The program is designed to meet the needs of working nurses, offered either part time or full time, and features online nursing courses to further accommodate the busy schedules of working nurses.
The instructional design of the RN-BSN online curriculum is intended to meet the needs of the working, adult learner. Web-based, on-line instructional technologies are utilized in conjunction with a faculty-directed independent study plan to provide the flexibility needed for adult learner success. Students may complete the course requirements full-time or part-time. Full-time, the RN-to-BSN program can be completed in a minimum of five (5) full-time semesters. To receive the B.S.N. degree, program requirements must be completed within five (5) years.
FORCES DRIVING THE TREND TO BSN EDUCATION
80 percent BSNs by 2020
The Institute of Medicine put out a report in 2010 saying that the future of nursing is changing. In fact, they recommended that the national nursing workforce should be 80 percent BSNs by 2020. The change is underway, as hospitals around the nation are mandating BSN completion. Read the full report for the IOM here.
ANA backs these claims
It’s not just the Institute of Medicine pushing this program, the American Nurses Association endorsed that report, and immediately encouraged state-level initiatives to meet BSN-level recommendations. Some of those are in place and could help you. Often times the institution you work at is also willing to help cover the costs. Read the ANA response in this report (PDF).
It’s not just paperwork, BSNs perform better
The proof is in the statistics, nurses with their BSN have improved patient outcomes in acute care settings. These reports come out on a regular basis, but this article from the National Institute of Health is especially interesting.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing agrees
“Chief Nurse Officers (CNO) in university hospitals prefer to hire nurses who have baccalaureate degrees, and nurse administrators recognize distinct differences in competencies based on education.” – AACN website.
The evidence continues to pile up, as mentioned in this October 2014 article by the AACN, “Based on completed responses from 461 schools of nursing, 45.1% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (up 1.4 percentage points since 2013), while 79.6% of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates.” Read the full article on the AACN website.
National Student Nurses Association knows what the fuss is all about
Why continue on with school? Aren’t all nurses who pass the the NXCLEX exam competent to practice nursing? Why fuss over different nursing degrees? Well, let Liana Orsolini-Hain, PhD, RN, explain this, and more. Check out what she wrote for the NSNA in an article titled “What’s all the Fuss? Working Towards a Baccalaureate or Graduate Degree in Nursing.”
So affordable, you can’t afford not to
The $15,000 RN-BSN
All students (starting in Fall 2016) will pay exactly $15,000 for the RN-BSN. That’s the price for students who need 30 credits, or those who need 48 credits.
Students will pay $500 per credit hour, as well as all standard university fees. Once a student has paid a total of $15,000, they will pay no more money.
More details on the $15,000 RN-BSN will be posted soon.
RN-BSN Online Scholarship Opportunities
Finlandia University provides great scholarship opportunities for its students. Click the button below to see which ones you could quality for.
Concordant with the BSN degree, students enrolled in the RN-BSN Online program are required to earn a total of 123 credits, which are achieved through transfer credits, the submission of a professional portfolio, and course completion. To graduate, RN-BSN Online program students must provide evidence of successful completion of the following:
- 45 credits (to include three credits for one Religion or Finnish Studies elective, 18 credits Finlandia Perspectives, of which at least six (6) credits are at the 300-400 academic level)
- 30 credits for previously acquired clinical coursework
- 24 credits for portfolio work (NUR 299), to include proof of an active RN license to practice in the State of Michigan
- 24 credits of BSN coursework at the 300-400 academic level
In keeping with university policies, students receiving the B.S.N. degree must complete 24 of the final 30 course credits at Finlandia University immediately prior to graduation (the awarding of the new degree), complete at least 30 credits at the 300-400 level at Finlandia University, and meet the General Education requirements as outlined in the Finlandia University academic catalog.
Consistent with BSN program progression policies, RN-BSN online program students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 throughout the program and receive the minimally accepted grade in each Nursing course. All non-nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”
A committee comprising of nursing faculty and the department chair will review each completed portfolio. Approved portfolios will appear on the transcript as NUR 299 (Experiential Portfolio), with 24 credits earned. A full description of the process and required documents will be mailed to students upon admission.
Prior to completion of NUR 343Z (Transition to Professional Nursing), students will prepare a professional portfolio that contains the following documents:
• Letter of introduction addressed to faculty committee
• Proof of RN licensure (copy of state-issued license to practice as a registered nurse
• Copy of diploma granted by a State Board-approved diploma or associate degree nursing program
• Official academic transcripts required for admission to the university
• Proof of continuing education coursework consistent with state licensure requirements; the Michigan licensure requirements
• Curriculum vitae-résumé reflecting work history and professional development
• Three (3) letters of reference: two (2) professional and one (1) personal
• Evidence of professional liability insurance (see Nursing Department for details)
• Professional goal statement (see Nursing Department for details)
• Admission essay (see Nursing Department for details)
RN-BSN Online ADMISSION POLICIES
Students eligible for admission to the RN-to-BSN Completion program must:
- Be eligible for admission to the university
- Meet the requirements for the clinical component of the BSN program
- Have graduated from a state-approved nursing program
- Possess an active and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in a US state
- Have completed all General Education and pre- Nursing courses with a minimum grade of “C”
- Have attained and maintained a college GPA of 2.7 or above
- Have completed the basic science and math requirements including eight (8) credits of anatomy and physiology, four (4) credits of microbiology, and four (4) credits of intermediate algebra, or their equivalents with the required grade expectations
PARTICIPATION IN THE CLINICAL SETTING REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING:
- Written documentation of a current criminal history check and drug/substance use screening prior to entry into the clinical nursing courses.
- Submission of the required health forms, including a recent physical examination completed by a licensed health care provider, documentation related to sensitivity or allergy to latex, and a current immunization record for tetanus/diphtheria, polio, varicella, measles, mumps, and rubella. Proof of immunization for Hepatitis B is recommended; students who do not wish to comply must sign a waiver to decline and a Release of Responsibility form obtained from the Nursing Department.
- Proof of varicella immunity is required. Students need to provide either proof of two (2) varicella immunizations or a positive titer.
- Yearly documentation of a negative tuberculosis skin-test (2 step) or chest x-ray in accordance with clinical/CDC guidelines.
- Evidence of current CPR training for the professional rescuer or health care provider. Training must be renewed yearly.
- Proof of health insurance is required for entry to the Nursing Major. Costs associated with health insurance are the responsibility of the student. Finlandia University and its affiliated health care agencies assume no responsibility for injuries or illnesses incurred while performing duties as a student-nurse.
PROGRESSION IN THE NURSING MAJOR IS CONTINGENT ON THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Students must earn the minimally accepted grade in each Nursing course as outlined in the B.S.N. Student Handbook. Any student not meeting this requirement may not continue in the Nursing sequence and will be required to apply for re-entry the following year. Students are advised to meet with their advisors should this situation arise.
- Theory and clinical components must be successfully completed for all clinical courses. Theory and clinical grades are not combined or averaged.
- Courses completed with grades below the established requirements must be repeated to become eligible for re-entry into the Nursing major. Failed courses may be repeated only once.
- Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” in all non-Nursing courses.
- Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above throughout the Nursing curriculum.
- Students whose grades are below the required minimums at mid-term are expected to meet with the instructor, academic advisor, or Nursing Department chair to discuss strategies for success.
- Students must demonstrate professional behaviors and practices consistent with the Standards for Professional Practice as outlined in the B.S.N. Student Handbook.
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas.
The Finlandia University RN-BSN Completion program is fully accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Finlandia has been an accredited nursing school continuously since the 1980s, with the BSN originally accredited in 2007. The accreditation was last renewed in 2011, and is good through 2022.
The Michigan State Board of Nursing of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Board of Nursing, 611 W. Ottawa Street, P.O. 30670, Lansing, Mich. 48909, (517) 373-7484, approves the Finlandia University Nursing program. The baccalaureate Nursing program at Finlandia University is accredited by the:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 | Washington, D.C., 20036
Bureau of Labor Statistics for registered nurses.
ADDITIONAL LINKS AND FORMS
- Degree Requirements_2015-16
- Nursing Suggested Course Schedule_2015-16
- Course Descriptions_2015-16
- RN-BSN Student Handbook 2014
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Student Nurse Association
The Student Nurse Association (SNA) at Finlandia University offers peer support and communication for nursing students, performs fundraising projects for class events, and participates in community outreach through volunteer activities. Annual election of officers is held in the spring. A student representative is elected to act as a spokesperson for student concerns. Affiliated with the Michigan Student Nurse Association (MSNA), nursing students are provided the opportunity to network with students across the state.
ANA – American Nurses Association
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by foster high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all.
What you will learn
Nursing program competencies are derived from Finlandia University’s assessment plan (core competencies) and the competencies defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Program competencies serve as the exit outcomes for B.S.N. graduates and are leveled for each academic year within the Nursing major.
Graduates will be able to:
- communicates effectively with persons through the use of verbal and non-verbal skills, written abilities, active listening, and informational technologies.
- integrates mathematics, scientific knowledge, and research with nursing practice.
- demonstrates the ability to meet personal needs as a mature, adaptable member within the nursing profession.
- demonstrates the ability to think critically and creatively in the identification, analysis, and resolution of problems, issues, truth claims, and ethical issues.
- understands and appreciates the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts within a global and multicultural society.
- demonstrates the ability and commitment to practice nursing within the roles of provider and manager of care.
Sample Courses (CORE)
- Transition to Professional Practice
Introduces the associate degree or Diploma RN to the BSN curriculum, including an overview of the program philosophy, competencies, outcomes, and conceptual framework, and to facilitate the transition from the role as practicing nurse to that of professional nurse. Explores the student’s motivation to continue his or her education and examine the historical and theoretical development of the profession as it relates to nursing practice and its ability to influence public opinion. Alternative roles for future professional practitioners will also be explored. Available fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites: RN Licensure.
Introduction to the principles of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including laboratory, imaging, cardiopulmonary, neurovascular, and endoscopic procedures. Scientific rationale and nursing implications for selected diagnostic and therapeutic procedures will be discussed. Available spring semesters. Prerequisite: RN licensure or instructor permission.
- Community Nursing
This course synthesizes the previously acquired theoretical and clinical foundation for application of the nursing process as it relates to management in professional nursing. Entry-level leadership and management skills as provider of care and manager of clients with complex multidimensional health problems are further developed. Students refine their autonomy, accountability, collaboration, and caring communication in managing groups of clients in a variety of settings. Available spring semesters. Prerequisites: RN licensure, NUR 343-Z, and NUR 348-Z (may be taken concurrently).