Nursing RN to BSN Online

Online. On your time.

Balancing a career, family, and school can be a challenge. That’s why AIC has created an online RN to BSN program so you can advance your degree without giving up your life.

On February 13-15, 2023, the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Programs will be undergoing an accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). You are invited to submit third party written comments, which must be received by CCNE by January 23, 2023. Comments should be submitted to thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org.

Approval


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) require that the Board of Registration in Nursing review annually, each nursing program in the Commonwealth for compliance with the Board’s Regulations. The Division of Nursing has received approval status annually from the Board of Registration in Nursing since 1982.

Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Professions Licensure
Board of Registration in Nursing
250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108-4619
Web: http://www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn
Blog: http://publichealth.blog.state.ma.us
Email:  nursing.admin@state.ma.us

 

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at American International College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

 

If you have any program related questions, please contact:

Director of Nursing
Ellen Furman
Ellen.Furman@aic.edu
413.205.3561

Clink link for access to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN):

https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm

Click link for access to State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA):

https://nc-sara.org/guide/state-search

 

RN to BSN Degree Completion at AIC

The Division of Nursing at American International College (AIC) offers an ONLINE registered nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN-BSN) completion program that acknowledges the experience and needs of working professionals.

Designed to be completed in just 15 months, this AIC program consists of 30 credits of online nursing coursework. The program broadens RN’s knowledge and skills related to healthcare informatics, health promotion for vulnerable populations, evidence-based practice, leadership, and inter-professional collaboration.

Registered nurses who have completed associate degree programs are admitted as transfer students with advanced standing. RNs may transfer up to 90 credits of coursework; additional non-nursing coursework may be required to complete the 120 credit undergraduate program.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants who currently hold or have the ability to hold an unencumbered RN license are eligible for this program

To apply, please submit the following documents:

  • Online Application
  • Official Transcripts from ALL colleges/universities you have attended

RN to MSN

Registered Nurses who hold a Bachelor’s degree in any other subject can apply directly to our Masters of Science in Nursing program.

Cost
We want everyone who has the drive to attend AIC to be able to afford their education. For that reason, we are transparent about the costs you can expect as an AIC student. Visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page to learn more.
Learning Outcomes for Nursing RN-BSN
  • Demonstrate synthesis of practice theories and evidence-based concepts from nursing and the arts, sciences, and humanities to provide comprehensive nursing care in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in evidence-based practice to promote continuous improvement in quality and safety of health care.
  • Integrate nursing research findings in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing practice and patient centered outcomes.
  • Incorporate knowledge and skills related to information management and patient care technologies to deliver safe and effective care.
  • Incorporate legislative, regulatory, ethical and professional standards to define a professional identity and scope of nursing practice.
  • Organize and facilitate the delivery of comprehensive, efficient and appropriate patient centered care across the health care continuum.
  • Communicate, collaborate, and negotiate using effective communication as a member of the inter-professional health team.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional responsibility and accountability for safe and effective nursing practice incorporating health promotion and illness prevention.
  • Participate in the discipline of nursing to promote its contribution to society through professional organizations, political process, collegiality, collaboration and continual growth toward expert clinical practice.

What You'll Learn

In our RN to BSN program, RNs will acquire the advanced knowledge and skills needed to function as clinical leaders who incorporate evidence-based practice, engage in interprofessional collaboration, address clinical prevention and population health issues, manage healthcare information and technologies, and contribute to quality improvement.

Future Studies

AIC’s RN to BSN program prepares you for studies in nursing education. Successful Registered Nurses have the opportunity to get their MSN and become an educator of future nurses. Six of the credits (NUR 5040 and NUR 5041 ) earned in the AIC RN to BSN Curriculum are co listed as Graduate Level courses and if successfully completed are accepted credits for MSN completion at AIC.

Career Opportunities

RNs with a BSN degree are able to maximize their career opportunities and advance into clinical and/or leadership roles that have and will continue to emerge in our complex and evolving healthcare system.

Year 1

Fall

Session 1

  • NUR4370: Health Care Informatics

Session 2

  • NUR3600: Ethics/Law Health Care

Spring

Session 1

  • NUR5040: Advanced Concepts in Nursing Theory and Practice

Session 2

  • NUR4400: Evidence Based Practice
  • NUR4300: Interprofessional Collaboration for Health Professionals

Summer

Session 1

  • NUR4200: Health Promotion for Vulnerable Populations

Session 2

  • NUR4250: Nursing in a Global Society

Year 2

Fall

Session 1

  • NUR5041 Seminar in Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

Session 2

  • NUR4600: Leadership & Management in Nursing & Healthcare
  • NUR4999: Capstone Seminar

Requirements

This course provides an overview of nursing informatics and electronic modalities that assist in patient and client management.  The automation of data management through information systems, expert systems and telecommunications will be examined in the context of health care informatics. The use of technology to help make decisions and to improve the health status of the individual, family and community will be emphasized. Legal and ethical implications of informatics and technology in healthcare are addressed.

The legal and ethical aspects of the nurse’s role in leading and managing safe and effective patient-centered care are examined in this course The ethical responsibilities of the nurse as well as decision-making models related to health care situations will be discussed. The content focuses on the identification and analysis of legal and ethical concepts and principles underlying nursing practice and health care.

Nursing knowledge development, worldview and competencies of the advanced practice nurse are examined. The focus of this course is professional practice development, communication, leadership, team building and interdisciplinary collaboration.

This course focuses on the development of nursing knowledge and the improvement of nursing practice through current relevant evidence. Research methods are examined and current issues are analyzed in relation to the implementation of evidence-based practice in selected settings. Content includes identification of clinical questions, analysis of evidence for potential solutions/innovations, planning and implementing practice changes, evaluating outcomes and identifying gaps in nursing knowledge. Processes for leading and managing practice changes through the use of evidence-based research to promote effective or positive patient outcomes are explored. For RN to BSN students only.

The main focus of this course is interprofessional collaboration and communication for health care providers. Interprofessional collaboration and its significance in safe patient centered care is featured. Students will review competencies from numerous organizations within healthcare.

This course will examine the role of nursing in providing care to vulnerable populations within the community. Theories of community health and nursing practices will be discussed as well as concepts of health promotion and preventative care for vulnerable individuals, families, groups, and communities. Content focuses on risk reduction, health maintenance and promotion of high-level wellness to individuals, families and groups of all ages throughout the health continuum.

This course introduces global health care systems and models and their influence on health disparities in the delivery of healthcare. Content provides a foundation to examine factors influencing the health of communities and populations locally, nationally and globally. Basic public health principles and sciences are used to identify factors that influence promote and maintain health of populations. The use of epidemiological data and knowledge of environmental health, social determinants of health, genetics/genomics and the influence of culture on health behaviors will be discussed.

Evidenced based practice and clinical reasoning are explored. Problem identification, problem solving, ethical standards and principles of research are the focus of a research proposal. Dissemination of research and translational research are analyzed for interdisciplinary practice.

This course focuses on synthesis of theories and concepts related to leadership and management such as, critical thinking, clinical judgment or reasoning, change theory, conflict resolution, delegation and changes that impact the health care delivery system. The role of the nurse as leader and manager is explored in depth with a special emphasis on the role of the nurse as change agent. The course will provide practical information for the practicing nurse to strengthen problem solving, decision- making and critical thinking abilities, which are all vital in today’s rapidly changing health care delivery systems.

This course provides the student the opportunity to synthesize previous knowledge and skills in a supervised practicum experience with the guidance and approval of the faculty. The clinical project provides students with the opportunity to explore a problem or issue of particular personal or professional interest that is related to one of the following nursing competencies: patient-centered care, teamwork/collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety or informatics.

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