RN to BSN Major
Why Study RN to BSN at Ferrum College?
The Division of Nursing at Ferrum College is currently offering a 100% online post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. The RN to BSN major offers content specific to research, use of scholarly evidence in practice, legal aspects of practice, communication, and management and leadership topics. The major builds upon the students’ initial licensure program, clinical experience, and a strong foundation of general education courses.
RN TO BSN SAMPLE COURSES
This major offers Fall and Spring admissions. Online nursing (NUR) – $310/credit hour. Courses that meet General Education and other elective credits start at $200/credit hour.
Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
Reinforces and expounds upon foundational theoretical nursing knowledge, ethical and legal considerations, regulatory frameworks, and practical skills that are essential to safe and competent practice.
US Health Police & Ethics
This course begins with an exploration of ethics. Students will become familiar with theories, and how these theories can be applied in practice and in policy making. Current healthcare issues will serve as the platform for concept analyses.
RN TO BSN ADMISSION CRITERIA
Part-time Progression Plan
This flexible plan allows for completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a pace that suits your life. The program offers 2 eight-week sequential courses a semester, allowing for degree completion in as few as 18 months.
- Hold an unencumbered RN license, or
- Are enrolled in a VCCS RN program (*dual enrollment can occur in year 2 of VCCS program with certain criteria met)
- Transfer RN courses and general education courses (minimum 65-66 credits)
- Receive a free transcript evaluation on application to identify any outstanding general education requirements (General education courses can be taken concurrently with nursing courses)
- Complete the RN to BSN curriculum (28 credits) in sequence
- Between transfer credits, General Education courses remaining, and Nursing courses, students will need to earn 121 credits total with a minimum of 31 credits coming from Ferrum College.
- CCNE – New Applicant Status has been applied for.
- SACSCOC Approval issued February 2020.
Code of Ethics for Nurses
- The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.
- The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population.
- The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.
- The nurse has authority accountability, and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decisions: and takes action consistent with the obligation to promote health and to provide optimal care.
- The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth.
- The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.
- The nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional standards development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.
- The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.
- The profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession, and integrate principles of social justice into nursing and health policy.
American Nurses Association (2015) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements