Nursing, B.S.N. (RN to BSN)
Adult Professional Studies

Immaculata’s accelerated R.N. to B.S.N. program prepares registered nurses for positions of leadership in the modern health care industry.

This award-winning, accredited holistic nursing program provides an education in patient-centered, evidence-based practice that builds on your experience and increases your value in the workplace. In our interdisciplinary curriculum you will explore the cultural, psychological, ethical, legal and managerial aspects of nursing in hospitals and communities.

Immaculata has been educating nurses for more than 30 years. Highly qualified faculty are practicing nurse-scholars with extensive experience in a range of clinical specialties. Learn more about Immaculata’s Division of Nursing.

This accelerated program, available either fully online or face-to-face, offers the structure and support for working adults like you to succeed. More than 4,000 nurses have earned their bachelor’s degrees in nursing from IU.

Formats

  • NEW-Virtual Classroom, real-time
  • Online
  • Traditional classroom on-campus and offsite  

Locations

Cohorts starting in August 2020:

  • Blue Bell, PA: Montgomery County Community College
  • Delaware County
  • Northeast Philadelphia
  • Online Cohort

Program Highlights

2020 Top Ranked RN to BSN Program

  • Get an award-wining holistic nursing education, as recognized by the American Holistic Nurses Association.
  • Enjoy convenience and flexibility through online or face-to-face classes at various locations.
  • Attend classes as part of a cohort, which creates a professional learning community to enhance student interaction and support.
  • Earn credit for life and work experience, and transfer up to 72 credits.
  • Tuition discounts are available for certain cohorts, making your education more affordable.
  • Accelerated seven or eight-week courses allow you to finish your degree in two years or less, even while working full-time. Additional time may be required to fulfill liberal arts and elective requirements.
  • Faculty and professional staff support you from application to graduation to help you succeed.

NEW VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

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Real-Time

Real-time connection with experienced faculty from the comfort of your home through videoconferencing technology

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Expertise

Builds on longstanding Immaculata expertise on delivering high quality distance learning

Interactive

Interactive virtual classroom discussions with peers

Weekly Schedule

Login the same night each week for convenient and consistent scheduling around work and life

Opportunities

Our R.N. to B.S.N. program allows you to continue your professional development while also serving as a platform to earn advanced degrees. With a B.S.N., you will have the potential for higher wages, better patient outcomes, and better job prospects than nurses without a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

A B.S.N. allows you to pursue further education and advanced roles, including a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Nurse Practitioner (NP) and doctoral degrees including D.N.P., Ph.D. or Ed.D.

Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accreditation Seal The baccalaureate nursing program at Immaculata University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Admission Requirements

  1. A copy of current R.N. license
  2. Official transcripts from an accredited nursing program (either a diploma or associate degree program)
  3. Submit your application online

The R.N. to B.S.N. program includes 50 credits of required major core courses. You must earn 126 credits total to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Pathway to an MSN Program

R.N. to M.S.N. Bridge Program (For Registered Nurses who hold a Non-B.S.N. degree)

If you are an R.N. who graduated from an accredited nursing school with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree, you may apply to Immaculata’s M.S.N. program without earning a B.S.N. degree. For more information, please contact us at 484-323-3524 or email capsadmissions@immaculata.edu.

The R.N. to B.S.N. program at Immaculata University became the pivotal platform for me to not only continue my professional education but to reach my terminal degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The program provided three important elements of success: compassion, convenience, and the ability to connect with a network of nurses from different specialties.

Claire Mooney ’06, DNP

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Jennersville Hospital, Tower Health

Course Preview

Professional & Holistic Nursing

The course explores nursing as a profession examining its history, trends, and current role in the health care system. Critical reflective thinking as a basis for professional nursing is explored. The RN student using critical thinking skills identifies and examines concepts related to holism and holistic nursing theory. The application of this theory to self-care and nursing practice is emphasized.

Nursing Research

The fundamentals of nursing research are introduced and developed through the critical reading of research studies and their application of evidence-based nursing practice. Students develop skills in the identification, interpretation, and use of research findings in its application to evidence-based practice.

Holistic Care of the Chronically Ill

This course builds upon NUR 312 and expands the RN student’s knowledge and practice in holistic nursing. The RN student applies and analyzes evidence-based research findings on integrative and alternative modalities to nursing practice. The RN students are guided to build on knowledge and holistic theories presented and to develop a holistic framework of care for the chronically ill and elders. Issues related to aging, role changes, vulnerability, stigma, ethics, advocacy, end of life care, and case management of elders and the chronically ill are addressed.

Holistic Health Assessment

This course builds on the RN students’ prior knowledge and clinical experiences, and further develops comprehensive health history interviewing and physical examination assessment skills. The principles of health promotion and illness prevention are applied in the analysis of physical findings and health behaviors of the adult patient. Anthropological theories, concepts, and methods are introduced to provide the practicing nurse with transcultural tools to work with multicultural teams and skills needed to perform a comprehensive cultural assessment in order to deliver culturally competent nursing care to clients from various cultural groups. Laboratory practice of health assessment skills is included, as well as experiential learning.

Leadership in Nursing

Theories and principles of leadership and management in health care environments will be examined and discussed. Health care policy, organizational mission, vision and strategic planning, legal/ethical concepts, legal/ethical issues, motivational and change theory are applied to health care systems.

Capstone in Public Health Nursing

Students consider the concepts and implications of community-oriented and community-based nursing care and investigate the factors that impact public health. Health problems and issues facing vulnerable populations and the various roles of the nurse in promoting community and public health are explored. Course objectives are achieved through service learning, community assessment, and health promotion programs. The structure of health organizations and the impact of this structure on national and global community health are explored. GUIDED FIELD EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

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Liberal Arts Core — 36 credits (21 fulfilled by major)

  • Composition (Writing) (3 credits satisfied by ENG 241) – 6 credits
  • Natural & Physical World (Lab Science) (3 credits satisfied by lab science requirement) – 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics) (3 credits satisfied by ORBH325) – 3 credits
  • Human Creativity (Art, Literature, Music) – 3 credits
  • Social Consciousness (Sociology, Psychology, Economics) ( 3 credits satisfied by PSY101) – 3 credits
  • Historical Consciousness (History) – 3 credits
  • Global Society (Foreign Language/Culture) (3 credits satisfied by SPAN 150) – 3 credits
  • Pursuit of Faith (Religion/Theology) (3 credits satisfied by THE 408) – 6 credits
  • Pursuit of Wisdom (Philosophy) (3 credits satisfied by PHI 209) – 6 credits

Lower Division Nursing — (Credits transferred from Lower Division Nursing program) 30 credits

Upper Division Support Courses — 18 credits

  • ENG 241 Principles and Practices of Research – 3 credits
  • PHI 209 Logic and Knowledge – 3 credits
  • ORBH 325 Research & Analysis Using Statistics – 3 credits
  • POL 352 Nursing and the Law – 3 credits
  • SPAN 150 Spanish for Medical Personnel – 3 credits
  • THE 408 Contemporary Medical Ethics – 3 credits

Upper Division Nursing Courses — 35 credits

  • NUR 312 Professional and Holistic Nursing Practice – 6 credits
  • NUR 350 Holistic Health Assessment – 6 credits
  • NUR 370 Nursing Research – 5 credits
  • NUR 426 Leadership in Nursing – 6 credits
  • NUR 434 Holistic Care of the Chronically Ill – 6 credits
  • NUR 451 Capstone in Public Health Nursing – 6 credits

Nursing Program Requirement — 18 credits

  • PSY 101 Foundations in Psychology – 3 credits
  • SOC 302 Introduction to Sociology – 3 credits
  • PSY 324 Lifespan Development – 3 credits
  • Laboratory Science – 6 credits
  • Natural Science – 3 credits

Electives — 10 credits

Total — 126 credits

Just the Facts

30+

Years educating nurses

4,000

Number of graduates who earned their BSN from IU

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