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RN to BSN Program Overview

Increasingly, nurses are expected to advance their education to meet current healthcare reform initiatives and strengthen the nursing workforce. Bay State College's RN-BSN program is specifically designed for registered nurses who are currently licensed and seeking to further their education to meet these expectations: 

  • Learn from program faculty who bring real-world clinical experience into the classroom every day. 
  • Get individualized attention with small class sizes and nursing tutors to support your success in the classroom. 
  • Set your own pace to complete your degree. Choose to complete your program fully online or in a hybrid format (both online and in-person), allowing you to successfully manage your studies, careers and personal life. 

Ready to advance your Nursing career? Request information about our 2-year Nursing RN to BSN program today! 

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Hybrid Evening Classes 

If you're busy during the day, Bay State College's RN to BSN Degree Evening Program gives you the opportunity to learn on your own time. Benefit from a combination of evening and online courses that work around your schedule while you practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). 

  • Duration: 5 semesters (10 terms) 
  • Term Length: 8 weeks 
    *Summer classes required 
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Start Dates: 
    • Spring 2019 Term 2: Monday, March 18, 2019
    • Summer 2019 Term 1: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions 

Fully Online Classes 

Earn a degree at your own pace. Bay State College's online RN to BSN Degree gives you the flexibility to learn when you want and where you want. 

  • Duration: 5 semesters (10 terms) 
  • Term Length: 8 weeks 
    *Summer classes required 
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Start Dates:  
    • Spring 2019 Term 2: Monday, March 18, 2019
    • Summer 2019 Term 1: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions 

Sample Nursing RN to BSN Degree Courses 

  • Nurse of the Future 
  • Advanced Health and Physical Assessment 
  • Nursing Care of Older Adults 
  • Diversity and Cultural Influences in Healthcare 
  • Community/Family Nursing 
  • Nursing Research/Informatics 
  • Nursing Leadership and Politics 
  • Economics and Finance in Healthcare 
  • Introduction to Ethics 
  • Nursing Capstone 

To view the RN to BSN program flow sheet, click here
To browse our 2018-19 Course Catalog with course descriptions, click here

Nursing RN to BSN Program Mission 

The BSN program will provide a quality baccalaureate education and prepare nurses for the increasingly complex nursing roles in our society. Students will acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to transition to Baccalaureate Professional Nursing roles. The program aims to broaden knowledge of the health care system, patient-centered care, health promotion, and contribute to the advancement of nursing education. 

Nursing RN to BSN Program Learning Outcomes 

The following learning outcomes are derived from the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Competency Committee. 

At the completion of the RN-BSN program, graduates will be able to: 

  • Provide holistic care that recognizes an individual’s preferences, values, and needs and respects the patient or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, coordinated, age and culturally appropriate, safe and effective care (Patient-Centered Care) 
  • Demonstrate accountability for the delivery of standard-based nursing care that is consistent with moral, altruistic, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles (Professionalism) 
  • Influence the behavior of individuals or groups of individuals within their environment in a way that will facilitate the establishment and acquisition/achievement of shared goals (Leadership) 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context of the health care system, and will demonstrate the ability to effectively call on microsystem resources to provide care that is of optimal quality and value (Systems-Based Practice) 
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making (Informatics and Technology) 
  •  Interact effectively with patients, families, and colleagues, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making, to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes (Communication) 
  • Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision making, team learning, and development (Teamwork and Collaboration) 
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance (Safety) 
  • The Nurse of the Future uses data to monitor the outcomes of care processes, and uses improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems (Quality Improvement) 

Employers of Our RN-BSN Graduates 

  • Mount Auburn Hospital 
  • Morton Hospital and Medical Center 
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital 
  • South End Community Health Center 
  • Harvard University Health Services 
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center 
  • Bayada Home Health Services 
  • Roxbury Middle School 
  • Cambridge Health Alliance 

Nursing Degree Accreditation 

Bay State College's RN to BSN degree is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont). Membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet the standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

Bay State College's RN to BSN degree program in nursing has achieved candidate status for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887- 6791.  Candidate status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.