Why a University of Saint Francis BSN?

Earning Potential
USF ranks 5th for Best Earnings Potential of all Indiana Schools.

Outcomes
93% of 2015 graduates were employed, enrolled in educational programs, in the military or volunteer service.

Rankings
USF ranks in the top 100 among Regional Universities (Midwest) according to U.S. News & World Report.

Value
Washington Monthly lists USF as #40 in the nation for the “Best Bang for Your Buck” in education.

RN TO BSN

Already have a career in a profession that you love, but you know that you could better serve your patients by furthering your education? The RN to BSN program at the University of Saint Francis is designed to help licensed registered nurses with a diploma or Associates degree to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The RN to BSN program will prepare you to practice nursing with individual clients, families, groups, and communities in a variety of settings. Throughout the RN to BSN program, you’ll have opportunity to fulfill leadership roles, as well as evaluate and apply evidence-based findings to improve health outcomes. 

Knowledge from humanities and social and physical sciences are synthesized with nursing theory in order to enhance professional practice. We’ve structured our program in a way that provides the flexibility needed to balance life and school obligations. Courses are offered in eight-week sessions. We offer two eight-week sessions each academic term: fall, spring, and summer. You can enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. You have the opportunity to complete the program in as little as 12 months. The RN to BSN program requires 13 credit hours in elective/transfer/prior learning credits. Students are able to transfer in some—if not all—of those credits at the point of admission. Others may choose to use professional experience, or to take elective coursework to fulfill this requirement. A leadership immersion practicum is integrated into the program through a two-course sequence in which students plan and lead an evidence-based project within a healthcare organization. 

While other required nursing coursework takes place within an eight-week block of time, the immersion experience covers two 16-week academic semesters, and allows for students to develop the leadership and communication skills necessary for the nursing professional. You’re already a caring professional. Guided by the Franciscan values, your USF education will reinforce and enhance your belief that service, lifelong learning, and caring behavior provide the foundation for professional nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing (www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm) and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu).

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The USF faculty have prepared program goals that flow from the conceptual threads of the BSN program. By the time you graduate, you will be prepared to practice as a professional nurse who is able to:

  1. Provide comprehensive, patient-centered, nursing care for individuals, families, and communities across the patient lifespan in diverse settings.
  2. Utilize critical reasoning and clinical judgment in the application of information and health care technologies to provide safe, patient-centered care.
  3. Understand concepts from humanities, as well as social and physical sciences with nursing knowledge and practice.
  4. Demonstrate a caring presence through effective communication strategies and establish important therapeutic relationships with patients.
  5. Collaborate with health team members to improve health outcomes and policy in an evolving regulatory environment.
  6. Demonstrate leadership by directing nursing activities and initiating change to improve quality, patient care outcomes, and health care delivery systems.
  7. Integrate Catholic Social Teaching, ethical, legal, and Franciscan principles in decision-making as a professional nurse.
  8. Develop a plan for professional growth and lifelong learning as a member of the nursing profession.
  9. Apply evidence-based practice principles in decision-making and delivery of nursing care.

For more program details, check out our catalog and course descriptions.

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Students can earn credit hours to apply toward the B.S.N. degree through the prior learning assessment, which allows students to earn credit hours for professional work experiences, formal training, and related activities. Prior learning can be demonstrated through a variety of methods, and the credits hours earned make your online degree more affordable. Once you’ve been accepted into an online program, you can begin the prior learning assessment process if required by your transcript evaluation. The request for prior learning assessment must be completed by one month prior to expected completion of your online program at the University of Saint Francis.

CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS

Clinical experience within the RN to BSN program includes a unique leadership immersion practicum. During this immersion experience, students are actively engaged with healthcare professionals in order to lead and manage an evidence-based project in a healthcare setting. Students are required to secure a project mentor for the leadership immersion practicum, and submit formal documentation of preceptor credentials and contact information. The faculty work together with project mentors to guide the learning throughout the leadership immersion practicum. Students must complete practicum experiences in the state where he/she is licensed as a registered nurse. Why not get on the path to finding your deeper and more meaningful career today? The opportunity to utilize your God-given talents awaits you here.

THE USF ADMISSION PROCESS

Applying to a University of Saint Francis online graduate program is both easy and quick. If you meet the degree requirements and have a 2.70 GPA, you simply complete an online application for admission, including the following:

  • Submit an online application for admission.
  • Submit your official transcript from the granting institution of your bachelor’s or higher degree.

Good to Know: Transcripts are official only if sent directly to the USF Office of Admissions from the registrar of the granting institution. Transcripts are also considered official if delivered (whether by hand or mailed from the student, etc.) in a sealed envelope from the granting institution. After your application has been submitted, you can return anytime to login and check on your admission status. Once you are accepted, you can explore financial aid options. Then you matriculate and start classes. Once you’ve been accepted into an online program, you can begin the prior learning assessment process if required by your transcript evaluation. Students wishing to pursue prior learning assessment will take NURS 390 in their first semester to prepare and learn about the process. The request for prior learning assessment must be completed by the end of the student’s first semester at the University of Saint Francis.

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Convenience

Study from home — or wherever else you happen to be!

Flexibility

Learn at your own pace. Earn your degree in as little as 12 months.

Affordability

Enjoy substantial savings versus the cost of a traditional, on-campus program.

Quality

USF provides highly ranked programs with excellent, measurable outcomes.