The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN program, is a 100 percent online program designed for licensed RN's both in the state of Georgia and out of state who are seeking a BSN degree. The program prepares RN's for professional advancement and offers interactive learning through an asynchronous online environment.  This program combines a rich and liberal foundation the arts, sciences, and humanities with a unique nursing curriculum that emphasizes the art and science of nursing.  Program applications are accepted from February 1 to May 1 for Fall admission.  Please visit the RN to BSN page on the School of Nursing website for more information on admission, application, advising, and program plan of study.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

Applicants seeking admission to the RN-BSN program should be self-directed and committed to engaging in caring nursing practices with indivulas from diverse backgrounds.  Nursing practice is holistic and recognizes the relationship of the mind, body, and spirit.  As critical thinkers, students will be expected to examine personal value systems and the value systems of others.  Students seeking admission to this program should consider their personal goals and values in light of those expresssed in the philosophy of the School of Nursing.

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Program Location

Online

Method of Delivery

RN-BSN courses are offered 100% online. The professional sequence is completed in four consecutive semesters. Admission is for Fall semester. 

Accreditation

The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Tanner Health System School of Nursing is designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for 2019-2023 by the National League for Nursing, a coveted title given to a few select national programs who demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.

Credit and transfer

Total semester hours required: 120
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 90
A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

This program may be earned entirely online, entirely face-to-face, or anything in between.

Save money.

UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

Details

  • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
  • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
  • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
  • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
  • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
  • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

Coursework

RN to BSN learners complete courses in four consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer, and fall).  Learners complete 30 semester hours of required upper level nursing courses.  See program map under the Downloads header.

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Major Required

  • Fall  (semester 1):  4500, 4501, & 4502 (7 credit hours)
  • Spring (semester 2):  4503, 4504, & 4505 (9 credit hours)
  • Summer (semester 3):  4506 and 4507 (6 credit hours)
  • Fall (semester 4):  4508 (8 credit hours, including a leader/manager clinical component)

This course will address the basic mechanics of scholarly writing, peer review, self-editing, and APA format.

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Concepts of altered health states introduces the learner to pathophysiology disruptions in the normal body functioning in individuals across the lifespan. Objective and subjective manifestations of common health problems resulting from the environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations are assessed and analyzed. Emphasis is placed on assessment findings, diagnostic testing, and interventions for specific health problems are discussed.

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This course will prepare the registered nurse to explore current issues and future trends that have a direct impact on professional nursing practice in today’s complex healthcare environment. Emphasis is placed on quality caring relationships, self-care, work environment, safety, accountability, and healthcare reform.

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This course will provide the registered nurse with an overview of health care informatics. The role of the nurse within technology will be explored. In addition, informatics concepts and frameworks will be explored with relevance to nursing practice.

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This course advances the skills of the registered nurse in holistic health assessment of the general health and well-being of persons, identifying and documenting findings outside the range of acceptable parameters within the virtual health assessment platform, Shadow Health. Assessment skills are emphasized within a quality caring framework for the delivery of safe and person-centered care.

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This course will prepare the registered nurse for the professional role of caring for individuals, families, communities and populations in community and public health environments. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention and risk reduction of population-based health problems, and consideration given to populations experiencing chronic health problems being cared for in the home and community setting.

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This course will prepare the registered nurse for nursing leadership and management roles by enabling students to recognize and develop leadership skills. Leadership and management theories, concepts and exemplars will be identified and explored. Coursework and clinical experiences will facilitate the application of leadership and management principles necessary for professional practice in today’s complex healthcare environment. An emphasis is placed on caring as a leader reinforcing the caring philosophy of professional nursing practice.

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Guidelines for Admittance

Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Earned Associates of Science Degree in Nursing from an ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE accredited program.
  • Evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States.
  • GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) for all completed core coursework applicable to BSN degree.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 48 semester hours of core to be considered after May 1st and should include:
    •  ENGL 1101 & 1102
    •  MATH 1111-Coll Algebra, OR 1001-Quant. Skills, OR 1113-PreCalc, OR 1634-Calc AND 2063-Statistics
    •  At least 3 of the 5 lab science courses required for a BSN at UWG from: A Principles of Biology or Survey/Principles of Chemistry sequence (2 courses), Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, Human Anatomy & Physiology 2, and Microbiology
    • 24 semester hours of core coursework from areas B, C, E, and/or F.  Click here for core guide.
    • Transfer of lower division nursing credits and/or RN to BSN Articulation Plan Credit allowed for ASN/ADN=up to 36 hours

Application Deadlines

February 1 through May 1.  Rolling admission ends July 1.

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Provide holistic nursing care to persons (individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations) across the continuum of healthcare in a variety of settings at local and global levels, focusing on healthpromotion and disease and injury prevention across the lifespan.
  • Practice quality caring as the essence of nursing for persons of diverse cultures, values, beliefs, and lifestyles.
  • Utilize critical thinking and clinical reasoning based on theoretical, empirical, and experiential knowlege from the liberal arts and sciences to provide saife, competent, evidence-based care.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively within inter-professional teams utilizing technology and information systems to improve health outcomes and healthcare systems.
  • Participate in analysis, critizue, and reform of healthcare regulatory, policy, and financial systems that influence nursing and healthcare environments.
  • Apply leadership and management principles to empower nurses and achieve high standards of quality and safety in the delivery of person-centered care.
  • Assume alturistic legal and ethical responsibility and accountability for personal and professional behavior.
  • Utilize effective teaching strategies to empower persons to achieve healthcare goals.

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Emilee Barron

"I definitely feel like nursing school prepared me to be a nurse. I remember instructors constantly reminding me to think critically during all situations to stay in that critical thinking mindset."

Emilee Barron