Carson-Newman offers an accredited online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) that meets the same quality standards as our on-campus program. Our RN-BSN online program can be completed in as few as 14 months and is designed with the working professional nurse in mind.
*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Online RN-BSN Degree Program Highlights
Incorporate clinicals into your professional life. Pursue your degree while continuing to work full-time - Some clinicals may be completed at your place of employment (please call 888.293.9444 to learn more)
Grow as a nurse and as a professional. RN-BSN students learn to employ evidence-based practices, critical thinking, patient advocacy, professional ethics and the principles of servant leadership to improve patient outcomes, community health, and their nursing practice
Generous transfer policy. Your experience counts. Licensed RNs are awarded 30 hours of credit for previous education and training and may transfer up to 90 total credits (based on transfer evaluation)
Below are select courses from our program. For a complete curriculum and course descriptions, please download a free brochure:
NURS 332 – Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse, 4 credit hours
NURS 332 – Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse, 4 hours This online course is designed for RN-BSN students and provides the opportunity to build on their assessment skill and decision-making competencies related to individual patient care throughout the lifespan. This course also provides the practicing nurse with theory and skills needed to successfully conduct a comprehensive health history and physical exam on adult and elderly clients with outcomes that lead to developing a prioritized plan for client directed care.
NURS 352 - Nursing Research and Evidenced Based Practice, 4 credit hours
NURS 352 - Nursing Research and Evidenced Based Practice, 4 hours
Research methods are studied and published research findings are critiqued for use in nursing practice. Students will devise a research proposal that is appropriate to their Evidence Based Practice Project.
Currently, the Carson-Newman online RN-BSN program is available in the following states:
Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Careers and Outcomes
An RN to BSN degree can lead to more job opportunities, including increased probability of employment in a Magnet hospital, higher starting salaries and improved personal satisfaction. For RNs who seek to earn their Family Nurse Practitioner licensure and want to earn their BSN along the way, we offer an online RN to Master of Science in Nursing - FNP. We also offer a more traditional online Master of Science in Nursing - FNP designed for BSN-prepared RNs.
Earning an RN to BSN online offers many advantages for working RNs. The online RN to BSN program format is designed to accommodate full-time working nurses, with all coursework (excluding clinicals or practicum) being offered via the web.
Online RN to BSN programs can allow Registered Nurses to unlock higher earning potential and more specialized career paths. Working at a coveted Magnet Hospital usually requires the completion of a BSN degree. Nurses who possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing typically earn higher salaries than their ADN or diploma-educated co-workers. BSN-prepared RNs with one to four years of experience earn an average of $8,337 more per year compared to those who have not completed a BSN degree program. An RN-BSN online degree is also the first step toward obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing or Post-Master’s FNP Certificate.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recognizes that “BSN nurses are prized for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, and health promotion,” and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Nursing has made it a goal to increase the number of nurses holding a BSN degree from 50 to 80 percent by 2020.
Driving factors behind the IOM recommendation for RN-BSN degrees include the increased complexity of care, improved patient outcomes with BSN-prepared nurses and better nursing practice competency indicated by several studies. RN-BSN online nursing programs are the ideal solution for Registered Nurses to meet this demand while also opening up more career options for themselves.
Carson-Newman’s RN-BSN online program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. With small class sizes, affordable tuition and dedicated student support, we are proud to count ourselves among Tennessee’s leading accredited RN to BSN online programs.
NURS 354 - Altered Health States, 4 credit hours
NURS 354 - Altered Health States, 4 hours
A conceptual approach and analysis of pathophysiological phenomena and human responses to altered health states in the adult and elderly client.
NURS 420 - Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse, 6 credit hours
NURS 420 - Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse, 6 hours
This online course is the RN-BSN capstone course that is designed for the RN-BSN student who is licensed as a registered nurse and is currently practicing nursing or has practice experience as a registered nurse. This course examines and provides a broad overview of managerial/leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the practicing/experiencing registered nurse. $10 fee. (90 Clinical Hours)
NURS 421 - Dimensions of Professional Nursing for the Registered Nurse, 4 credit hours
NURS 421 - Dimensions of Professional Nursing for the Registered Nurse, 4 hours
A synthesis of current and emerging trends in professional nursing practice, education, and research with attention given to legal, ethical, and legislative issues. The implications for a professional will be explored. Also included is an introduction of online learning for nursing and C-N liberal arts. $90 fee.
NURS 417. Multicultural Practicum. 1-3 hours, Offered as needed
Supervised practicum (at least 30 hours) within a cultural setting that is different from the student’s dominant/birth culture. Repeatable to a maximum of 4 hours.