RN to BSN (EARN)
Take your education -- and your career -- to the next level with the EARN program. The "Educational Advancement for Registered Nurses” (EARN) curriculum is designed for RNs who have a diploma or associate degree who desire to EARN their B.S.N. The program may be completed in three semesters of full-time study.
The following assumptions guide teaching and learning in the EARN program:
- Learning is a shared experience.
- The RN student brings a unique persona to the learning experiences through life experiences, motivation, competency, culture, values, and beliefs.
- The RN students’ prior experiences (personal and professional) provide the foundation for learning/relearning.
- Adults relearn through identification and critical reflection of individual meaning perspectives.
- Learning activities that stimulate critical reflection of prior assumptions and beliefs and create a conflict in values and thinking can lead to a liberation or emancipation from instinctual, institutional, and environmental influences, thus resulting in perspective transformation.
Clinical experiences and hours are independently structured and vary according to course outcomes.
Online or Hybrid (traditional)
The EARN Curriculum is offered completely online or students may elect to attend classes on campus (hybrid). An extensive orientation geared toward preparing students for online learning is offered for both methods. The hybrid method combines the traditional classroom experience with Web-enhanced teaching/learning. Hybrid classes meet on Thursdays once a month.
The EARN program begins once a year, in the summer semester. An individualized plan of study will be completed if you are interested in attending part-time. If you choose the part-time option, you must complete NURS 4110 as a prerequisite to the remaining courses. NURS 4330 must be completed in your final term. Other courses may be taken in any sequence as decided in consultation with the EARN coordinator. The program must be completed within five (5) years.
To be eligible, you must have a 2.5 or higher grade-point average. You also need at least a C in all pre-nursing courses. You cannot receive transfer credit for courses in which you had a D or F.
- Complete your application by April 1 for admission to summer semester. Applications are available on our website starting in January. Due to limited space, it is imperative that applications be completed as early as possible.
- Present evidence of a current unencumbered RN license.
- Present evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination, TB skin test, current History and Physical Examination (within six months of the term in which you plan to enroll), current BCLS certification and malpractice insurance. Malpractice insurance must be purchased through the university for a nominal fee.
Validation of Previous Learning
A maximum of 37 semester hours of nursing credit will be awarded upon successful completion of NURS 4110.
Advanced placement or CLEP credit in pre-nursing courses is granted according to university policies.
You must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and have at least a C in all courses. If you earn less than a C, you may repeat the course one time only. If you earn D or F in two or more nursing courses, or if your GPA falls below a 2.0, you will be disenrolled from the program and will not be eligible for readmission.