Online Tennessee RN to BSN Program

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Online Tennessee RN to BSN Program

RN-BSN Online Program Highlights

The Carson-Newman online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree program prepares registered nurses to become more complete and autonomous caregivers. Carson-Newman online RN-BSN students learn to employ evidence-based practice, critical thinking, ethics, advocacy and the principles of servant leadership to improve patient outcomes, community health and their nursing practice.

The online RN-BSN program prepares registered nurses for the next step in their practice and allows most RNs to qualify for advancement opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable at the Associate’s Degree in Nursing  level. Today the RN-BSN degree means a more prepared and engaged nursing professional who provides more than the basics of clinical care, being able to accurately assess patients, make decisions and communicate effectively. That’s why many hospitals and healthcare providers now insist on the BSN as the minimum credential for employment or advancement.


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Fast Facts

  • 100% online coursework (not including clinicals) allows you to earn your BSN on a schedule that works for your busy lifestyle

  • Licensed RNs can receive up to 30 hours of credit for knowledge gained in basic nursing program

  • Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education*, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

  • Program can be completed in as few as 14 months based on transfer evaluation

  • #13 in Best Value Schools - U.S. News & World Report, 2017

  • #34 in Best Colleges for Veterans  - U.S. News & World Report, 2017

  • #59 in Regional Universities South - U.S. News & World Report, 2017

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Carson-Newman University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 ( 


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Career Outcomes

To meet the more complex demands of today's healthcare environment, the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice has recommended that at least two-thirds of the basic nurse workforce hold baccalaureate or higher degrees in nursing.*

All of this means that, in general, registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) will have more opportunities for positions and career advancement.

About Tennessee

Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States. Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri to the west. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state's western border.