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Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN

Current RN-to-BSN Program

The RN-to-BSN program provides an option for RNs who have graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program to obtain knowledge and skills for professional nursing practice and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program focuses on enhancing clinical reasoning and care delivery to improve patient safety and ensure high quality outcomes. Upon graduation from our online 12-month full-time, or 17-month part-time program, students earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Licensed RNs receive 30 hours of credit for previously completed nursing coursework. RNs who live in MS or AR but work in TN are eligible for in-state tuition.

BSN Program Outcomes (Current program)

The graduate of the BSN Program will be able to:

  1. Use verbal, nonverbal, written, and emerging technology methods to communicate and collaborate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including the patient and the patient’s support network.
  2. Deliver safe, spiritually and culturally appropriate evidence-based, patient-centered health promotion and disease and injury prevention interventions.
  3. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of patient-centered care.
  4. Demonstrate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  5. Assume accountability for personal and professional behaviors.
  6. Apply socio-cultural, economic, ethical, legal, and political factors as a basis for nursing practice.
  7. Demonstrate continuous self-evaluation and lifelong learning.

BSN Program Outcomes (Fall 2019)

The graduate of the BSN Program will be able to:

  1. Engage in clinical reasoning to make decisions regarding patient care.
  2. Deliver safe, evidence-based, compassionate, holistic patient and family-centered care across the health and illness continuum.
  3. Advocate for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
  4. Implement population-focused wellness promotion and illness prevention strategies that consider determinants of health and available resources.
  5. Use effective communication and collaborative skills for professional practice.
  6. Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  7. Evaluate quality improvement processes to optimize safe health care outcomes for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
  8. Employ leadership principles to improve patient outcomes across healthcare systems.
  9. Exhibit a commitment to continuous self-evaluation and lifelong learning.

General Education Competencies

General education competencies for the BSN program are:

  • Critical Thinking
    Students will demonstrate their ability to solve problems, construct and present cogent arguments in support of their views, and understand and evaluate arguments presented by others. (NSG 414 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice)
  • Communication
    Students will demonstrate appropriate skills in planning, preparing, and presenting effective oral and written presentations. (NSG 410 Professional Issues & NSG 415 Health of Populations )
  • Interprofessionalism
    Students will be able to explain interprofessional practice to patients, clients, families, and/or other professionals, describe the areas of practice of other health professions, and express professional pinions competently, confidently, and respectfully while avoiding discipline specific language. (NSG 419 Internship)

General education competencies will be measured via student performance on oral presentations written critiques of research papers, and papers written in capstone courses in the above italicized courses.

Technical and Performance Standards

All students admitted to the BSN program must meet the following core performance standards for admission and progression.

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  1.  Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment.
  2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, and populations from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  3. Communication abilities sufficient for verbal and written interaction with others. Speak, write and comprehend the English language proficiently.
  4. Use computer to word process, email, and access the World Wide Web.
  5. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, walk in hallways, maneuver in small spaces, and the strength necessary to lift and transfer patients, including the ability to exert up to 50 lbs. occasionally and 25 lbs. of force frequently. Physical activities include climbing, pushing, standing, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
  6. Gross and fine motor abilities with good balance and coordination sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  7. Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
  8. Visual ability, with close visual acuity including color, depth perception, and field of vision sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
  9. Tactile ability and manual dexterity sufficient for physical assessment and to provide nursing intervention including manipulating equipment necessary for providing nursing care.
  10. Computer literacy and adequate computer skills are required.

If a student cannot fulfill these Technical and Performance Standards, with or without accommodations, at any time in the program, the student will be ineligible for admission or continued progression in the BSN Program.  In addition to assuring that students can meet the intellectual, emotional, and physical criteria for the BSN Program, it is of utmost importance that students have the ability to provide for the safety and welfare of their patients and others. Reasonable accommodations will be provided, when appropriate, to help students meet these Technical and Professional Standards. Determination of eligibility and recommendations of accommodations must be made by the UTHSC Office of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion http://www.uthsc.edu/sassi/.  Any student wishing accommodations must contact the university’s Office of Student Academic and Support Services and Inclusion at 901-448-5056 (email: SASSI@uthsc.edu). 


Accreditation

The College of Nursing BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 30, 2020 and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The next CCNE onsite visit is scheduled for September 16-19, 2019.

"The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs." 

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Partnership Enrollment Programs

Southwest, Dyersburg State, LeMoyne-Owen, or Rhodes students should click here to learn about our Partnership Enrollment Programs.

RN-to-BSN Concept-Based Curriculum (Fall 2019)

Concept-based curriculum (CBC) and teaching facilitates the development of high level thinking skills such as clinical reasoning, which is essential to effective nursing practice and the growth of the profession. 

Concepts enable the joining together of isolated facts. A few examples of concepts include safety, ethics, caring, informatics/technology, professionalism, and leadership The concepts are taught through the use of exemplars, which are sample cases of the concept that the nurse may experience in practice.

The baccalaureate nursing program is organized around key concepts. These concepts are categorized in three domains:

  • Healthcare Recipient
  • Health and Illness
  • Professional Nursing and Healthcare

Last Published: Oct 11, 2018