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RN-BSN

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.

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.

 

Program Snapshot

Credits: 48 (plus approximately 72 pre-requisite credits); 120 total
Pre-requisite Coursework: 36 credits for RN licensure, and up to 36 general education credits
Learning Format: Online
Term Length: 8-weeks and 16-weeks with start dates in September, November, January, March, May and July
Time to Completion*:  18 months
 

*Based on continuous enrollment. Time to completion may be shorter or longer based on eligible transfer credit or if course enrollment varies.

Program Requirements