RN to BSN: Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Advancements in healthcare have ushered in a new wave of career opportunities. At the same time, more and more providers are seeking nurses with advanced education, specifically, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). Recognizing this trend, the American Nurses Association has set a goal for 2020 that 80% of all nurses hold a BSN.* What's more, a recent report commissioned by the Institute of Medicine states that today's patients are older, sicker, and suffering from more chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, it suggests, there is a greater need for highly-educated and skilled nurses capable of critical thinking and evidence-based practice.

*Source: Nursing World - BSN

Online Learning at its Best

ECPI University Online has designed a program to provide working nurses the opportunity to develop the critical knowledge, skills, and perspective required to assume greater levels of responsibility in the field of nursing. Faculty and staff at ECPI University's School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI), recognize that a student's time, energy, and career are of utmost importance. Caring faculty members are highly-accessible and web-cam technology allows for critical one-on-one attention and assessments.

MCI's innovative online program provides convenience without compromise. Using best practices in online teaching and learning, the faculty has designed a state of the art program, designed to prepare graduates for roles in leadership and management. Students have the choice of a full-time or part-time option. Fulltime students attend two online classes each term, beginning with one general education and one nursing course.

  • Each term is 5 weeks long
  • Completion time for the full-time program is 45 weeks (9 terms, 2 classes per term) after all prerequisites are completed
  • Two hours of nursing courses require clinical experience (45 hours for each course, a total of 90 clock hours)

Part-time students take one course at a time. Taking the RN-BSN program at a slower pace allows students to continue their education while fulfilling their family and work responsibilities which many find quite appealing.

Online Orientation

Before nursing classes begin, students participate in a two-week online nursing orientation where they learn how to use the online library, attend class, post assignments, and communicate with peers and faculty.

The BSN Nursing education program is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326.
(404) 975-5000

For more information about this program, please see the program description in the University Catalog. RN to BSN Program Description

What You Can Learn

Nursing has long been a knowledge-based profession. Therefore, increased nursing education has become an increasingly important key to career mobility. Today, top nurses are being called upon to assess situations and prevent complications in a complex and changing healthcare system. MCI's RN to BSN program can help prepare graduates reach the new levels of skill needed to succeed in areas such as:

  • Critical thinking and clinical reasoning designed to improve patient outcomes
  • Advanced technologies and their application to patient care and practice management
  • Leadership skill and concept development needed to improve nursing practice, patient outcomes, and practice management
  • Understanding and mastering the role of communication with patients, families, and healthcare providers so as to coordinate care and advocate for vulnerable populations
  • Community health

What's more, earning a BSN can allow nurses to pursue advanced life-long learning opportunities that may lead to specialized practice. For more information about MCI's program, please visit the ECPI University catalogue by clicking on this link: RN to BSN Program Description.

Where You Can Go

BSN graduates are eligible for roles in management, community health, informatics, and specialty bedside practice. Graduates can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Community health facilities

Admission Requirements

  • Unencumbered RN License in state of practice.
  • Work experience as an RN.
  • Graduate of a RN nursing program (associate degree or diploma – 60 semester credits required).
  • GPA in initial licensure program of 2.5 or higher. Students who do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement may apply for admission to the RN-BSN program on a provision status. Upon successful completion of the first semester (first three terms) a student may apply for a change of status from provisional admission to full admission.

The following are the employment rates as reported to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 period.

  • Virginia Beach, VA – 100%*
  • Newport News, VA – 100%*

*Newer program with a small number of graduates

Degree Objectives

Program Purpose

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN to BSN) will provide a smooth transition for Registered Nurses furthering their education and careers. Advanced standing credits may be awarded for past nursing course work. The program is delivered full-time over 45-weeks in an online format, with one required campus meeting.

Program objectives include:

Nurses who study for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN to BSN) learn leadership and management concepts that prepare them to manage nursing operations in many kinds of healthcare facilities. They learn to use advanced technologies and techniques to provide care to patients and their families, and they contribute to the nursing profession by mentoring other nurses. Students learn to share their knowledge and skills in educational roles. They learn current, advanced nursing techniques, and they develop an advanced understanding of human anatomy and pathophysiology.

The RN to BSN program builds on the fundamental knowledge and skills acquired in associate degree and diploma nursing programs. The BSN graduate is prepared to care for individuals as well as families, groups and communities The BSN graduate will be prepared to serve in the roles of healthcare leader, care manager, community collaborator, and contributor to the profession of nursing. Students are also prepared to continue their nursing studies at a graduate level upon successful completion of the program.

Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Admissions test with passing score – RN to BSN Applicants are Exempt from this

Other Requirements:

The Nursing program requires applicants to have an associate degree or diploma in nursing from a state board of nursing approved registered nurse program. All applicants must hold a valid, unencumbered license to practice registered professional nursing in their state of residence, and have a 2.5 GPA or better in the past nursing program. Students who do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement may apply for admission to the Nursing program on a provisional status. Upon successful completion of the first semester of the nursing curriculum, a student may apply for a change of status from provisional admission to the full admission.