RN-to-BSN Bachelor of Science

There’s so much to be said for a career in nursing. It’s how you help families heal. It’s how you comfort those who greatly need positivity and solace, and it’s how you find stability as an active part of a flourishing field. At Seminole State, our nursing program is consistently rated as one of the best in the nation, and our instructors are also real-world practitioners - providing you with a first-class education for a very affordable tuition.

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Getting Started: Fall 2019

June 4:   Financial Aid


Aug. 13:   Application


Aug. 20:   Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Outstanding reputation: Seminole State's RN-to-BSN program has a proved track record of preparing nursing graduates for success and immediate job placement.
  • Industry-driven curriculum: Courses were developed with input from Central Florida healthcare partners.
  • Flexible schedule: Courses are available online, so you can study when and where you want.
  • Seamless transition: With your associate degree (ASN), you can easily transfer into the RN-to-BSN program.
  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are industry-focused with real-world and classroom expertise.  
  • Affordable tuition: Seminole State has significantly lower costs than Florida's universities.

Additional Information

RN-to-BSN Bachelor of Science
Type: BS
Major Code : NUR-BS
CIP: 1105138012

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for nurses who have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing from an accredited school and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) or hold an active RN license. The program affords nurses a strong foundation for advancing their career or continuing on to graduate studies. The program focuses on nursing practice, leadership, research and contemporary issues in healthcare and concludes with a capstone course that incorporates the knowledge learned throughout the program.

This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326-5000
www.acenursing.org

Profession

Nursing ranks as the nation's largest health career field. Registered nurses (RNs) practice in a variety of settings while providing compassionate care to patients who are ill, injured, convalescent or disabled. Nurses are dedicated to the health and well-being of patients of all ages, health and abilities, and often serve as advocates in the care of individuals and communities.

Career Opportunities

Nurses with BSN degrees are qualified to work in any state and, due to their high demand, often choose their positions, hours and employers. Salaries and employment opportunities continue to expand as the health care industry grows, particularly in Central Florida. Additionally, positions outside of the traditional hospital environment offer nurses versatility and flexibility.

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Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 26 percent (faster than average) through 2020 due to the demands caused by technological advancements, an increased emphasis on preventative care and the large aging population (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Degree Transfer

Graduates of the BSN program may articulate into a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

Certifications

  • Registered Nurse (RN), Florida Department of Health
  • Registered Nurse (RN), National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Program Admission

Students may begin the BSN program three times each year in August (Term I), in January (Term II), or in May (Term III). Interested persons must first be admitted to Seminole State before registering for BSN coursework. The dates for application may vary.

The nursing program has specific requirements for admission. Candidates must:

  • Graduate from a regionally accredited Associate in Science Degree Nursing or Diploma in Nursing program and be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX RN), or hold an active RN license;
  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Attain a grade of "C" or higher in all General Education course requirements;
  • Eight weeks prior to enrolling in a clinical course (NUR 4945C), the student must submit a completed physical examination form, and, upload proof of required immunizations/health requirements, CPR certification, unencumbered current Florida RN license, and FIT Testing to the designated website.
  • Eight weeks prior to enrolling in a clinical course (NUR 4945C), the student must pass the Level II Criminal Background Check and drug and alcohol screening as per the organization's requirements.

All nursing courses are taught in a distance format with the exception of courses with a clinical component. Students must have access to a computer with Internet capabilities while enrolled in the program.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
24
Students must complete all Required Courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course will explore the role expectation of the baccalaureate nurse by integrating the professional standards, ethical principles and management roles as it relates to critical thinking as part of the global perspectives of the healthcare delivery system.
This course focuses on the basic concepts and processes of pathophysiology for common disease conditions. The content will build on earlier course work such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry and nutrition. The mechanisms of underlying clinical manifestations, prevention and treatments will be discussed.
This course focuses on the processes required to integrate evidence and research into nursing practice. The primary emphasis is on skills to evaluate scientific evidence for nurse-sensitive quality markers so that students can utilize published healthcare research to influence practice.
This course contributes to the development of nursing competence toward a diverse population. Global approaches to healthcare will be examined to aid the nurse in the development of professional nursing practice. Key issues and trends related to selected national and global healthcare topics will be explored. Specific attention will be given to basic health beliefs of selected cultures, health disparities and underserved populations, both nationally and internationally.
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to assist culturally diverse populations and aggregates in the community to achieve an optimum level of wellness. Concepts of community health nursing focus on the community as a client and nursing interventions utilized across the lifespan. Special emphasis is placed on advanced theoretical concepts related to health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and development processes. All clinical hours will be completed via virtual simulation.
This course examines the foundations of healthcare policy that impact nursing practice and client care. Students will participate in a critical analysis of current legislative issues, economic constraints and political controversies that influence emerging trends in nursing practice and healthcare systems. Course content will include an appraisal of the implications of policy and economics on issues of access, equity, affordability, health disparities and social justice in healthcare. Students will gain knowledge that prepares them to assume leadership roles in health policy development.
This course builds on previous learning and provides the student with experiential learning in select practice settings. The student will integrate nursing research knowledge, leadership and management and nursing theories to design, implement or lead a project that will improve patient outcomes and facilitate the transition to professional practice. The student must have a current Florida RN license to enroll in this course. The course requires that students complete a capstone experience with a clinical preceptor along with specific web-based assignments and activities in the last semester of the RN-to-BSN program. The capstone project will be based on an agreement between the student, faculty member and the clinical preceptor.
The purpose of this course is to examine leadership and management concepts used to address complex micro-system issues within selected healthcare organizations. Emphasis is on the application of advanced communication skills in collaboration with interprofessional teams. Focus is on the interrelationship of selected roles within the context of specific theoretical frameworks and models of care.
Elective Courses
6
Students must complete all Elective Courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course focuses on the effects of pharmacotherapy used in the treatment of selected illnesses and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of wellness in diverse populations across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Course outcomes include a detailed understanding of the nurse's role in safe drug administration, assessment of patient response to drug therapy, patient education and evidence-based treatment guidelines. Legal and ethical principles of medication administration are reviewed.
This course is designed to pull together material from different cultures and at-risk groups of individuals considered to be vulnerable populations. Key concepts will be discussed that will provide a basic structure for caring for the vulnerable, the relevance of nursing theories to vulnerable populations, nursing research showing the kinds of phenomena nurses study and many ideas about learning to work with and advocate for vulnerable individuals.
This course will be presented in a hands-on, interactive and self-reflecting manner that will allow students to explore informatics nursing careers and the effective use of patient care technologies while gaining a basic understanding of the multidisciplinary combination of nursing science, computer science, information science and cognitive science. Additionally, this course will provide an introductory overview of relevant clinical information systems (CIS), basic informatics concepts, decision-making support tools and an examination of health information technologies that promote safety, improve quality, foster consumer-centered care and efficiency.
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
This theoretical course focuses on synthesizing nursing knowledge and skills in caring for adult clients and their families impacted by critical illness. The emphasis is on both pathophysiology and clinical management.
This course examines the process of aging. Physical, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual aspects of aging are examined within the context of the family and society. Advanced theoretical concepts of aging will be examined using the nursing process. The course will also present the unique healthcare needs of the older adult and introduce students to how nursing approaches manage those needs. Ethical and legal issues related to the nursing care of older adults are explored.
This course introduces students to various facets of natural and technological disasters while integrating public health research designs and practices. Discussions will utilize recent and historical case studies as a basis for developing the critical thinking and leadership skills needed by healthcare professionals in crisis situations. International, domestic and regional settings will be addressed as well as the social, economic and political aspects of disaster planning, preparedness and mitigation. Students also gain an understanding of basic public health concepts and methodologies.
This course is designed to promote cultural competence and an appreciation for diversity through visiting other countries and interacting with their citizens and health care professionals. Students will examine the health care delivery systems and financing of health care, the role and challenges of the nurse and degree of collaboration within the health care team. Students will also explore the methods and pathways for nursing education.
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
Foundation Courses

ADN/Diploma Credits

54
General Education Courses
Students must complete all General Education Courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

Communications General Education courses

9
Credits

History General Education course

3
Credits

Mathematics General Education courses:  (Note:  STA 2023 is a required Mathematics General Education course)

6
Credits

Humanities General Education courses

6
Credits
Science General Education courses
6
Credits

Social Science General Education courses

6
Credits
Total Credits:
120
Note:

Specific general education prerequisite courses are required for this program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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In fact, a full-time college education at Seminole State is more than $10,000 less each year than most state universities.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,480$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,120$10,666$10,010
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,030$1,000$1,030
Total$4,131$17,530$18,146$17,419.20

For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2018-19 fee schedule.

* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

The Profession

With the high demand for nurses growing each year, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) is a pathway to limitless career options and career advancement. Area hospitals are focused on hiring baccalaureate-prepared nurses, and many have set a goal of 80 percent BSN graduates by 2020. The need for registered nurses with BSN and master's degrees in non-clinical jobs also continues to grow.

Career Opportunities

Data from EMSI and The Florida Center for Nursing (FCN) document a 22.4 percent increase in the number of jobs for RNs by 2023, with a strong preference for graduates with a BSN. In Central Florida, it is estimated that there will be close to 8,400 openings for RNs prepared at the bachelor's level or higher by 2023.

A bachelor's degree in nursing prepares you for careers such as:

  • Nursing management
  • Clinical specialist
  • Education specialist
  • Infection control
  • Quality management
  • Acute care
  • Health navigation
  • Community health
  • Health coaching
  • Nurse research
  • Health informatics
  • Health insurance professional

The degree also opens doors for graduate nurses to advance on their career pathway to master's and doctorate degrees in nursing if so desired. 

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