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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science

About the RN to BSN Program

The professional nursing program at Fisher College is dedicated to the Registered Nurse learner who is committed to acquiring new knowledge and skills for practice. Our graduates will be prepared to face the changing healthcare culture and be leaders in the nursing profession. The nursing program incorporates an approach to learning that recognizes the uniqueness of every adult learner as well as the educational and practice accomplishments each student acquired prior to enrolling in the nursing program.

The curriculum is developed to recognize the RN’s existing knowledge and skills while  simultaneously providing a foundation for new knowledge in informatics and information literacy, healthcare economics, research, population-based practice, and leadership. With this foundation, graduates will be ready to contribute to improved clinical practice outcomes, new care-delivery methodologies, and/or further study in graduate school.

Faculty and students have shared responsibility in the teaching/learning process that takes place in a fully online environment. The curriculum is delivered through utilization of Blackboard and the live video sessions via Collaborate. Students are supported by an academic and online advisor. Students engage in a faculty directed "practice experience" in the Leadership, Population Health and Capstone nursing courses. Faculty deliver the nursing program using flexible teaching strategies that promote students’ self-development and advancement. Recognizing the diversity in student perspectives, faculty shape educational outcomes through learning activities of dialogue, debate, and collaboration. 

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Program Mission

The mission of Fisher College RN to BSN Program is to educate qualified associate degree and diploma nurses to serve individuals and communities throughout the life cycle in health promotion illness prevention, and health restoration. This Program challenges students to respond to the complex system of health delivery as professional nurses in order to ensure optimum quality and value when providing patient care.

Practice Experiences

The RN-BSN student at Fisher College is afforded the opportunity to complete small practice experiences in healthcare settings. Practice experiences are embedded in baccalaureate nursing programs to prepare students to care for a variety of patients across the continuum. Faculty-directed experiential learning may occur in any setting healthcare is delivered, or health is influenced. The student integrates new practice-related knowledge and skills. The following are examples of some practice settings:

  • School nursing
  • Visiting nurse agencies
  • Public health departments
  • Primary care clinics and ambulatory care settings

Learning Outcomes

This program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following competencies:

  • Integrate knowledge situated in nursing practice, health related sciences, and humanities when designing and providing patient-centered care.
  • Manage care of patients across the lifespan in which the dignity, spirituality, cultural context and rights of the individual, family and community are respected.
  • Promote nursing’s obligation to legal, ethical and moral standards in context with changes in health care, health care policy, regulation and financing.
  • Communicate in a manner that fosters respectful and collaborative interdisciplinary decision making, thus enhancing patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
  • Engage in the scholarship of evidence-based practice and research to support high quality health outcomes and safe nursing care.
  • Employ critical thinking, technologic literacy and informatics to communicate, manage information, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  • Practice clinical prevention and population health based on understanding determinants of health and disease prevention.
  • Apply basic organizational and systems leadership in pursuit of quality patient care across the health-illness continuum.   
  • Value lifelong learning to promote continuous professional development.

Admission Requirements  

Each application file is reviewed on an individual basis and all submitted materials are taken into consideration. Application review for the fall semester begins in May and application review for the spring semester begins in September. Applicants will be notified in writing. Students may be refused admission when they do not meet the standards prescribed for any admissions category or if they submit transcripts found to be fraudulent.  

  • A completed application form
  • Official transcripts for all colleges attended (copies will not be accepted).
  • Prerequisites with an earned grade of C- or higher
  • A copy of your current unrestricted Massachusetts RN license.
  • Current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • Complete health and immunization records. This document is provided by Fisher College.
  • Consent form for CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Record Information). This form is provided by Fisher College.
     

RN to BSN Program Requirements

Courses for the RN-BSN program are delivered completely online. There is flexibility in student progression in the program. Students may design their own schedule with a nursing advisor. The program may be completed in 18 months.

Courses

Course Number Course Title  
NU300 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice 3
NU310 Nursing Informatics  3
NU320 Physical Assessments and Health Promotion Across the LIfespan 4
NU335 Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology  5
NU340 Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice  3
NU420 Seminar in Nursing Leadership 4
NU440 Population Health in the Community  4
NU450 RN to BSN Capstone 4
SO121 Social Justice, Race and Gender   
SO300 Introduction to Gerontology  3
  Social Sciences Elective  6
  Global Awareness Elective  3
MA221 Quantitative Reasoning /Statistics Elective   
  Prerequisite Coursework (36 license and 36 general education) 72
  Total Credit 120