John Brown University will launch its online RN to BSN Program this spring as a part of the Online Undergraduate Program (JBU Online). The program creates a path for registered nurses to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
“JBU is offering this degree in response to the great need for BSN qualified nurses,” said Dr. Stacey Duke, dean of Online Undergraduate Programs. “In 2010, the Committee on the Future of Nursing recommended that the percentage of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020. JBU’s new online program will help nurses stay and serve in their communities while achieving this additional educational goal.”
With an emphasis on evidenced-based practice, ethical leadership and holistic health, JBU Online’s RN to BSN program equips students for management roles in the nursing industry. The degree program also establishes an academic foundation for graduate studies, allowing nurses to pursue additional training opportunities leading to independent practice roles such as nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.
“Nursing is about more than physical healing,” said Kristin McCloud, department head of Online Undergraduate Nursing. “JBU’s RN to BSN program is designed to produce knowledgeable, skilled nurses of excellent moral character who can not only address the physical needs of patients, but can advocate for the spiritual and emotional well-being of patients and their families. We’ve built an educational experience that incorporates those aspects, and our faculty are driven to champion the success of each student in the program.”
The RN to BSN Program is for registered nurses who have at least 60 semester hours of transferable college credit. While the program’s courses are offered completely online, all students will complete a practicum experience that allows them to explore the full role of the professional nurse through a theoretical project or application.
The new program will expand JBU Online’s offerings, which include bachelor’s degrees in business administration, liberal arts, organizational leadership and psychology. Additional information about JBU’s online undergraduate programs may be found at www.jbu.edu/online.