RN to BSN Program Details
RN to BSN Program Curriculum
The online RN to BSN program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
RN to BSN Professional Program Courses:
To enter the RN to BSN online program, the student must have completed an RN Program and have an active, permanent RN license. 30 hours of RN to BSN courses must be completed at FranU. Each online course is eight to sixteen weeks in length and can be completed 100% online.
Students have the opportunity to take multiple courses at a time. A full-time student can complete the required nursing courses toward the BSN in two semesters. Transfer credits for courses from other accredited institutions and credit-by-examination will be accepted according to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University policy.
Why should you consider the RN to BSN online program at FranU?
NURS 3340 | Evidence-Based Nursing
NURS 3350 | Professional Nursing Concepts
NURS 4300 | Leadership Principles in Nursing
NURS 4335 | Healthcare Policy
NURS 4725 | Community Health Nursing
See our Program Guide for complete course listings
Online RN to BSN Program Goals
Online nursing education is big business nowadays. Online programs allow nurses to continue to work with minimal disruption to their work schedules and family life but an online nursing program is not a cakewalk. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University online is structured to optimize the nursing school experience with excellent education and readily accessible support.
The degree awarded is the same for both online and campus attendees. Although online education is increasingly accepted, there remains a hidden bias towards online degrees in some instances.
A graduate from FranU online receives the same degree as a graduate who attended on-campus classes. FranU began as a teaching hospital in 1923 and has a brick and mortar campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is regionally accredited, has affordable and competitive tuition rates, and is a not-for-profit school.
Accreditation is important, and FranUonline offers respected regional accreditation through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. FranU online is regionally accredited which is important for several reasons.
Sometimes potential employers shy away from nationally accredited distance learning, there can be issues with transfer of credits from a nationally accredited school to a regionally accredited school, and tuition is usually more affordable at a regionally accredited school. A nurse bitten by the knowledge bug may choose to complete their BSN and then pursue an MSN. He or she may even decide to pursue an MBA or DNP. The option to transfer credits may turn out to be one of the most important considerations.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Online is a not-for-profit school. A for-profit school is sometimes called a proprietary school, and its business model is to make money for its owner or the board of directors. Not-for-profit schools invest part of the tuition back into providing a quality education for its students.
Their focus is on providing the best nursing school experience through quality education and support. Not for profit schools usually have regional accreditation, strong focus on community and education, led by a board of trustees and invests tuition back into improving education.
Career Opportunities for BSN-Prepared Nurses
By providing the knowledge and skills essential to practice in a rapidly changing healthcare environment, our online RN to BSN program prepares registered nurses for professional leadership roles, career enhancement and graduate/doctoral study in nursing. More specifically, you learn to:
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The potential for career advancement is significantly enhanced for nurses who complete an RN to BSN program. In fact, the American Nurses Credentialing Center requires a hospital’s nurse managers to all have a BSN or graduate degree in nursing for it to receive its Magnet designation of distinction. This is due to a growing body of research that indicates lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors and increased positive outcomes are linked to nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level.
“In the past, there was a huge gap in nursing between research and translating it into better patient outcomes,” said Phyllis Pedersen, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., dean of FranU's School of Nursing. “Completing the online RN to BSN program allows you to form the ability to understand and translate research into practice. You have to learn how to get into the literature and see what the evidence says. We’re creating, in essence, translators of the knowledge.”
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