Online R.N. to B.S.N. Program


Student success is our priority.

Next Start
Winter 2022
Made For
Current associate degree prepared nursing students, new graduates, and registered nurses
Graduate
in as few as 16 months
Precepted Clinical
Local experiences coordinated for you
Online
Synchronous & Asynchronous Classes
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Individualized guidance and program plans

Deepen your nursing expertise. Expand your nursing career.

For many associate degree-prepared Registered Nurses (RN), completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) expands your career opportunities and prepares you for graduate nursing programs.

Our fully online RN to BSN program features synchronous and asynchronous coursework and small class sizes, which provide individualized, meaningful engagement with professors and fellow students. Unlike correspondence courses, our faculty guide students through every step of the program, meeting the needs of students working full-time. 

Who is the RN to BSN program made for?

  • Students enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing, or an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program
  • Students just graduating with their associate's degree in nursing
  • Registered Nurses who have been working for any length of time, or who are not currently working but still have an active, unencumbered RN license. 

The program strongly emphasizes concepts to grow your career and deepen your community impact in alignment with the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. BSN trained nurses are prepared to respond to social determinates of health including health equity, improved quality and safety for better patient outcomes, and evidence-based nursing practice.

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Earn your degree from GVSU wherever YOU are. Our online curriculum conveniently fits in your busy schedule and we now offer degrees for students living outside of Michigan including:

  • Florida             
  • Indiana                                      
  • Maine                                      
  • Massachusetts 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.

JOIN THE WINTER 2022 COHORT

Applications are open for the RN to BSN program.
Submit your materials by December 1, 2021, to jumpstart your career this Winter 2022 semester.
Do you have questions about the program or the application process? Contact Kristin Norton, Office of Student Services Director, at nortonkr@gvsu.edu.


Miranda Winowiecki ’20

“From the moment I spoke with an advisor, I knew I would be encouraged and supported while juggling school and the beginnings of a nursing career. I was starting as a new graduate in the intensive care unit, and I knew I would want the support of small classes and working closely with my professors.”

Miranda Winowiecki, Class of 2020

Concurrent Enrollment

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Are you still working toward your RN licensure? No problem.

Earn your associate's degree through a local community college then finish your B.S.N. at GVSU. Our concurrent enrollment programs shorten the time it takes to earn your B.S.N. while enabling you to begin your career as an R.N. 

Our concurrent enrollment agreement partners include:

Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in your state of residency before beginning 400-level courses.


Meet Some of Your Faculty

Our exceptional faculty have dedicated their academic career to working with RN adult learners and have ample professional experience working in clinical settings. 

Katherine D'Amour

Catherine D'Amour
Affiliate Faculty

Sherri Fannon

Dr. Sherri Fannon
Assistant Professor

Dr. Lori Houghton-Rahrig

Dr. Lori Houghton-Rahrig
Associate Professor

Susan Strouse

Dr. Susan Strouse
Associate Professor

Dr. Geraldine Terry

Dr. Geraldine Terry
Associate Professor


How to Apply

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  1. ​​​​​​Easy, one-step application! Complete your application to GVSU and KCON simultaneously: Apply to Grand Valley State University.
  2. Allow two weeks for processing. 
  3. We will contact you for an appointment with the RN/BSN Academic Advisor to discuss your individualized progression plan and to help you register for classes.

RN to BSN Courses

Every student's academic journey is unique and is based on their prior coursework. The order of these courses, as well as the need for additional pre-requisites and general education courses, is different for each student.

The Office of Student Services (OSS) will build an individualized course plan just for you. First, explore the courses below to see some of the nursing classes featured in the RN to BSN curriculum. Then contact OSS to get started on your academic journey: kcon@gvsu.edu.

Classes include content on research, evidence-based practice, safety and quality, professional identity, informatics, emergency preparedness, leadership, community, and population health nursing.

Year 1 nursing courses can be taken in any order:

  • NUR 311: Dimensions of Nursing Practice (2 credits)
    • This course is one of two transition courses that students in the RN to B.S.N. program take for the baccalaureate degree. It focuses on concepts that are client-oriented for the baccalaureate-prepared nurse level. Concepts to be emphasized include quality and safety, informatics, nursing roles, social, cultural, and ethical issues in nursing. 
  • NUR 312: Professional Nursing Issues (2 credits)
    • This course is one of two transition courses for the RN to B.S.N. program. It explores concepts related to professional identity and communication in nursing. Professional identity includes accountability and nursing roles. Communication includes interpersonal and professional communication. 
  • NUR 265: Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    • Foundation for integration of evidence-based concepts into the provision of nursing care. An introduction to the process of developing research evidence leading to the acquisition of skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for an effective consumer of research. Evidence sources are identified and explored for their contribution to evidence-based practice. 

YEAR 2 courses are offered in a specific sequence through the final three semesters: 

  • NUR 411: Community Based Nursing Care (4 credits)
    • This course focuses on the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse in the application of the nursing process while caring for individuals and families in the community. Course concepts include development over the lifespan, group dynamics, systems, nursing roles, interdisciplinary behaviors, and professional communication. 
  • NUR 414: Collaboration for Nurses (2 credits)
    • Post licensure nurses in professional practice have foundational and shared knowledge of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) in terms of values and ethics, and the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals. This course applies the remaining principles of IPECP through the lenses of interprofessional communication and team collaboration.
  • NUR 412: Nursing Care for Populations (4 credits)
    • This course focuses on the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse in assessing, planning, intervening, and evaluating health care needs for populations. Concepts such as culture, social justice, and vulnerability will be examined as to their effects on population health. Genetics, health promotion, and risk reduction will be emphasized. 
  • NUR 456: Transformative Nursing Leadership (4 credits)  
    • This capstone course expands on what it means to be a member of the nursing profession and a coordinator of care. Through the application of key concepts, this course further develops the student's professional identity, understanding of quality and health care systems, and the mechanisms for effective professional communication.

CONTACT US

Let's talk about your academic goals today!


Contact the Office of Student Services to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor: 
kcon@gvsu.edu
(616) 331-7160

FINANCIAL AID

 

GVSU is a great place for students to invest in their futures. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships can help you maximize your investment by working with you to determine how to most effectively meet your unique needs. 


CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
http://www.ccneaccreditation.org