RN to BSN
About the Program
The Division of Nursing at Ferrum College is currently offering a 100% online post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. Baccalaureate degree completion will broaden students’ knowledge base, expertise, and opportunities to contribute positively in the face of healthcare challenges. The RN to BSN program at Ferrum College underscores the significance of research and evidence-based practice, leadership, legal, and ethical implications in contemporary nursing practice. The baccalaureate prepared nurse is able to incorporate complex concepts and advanced clinical reasoning into practice, and therefore, offer heightened value to clients, teammates, and employers.
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
- Online nursing (NUR) – $310/credit hour.
- Courses that meet General Education and other elective credits start at $200/credit hour
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits||Semester – following Grad and Online rotations w/ exception (*)|
|NUR 302||Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice||4||Fall 1, Spring 1|
|NUR 351||US Health Policy & Ethics||3||Fall 2, Spring 2|
|NUR 371||Research & Evidence – Based Practice||4||Spring 1, Summer 1|
|NUR 391||Interprofessional Collaboration||3||Spring 2, Summer 2|
|NUR 461||Gerontological Nursing||4||Summer 1, Fall 1|
|NUR 471||Current, Future, & Transcultural Issues in Nursing||3||Summer 2, Fall 2|
|NUR 481||Leadership & Management in Nursing||4||Fall 1, Spring 1|
|NUR 491||Nursing Informatics & Data Management||3||Fall 2, Spring 2|
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 little 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.