Flourish into Tomorrow’s Compassionate Leader
Expand what you know while preparing for a more specialized, leadership- or management-oriented role with our online RN to BSN program.
Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.
Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.
About the RN to BSN Program
Our online RN to BSN track is designed to allow you to complete your BSN degree quickly while giving you the flexibility to continue working as a registered nurse. You will build on your current knowledge and skills and earn the BSN credentials you need to take advantage of opportunities to move into higher-level nursing roles or pursue graduate studies. Graduates will be prepared to take on management and leadership roles in the nursing field as well as specialty positions such as critical care nurses, genetics nurses, rehabilitation nurses, or other specialties.
All the Details on Your Degree
Through the RN to BSN track, registered nurses can earn a CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ACU. As an RN who has passed the NCLEX exam, ACU will grant you 32 hours of nursing course credit towards your BSN allowing you to complete the degree in 28 track hours.
*Additional prerequisites and university requirements may be necessary.
Leadership and Management
Evidence-Based Community and Population Health
Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice
Synthesis of Baccalaureate Nursing
Upcoming Start Dates
January 11, 2022
March 8, 2022
Common Job Titles
Nurse Case Manager
Flight Transport Nurse
Nursing Informatics Analyst
Curriculum and Format
Designed to propel the careers of existing RNs forward, this online program is geared toward those who have earned a diploma or associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school, who have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and who have an active registered nurse (RN) license. ACU rewards your prior accomplishments by allotting 32 credit hours of core courses toward your BSN degree.
28 credit hours embrace and grow your potential as an RN, covering the latest health care trends, emphasizing holistic care and weaving in essential leadership and critical-thinking principles. We aim to have you go forth in your current job to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes. To achieve this, the curriculum covers:
- pharmacology and pathophysiology to safely administer medications and reduce reaction risks;
- conducting health assessments for diverse clients across the lifespan;
- health policy and informatics to expose you to the legal and legislative side relevant to nurses;
- leadership and management within the context of providing and promoting quality patient care;
- community and public health, with a focus on disease prevention, health promotion, maintenance, restoration and surveillance; and
- the tenets of professional practice, including professionalism, ethics and critical thinking.
Along with coursework, you’ll complete two practicum assignments to put the knowledge you gained about community and public health, leadership and management into action in a clinical context.
Seven-week courses accelerate your path to accessing a wider array of RN opportunities. Review the program’s structure and all course descriptions.
Meet the Track Manager
Kelsey Gesling is the track manager for the RN to BSN program and has been an instructor within ACU’s School of Nursing for the past two years. Her clinical experience comes from seven years in labor and delivery, as well as the operating room. While working in labor and delivery, she fell in love with encouraging female patients through the labor process and caring for their newborns. Her BSN and MSN are from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) and she specializes in Obstetrics and Women’s health nursing, Pharmacology, and Curriculum planning. She worked as an adjunct for WTAMU, assisting with a pharmacology lab course and teaching the obstetrics course for the undergraduate nursing program.
Kelsey lives in the Abilene area with her husband and children and is a devoted member of her local church.
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