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RN to BSN Online Degree Program

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RN to BSN Online Degree Overview


You can complete Nebraska Methodist College’s RN to BSN online degree program in three semesters with the appropriate transfer credit. Plus, completing the program online allows you to balance your coursework with your job and family life.

The nursing field is experiencing rapid growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job market is projected to grow by 7% from 2019 to 2029 (average growth rate is 5%), and the median pay for nurses is $75,330 per year ($36.22 per hour).

Our RN to BSN program focuses on a population health-based curriculum with applicable practice experience, and our admissions process is transfer-credit friendly.

Program Perks
  • CCNE-accredited program
  • Most courses are 5 weeks, with 1 week off before next course
  • Completed in full- or part-time study
  • Transfer of credit will be evaluated
  • No prerequisite courses — complete all coursework at NMC
  • Complete in 12 months with appropriate transfer credit
  • 100% online
CCNE

Accreditation & Licensure

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

RN to BSN Online Degree Admissions Information

Criteria

In order to be eligible for admission into our RN to BSN program, you must meet all of the following criteria.

  • Program requirements must be complete prior to starting first semester of RN to BSN program
  • Possess a current, unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse (RN).
  • Have graduated from a state-approved diploma or associate degree program.
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Ability to meet the technical standards of nursing practice.
  • Qualify under NMC’s State Authorization requirements, if not a Nebraska resident.

Application Process

To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Deadlines

Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students will be notified of their acceptance by letter or phone.

Starting Term - Spring 2022

Standard Deadline - Rolling

Starting Term - Fall 2022

Standard Deadline - 7/15/2022

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

Cost Per Credit Hour

$308

NMC Scholarships

NMC Scholarships consist of funds generously provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation to assist our students.

Student Grants or Loans

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

External Scholarships

Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.

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Curriculum

NMC’s RN to BSN online program provides students with access to expert faculty with years of teaching and clinical experience. Online students will receive the same support and attention as students who attend courses on campus. At NMC, you’re not just a number.

Program Requirements

BIO 226
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
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The structure and function of the special senses, along with the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems are stressed in this course. Laboratory experience will include cadaveric study.

CHE 101

COM 101
English Composition
DETAILS

This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
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This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory.

PSY 215
Lifespan Development
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The Lifespan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multidirectional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary, and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

BIO 225
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
DETAILS

This course will introduce students to basic information required for further study and understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, as well as for the study of all healthcare related subjects. Terminology that is specific to the medical field is introduced. Basic principles of chemistry, physics, embryology, developmental biology, and histology are reviewed/introduced. Students are introduced to the eleven body systems. This course then focuses on enabling students to learn and understand the Anatomy (structure) and Physiology (function) of the Integumentary, the Nervous, the Skeletal, and the Muscular Systems. Laboratory experience will include cadaveric study.

First year - First Semester

NRS 403
Health Assessment for RN’s
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This course discusses theory and concepts of holistic health assessment across the lifespan. Advancement of skills in history taking, health assessment, and health promotion using concepts of evidence-based practice, critical thinking, genetics/genomics, quality and safety to provide caring, culturally respectful professional nursing care are emphasized.

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 431
Principles in Professionalism for RN’s
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Integration of professional nursing concepts will be the focus of this course. Concepts analyzed in this course include accountability, change, problem solving, culture, and critical thinking. Students will explore differences in nursing education and practice levels, professional issues, population health education, and professional nursing roles. Students research and critique evidence based practice to improve population health outcomes.

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program

NRS 447
Collaborative Leadership and Management in Nursing
DETAILS

This course analyzes leadership and management theories in relation to trends in nursing and healthcare. The concepts of change, power, collaboration, gender dynamics, interdisciplinary teamwork, and advocacy are examined and applied to the practice of nursing. Quality improvement, healthy workplace, civility, change management, and health care reform will also be a focus.  Using a global perspective, students will analyze, evaluate, and create possible solutions to nursing and population healthcare issues.

Prerequisites: Placement: Accelerated BSN students or Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

HUM 199
Humanities and Holism for RN-BSN
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First year - Second Semester

BIO 315
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
DETAILS
The course begins with a major focus on cellular functions and pathology, including inflammation, infection, immune response, metabolism, and fluid disequilibrium. These concepts serve as the foundation for the course as alterations in various bodily functions are examined. Alterations in body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis, fluid acid-base balance, gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, cardiac, endocrine, neurological, mobility and sensory-perceptual functions are emphasized.

Prerequisites: BIO 226, BIO 281, CHE 101

MAT 260
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
DETAILS
This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative information. Emphasis is placed on application of statistical methods and on the interpretation of statistically significant data.

NRS 481
Informatics and Healthcare Policy for RN’s
DETAILS

This course introduces the basic concepts of Informatics in nursing. The course also focuses on the legislation in healthcare and professional activism. Students learn the nurse’s role in health care advocacy, policy development and change individually and through professional organizations. Based on the determinants of health at the local, state, and national level, students identify a population health issue and develop a health care policy to implement change.

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program

HUM 299
Civics and Culture for RN-BSN
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First year - Third Semester

NRS 478/478C
Population Centered Care in the Community
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The course synthesizes concepts and principles of community orientated nursing and public health nursing that promote population centered health care in the community. Course theory incorporates the history of public and community health nursing, community-orientated health nursing standards, roles and functions of the community-orientated nurse, Healthy People 2030 goals, case management, community and population assessment and diagnosis, program planning and evaluation, and evidenced-based practice in the community. Students evaluate strategies to improve the health status and eliminate health disparities of diverse vulnerable populations using ethical, advocacy, and social justice philosophies. The function and status of the US health care system and public health care system are analyzed as well as ethical and future challenges facing the respective systems. Public health content focuses on the application of the core functions and epidemiology, biostatistics, environment, global health, determinants of health, infectious disease, health surveillance, health behavior, disasters, and healthcare systems, policy, and delivery concepts.  Current and changing community and public health issues are critically analyzed in relation to local, state, national, and global population health concerns and policies.

The focus of the clinical practicum is health promotion and disease prevention, and educating, maintaining, and restoring the health of populations through the delivery of health care services to individuals, families, and aggregates. The practicum experience provides students an opportunity to broaden knowledge of their own community and resources, collaborate with community/public health care professionals, apply theory and the nursing process in the delivery of population centered care, and to use community orientated nursing methods of assessment, intervention, and evaluation that are appropriate in a given situation

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

SSC 370
RESEARCH METHODS
DETAILS
This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of the research process in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs. The student learns to selectively apply the steps of research and to critically analyze research studies culminating in formal, oral and written projects.

Prerequisites: Determined by major

SSC 465
CAPSTONE: THE EDUCATED CITIZEN
DETAILS
This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community. Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.

NRS 406
Healthcare Perspectives in a Global Society
DETAILS

This course focuses on critical examination of healthcare issues that impact a changing global community.  The course examines populations affected by topics such as global epidemics, international disasters, finances, and ecology from a social science perspective. Students will analyze, evaluate, and create possible solutions to global healthcare issues. The concepts of change, power, collaboration, gender dynamics, advocacy, and conflict resolution in healthcare will add to the students’ repertoire of tools for making global changes.

Meet the Faculty

Our nursing faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty
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Additional information

BSN Program Outcomes

Graduates of the BSN program will:

  1. Integrate culturally respectful and compassionate professional nursing care with human beings while incorporating mindful practice to promote autonomy, altruism, human dignity, integrity, and social justice (BSN Essential VIII).
  2. Analyze holistic care solutions based on scientific and humanistic rationale for diverse situations encountered in professional nursing practice (BSN Essential III).
  3. Employ effective and professional communication in interactions with individuals, families and community members (BSN Essential VI, IX).
  4. Synthesize scientific evidence and technological information derived from theory and research to improve health outcomes and advance professional nursing practice. (BSN Essential III, IV).
  5. Evaluate evidence based practice for patient centered care using clinical judgment and the nursing process to meet the diverse health needs of human beings (BSN Essential III, VII, IX).
  6. Collaborate with human beings and community partners as an agent of change to facilitate a culture of quality, safety, and inclusiveness within a population based health care environment (BSN Essential I, II, VI, VII, IX).
  7. Advocate for socially just health care policies, including financial awareness which protect human rights and promote health diplomacy to eliminate health inequities and disparities (BSN Essential I, V).
  8. Implement leadership concepts and skills grounded in accountability within ethical and professional standards (BSN Essential II, V, VIII, IX).
  9. Commit to self-reflection for life-long learning to enhance personal and professional growth (BSN Essential I, VIII).

Philosophy and New Program Outcomes Incorporate:

  • NMC Educated Citizen and NMC Core Values (2018)
  • Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008)
  • NE State Board of Nursing Regulations (2011)
  • CCNE Standards for Accreditation (2013) 
  • ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses (2015)
  • Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice (2015)
  • QSEN Competencies (2018)

Academic Minors

Declaring a minor is optionalBecause courses within the following minors require the student to be on campus, only those persons who live in or around the Omaha metropolitan area should consider declaring a minor.

Transfer Statement

Credit from Community Colleges

The RN to BSN program has Transfer Guides available for the following local community colleges:

  • Central Community College
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College 
Credit for Prior Learning

NMC uses a standardized competency-based portfolio process to assess prior learning for RN to BSN applicants. As a participating school in the Nebraska Action Coalition, we helped develop this standard in order to facilitate a smooth transition for the RN going back to school for a BSN.

Validation of Credit

Once all requirements have been completed for the RN to BSN program, students will receive validation credit. The College Registrar will evaluate previous transcripts. To get started, contact Admissions today. 

Online Technology Requirements

Mission & Philosophy

The philosophy of the Baccalaureate Program of the Division of Nursing is reflective of the beliefs from which the NMC Mission and Core Values were formulated.

Human Being

The nursing faculty believe that human beings are holistic and diverse. Each human being has dignity and lives within a cultural context of values, religious/spiritual beliefs and social support systems. Human beings interact with the environment in which they reside through language, lifestyle and individual responsibilities. Human beings function in independent, interdependent, and/or dependent roles and may seek or receive nursing care related to disease prevention, illness care, health promotion and/or maintenance through the continuum of life.

Environment

Environment is viewed as the place where people live, grow, work, play, and experience optimal wellness of self and personal wholeness. The caring environment encompasses an obligation to both the local and global communities. The focus of the environment is also the cultivation of healing relationships, diversity, social justice, financial awareness and stewardship of resources for an ecologically healthy planet.

Health

Health is a human right and nurses promote equitable health care to maximize positive health outcomes and minimize health disparities. Overall well-being of individuals encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. Health enables human beings to live in and interface with global communities.  

Nursing

Nursing is a learned and specialized profession built on applied knowledge that reflects both art and science and the culture of health. Nursing is a creative, collaborative, and interactive process steeped in the art and science of caring that require sound judgement and skills based on principles of biological, physical, behavioral, and social sciences while respecting individual views, philosophies, and spirituality. The focus of nursing is to perform preventative, supportive, and restorative actions while helping individuals, families, and communities achieve health and wellbeing. Nursing respects inherent dignity, worth and unique attributes of all people. The profession of nursing integrates knowledge gained from assessments, uses critical thinking to provide care and continually evaluates the effectiveness of nursing practice, seeking optimal outcomes.

Nurses advocate for the well-being, comfort, dignity, and humanity of all individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Nurses minister to human beings’ universal needs and intentional care of the spirit, by providing preventative healthcare, educating for self-care, facilitating adaptation or recovery from illness, or creating an environment supportive of a dignified death. Nurses deliver holistic individualized care throughout the lifespan and across the health illness continuum within the human’s environmental context. Nurses use interdisciplinary collaboration, technology, and scientific evidence to advance the field of nursing. Nurses advocate for social justice through creating equitable health care policies that protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities. Nurses have an ethical and social responsibility to sustain human caring where it is threatened and to be the guardians of human compassion, respect, dignity, and advocacy for the marginalized and vulnerable.

Education

The educational process is an active, collaborative partnership promoting teamwork among learners, educators, health care systems, and the broader community. The nursing faculty serve as role models in mentoring students in the role of professionalism and ethical practice. Students develop attributes of the Educated Citizen and the NMC Core Values through focused and meaningfully applied learning experiences.

Nursing Education

The nursing faculty view teaching as an interactive process empowering students to see human needs manifested in diverse beliefs, values, resources, and environments. The nursing faculty believe nursing education should nurture the students’ ability to think critically and creatively. As the world of nursing is continually evolving and rapidly changing, it is important to the nursing faculty that students learn to transfer knowledge from theory into clinical practice from one situation to another while making decisions based on critical thinking and sound clinical judgement specific to each human being.

The nursing faculty believe the curriculum is inclusive in developing students who are culturally respectful and competent practitioners able to address the health care needs of a diverse world through civic engagement. The nursing faculty emphasize excellence in integrity, accountability, courage, respect, and professional communication. As accomplished practitioners, educators, learners, researchers, and specialized professionals, nursing faculty serve as role models of self- reflection and life-long learning. The curricular framework incorporates a population-based approach that prepares students to build connections between knowledge and action in an increasingly interdependent world.

Academic Minors

Declaring a minor is optionalBecause courses within the following minors require the student to be on campus, only those persons who live in or around the Omaha metropolitan area should consider declaring a minor.

Written Statement

Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to the questions below. Your response should be approximately two paragraphs for each question. The admissions committee is looking for responses that are not only well supported but that also use appropriate style and grammar. Be sure to include your name and program on the document itself. You may attach the responses to an email sent to the Admissions office at admissions@methodistcollege.edu.

When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA format if applicable.  Also know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.

If you send your responses through the mail, please type your responses and send them to:
NMC Admissions
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 N. 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114

  1. An NMC graduate is an educated citizen who exhibits breadth of learning through the liberal arts and sciences traditions in concert with professional education. Our goal as an institution is that graduates of NMC will be able to articulate and demonstrate growth in the following areas: as reflective individuals, as effective communicators, and as change agents.

    Please first address what or who has influenced your decision to pursue a career in healthcare?

  2. Reflective Individual: A reflective individual consistently uses logic and critical thinking in all aspects of life. Select one of the following classes that you have taken: English Composition, Literature, History, Government, Psychology, or Sociology.

    Share what was most interesting to you in this class. How might you apply what you learned to the healthcare field? If you do not have recent classes to reflect upon, you may reflect on a personal experience that you had and how what you learned from the experience can be applied to healthcare.

  3. Effective Communicator: Effective communicators express their ideas through talking, non-verbal communication, writing, and sometimes speaking languages other than English.

    Describe the type of communication listed above you feel most comfortable using. Give a specific example of a time when you exhibited strong communication skills and what the result was of this communication. For example, did you resolve a problem, put someone at ease, or help someone understand a complicated situation?

  4. Change Agent: One of the goals of our undergraduate education is to assist students in becoming agents of change. We create positive change when we work effectively in groups and bring individuals together for a common purpose. These skills are challenging and require patience and practice.

    Describe an experience you have had as a member of a group. Select a particular situation when a problem arose in that group and write about how you responded to it. You may select an experience that went well or one that you wish you could "do over."

  5. Please address any grades of D's or F's listed on your transcripts.  Also, please address withdrawals or other discrepancies on your transcripts. If you do not have any D's, F's or W's please respond: Not Applicable. 

Technical Standards

In preparation for professional nursing roles nursing students are expected to demonstrate the ability to meet the demands of a professional nursing career. Certain functional abilities are essential for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care. An applicant to the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program must meet the following technical standards and maintain satisfactory demonstration of these standards for progression throughout the program. Students unable to meet these technical standards will not be able to complete the program. Students shall notify faculty of any change in their ability to meet technical standards. The technical standards include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

General Ability:

The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell so that data received by the senses is integrated, analyzed and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner. The student is expected to possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement in order to effectively evaluate patients. A student must be able to respond promptly to urgent situations.

Observational Ability:

The student must have the ability to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of clinical/laboratory activities and patient care experiences. The student must be able to document these observations accurately.

Communication Ability:

The student must communicate effectively verbally and non-verbally to obtain information and explain that information to others. Each student must have the ability to read, write, comprehend and speak the English language to facilitate communication with patients, family members, and other members of the healthcare team. The student must be able to document and maintain accurate records, present information in a professional manner and provide patient instruction to effectively care for patients and their families.

Motor Ability:

The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements with sufficient coordination needed to provide complete physical assessments and provide safe effective care for patients. The student is expected to have psychomotor skills necessary to perform or assist with procedures, treatments, administration of medications, and emergency interventions including CPR if necessary. The student must have sufficient levels of neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination as well as possess the physical and mental stamina to meet the demands associated with extended periods of sitting, standing, moving, and physical exertion required for safe patient care. Students must be able to bend, squat, reach, kneel or balance. Clinical settings may require that students have the ability to carry and lift loads from the floor, from 12 inches from the floor, to shoulder height and overhead. The student must be able to occasionally lift 50 pounds, frequently lift 25 pounds, and constantly lift 10 pounds. The student is expected to be able to maintain consciousness and equilibrium and have the physical strength and stamina to perform satisfactorily in clinical settings.

Intellectual—Conceptual Ability:

The student must have the ability to develop problem-solving skills essential to professional nursing practice. Problem solving skills include the ability to measure, calculate reason, analyze, and synthesize objective and subjective data, and to make decisions, in a timely manner that reflect thoughtful deliberation and sound clinical judgment. The student must demonstrate application of these skills and possess the ability to incorporate new information from peers, instructors, and the nursing and healthcare literature to formulate sound judgment to establish care plans and priorities in patient care activities.

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

The student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, and complete assessment and intervention activities. Compassion, integrity, motivation, and concern for others are personal attributes required of those in the nursing program. The student must fully utilize intellectual capacities that facilitate prompt completion of all responsibilities in the classroom and clinical settings; the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and other members of the healthcare team. The ability to establish rapport and maintain interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds is critical for practice as a nurse. Each student must be able to adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; accept and integrate constructive criticism given in the classroom and clinical settings; and effectively collaborate in the clinical setting with other members of the healthcare team.

Ability to Manage Stressful Situations:

The student must be able to adapt to and function effectively in relation to stressful situations encountered in both the classroom and clinical settings, including emergency situations. Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the nursing program. These stressors may be (but are not limited to) personal, patient care/family, faculty/peer, and or program related.

Background Check/Drug Screening:

Clinical facilities require that Nebraska Methodist College perform drug testing and background checks on all students before they are allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Therefore, students will be required to have a background check performed and submit to drug screening before being allowed into clinical practice.