Credit Hours: 120
Credential Issued: Degree
The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN to BSN) program is an accelerated online learning program for the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN). It’s 100% online synchronous & asynchronous delivery, preparing graduates with intellectual skills and practice focused competencies for current/emergent generalist and professional nursing practice, and promoting the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice through an innovative, patient-focused program.
The BSN Program will admit the registered nurse student who is either a graduate of a hospital diploma nursing program or an associate degree nursing program. The program provides a strong liberal arts and science foundation integrated throughout the program to create the basis for the study and practice of professional nursing. It also provides a foundation for graduate study and continuing professional education.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to advance into administrative and supervisory positions in the nursing and health care fields. The program is designed as a “2+2” program, where program applicants must have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from an approved/accredited school. The curriculum in the program follows the state prescribed articulated curriculum for A.S. degree nurses into the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program. The lower division requirements include 87 credits which include general education courses, common prerequisite courses, and nursing courses; the upper division courses include 33 credit hours of course work that focuses on leadership, management, advanced care concepts, research, and contemporary issues in nursing. The program culminates in a capstone course that synthesizes the concepts learned throughout the program.
The students who successfully complete the Nursing Program will have met the objectives identified below:
- Analyze the nature of the human using concepts and theories through the study of the arts, sciences, humanities and nursing to provide professional nursing care.
- Integrate caring and cultural competence through the practice of professional nursing.
- Use critical thinking to make independent judgments in applying the nursing process in the delivery of safe, quality nursing care to individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and global populations.
- Use evidence-based nursing and health-related research findings in professional nursing practice.
- Analyze effective leadership and management strategies used in rapidly changing complex healthcare delivery systems.
- Use oral and written communication and information technology to communicate effectively.
- Analyze local, national and global factors involving social, ethical, political, legal, cultural, environmental and educational issues that influence healthcare, health policies and the advancement of the nursing profession.
- Provide holistic professional nursing care across the life-span to promote health in a variety of healthcare settings.
- Collaborate with other healthcare professionals in a variety of settings to promote cost-effective healthcare.
- Accept responsibility and accountability for personal and professional growth and development, and value the commitment of lifelong learning.
End of Program Learning Outcomes
- Construct care plans based on individual strengths and needs for successful patient goal attainment.
- Collaborate in the nursing process for caring, culturally diverse patient centered care across health care settings.
- Communicate through verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic information for the facilitation of multi-disciplinary care.
- Engage in Professional Practice congruent with legal, ethical, and regulatory standards.
- Comply with standards of professional practice while accepting personal responsibility for actions/behaviors.
- Provide nursing care using critical thinking to formulate clinical judgments based on the analysis and synthesis of current data and current sources of information.
- Teach health promotion, health maintenance and risk reduction for patients and providers.
- Utilize human, physical, financial & technological resources effectively to support organizational outcomes while managing patient care.
- Evaluate patient health status through the comprehensive analysis and integration of relevant information.
Wages/Salaries & Employment Trends
- Workers on average earn $77,710.
- 10% of workers earn $61,190 or less.
- 10% of workers earn $100,060 or more.
In the United States:
- Workers on average earn $81,220.
- 10% of workers earn $61,250 or less.
- 10% of workers earn $129,400 or more.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022: https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/29-1141.00?st=FL
Programs are open to individuals who have a sincere desire for education and career development. PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences admits applicants from all cultural, racial, religious, and ethnic groups and does not deny admission or discriminate based on race, age, creed, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, or national origin. Applicants are enrolled based on full compliance with requirements as described in this catalog.
Individuals interested in attending PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences must meet with the school admission representative. Applicants will receive a tour of the facilities at the time of the visit. If the person decides to enroll, they will complete an Enrollment Agreement and be referred to the Finance department.
Students receive the same information and orientation; however, the clinical externship component of the program requires a rotating schedule. This has been designed to afford each student equal opportunities to benefit from the various clinical experiences.
The school recognizes that students choose their sessions to accommodate domestic obligations (family or work). However, specific examinations, events, externships/clinical, and make-up days must be held on weekends or other times than the student’s preferred schedule. Therefore, the students must be prepared to adjust their schedules to comply with the requirements of their program and its externship/clinical requirements.
General Admission Requirements
All applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission into PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences:
- Be a minimum of 17 years of age; or, if under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the enrollment application. Additionally, the applicant must turn 18 prior to entering externship.
- Complete an admission application and return it to our admission office, along with the application fee $ 100.
- Provide evidence of high school diploma, high school certification, or GED. All applicants must show proof of graduation from an accredited high school or have completed a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Official high school transcripts (in a sealed envelope) and/or GED must be provided to the School Registrar’s Office or the Admission Director prior to enrollment, but no later than 30 days after the start of the initial semester of enrollment.
- Provide Official College Transcripts (in a sealed envelope). Transfer applicants must provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended no later than 30 days after the start day of their first semester of enrollment at PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences. Transfer students must show a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (on 4.0 scale). Transfer credits from national or regional accredited institutions will be evaluated and credited after enrollment at PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences.
- International Student – Submit documentation of English Proficiency (for students whose native language is not English). Students enrolling in a Diploma or a Degree Program are required to demonstrate the ability to read and write in Standard English. Evidence of such level of English Proficiency may be established by transcripts of prior study from English speaking school; scores on the school entrance exams, personal interviews and/or by special demonstrations orally or in writing.
- Take the TABE test or equivalent and pass with a minimum score of 11.0 to assess the student’s math, reading and comprehension abilities.
- Complete and sign an Enrollment Agreement, and provide photo identification.
- Provide a non-refundable registration fee of $150 prior to enrollment.
- Provide the minimum refundable down payment fee of $2,500 to hold your sit.
*PBC reserves the right to deny enrollment, if the School deems that an applicant’s proof of graduation cannot be authenticated or verified.
Students are expected to maintain the standards of the school in academic, professional and personal achievement.
Orientation will be conducted prior to the start of the class, and an institution catalog is given to each student.
Additional Admission Requirements
RN to BSN Degree
Applicants seeking to be awarded admission to the RN to BSN program based on a nursing license must fulfill the following requirements:
- Submit official transcripts reflecting an awarded credential. The transcript must indicate the credential that was granted.
- ASN Program from a Board of Nursing approved institution and will be awarded up to 36 credits. (If a graduate from the PBC ADN program, PBC will provide transcripts.)
- Submit a copy of your active RN license.
- Have ACLS/PALS certifications and health clearance from a physician and negative PPD.
- All students must have a GPA of 2.0 (letter grade of C) or higher on a 4.0 scale in all general education courses required in the program degree plan prior to starting nursing concentration core courses unless otherwise noted. Additional prerequisites may apply. Please review the course descriptions and degree plan for more information and requirements.
- Must meet the admissions requirement for the RN license below:
- Be at least 18 years old, and have health clearance from a physician and negative PPD;
- Have a High School Diploma or GED;
- Apply and be accepted to Palm Beach Career (PBC) – School of Allied Health Sciences;
- Complete the following general education courses with a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better: Fundamentals of Speech, Communication, Principles of Ethics, Critical Reasoning or Comparative Religions or US History, College Algebra Or Liberal Arts Mathematics Or Finite Math, Statistics, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, Microbiology with Lab, Psychology OR Sociology, Contemporary Issues in Health, English Composition I, English Composition II, Growth & Development, Computer & Technology Applications in Health Professions, and Nutrition.
- Have attained a grade of “C” or higher in all General Education course requirements. The recalculated GPA (prerequisite courses) must be 2.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0. In accordance with School policy, the GPA will not be “rounded up”;
- Submit a criminal background check and a disposition of any criminal offenses and drug screening. This is not an admissions requirement. However, nursing students are included in criminal background checks when required by state law, regulation or the policies of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. All students should be prepared to do a criminal background check prior to their clinicals;
- Have BLS & HIV/AIDS certification, and have health clearance from a physician and negative PPD;
- Submit a Nursing Admission Request Packet, with all requirements, for consideration for admission to the program. Incomplete application packets will not be considered (See specific track descriptions for additional requirements applicable to each track);
- Have a personal interview with the Nursing Program Director.
- The applicant is responsible for providing verifiable proof of graduation from high school, or proof of having satisfied the requirements for high school in a manner recognized by the United States Department of Education.
- Academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree at any institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
- Foreign high school diploma equivalent to a United States high school diploma.
- If an applicant previously entered a program in a degree-granting institution for which a high school diploma was required, the School may accept an evaluation from a NACES or AICE approved credentialing agency certifying that a high school diploma was a requirement for the higher degree program.
- The Campus Director monitors the progress of all students. The students are evaluated on a continual basis.
- PBC reserves the right to deny enrollment, if the School deems that an applicant’s proof of graduation cannot be authenticated or verified.
- Students are expected to maintain the standards of the school in academic, professional and personal achievement.
- Orientation will be conducted prior to the start of the class, and an institute catalog is given to each student.
- The school does not discriminate regarding age, race, sexual preference, gender, color, creed, religion, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin in the acceptance and admission of students.
- Prior to registering, a student should have on file in the Records Office the following:
- A completed admissions application;
- Transcripts of all previous College work;
- Proof of high school completion; official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) must be sent to the PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences Records Office.
This program is 100% online synchronous & asynchronous delivery.
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) will be issued to each student who successfully completes the program requirements and satisfies the following graduation requirements:
- Student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Student has completed and passed all required externship hours
- Student is current with financial obligations to the School
- Student has met with the Career Services department for assistance with job placement or provides documentation of employment
- Student has completed an Exit Interview with the Director
- Student has completed the Graduation Clearance form and submitted it to the Registrar at least 60 days before the last day of class
Degree Plan (RN TO BSN)
The minimum credit hours required for graduation: 120 (51 general education courses, 69 nursing courses):
Transfer Credits (Credits for Associate of Science in Nursing Degree)
Applicants will be awarded 36 credits for their Associate of Science in Nursing Degree from an approved nursing program in the U.S. Department of Education.
Degree Plan (RN TO BSN) General Education Courses Transferred In Credits Hours Prerequisite 15 Sciences Credits 9 English/Communications 9 Humanity 6 Mathematic 6 Social Science 6 Total General Education Credits 51 ADN Credits Transferred In 36 RN-BSN Credits 33 Total Degree Credits 120
Professional (BSN) Program: General Education Courses (Credits: 51)
Course # & Title Credit Hours CHM100 (Principles of Chemistry) 3 credits MAT101 (College Algebra) 3 credits ENG102 (English Composition I) 3 credits ANP103 (Anatomy and Physiology I) 3 credits ANP103L (Anatomy and Physiology I Lab) 1 credits SOC104 (Sociology) 3 credits ENG200 (English Composition II) 3 credits ANP201 (Anatomy and Physiology II) 3 credits ANP201L (Anatomy & Physiology II Lab) 1 credits MIC202 (Microbiology) 3 credits MIC202L (Microbiology Lab) 1 credits HGD203 (Growth and Development) 3 credits NUT204 (Human Nutrition) 3 credits MAT300 (Statistics ) 3 credits ETH301 (Principles of Ethics) 3 credits SPC302 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) 3 credits CRR303 (Critical Reasoning) 3 credits CIH401 (Contemporary Issues in Health) 3 credits COM402 (Computer & Technology Applications in Health Professions) 3 credits Column Total 51
Professional (BSN) Program: Required Nursing Courses (Credits: 69)
Course # & Title Credit Hours NUR101 (Fundamentals of Nursing) 3 NUR101L (Fundamentals of Nurs. Skills Lab) 1 NUR102 (Dosage Calculation) 1 NUR103 (Pharmacology & Med. Administration) 2 NUR201 (Medical/Surgical Nursing 1) 4 NUR201L (Med/Surg Nursing Skills Lab 1) 1 NUR301C (Medical/Surgical Nursing 2) 1 NUR301 (Medical/Surgical Clinical 2) 2 NUR301L (Medical/Surgical Skills Lab 2) 1 NUR302 (Maternity Nursing) 1 NUR302C (Maternity Clinical) 1.5 NUR302L (Maternity Nursing Skills Lab) 0.50 NUR303 (Pediatric Nursing) 2 NUR303C (Pediatric Clinical) 1.5 NUR303L (Pediatric Nursing Skills Lab) 0.5 NUR401 (Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing) 1 NUR401C (Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical) 1 NUR401L (Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Skills Lab) 1 NUR501 (Seminar) 1 NUR502 (Nursing Internship) 1 NUR503 (Quality and Safety in Healthcare) 3 NUR504 (Integration, Personal Family & Community Health) 2 NUR505 (Transitional Nurs. Role Perspectives) 3 Column Total 36 NUR601 (Nursing Perspectives/Global Trends) 3 NUR602 (Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing) 3 NUR603 (Foundations of Nursing Concepts/Theories) 3 NUR604 (Nursing Research and Informatics) 3 NUR701 (Advance Health Assessment) 3 NUR702 (Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patient and Other Vulnerable Populations) 3 NUR703 (Clinical Decision Making/Critical Thinking) 3 NUR704 (Socio-Cultural Issues in Health and Health Care) 3 NUR801C (Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing) 3 NUR802C (Community Health Nursing) 3 NUR803 (Capstone Experience: Nursing) 3 33 Column Total 120
|September 22||Mandatory Orientation|
|September 25||Term Begins|
|October 9||Columbus Day|
|November 11||Veterans Day|
|November 23||Thanksgiving(no classes)|
|December 18||Classes End|
|December 20 – January 3||CAMPUS CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS|
|January 5||Mandatory Orientation|
|January 8||Term Begins|
|January 15||Martin Luther King Day (no classes)|
|February 19||Presidents Day|
|March 4||Registration for Summer 2019 classes|
|March 25-29||Finals/Classes end|
|April 4||Mandatory Orientation|
|April 10||Term Begins|
|May 3||Last Day to drop classes|
|May 29||Memorial Day (no classes)|
|June 2||Registration for Fall 2019 classes|
|June 26-29||Finals/Classes end|
|July 7||Mandatory Orientation|
|July 10||Term Begins|
|August 4||Last day to drop classes|
|September 4||Labor Day (no classes)|
|September 7||Registration for Fall 2018|
|September 18-20||Finals/Classes end|
Note: Classes scheduled on holidays will be made up in other regularly scheduled classes unless otherwise noted on individual course syllabi.
The Academic Calendar dates are subject to change.