Student Services

Online Accelerated-Term Programs Calendar

Additionally, information may be obtained at http://onlinedegree.unf.edu/ or by phoning (904) 620-3577. This includes the tuition and fees for the 8-week semester format for the RN-BSN track.

Additional Program Details

The seats for this track are offered to begin in the first half term of each semester with full- and part-time enrollment options available.  

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. The required program courses may not be fulfilled by transfer credit; all courses must be taken in the program.

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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