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Please note, when you click the apply button for the RN to BSN program, you will be taken to a third-party application site, NursingCAS.com.
This degree program builds on the knowledge, skills and experience you've gained as a registered nurse and serves as an academic bridge from the coursework you completed in an associate or diploma nursing program to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
The United States is experiencing a continued and growing need for registered nurses. Research also shows that Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-prepared nurses contribute to better patient outcomes, fewer hospital readmission rates and lower mortality rates, leading to a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine that 80% of nurses earn a BSN by 2020.
To apply for this program, you must be a registered nurse with an unrestricted license in the United States. As a student in the fully online RN-BSN program at Trine University, you'll receive a quality, innovative educational experience to prepare you to deliver safe, culturally and contextually relevant, evidence-based care in a variety of environments. You will learn to positively impact individuals, groups and communities through scholarship, leadership and service.
The RN to BSN program consists of 11 core nursing courses, including a capstone project that demonstrates your mastery and synthesis of the learning outcomes. Each course provides exceptional application-based knowledge that incorporates professional nursing standards relevant to contemporary nursing practice.
Registered nurses who earn a BSN benefit through career advancement, leadership opportunities and in many cases higher wages. An increasing number of hospitals are requiring nurses to have a BSN for employment - earning your BSN will give you a competitive advantage! As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for supervisory, manager, director or executive-level positions in hospital/acute care, long-term care, physician office practice, home health and hospice, pharmaceutical industry, medical insurance, government healthcare agencies, veteran’s administration and the military.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Trine University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
- Earned diploma or associate degree in nursing from a state-approved, regionally or nationally accredited college or university.
- A current unrestricted RN license in the state where you plan to complete your practicum requirements. If you're licensed in more than one state, all must be unencumbered.
The following RN-to-BSN core courses must be taken through TrineOnline:
NRS 303 Professional Nursing Role 3 cr
NRS 313 Transcultural Nursing 3 cr
NRS 333 Nursing Ethics 3 cr
NRS 343 Nursing Informatics 3 cr
NRS 353 Health Promotion over Lifespan 3 cr
NRS 414 Community-Public Health Nursing 4 cr
NRS 423 Biostatistics and Epidemiology 3 cr
NRS 433 Foundations in Research 3 cr
NRS 443 Global Health 3 cr
NRS 453 Nursing Leadership & Management 3 cr
NRS 484 Professional Capstone Project 4 cr
In addition to the NRS core, the following courses must be taken through TrineOnline prior to or with the first NRS course:
UE 111 Online Learning Orientation 1 cr
HUM 203 Humanities Seminar 3 cr
For a complete description of the above requirements, please go to the Course Catalog.
TrineOnline is an entirely online format, which allows you to complete your degree in the comfort of your home. With new classes starting every eight weeks, you can complete your degree in as little as a year, or at a slower pace if you want.
To honor and support our frontline nurses during the current pandemic, tuition for the RN to BSN program has been reduced to $250 per credit hour.
Total tuition for the BSN is between $9,250 and $10,750, depending on the number of eligible transfer credits.
In addition to the tuition fees for the RN to BSN program, there is a $131 charge per year for the following screenings through CastleBranch Corporation:
- Background check $58
- Urinalysis drug screen $38
Medical document tracker $35
The RN-BSN Program at Trine University will provide a quality, innovative educational experience that produces professional nursing graduates capable of delivering safe, culturally and contextually relevant, evidence-based care in a variety of environments, while also preparing them to positively impact individuals, groups, and communities through scholarship, leadership, and service.
Trine University RN-BSN program aspires to meet the following goals:
- Program Completion Rate: 70% of full time RN-BSN students will graduate within 4.5 semesters, beginning with enrollment in the first nursing (NRS) course, not including periods of non-continuous enrollment.
- Program Completion Rate: 70% of part time RN-BSN students will graduate within 9 semesters, beginning with enrollment in the first nursing (NRS) course, not including periods of non-continuous enrollment.
- Employment rate: 70% of RN-BSN graduate respondents will be employed in nursing within six to twelve months following graduation.
- Graduate satisfaction: At least 70% of RN-BSN graduate respondents will rate their overall level of preparedness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the role of the professional-level registered nurse as 3.0 or higher on a 5.0 scale.
- Employer satisfaction: At least 70% of employer respondents will rate RN-BSN graduates’ overall level of preparedness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the role of the professional-level registered nurse as 3.0 or higher on a 5.0 scale.
By the end of the program the student will be able to meet the outcomes expected of graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs. Achievement of these outcomes will enable graduates to practice within complex healthcare systems and assume the roles: provider of care; designer, manager, and coordinator of care; and member of a profession (AACN, 2008):
Essential I: Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
- A solid base in liberal education provides the cornerstone for the practice and education of nurses.
Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety
- Knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety are necessary to provide high quality health care.
Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice
- Professional nursing practice is grounded in the translation of current evidence into one’s practice.
Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology
- Knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology are critical in the delivery of quality patient care.
Essential V: Health Care Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments
- Healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, directly and indirectly influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system and thereby are important considerations in professional nursing practice.
Essential VI: Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
- Communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals are critical to delivering high quality and safe patient care.
Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health
- Health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level are necessary to improve population health and are important components of baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.
Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values
- Professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice are fundamental to the discipline of nursing.
Essential IX: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
- The baccalaureate graduate nurse is prepared to practice with patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments. The baccalaureate graduate understands and respects the variations of care, the increased complexity, and the increased use of healthcare resources inherent in caring for patients.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. Washington, DC: Author.
Trine University RN-BSN faculty aspire to meet the following goals:
- Provide an educational experience that affords students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice successfully as a professional nurse as evidenced by data results from the Graduate, End-of-Program, Faculty, and Employer surveys reflected in SPE (CCNE III-A, IV-I).
- Prepare a generalist nurse who demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice professionally as evidenced by data results from the End-of-Program, Graduate, Faculty, and Employer surveys reflected in SPE (CCNE III-A, IV-I).
- Promote academic excellence through creative, high-quality learning experiences as evidenced by data results from the Annual Faculty survey reflected in SPE (CCNE III-J).
- Contribute to the improvement of nursing education through the scholarship of teaching, application, integration, and discovery as evidenced by data results from the Faculty Scholarship Report reflected in SPE (CCNE IV-G).