Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Program
The RN to BSN Program has a commitment to quality patient-centered care through education, scholarship, practice, and service in an interprofessional environment that fosters cooperation and teamwork. Nursing practice must be grounded in professionalism, evidence, commitment to life-long learning, and service to community and profession. The RN to BSN Program is committed to providing professional education that promotes contemporary practice that is responsive to changes in the health care environment for students, faculty, and clinicians in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and beyond.
The RN to BSN Program is a post-licensure program that will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Applicants must hold a current, unrestricted RN license prior to matriculation into the program. For more information about the application process, please click here. The program is offered online asynchronously through the Blackboard® Learning Management System. Face-to-face support will be provided as needed for those new to online education.
The overall program goals for the RN to BSN Program were developed based on the established accreditation standards set forth by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2008). Consistent with the mission of Mary Baldwin University and Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, the RN to BSN Program will prepare compassionate and ethical health professionals that strive for excellence through interprofessional collaboration that is responsive to an ever-changing global environment.
Mission of the RN to BSN Program
The mission of the RN to BSN Program is to provide a high quality, rigorous online educational program that prepares current practitioners to be transformational and innovative nurse leaders. This will be accomplished by fostering evidence-based practice, promoting critical decision making, engendering effective interprofessional cooperation, collaboration, and practice, and being responsive to community healthcare needs.
In realizing its mission, the goals of the RN to BSN program are to:
- Provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills, and attitudes necessary to provide holistic, culturally competent, ethical, and evidence-based nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of health care environments.
- Provide a learning environment with a solid base in liberal education that fosters critical thinking/clinical reasoning, reflection, and self-assessment for personal and professional growth with a commitment to life-long learning.
- Instill in students a sense of commitment to the nursing profession’s core values and ethics.
- Model the integrative, interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the health care industry.
- Support students in obtaining the knowledge and skills for evidence-based practice as well as participate in and utilize research to advance scholarship in the profession.
- Provide learning experiences that encompass the societal, organizational, financial, and regulatory environments in which health care is delivered.