Online Degrees



Bachelor of Science in Nursing

RN to BSN Overview

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.* 

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: Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 26 January 2011.

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 courses begin, students take a five-week orientation course where they learn how to be a successful online student, resources used in BSN courses, APA format and the policies of the program. 

Only the RN - BSN Nursing education program, Newport News, VA is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30325.
(404) 975-5000

Program Description

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 learning opportunities that may lead to specialized practice.

Possible Career Track

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

Program Requirements

Upper Level Arts and Sciences

24 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3
COM115 Principles of Communication 3
CIS115 Computer Applications 3
ENG120 Advanced Composition 3
HCA400 Health Information Systems 3
MTH140 Statistics 3
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY300 Human Growth & Development 3

Upper Level Program Curriculum

27 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR300 RN-BSN Orientation 1
NUR302 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 3
NUR321 Pathophysiology 3
NUR340 Health Assessment 4
NUR350 Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR430 Leading and Managing for Innovation 3
NUR443 Community Health Nursing 4
NUR443L Community Health Practicum 1
NUR456 Senior Practicum 2
NUR490 Nursing Capstone 2
Program Outcomes

The objective of the curriculum is to produce baccalaureate-prepared, registered professional nurse graduates who can:

  • Utilize critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and research in evidence-based decision making to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes across healthcare settings.
  • Apply contemporary leadership and management concepts and theories to innovate practice environments, problems solve and effect change.
  • Apply legal and ethical concepts, theories, and standards to professional nursing practice.
  • Communicate with patients, families, and healthcare providers to coordinate care and advocate for vulnerable populations across healthcare settings.
  • Integrate a variety of concepts related to trends and issues in contemporary nursing to foster professional role development.
  • Analyze how advanced technologies may be used in practice to improve patient care.
  • Contribute to the profession by performing as a team member, delegating effectively, and mentoring other nurses.
  • Analyze the role of healthcare policy and politics in promoting healthy populations and the nursing profession.
  • Apply theories, interventions, and health promotion and disease prevention strategies to promote physically safe and healthy environments for culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups in a variety of community settings and situations.
  • Apply knowledge and skills specific to roles in education, clinical practice, or informatics for professional practice and career advancement.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility to nursing practice and value learning and reflective practice.

The following are the completion and employment rates as reported to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 period for the RN-BSN program: Students’ completion of the nursing program: 75.5%. Graduate employment: 100%.

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