Nursing , B.S.N. (R.N. to B.S.N.)
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.

With one of the largest R.N. to B.S.N. programs in Pennsylvania, 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.

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.

Program Highlights

  • Get an award-wining holistic nursing education, as recognized by the American Holistic Nurses Association.
  • Enjoy convenienceand flexibilitythrough online or face-to-face classes at various locations.
  • Attend classes as part of a cohort, which creates a professional learning communityto 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.
  • Acceleratedseven- 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.

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

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.

Locations

Cohorts starting in January 2019:

  • Chester County
  • Montgomery County: Pottstown Hospital, Lankenau Hospital
  • Delaware County: Taylor Hospital
  • Newark, DE: Christiana Hospital
  • Online cohort

Cohorts starting in August 2019:

  • Chester County: On campus at Immaculata University
  • Lancaster County
  • Philadelphia County
  • Online cohort

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

Just the Facts

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Number of hospitals that offer Cohorts.

4,000

Number of graduates who earned their BSN from IU

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