RN to BSN Overview You can always spot a Drexel NurseThe online RN to BSN program that turns RN's into leadersThe Drexel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing accredited online program is a different sort of online RN to BSN program. Employers know what makes a Drexel nurse stand out – it’s the action-based learning and in-depth clinical skills that allow our students to use their newly acquired knowledge immediately and improve patient outcomes to lead nursing into the future.A 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study predicts that nurses with a baccalaureate degree will increase from 50 percent to 80 percent by 2020.* In the highly competitive field of nursing, a Drexel University RN-to-BSN degree can help give nurses an edge with minimal disruption to their hectic work schedule. By earning this bachelor’s degree online, nurses are able to remain employed while learning valuable skills that will result in greater career opportunities over time. View the RN to BSN Program Handbook.Program FeaturesThe RN to BSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)**You can transfer all general electives, up to 135 out of the 180 required quarter credits. Credit is awarded for completed RN licensure courses.Special tuition plans for ANA members, employees of health system partners and community colleges.Three-year tuition lock for those who complete the RN to BSN program within 3 yearsEmployers know graduates of Drexel’s online BSN program perform better in their profession and assume roles that demand critical-thinking, decision-making, communication, and leadership skills.Free to apply, plus two complimentary transcript requestsRNs who hold bachelor’s degrees in another field of study can prepare for an advanced degree through the RN to MSN online program.Ability to work with virtual patients through our Health Assessment Simulation LabRobust practice experience woven through each aspect of the curriculum using both traditional and innovative learning technologies, such as simulation lab, problem-based web learning, direct patient interaction, and community outreachCourses taught by experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health ProfessionsOutstanding support services, including 24/7 tech support, online access to Drexel University’s award-winning W.W. Hagerty Library, Drexel’s Writing Center, and much more*"The Future of Nursing - Leading Change, Advancing Health," Institute of Medicine, 2010 **The baccalaureate programs at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. ***This program is not currently accepting applications from students living in Iowa, Louisiana, or Wisconsin.***Students living in North Carolina may be admitted to the program, however cannot complete their clinical practicum requirements in the state of North Carolina. Clinicals may be completed in a neighboring state.***MARYLAND RESIDENTS: Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT complete the clinical or practicum portion of the course within the state of Maryland at this time. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.) you may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and Delaware which share in a Nurse Compact for Licensure with Maryland. Students who reside in Maryland may continue to take online courses at Drexel University, but they must do the clinical portion of the course in another state. If you have already made arrangements to complete your clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site. ***WASHINGTON RESIDENTS: Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430. Curriculum This program allows transfer of up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes. First Tier ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0Humanities3.0Sociology3.0Psychology3.0Growth and Development3.0Anatomy6.0Physiology6.0Microbiology6.0Free electives6.0Nursing (validated quarter transfer credits)45.0Second Tier Computer Science or Communications elective (Public Speaking)3.0Statistics4.0Economics4.0Ethics4.0Social Science elective3.0Science elective6.0Advanced Physiology or Pharmacology or Pathophysiology5.0Free electives12.0Level One Courses INFO 404Nursing Informatics for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion3.0NURS 324Intro to Online Learning:Tools for Success3.0NURS 325 Critical Issues in Nursing3.0NURS 340Transformational Leadership3.0NURS 346Health Assessment6.0Level Two Courses NURS 330 Research Basis of Nursing4.0NURS 337 Genetics in Nursing and Health3.0NURS 370Issues in Aging and Longevity4.0NURS 375Nurses Building a Healthy Community6.0Level Three Courses NURS 460Global Health & Policy Issues6.0NURS 462Science, Technology and Health3.0NURS 465Senior Thesis in Nursing3.0View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria High School diploma or equivalencyAssociates degree or diploma in NursingCollege GPA of 2.0 or aboveCurrent, unrestricted United States RN licensure Your application will be reviewed prior to taking the NCLEX exam, but in order to begin the program you must have an active license.Official transcripts must show that 60 semester hours of the following college prerequisites were completed with a grade of C or better. It is expected that students have the majority of these requirements complete at the time of application, including at least one college-level English course. Nursing - 30 hoursEnglish (including one semester of composition) - 6 hoursHumanities (studio courses not acceptable) - 3 hoursAnatomy and Physiology - 8 hoursMicrobiology - 4 hoursSociology - 3 hoursGrowth and Development - 3 hoursPsychology - 3 hoursRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.A completed applicationA copy of your RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is also acceptable)Official score reports for any CLEP or AP exams takenOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $637 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $707 per credit) This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University. This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military. Additional Equipment/Lab Fees Community Health Experience NURS 375 - Nurses Building a Healthy Community focuses on the professional role of the public health/community nurse working collaboratively with aggregates, community partners, and health officials within the community as part of an interdisciplinary team in order to promote a healthier community. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that guide community-based, population-focused practice and research is included in both the classroom and the clinical portions of the course. The student uses skills in community assessment, program planning, and nursing interventions to help identified populations within community attain and maintain their optimum level of health. Selected measures for evaluating the outcomes of community health nursing programs are discussed as well as those that may be broader in scope. The practice component for this course involves a community assessment, a health promotion and disease prevention program, program project planning and implementation, as well as collaboration with others in the community. It is also expected that you'll have opportunities to look at community resources, talk with community partners and if possible experience community outreach.Ideas for Experiential LearningCommunity Nurse RolesAssisted LivingCamp NursingCardiac RehabCase ManagerClinic Diabetic EducatorDischarge Planning for a Rehab AgencyHealth DepartmentHealth EducatorHome CareHospiceParish NursingPublic Health DepartmentSchool NursingAgenciesGovernment Funded City public health departments County public health agencies Disaster agencies Federal public health agencies (Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health) Federally-qualified health centers Nurse-managed care centers Poison control center State public health agencies Not-for-Profit Organizations & Outreach GroupsAmerican Cancer Association American Heart Association Diabetes organizations Family planning clinics Flu shot clinics March of Dimes National Lung Association Screening programs (Stroke screenings, HIV, or volunteer agencies that provide clinics)Community Mental HealthCommunity-based mental health centers Mental health crisis centers Mental retardation centers Methadone clinics Substance abuse community centersSchool NursesCharter schools Private schools Public schools Religious schools University student health facilitiesHospital-Based ProgramsClinics for low-income families Community outreach department of local hospitals Diabetic educator Nurse-Family partnership programs/Maternal-Child programsSenior Citizen SupportAdult day care services for special needs seniors Alzheimer programs Assisted living homes Frail elder home programs Senior adult activity centers Senior citizen buildings Home VisitingHome hospice agencies Hospital based home care agencies Parish nurses Visiting Nurses AssociationSocial Service AgenciesHomeless shelters Immigrant welcoming programs Migrant health programs Travelers aidMiscellaneous RolesBreastfeeding support groups Environmental health agencies Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts camps Homes for pregnant teens Special needs camps Summer sleep away camps Volunteer agencies Study AbroadIn collaboration with Outreach Paraguay and Southeast Lancaster Health Services, Drexel University’s online RN to BSN students have the opportunity to complete an international service project that will meet the Practice Experience in NURS 375 Community Health or NURS 460 Global Health.The purpose of this project is to provide an enriching, cross-cultural experience in the field of healthcare for both professional healthcare providers and students with the hope of improving the health of a vulnerable community in Paraguay. Please contact your academic advisor for details. Academic Calendar Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2015 September 21, 2015 December 5, 2015 December 7, 2015 December 12, 2015 Winter 2016 January 4, 2016 March 14, 2016 March 15, 2016 March 19, 2016 Spring 2016 March 28, 2016 June 6, 2016 June 7, 2016 June 10, 2016 Summer 2016 June 20, 2016 August 29, 2016 August 30, 2016 September 3, 2016 Apply today for a RN-BSN Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? Find help or contact us.