Nexus University

Programs

RN TO BSN

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 may 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.)

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.

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

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:

  1. Graduate of either an accredited diploma or associate degree in nursing.
  2. Current, active and unrestricted professional nursing licensure.
  3. Students must submit a current government issued identification.
  4. Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 (4.0 scale).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  • 7. 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 70 on the IBT (Internet Based test).
    • IELTS – Must score 6.5 or better overall.
  • 8. A total of forty-nine (49) general education course credits with a grade of “C” or 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.)

Credit Requirements

Total program credits = 120 semester credits of which:

  1. 49 credits are general education courses.
  2. 35 credits for prior nursing courses held in escrow and awarded upon successful completion of the program.
  3. 36 credits earned at Nexus University (mandatory).

RN TO BSN CURRICULUM PLAN

SemesterSessionCourse NumberCourse NameCredit
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 Leadership2
iii1NUR 431Public Health & Community Care2
NUR 432Public Health & Community Experimental3
NUR 432Evidence-Based Practice Capstone Project6

Please review our Undergraduate Catalog for more details

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (MSN) Clinical Nurse Leader

The Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader program is designed to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles within one of four specializations:

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Executive Leadership
  • Nephrology
  • Gerontology

This degree program focuses on combining the complexities of nursing leadership, health promotion, healthcare economics, epidemiology, research, and communication in the holistic preparation of the clinical nurse leader in to the various specialties at the MSN level. The program facilitates the educational needs to nurses whom is either working in leadership positions, or who seek transition into a higher-level of clinical leadership roles in the near future. The course of study is 36 semester credit hours with 400 experiential hours and can be completed in five (5) semesters. Students have both theory and clinical coursework.

Degree Requirements

A student needs to complete at least 36 graduate semester credits, including 400 experiential hours, to satisfy the eligibility for the degree.

Program Objective

  1. Engage in culturally responsive patient-centered evidenced-based activities for advanced nursing practice based on foundational and advanced nursing science, current evidence, and application of research and knowledge from other disciplines. (Essentials I & IV).
  2. Disseminate knowledge and apply leadership principles in practice and education in order to effect change, improve healthcare quality, safety and patient outcomes. Essentials II & III).
  3. Use health information systems and technology resources to support lifelong learning, ensure safe practice environments, implement quality improvement initiatives, optimize healthcare outcomes and promote patient self-management. (Essentials V).
  4. Implement effective strategies in policy and regulatory processes to effect change in health care, improve the healthcare delivery system, the health of the public, and the profession of nursing. (Essentials II, VI & VIII).
  5. Apply knowledge to improve communication and collaboration, improve systems care and optimize patient and population health outcomes. (Essentials VII & VIII).
  6. Use analytical methods and translation science to generate evidence for nursing practice, support decision-making, promote safe and ethical nursing practice. (Essentials IV & IX).

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  2. Current, active and unrestricted professional nursing licensure.
  3. Students must submit current government issued identification.
  4. International degree plans are evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  5. 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.
  6. Submit application with $25 fee.
  7. Official (original) transcripts (These must be sent directly to Nexus University and be appropriately signed and sealed).
  8. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.
  9. Students who earn their bachelors in a language other than English and have not earned at least 30 college credits in the US are required to sit and submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (Internal English Language Testing System) results:
    • TOEFL - Must score a minimum of 70 on the IBT (Internet Based test).
    • IELTS – Must score 6.5 or better overall.
    • Nexus University code is 4237

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING CURRICULUM PLAN

SemesterSessionCourse NumberCourse NameCredit
i1NUR 511Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing3
NUR 512Health Promotion & Epidemiology3
2NUR 513Advanced Health & Physical Assessment w/Lab3
NUR 414Healthcare Informatic & Communication3
ii1NUR 521Advanced Pathophysiology3
NUR 522Organizational Behavior in Health Care Environments3
2NUR 523Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 524Organizational Behavior in Health Care Environments2
iii1NUR 531Evidenced-Based Practice, Research, and Translational Care2
NUR 532Leadership for Quality and Safety in Healthcare3

SPECIALIZATION: EXECUTIVE NURSE LEADER SPECIALTY

iii2NUR 533Management Application for Executive Nurse Leader I1
iv1NUR 541Management Application for Executive Nurse Leader II1
2NUR 542Management Application for Executive Nurse Leader III1
v1NUR 551Management Application for Executive Nurse Leader IV1
2NUR 596Capstone Evidence-Based Practice Project - Executive Nurse Leader4

SPECIALIZATION: HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS NURSE LEADER SPECIALTY

iii2NUR 535Management Application for Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader I1
iv1NUR 545Management Application for Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader II1
2NUR 546Management Application for Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader III1
v1NUR 553Management Application for Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader IV1
2NUR 598Capstone Evidence-Based Practice Project - Healthcare Informatics Nurse Leader4

SPECIALIZATION: GERONTOLOGY NURSE LEADER SPECIALTY

iii2NUR 534Management Application for Gerontology Nurse Leader I1
iv1NUR 543Management Application for Gerontology Nurse Leader II1
2NUR 544Management Application for Gerontology Nurse Leader III1
v1NUR 552Management Application for Gerontology Nurse Leader IV1
2NUR 597Capstone Evidence-Based Practice Project - Gerontology Nurse Leader4

SPECIALIZATION: NEPHROLOGY NURSE LEADER SPECIALTY

iii2NUR 536Management Application for Nephrology Nurse Leader I1
iv1NUR 547Management Application for Nephrology Nurse Leader II1
2NUR 548Management Application for Nephrology Nurse Leader III1
v1NUR 554Management Application for Nephrology Nurse Leader IV1
2NUR 599Capstone Evidence-Based Practice Project - Nephrology Nurse Leader4

Please review our Graduate Catalog for more details