Salve Regina University announced in a press release recently that they have launched a fully online RN-BSN program that offers increased convenience, flexibility and affordability for a wider range of students looking to boost their competitive career edge in the healthcare marketplace.
Prospective students who are licensed registered nurses can complete the program track in as little as 12 months with six different start dates per year. Applications are currently being accepted for the first seven-week course offerings scheduled to begin in July. Courses have been created with topics that apply to the practice and professionalism of the adult RN to BSN student.
“Our program aligns with the goals of our community partners who are eager to employ nurses with advanced academic degrees,” said Debra Cherubini, Ph.D, RN, assistant professor and chair of Salve’s nursing department in a press release, which has been educating nurses for more than 70 years. “The Salve Regina mission is woven deeply within our curriculum as we strive to challenge students clinically and academically in the classroom to ensure that they are prepared to demonstrate strong critical thinking and leadership skills in the workplace.”
In developing the online RN-BSN program, Salve formed partnership agreements with multiple hospitals and care providers to develop incentive pricing for working RNs. Nurses currently working at partner institutions are eligible for the preferred tuition rate of $7,000, which covers full cost to complete the degree program. This preferred tuition rate extends to partnering RN’s spouses and family members, as well as to members of the military. Financial aid is also available.
Qualified students who enroll in the program are automatically granted 58 credits for prior educational preparation as RNs toward the 128 credits required to earn the BS degree in nursing. Additional coursework taken at other institutions or during the licensing process may also be eligible for transfer. Students must take a minimum of 30 credits at Salve Regina to earn their bachelor’s degree.
Salve Regina’s nursing program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, accepted its first class of undergraduate students during the 1947-1948 academic year. The undergraduate program offers a pre-licensure track for high school graduates and a degree completion track for students who are already registered nurses. For nurses seeking advanced degrees, Salve offers the M.S. in nursing (MSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which provide clinical preparation for becoming an advanced practice nurse and education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems thinking.
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