Indiana University School of Nursing’s RN to BSN Degree Completion Option was recently ranked number 2 and number 8 of the 2017 50 Best Online RN to BSN Programs by college resource websites The Best Schools and Top RN to BSN, respectively.
Offered via all nine IU campuses across Indiana, the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option gives registered nurses the chance to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing where they work and live within 12, 18 or 24 months, after general education requirements are met. Classes are all online and condensed into eight-week learning modules, designed to allow students to continue working while taking classes. Clinical requirements are designed to build upon knowledge and experiences that a student brings to the table. No campus visits are required, but students have access to faculty and advisors at the campus closest to them.
Jennifer Morgan, administrative specialist for the program, said that the faculty and advisors go above and beyond to engage students in the online forums and make sure their needs are being met.
Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option has graduated 772 students statewide, with 237 graduating in spring 2016. On average, there has been a combined 94 percent retention rate throughout the eight campuses from the time the program started. Janet Phillips Nice, Director of the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option, attributes the impressive numbers to a variety of factors that offer flexibility.
“Students have the capability to customize their course study through electives that cover numerous topics,” said Phillips Nice. “This allows them to delve more deeply into the areas that interest them the most.”
Priscilla Schnur, BSN, RN, a recent graduate of the Consortium, said that this program is successful in the community because it accommodates students where they live and opens doors to higher quality career paths.
“This is especially critical in more rural areas,” said Schnur. “Without this program, many nurses would not have the opportunity to further their nursing education and would probably leave the area in order to do so. It’s a win-win – nurses earn their BSN and communities benefit from their increased knowledge and expert care.”