New online program starting in January to allow licensed RNs to earn BSN degrees

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New online program starting in January to allow licensed RNs to earn BSN degrees

December 3, 2012

A new and innovative program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University to begin in January 2013 will allow licensed Registered Nurses (RN) to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees online…in one year.

Called the “Online RN-to-BSN Program,” RNs who have earned an Associate Degree or credentials from a Diploma Nursing program, and who are licensed as RNs in Oklahoma or other approved states, may take online classes when and where it’s convenient for them in a time when the demand for nurses with bachelor’s degrees is in great need.

“We developed this online program because of the push in nursing for RNs to obtain the BSN,” said Cheryl Kent, Interim Chair of the Division of Nursing. “The program will be one year in length, January to December. It is 100 percent online. The students arrange clinicals where they live and work.”

Kent also explained that the online classes are “blocked,” so the students only take one class at a time.

“The benefits to students are that they can take these classes online and still work,” Kent said. “It is very manageable around ‘life.’”

Kent said that students approved for this online program who have their RN license will receive credit for their first year of nursing. These students will complete the senior level courses online through Northwestern’s program.

Students wishing to enroll in this online program must meet the same criteria as the traditional on-campus degree, Kent said, including all entrance qualifications to Northwestern, general education hours requirements, and nursing program pre-requisites. A list of all these requirements may be found online at www.nwosu.edu/online-rn-to-bsn-program .

To remain in the nursing program, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, procure professional liability insurance through the Division of Nursing or an approved private source, and achieve a "C" or better in all nursing and science courses. A student's failure to meet any of these standards will result in a review by the nursing faculty.

A new cohort begins every spring semester in January with graduation in December of the same calendar year provided the student has met all university course requirements.

For additional information and questions, contact the Division of Nursing office for an appointment with an adviser at (580) 327-8493 or email Dr. Shelly Wells, associate professor of nursing, at scwells@nwosu.edu or call (580) 327-8495.

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