Nexus University

RN to BSN Program

RN to BSN Program

Program Overview

Nexus University’s RN to BSN is a uniquely designed program that allows current licensed registered nurses (associate degree or diploma) to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing in three (3) sequential semesters by attending theory classes in an online format allowing working nurses the flexibility needed to work.
The three (3) semester program awards 36 credits for nursing courses taken during the RN to BSN program with the theory courses delivered in an online instructional format. Thirty-five (35) credits are awarded for nursing courses from a diploma or associate degree in nursing programs and are held in escrow until completion of the RN to BSN program. Forty-nine (49) general education credits can be transferred in. Transfer course work must have a grade of C or better in each course. (If not all program requisites, required general education courses, and/or electives are completed, you may be admitted to begin the RN to BSN program; however, successful completion of all program general education courses are required to obtain the BSN degree. Completion of the general education courses while enrolled in the RN to BSN program may prolong the time to degree.)

General Education Courses

  1. Program Requisite Coursework - Total 30 credits
    • 6 credits of English Composition
    • 8 credits of Anatomy & Physiology with labs
    • 4 credits of Microbiology with lab
    • 3 credits of College Algebra
    • 3 credits of Nutrition
    • 3 credits of Human Growth & Development (lifespan)
    • 3 credits of Psychology or Sociology
  2. Required General Education Courses - Total 9 credits
    • 3 credits of Statistics
    • 3 credits of Chemistry
    • 3 credits of Humanities/Fine Arts
  3. Elective General Education Courses - Total 10 credits

    Ten (10) credits in approved elective general education courses (with a minimum grade of C) must be transferred in from any of the disciplines.

The RN to BSN program does not prepare graduates for licensure exam as an RN.
Students enrolled in the RN to BSN program are required to maintain a current, unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice

The program framework is based on the “Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice” (American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2008) and prepares the student to focus on the application of clinical reasoning, leadership, communication and collaboration, patient safety, research and evidence-based practice among other relevant topics in the provision of safe, effective and contemporary professional nursing care. The program provides an opportunity for upward mobility as a bachelor prepared registered nurse. The degree and educational program serve as the foundation for graduate studies.

Credit requirements

Total program credits = 120 semester credits categorized as follows:
  • 49 credits are general education courses.
  • 35 credits for prior nursing courses held in escrow and awarded upon successful completion of the program.
  • 36 credits earned at Nexus University (mandatory).

School of Nursing's Mission Statement

The School of Nursing’s mission is to graduate culturally diverse students who are prepared to make a positive difference in the lives and health of others, prepared to lead and who are innovative and collaborative. Graduates are prepared to lead patient and family healthcare innovation in multiple practice settings. We graduate individuals who are recognized as forward thinkers, system partners, advocates and lifelong leaders prepared to provide service to diverse populations.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the BSN program will:
  1. Engage in culturally responsive patient-centered evidenced-based care for professional nursing practice based on foundational and advanced nursing science, current evidence, application of research and other knowledge from other disciplines. (Essentials I, III, & VIII)
  2. Apply organizational, leadership and management concepts in practice in order to effect change, identify threats to safety, teach others, and improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes. (Essentials II, IV, & VI)
  3. Use health information systems and technology resources to demonstrate integration of knowledge, support lifelong learning, ensure safe practice environments, implement quality improvement initiatives, optimize healthcare outcomes and promote patient self-management. (Essentials IV & VI)
  4. Use concepts of leadership, autonomy and management to identify effective strategies in policy and regulatory processes to promote health, prevent disease and injury, and improve the healthcare delivery system, the health of the public, and the profession of nursing. (Essentials V, VII, & VIII)
  5. Communicate and collaborate effectively respecting dignity, worth, and uniqueness of self and others, to improve care and optimize patient and population health outcomes. (Essential VI)
  6. Integrate research findings to provide evidenced-based care, support decision making, and promote safe and ethical nursing practice. (Essentials I, VII & IX)

Admission Requirements and Process

The admission process is the first step toward earning your RN to BSN degree. Please review the requirements for the RN to BSN online program, along with required information for submission and documentation.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate of either an accredited diploma or associate degree in nursing.
  • RN licensure in Florida (current, active and unrestricted).
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 (4.0 scale).
  • Applicants with earned credits from a foreign institution of higher education must have their credential and or courses validated, translated and certified by a NACES approved agency.
  • Students who earned a baccalaureate in another language must have the transcript translated in English by a certified translator. Translated copy should be submitted along with original copy.
  • All non-native English speakers are required to submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (Internal English Language Testing System) results:
    • TOEFL - Must score a minimum of 80 on the IBT (Internet Based test).
    • IELTS – Must score 6.5 or better overall.
  • A total of forty-nine (49) general education course credits with a grade of "C" of higher. (If not all program requisites, additional general education courses, or elective are completed, you may be admitted to begin the RN to BSN program; however, successful completion of all program general education courses, and elective are required to obtain the BSN degree. Completion of the general education courses while enrolled in the RN to BSN program may prolong the time to degree.)
    1. Program Requisite Coursework - Total 30 credits
      • 6 credits of English Composition
      • 8 credits of Anatomy & Physiology with labs
      • 4 credits of Microbiology with lab
      • 3 credits of College Algebra
      • 3 credits of Nutrition
      • 3 credits of Human Growth & Development (lifespan)
      • 3 credits of Psychology or Sociology
    2. Required General Education Courses - Total 9 credits
      • 3 credits of Statistics
      • 3 credits of Chemistry
      • 3 credits of Humanities/Fine Arts
    3. Elective General Education Courses - Total 10 credits

      Ten (10) credits in approved elective general education courses (with a minimum grade of C) must be transferred in from any of the disciplines.

Admission Process

  1. Complete the Nexus University application and submit with fee.
  2. Submit Official Transcripts from all higher education institutions.
  3. Submit proof of current BLS, background check and drug screen.
  4. Submit verification of licensure.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

To be awarded a BSN degree, a student must have a total of 120 credits, of which 36 credits in nursing were completed at Nexus University and 49 credits in general education may be transferred in. The student is awarded 35 escrow credits for nursing courses from a diploma or associate degree in nursing programs after successful completion of all mandatory courses for a total of 120 credits.

Curriculum Plan

Semester8-week SessionCourse NumberCourse NameCredits
I1NUR 411BSN Nursing Values3
NUR 412Physical Exam and Health Assessment3
2NUR 413Health Promotion & Disease Prevention3
NUR 414Health Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments3
II1NUR 421Nursing Research3
NUR 422Information Management & Technology3
2NUR 423Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR 424Organizational and Systems Leadership3
III1NUR 431Public Health & Community Care3
NUR 432Public Health & Community Experimental3
2NUR 499Evidence-Based Practice Capstone Project6

Course Descriptions

NUR 411 BSN Nursing Values (3 credits)

In this course, students examine concepts germane to the professional practice of nursing. Students survey topics areas relevant to BSN practice focusing on topics that include: professionalism and transformational practice; communication, teamwork and interpersonal relationships; nursing education pathways; effects of culture and diversity on health-care practice; critical thinking and clinical decision making; and ethics and legal considerations of practice.

NUR 412 Physical Exam and Health Assessment (3 credits)

This course provides the knowledge base and skill set to perform a physical exam and health assessment. Emphasizing the expanded role of the BSN nurse as provider of care employing increased knowledge and skills, students will perform comprehensive health histories, physicals, and psychosocial, developmental, cultural, spiritual, and environmental assessments using specific assessment tools. Students will identify expected findings, identify the presence of alterations, and explore health promotion behaviors. Normal assessment findings, frequently seen variations from normal are discussed.

NUR 413 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (3 credits)

This course examines health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan of individuals, families and communities. Students will study ethical principles and decision-making models related to health promotion and disease prevention with an emphasis on patient and public safety, clinical prevention and health care finance. A sample of topics in the course include: disaster management; money and payment systems; epidemiology and health promotion strategies.

NUR 414 Health Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with foundational concepts of healthcare policy, political influences, finance and business practices in nursing and health care. Students will explore the complex processes of patient care services and analyze the implications of healthcare issues relevant to their practice. Students discuss the changing environment of health care systems and the strategies that affect health care policy decisions which shape those systems. Emphasis will be placed on understanding current health care policy issues and how policies drive the economics of the entire health care system.

NUR 421 Nursing Research (3 credits)

The focus of this course is on the role of the BSN in research and the ability of the BSN to be able to read, critically appraise and synthesize research. The course includes an overview of research methodology and the important concepts used in healthcare when conceptualizing, planning and conducting health disparities research. The course will focus upon practical considerations and examples of survey research, sampling, measurement, and intervention development employed in healthcare settings.

NUR 422 Information Management & Technology (3 credits)

This course explores using technology to enhance practice and provides an introduction to health care informatics, information management and the regulations and practices related to health care informatics, database management, data quality and systems design. It allows the student to gain knowledge and apply computer technology in the management of patients, families, groups and communities. The role of the BSN as health care practitioner, administrator, educator, researcher and protector of healthcare information is emphasized.

NUR 423 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

This course focuses on the foundational concepts to improve nursing practice. Students will learn how to formulate a focused clinical question, search and assess the literature, assess the validity of the evidence and apply evidence to achieve best practices to guide practice. Students practice skills in clinical inquiry, application of research methodology and critical appraisal techniques to identify and integrate research findings for best possible practice. Students investigate clinical problems, integrate reliable evidence within their scope of practice and translate research into practice as they examine a current policy or related procedure.

NUR 424 Organizational and Systems Leadership (3 credits)

Students will explore the complex and dynamic health care delivery system and the role of the BSN nurse as a leader. Students will gain skills in leading formal organizations, quality improvement, project management and other relative areas. Topics include maintaining sustainable organizations, leveraging legislative and regulative environments, continuous quality improvement, safety, strategies, promoting systems change, and prudent use of resources.

NUR 431 Public Health & Community Care (3 credits)

Students study the concepts of community and public health nursing with the emphasis on health promotions and primary health care. Key concepts, theories, issues, problems and basic epidemiological principles of public health, community health and global health nursing are analyzed in collaboration with diverse groups. Additionally, the nurse’s role in disaster readiness, training and management are discussed. Trends in health care delivery resources are examined along with the sociocultural, political, economic, ethical, and environmental factors that influence community, public and global health decisions. Aspects of care are explored based on a demographic and epidemiological approach as well as building an environmental awareness, acquiring problem solving and clinical thinking skills. Students examine the concepts of community assessment, disease prevention, and health promotion in order to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions for diverse populations. Emphasis is placed upon on health care disparities, vulnerable populations, health promotion across the lifespan, and the implementation and progress of Healthy People 2020 National Health Objectives.
Corequisite: NUR 432

NUR 432 Public Health & Community Experiential (3 credits)

Students apply the concepts of community and public health nursing in the clinical setting with the emphasis on health promotions and primary health care. This course focuses on nursing care designed to prevent and/or reduce risk of disease and injury and promote health and wellness to diverse populations across the lifespan. Students will assess the health needs of a selected community with a focus on health promotion, culture and environment, health behaviors, and health maintenance. Students will visit various community agencies, organizations, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, community government agencies and other community facilities.
Co-requisite: NUR 431

NUR 499 Evidence-Based Practice Capstone Project (6 credits)

As a culminating experience, this capstone course provides the opportunity for the student to synthesize information gained in the baccalaureate program educational journey (non-nursing courses and nursing courses) to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine their nursing practice skills. Students create a culminating project that contributes to nursing practice, uses evidence- based resources, utilizes teaching skills, addresses public health competencies and analyzes how the identified issue and interventions impact the health of the affected population. This final project will be detailed in a final presentation at Nexus University. This course includes 90 hours of documented experience presented in a portfolio and time log.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition

Having a financial plan is very important for the success of the student. Though Nexus University does not participate in the Federal tuition plan there are several avenues that students can use to pay for school. The school encourages students to explore their options. For ease of payment the University allows students to pay for 1 class at a time.
The tuition is calculated on a semester credit basis. Each course is three semester credits. The costs for Academic Year 2018–2019 are listed below.

Tuition for 2018-2019

Tuition Per CreditTotal Program Tuition
$250.00$9,000.00
We strongly recommended that students check the website of the University for updated fees. Tuition and fees may change without notice.

Fees and other costs

Application Fee$25.00
Technology Fee$100.00
Graduation Fee$50.00
Returned Check Fee$40.00
Late Add$20.00
Transcript$15.00 (Each copy)*
*First transcript is provided free of charge.

Application Fee

The Application Fee is paid at the time of application and is non-refundable.

Technology Fees

This fee is payable per semester/session at the time the tuition is paid. This fee is generally non-refundable. The resource fee provides unlimited access to electronic resources including but not limited to LMS (CANVAS), online library, Plagiarism Checker and MyNexus.

Transcript Fee

Transcript Fee is only for official transcripts. A student may print an unofficial copy from MyNexus at no charge. The transcript can be requested electronically or in hard copy. The fee should be paid at the time the request is made. If on responding to the request for transcript the University realizes that the student is not eligible to receive an official transcript, the student will be informed but the fee not refunded.

Graduation Fee

Graduation fee is payable at the time a student completes his/her program and submits an application for degree conferment. A degree audit is then completed, and the student confirmed of eligibility for graduation or otherwise. Once completed the student will be mailed their original diploma and one official transcript. The fee does not cover any of the cost for participating in commencement services/activities. Please note that a second diploma cannot be provided.

Return Check Fee

The University charges a $40.00 fee for all checks that are returned by any financial institution. Students are encouraged to ensure that checks are correctly filled out and that that they can be honored. A student may also lose the privilege of paying by checks if they tender a dishonorable check to the University. The University is not accountable for any additional fee that some financial institutions may charge.

Late Add

Any request for adding a class after the deadline is considered late add. The fee of 20.00 is charged when this happens. This fee is non-refundable once the process is undertaken.

NOTICE

Students who do not honor the terms of their financial agreement by paying fees and tuition in accordance may be reported to credit bureaus. Issues such as missed payment, late payments, and/or other defaults may be sent reflected in a credit report. A student may also be withdrawn from the University, barred from using its resources and or have official transcripts withheld.
Students are strongly recommended to check the website of the University for updated fees. Tuition and fees may be changed without notice.