Jul 03, 2020  

Nursing BSN (RN to BSN, Online)

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For information, contact: nursing@andrews.edu, 269-471-3311

RN-BSN Online program provides the RN with an associate degree an opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The curriculum focuses on the professional and leadership roles of the BSN-prepared nurse. Normally students complete in two years (4 semesters and 2 summers). The program requirements will involve clinical activities that may not be carried out in the student’s work unit.

Andrews University recognizes the associate degree as a whole package, leaving a minimum of 32 credit hours to be completed at the university for the bachelor’s degree.

Applicants from countries other than U. S. will need to have equivalent transcripts evaluated by Andrews University.

Some general education courses (Andrews Core Experience) may have been fulfilled within the associate degree package. See Andrews Core Experience: Professional Degrees .

Additional general education courses needed to complete the BSN requirement can be taken online through School of Distance Education& International Partnerships.

Delivery: This program is offered in an interactive online format (see School of Distance Education Definitions). In the interactive online format, courses have specific start and end dates. The interactive online program does not require any time on campus. Students in the interactive online program are encouraged to come to campus for graduation. Tuition for the interactive online degree is 50% of regular tuition. The Andrews Core Experience courses are offered year-round in a self-paced format and some ACE courses are available in the summer in an interactive online format.

Total Credits - 124

Andrews Core Experience

See Andrews Core Experience: Professional Degrees .

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are as follows:

1. All registered nurses must meet Andrews University entrance requirements and be accepted for admission to the University before being admitted to the nursing program.

2. Application for admission may require a minimum of six weeks for processing evaluation.

3. A current United States RN license or equivalent nursing license in country of residence.

4. Minimal overall GPA of 2.50

5. An acceptable criminal background check from company recommended by Department of Nursing—https:// portal.castlebranch.com/NS39

6. A urine drug screen is required before admission and yearly after. Some clinical sites may require different drug screen times. Drug screens are completed by https://portal.castlebranch.com/NS39

7. Physical examination report that must include: a. Tuberculin skin test (if positive a chest x-ray is required, will be evaluated individually) and yearly evaluation thereafter b. Proof of immunization or serum immunity for MMR1 and MMR2 (measles, mumps, and rubella), T-dap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), and hepatitis B c. Proof of immunization or serum immunity for varicella-zoster. d. Annual flu shots taken October–December

8. All students are required to have BLS Healthcare Provider Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification from the American Heart Association (AHA).

9. ADA Accommodations: Andrews University accepts and appreciates diversity in its students, including students with learning and other disabilities.

If you feel that you have a learning, psychological, emotional disability it is mandatory that it be formally documented by the Andrews University Counseling & Testing Center, Berrien Regional Education Service Agency or other source recommended by the above two agencies.

This document is required for accommodation to be granted. Less obvious physical disability requires documentation by the University Medical Specialties Center. If you qualify for accommodations under the American Disabilities Act, please see your instructor and advisor as soon as possible for referral and assistance in arranging such accommodations


RN-BSN nursing students in the online program need to understand that:

  • The Department of Nursing requires a minumum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to graduate.
  • Requirements for various clinical sites may vary and student must abide by the stated requirements.
  • Students must finish within 3 years of starting the program.
  • Class and clinical attendance are required: The Department of Nursing will uphold University Policy .
  • No course with a grade below C- may count towards the degree.

Students should refer to the Department of Nursing RN-BSN Student Handbook for futher guidance on progression policies.

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