Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN

Advance your nursing career to the next level

Frostburg State University’s RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is a perfect way for registered nurses to advance their careers and become better, more informed professionals. The program is offered entirely online to fit the busy lives of working nurses, with hands-on learning through clinical hours at sites close to home and a virtual environment that feels like a traditional classroom. Students graduate with the knowledge and expertise to take on new roles in leadership, clinical care coordination and public and community health or to continue improving their credentials with graduate study.

  • Develop your knowledge and skills to become a better leader, active learner and stand-out professional, getting ready to take on leadership and management roles in nursing.
  • Excel in a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Nursing Highlights

  • Learn and collaborate in the virtual world while developing your hands-on skill set with clinical experiences close to home. While you’re always welcome to visit FSU or take a class in person, you can earn your BSN degree without ever setting foot on campus.
  • Finish your degree with 32 credit hours, which you can earn enrolled part or full-time to suit your schedule.
  • Go easy on your wallet. FSU is known for low tuition rates, and the online nature of the program means no student living expenses and no need to change your job. The RN to BSN program has also been recognized for its affordability by TopRNtoBSN.com and GetEducated.com!
  • Build on courses taken in an associate’s degree or other program. Besides transferring as many of your credits as possible, FSU also works with community colleges across Maryland so you can complete your BSN in as little as 3 years.
  • Engage in synchronized “virtual classrooms” that create a collaborative learning environment and student experience in the convenience of your home.

About Our Nursing Faculty:

  • Connect with dedicated faculty based both in and outside of Maryland, each with years of clinical experience and the know-how to guide you through your virtual and experiential education.
  • Reach your faculty advisor no matter where you are. You can meet with your advisor either face-to-face on campus, by phone or through your synchronous online classroom.

Sample Nursing Courses:

Health Assessment – Comprehensive holistic assessment theory and concepts, inclusive of physical, emotional, cultural, nutritional, spiritual and social assessment skill sets. Specific skills include interviewing and history-taking skills, physical exam skills and the identification of data-based health problems via integrated lab modules within the course.

Nursing Informatics – Introduction to nursing informatics as it applies to data, information, knowledge and wisdom within the areas of administration, education, practice and research. Basic informatics competencies include day-to-day safe, quality patient care; interdisciplinary collaboration; decision support systems and use-cases; workflow analysis and implementation; standardized terminologies; and privacy and security issues.

Ethics in Contemporary Nursing Practice – Application of ethical decision-making in current nursing practice. Critical elements consist of discovery of individual ethical viewpoint and framework, including individual biases; principles and legal concepts; and examination of contemporary ethical issues such as genomics, patient and employee rights, healthcare ethics and organizational committees.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s RN to BSN program

Career Outlook for Professional Health Care Practitioners

The healthcare sector is booming, with almost 440,000 new jobs for registered nurses expected between 2014 and 2024, due largely to an aging population and health insurance reform. More RNs and other nursing professionals will be needed in a variety of work environments, including residential facilities, hospitals, home treatment programs and outpatient centers. Beyond possessing a highly in-demand skill set, those with work experience and a bachelor’s degree should enjoy significantly increased job prospects. For more information, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and other Healthcare Occupations.

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