BSN Program Details
Program Specific Information
The University of Providence Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program is designed for completion in three consecutive semesters or 12 months. Following a required face-to-face program orientation, students complete all required nursing and other coursework that is delivered using online learning technologies.
Students progress through the program on a part-time, cohort-based model with required online classes that occur on a single day every other week each semester. In a cohort, the same group of students take all of their courses together in sequence.
The program’s mission is “to prepare graduates for accountable and professional nursing practice that is relationship-based, vigilant, theory guided, and grounded in the best possible evidence.” This mission is supported by a conceptual framework comprising the following constructs:
The University of Providence RN to BSN Degree Completion Program honors the patient and family as the center of the care delivery team. In relationship-based practice, excellent patient care outcomes are achieved through collaborative and sacred relationships among the patient, his or her family, and the healthcare team.
Nursing vigilance is reflected in unwavering attention to both the patient and the care delivery environment. This vigilance protects patients from harm and ensures their safe passage as they journey through the continuum of their care experience.
The professional nurse is accountable for nursing outcomes of care delivery by ensuring vigilant care processes, maintaining expertise in practice, and creating healing care environments. The professional nurse is answerable for practice that consistently meets established standards. This accountability includes steadfast pursuit of opportunities to coach and mentor other members of the inter-professional healthcare team. Nurses are at all times responsible for their own self-care, professional development, and proactive career management.
Constant, complex change is the expected norm and sets the context for contemporary life in health care delivery. Professional nurses thrive in–and are prepared to lead and manage positive change in-improving health, with patients, colleagues, and communities.
- 3 semesters for a total of 12 months.
- Online program with mandatory live video conference classes one day every other week.
- Required Face-to-face Program Immersion Day prior to the start of the program.
- Cohort model- students gain a sense of community and individual attention as they progress through the program with the same group of students.
- New Cohorts begin in January and August each year.
Program Themes and Learning Outcomes:
BSN Degree Program Themes
- Compassion, ethics and spirituality
- Patient and family centered care
- Leadership and effective advocacy
- Evidence based practice
- Population and community health
- Transforming healthcare
- Safety and quality outcomes
- Professional accountability
- Collaboration and interprofessional teams
- Reflective practice and lifelong development
A graduate of the program will be a leader in healthcare. Graduates will be excellent communicators, clinicians and leaders of change. A graduate is a life-long learner and will enhance the nursing profession by providing evidence-based nursing practice that is population centered, as well as grounded in spiritual, ethical and compassionate care.
- Integrate a compassionate and ethical understanding of the human experience into nursing practice using the foundations of a liberal arts education.
- Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making to engage healthcare teams in creating, promoting, and managing safety and quality outcomes.
- Apply nursing practices that are informed by research, evidence-based practice and innovation to optimize health.
- Utilize information technology to communicate, mitigate errors, and make improved clinical decisions related to the care of diverse populations.
- Advocate to influence change in legal, political, social, and economic factors that transform healthcare delivery.
- Collaborate with the inter-professional team to improve patient/family outcomes and the work environment.
- Provide compassionate, spiritual, ethical, and culturally appropriate care across the lifespan and the continuum of care.
- Practice preventive care, health promotion, and disease intervention across care settings for self, individuals, families, the community, and populations.
- Assume professional accountability to uphold the standards of nursing practice as defined by the Nurse Practice Act (in the state in which the nurse practices) and the ANA Code of Ethics.
- Demonstrate reflective nursing practice.
The University of Providence RN to BSN Degree Completion Program is a program offered to licensed, practicing Registered Nurses. RNs in the Providence St. Joseph Health and Partners system may be eligible for Providence St. Joseph Health scholarship funds.
The following items must be met to be eligible for the program:
- Graduate of an Associate Degree program in Nursing (or diploma program) with the following courses completed: Anatomy & Physiology (4 credits), Microbiology (3 credits).
- Active and unencumbered RN license.
- Applicants must complete the University of Providence Application for Admission located at uprovidence.edu as a RN-BSN student.
Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship Requirements
The following items must be met for applicants to be eligible for Providence St. Joseph Health scholarship funds:
- Employed as a Registered Nurse (RN) at a Providence St. Joseph Health or Partner organization facility at a minimum of a 0.6 FTE for at least 6 months. LPN or CNA experience is ineligible.
- At time of application, RN must be in a benefited position and working either part-time or full-time (minimum 0.6 FTE = 24 hours/week or greater). Per diem employees are not eligible for the scholarship.
- RN is in good standing (you are currently not on an action or performance plan nor have been on an action plan for the previous 12 months).
- RN is currently not on a medical leave.
RN-BSN Program Curriculum
The RN-BSN program is completed in 3 semesters for a total of 12 months.
Schedule for January or August Start
Semester 1: Spring or Fall
- NRS 301 Research Methods and Statistics (3 credits for the 1st 8 weeks)
- ENG (300-319) Upper level English for university core requirements (3 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
- NRS 402 Evidence Based Practice (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
- NRS 407 Public Health: Nursing Care of Populations (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
Semester 2: Summer or Spring
- NRS 419 Organizational Leadership in Quality and Safety (3 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
- ILC 355 University Core Course (4 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
- NRS 403 Ethics and Spirituality in Nursing Care (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
- NRS 405 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Concepts (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
Semester 3: Fall or Summer
- NRS 408 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
- NRS 420 Advanced Issues in Nursing Leadership (3 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
- NRS 418 Global Health Nursing (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
- NRS 494 Nursing Capstone Course (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
Core Course Completion
All students without a prior bachelor’s degree will complete two core courses, a 300-level English (3 credits) and a 300-level Integrated Learning Community (ILC) course (4 credits). Core courses may be completed through the University of Providence online. Students choosing to take courses at another college or university must work with the Program Manager to ensure the transferability of these courses.
This program requires students to attend live online classes one day every other week. Please see the University of Providence Computer Recommendations here.
The RN-BSN completion program at the University of Providence is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.