Accredited Nursing RN to BSN Degree
If you are a registered nurse with an associate degree or diploma certificate in nursing, Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program online can prepare you for expanding professional roles in the health care system of tomorrow. Obtaining your RN to BSN degree will position you to broaden your understanding of best practices in nursing, prepare you for graduate study, and equip you for leadership positions in which increasing levels of education are expected.
GCU’s RN-BSN program is tailored to meet the needs of the RN adult learner and to maximize the strengths that the working RN already possesses. Our university counselors provide an upfront time to completion, and our free cost estimator tools provide you with a general estimation of the cost of attendance.
Why Earn Your RN to BSN at GCU?
Explore just a few of the many reasons to choose GCU’s accredited RN to BSN online program:
- Transfer Up to 90 Credits: Our free Lopes Credit Evaluation can help you determine how many credits will transfer to GCU.
- Earn a BSN in 12 Months: GCU’s 5-week courses help you earn your degree in as little as 12 months.1
- Earn Your BSN and MSN in 2.5 Years: Speak with your university counselor about the RN to MSN fast-track option and earn both degrees in as few as 30 months.2
Advancing Your Nursing Career
There has never been a better time than now to enroll in an online RN to BSN program.
- Earn Your Degree by 2020: The Institute of Medicine and the AACN recommend that 80 percent of nurses have their BSN by 2020. Prepare for the changing healthcare landscape by enrolling today and earning your BSN by 2020.
- Improve Patient Outcomes: Study findings conducted by Linda Aiken in the 2011 article, “The Effects of Nurse Staffing and Nurse Education” actually indicate that the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s degrees is associated with better outcomes.3
- Increase Your Opportunities to Work in Magnet Hospitals: Launched in the 1990’s by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Magnet Recognition Program identifies hospitals committed to a higher level of care for both patients and nurses. Many Magnet hospitals seek BSN-prepared nurses to staff a majority of their nursing positions.
BSN Careers & Salaries
According to an article “Top 9 Advantages of a BSN Degree” from Nurse Journal, as a BSN-prepared nurse, you will:
- Increase Your Job Opportunities: Of 187,000 nursing jobs posted during a three-month period, nurses with a BSN were eligible for 88 percent of the openings, while nurses with a diploma or associate degree were only eligible for 51 percent of positions.
- With a BSN degree, there will be more doors opened to you: The knowledge that you gain in this program will prepare you for positions that include team leader, clinical manager, and unit supervisor. More and more clinical nursing positions require a BSN. Get ahead of the curve while opening doors to opportunities in different settings including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, case management, private homes and public health.
- BSN-prepared nurses can work in many different settings: Depending on your area of interest, you will be prepared to work in hospitals, ambulatory care centers, health service organizations or rehabilitative settings. Ultimately, the knowledge you gain in an RN to BSN program will equip you to pursue a career you are passionate about.
The BSN and MSN at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Select states may have additional requirements to meet their standards; reference your enrollment agreement or contact GCU for more information. GCU’s accredited program is aligned to standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long does it take to complete the RN to BSN program?
The online RN to BSN program can be completed in as little as 12 months with our 5-week course offerings.5
What topics will be covered?
The clinical and healthcare principles you learn in a BSN program include:
- Health promotion for the family, wellness education, and cultural diversity
- Developmentally based physical assessment
- Concepts of statistical analysis for health care including experimental design and sampling methods
- Critical appraisal of the research literature and application of evidence in nursing practice
- Nursing leadership and management, effective communication and interdisciplinary collaboration
What classes will I take in the BSN program?
In your BSN courses, you will receive instruction from practicing nurses and experts in the field who will share their knowledge and experience in the areas of clinical patient care, healthcare management, professional development in nursing practice and leadership. Some of the classes you will take include:
- Family-Centered Health Promotion
- Health Assessment
- Concepts in Community and Public Health
- Introduction to Nursing Research
- Ethical and Spiritual Decision Making in Healthcare
- Nursing Leadership and Management
- Trends and Issues in Today’s Healthcare
Can I continue to work while I earn my BSN?
The RN to BSN program is designed to allow you to continue working as a nurse while you are enrolled in the program. This way, you can further your education without sacrificing your career.
In addition, if you have a busy work schedule, enrolling in an online program may be a great option for you. GCU’s online programs give you the convenience and flexibility needed to get ahead, while ensuring you receive a quality education.
1 Transfer of 90 credits that apply to your degree, and continuous enrollment required
2 Transfer of 90 credits that apply to your degree, and continuous enrollment required
3 Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217062/
4 Retrieved from: https://nursejournal.org/bsn-degree/top-9-advantages-of-a-bsn-degree/
5 Must transfer 90 semester credits accepted toward the required 120 credits to complete the program in 12 months.