Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Program Overview

Advance your nursing career and develop your professional practice.

Tackle the increasingly complex healthcare environment and meet the demand for highly skilled nurses with Utica College's online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The CCNE-accredited program builds on UC's more than 25-year history of training nurses to provide the best possible care to each patient. With no residency required, the 100-percent-online RN to BSN is geared toward professional working nurses and offers small class sizes and qualified faculty who are committed to mentorship.

Tackle the increasingly complex healthcare environment and meet the demand for highly skilled nurses with Utica College's online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The CCNE-accredited program builds on UC's more than 25-year history of training nurses to provide the best possible care to each patient. With no residency required, the 100-percent-online RN to BSN is geared toward professional working nurses and offers small class sizes and qualified faculty who are committed to mentorship.

Fast Facts

Modality

Online

Total Credits

31–61

Cost Per Credit

$395

Time to Complete

20 months

Accreditation

CCNE

 
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          Earn Your BSN in Three Years or Less

          Now's the time to build on your RN: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice both recognize the Bachelor of Science in Nursing as the minimum education required for professional practice. Plus, states like New York have passed BSN in 10 laws, requiring nurses to earn their BSN within 10 years of initial RN licensure.

          Career Outlook

          We equip [students] with the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to grow in every way [and] that translates into advancement of their nursing practice.
          – Annette Becker, Program Director

          Take on roles that demand critical thinking, quick decision-making, thoughtful communication, and leadership with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing. You'll also be prepared for continuing education should you choose to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. The average salary for BSN-prepared nurses is $79,000.1 That's $12,000 more than the $67,000 average for nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing.2 A BSN places you on career paths such as:

          • Clinical Nurse Manager ($83,427/year median salary)1
          • Nursing Manager ($85,369/year median salary)1
          • Nursing Director ($90,204/year median salary)1

          Plus, many of the most in-demand nursing specialties—including informatics, management, oncology, and perioperative—now require a BSN.3 Tap into more opportunities, more earning potential, and more ways to provide the best care to your patients.

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum

          More than 33 percent of RN to BSN students are referred to this program by alumni. That's how confident our graduates are in this curriculum's ability to prepare you for success.

          In our online RN to BSN program, you'll focus on patient-centered health care and gain the most up-to-date nursing knowledge available about our ever-changing health care environment. You'll also round out your learning by choosing from a selection of Liberal Arts courses that have been tailored to the needs of the nursing profession.

          This CCNE-accredited curriculum is aligned with the Baccalaureate Essentials determined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Through hands-on experiential learning, you'll master concepts essential for modern nursing, including:

          • Patient-centered care

          • Evidence-based practice

          • Health informatics

          • Cultural sensitivity

          • Interprofessional Education (IPE)

          • Practice across the life span

          Plus, our curriculum has been carefully built to fit your life, so you can continue your practice as a registered nurse while you learn.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Curriculum

          More than 33 percent of RN to BSN students are referred to this program by alumni. That's how confident our graduates are in this curriculum's ability to prepare you for success.

          In our online RN to BSN program, you'll focus on patient-centered health care and gain the most up-to-date nursing knowledge available about our ever-changing health care environment. You'll also round out your learning by choosing from a selection of Liberal Arts courses that have been tailored to the needs of the nursing profession.

          This CCNE-accredited curriculum is aligned with the Baccalaureate Essentials determined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Through hands-on experiential learning, you'll master concepts essential for modern nursing, including:

          • Patient-centered care

          • Evidence-based practice

          • Health informatics

          • Cultural sensitivity

          • Interprofessional Education (IPE)

          • Practice across the life span

          Plus, our curriculum has been carefully built to fit your life, so you can continue your practice as a registered nurse while you learn.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Admissions Requirements

          To apply to our online RN to BSN program, you need an ADN from a regionally accredited college or 57 credits from a four-year college and an RN license. Your RN license should be active now or within six months of your enrollment.

          Your application to this program requires:

          • $40 application fee
          • Completed application
          • Transcripts proving your previously earned credits or ADN
          • Proof of these prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better: Intro to Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology.
          • There is no minimum GPA required to apply to this program.

          Take the first step toward advancing your nursing career and providing even better care to your patients.

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          You can expect to take 31–61 credits depending on the total number of transfer credits approved. The program costs $395 per credit hour for a total estimated tuition ranging from $12,245–$24,095. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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          Faculty: Advisors and Mentors

          Learn from faculty members who are recognized for their clinical expertise and knowledge of professional nursing. Your instructors will help you reach your academic goals and support you every step of the way, via email, phone, and our online learning platform.

          This program meets Utica's commitment to advising and mentoring. You'll be in touch with nursing experts in a variety of specialties who can help you reach your next step.

          MEET YOUR FACULTY

          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          Benefits of Being an Online Student

          Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You'll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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          Planning Your Budget

          Paying for an online education doesn't have to be stressful. We've compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          Yes. This is a completer program that requires an active RN license or a license that will be active within six months of your enrollment, as well as an associate's degree in nursing.

          This 31–61-credit program costs $395 per credit hour, for an estimated total of $12,245–$24,095 depending on transfer credits and RN license status. Note that 30 of your credits are automatically deducted when you enroll with an active RN license.

          Also note that this estimate doesn't include fees or potential additional costs such as textbooks, transfer evaluations, immunizations and other expenses.

          Learn more on the online RN to BSN Tuition page.

          It's up to you! We've designed our program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          This CCNE-accredited, 100-percent-online curriculum includes courses that build your skills in evidence-based practice, informatics, cultural sensitivity, pharmacology, pathophysiology, communication, and nursing leadership and management.

          The curriculum also includes an extensive list of liberal arts electives for you to choose from, on topics such as elderly care, treatment of chemical dependence, public health at the local level, and more.

          Learn more on our RN to BSN curriculum page.

          Yes. You can transfer up to 90 credits from four-year institutions and 60 credits from two-year institutions, depending on your major. Courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better and you must have the approval of the program director.

          Learn more on our admissions page.

          No. This program is 100-percent online and includes no residencies.

          SOURCES:

          1Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree. (n.d.). Retrieved December 11, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Bachelor_of_Science_in_Nursing_(BSN)/Salary
          2Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Degree. (n.d.). Retrieved December 11, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Associate_Degree_Nursing_(ADN)/Salary
          3A BSN Degree Can Open Up These Nursing Careers. (2015, August 17). Retrieved December 11, 2018, from https://www.ameritech.edu/blog/career-benefits-bsn-degree/