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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program is designed for registered nurses looking to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Emphasis is placed on the development of health assessment across the lifespan with culturally appropriate methods. Graduates will practice evidence-based nursing for the managing of acute and chronically ill patients across the lifespan. The baccalaureate prepared nurse will be a change agent and exhibit the ability to transition patients from one health care setting to another. The baccalaureate nurse recognizes the relationship of genetics and genomic health in prevention, screening, prognostics, selection of treatment, monitoring treatment effectiveness and end of life care. The baccalaureate nurse will communicate effectively with members of the health care team, their patients and families to deliver patient/family centered care.
 
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will complete blended clinical hours in the state of Alaska.
 
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program is designed for registered nurses with a minimum of an associate degree from an accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 
 
Program Highlights:
  • Professional communications in nursing
  • Community health nursing
  • Nursing leadership and finance
  • Nursing research
  • Safety in nursing
  • Critical thinking
  • Pathophysiology

Program Goals:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates should be able to:
  • Describe, contrast, and evaluate different management and leadership styles
  • Identify opportunities and develop strategies for improving the quality of health . care delivery including elements of safety, efficiency, and population diversity
  • Apply critical thinking skills in decision making activities related to the legal, ethical, and cultural aspects of health care
  • Demonstrate the importance of collaboration, professionalism, and communication skills in a variety of settings
  • Analyze and evaluate opportunities for the development and growth of the professional nurse
  • Formulate a strategic plan for an organizational change
Admissions Requirements:

All students must comply with all the following minimum requirements for admission to the program:

  1. Must have 63 quarter credit hours in nursing or a health care related concentration and 27 quarter credits in general education courses.
  2. A confirmed associate degree or coursework in nursing or a health care related specialty:
    1. Associate degree or coursework must be completed at an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and confirmed with official transcripts.
  3. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher from the previous educational institution.
  4. An unrestricted Registered Nursing (RN) license issued by the Alaska Board of Nursing; or, a temporary Registered Nursing (RN) license issued by the Alaska Board of Nursing.
  5. Achieve the minimum Wonderlic SLE-Q score required for the program of study.

Clinical Admissions Requirements:

Prior to clinical assignments, applicants may be required to submit documentation demonstrating the items listed below to the Dean of Nursing. Failure to do so may prevent the student from completing the program:

  1. Completion of scheduled orientation to the facility (may include Electronic Health Records)
  2. Documentation to demonstrate the following health, immunizations:
    1. Tuberculosis (TB) test, either a negative IGRA or Q-Gold blood test or negative two-step tuberculin skin tests current within the last thirty (30) days, or one (1) negative chest x-ray for Tuberculosis completed within the last twelve (12) months. Information and testing must be updated annually, as needed, and cannot expire during clinical.
    2. Measles (Rubeola)/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) presumptive evidence of immunity with one (1) of the following: — Proof of two (2) dose vaccine series (both doses must be given either before or after one (1) year of age). — Proof of positive MMR titer.
    3. Proof of positive Hepatitis B titer.  Non-responders after two (2) series of Hepatitis B immunizations must have a doctor’s diagnosis of being a non-responder in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations.
    4. Immunity to Varicella (chicken pox) positive titer or two (2) immunizations;
    5. Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) within the last ten (10) years;
    6. Influenza (flu) vaccination is due by November 15 each year. If the vaccine is refused, then the declination form must be signed, and clinical assignments may be unavailable.
  3. Other site-specific training requests as deemed by the clinical facility.
Program Length:
17 months
 

*This program is offered online through Charter College Anchorage.