The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a RN-BSN Program designed for registered nurses who want to advance their education. The program will provide registered nurses with a well-rounded general education in the arts and sciences as well as an advanced degree in Nursing. The program offers a diverse population of students with innovative educational experiences and opportunities to meet the healthcare needs of the community they serve. Through the educational process, the student will be able to internalize the values, traditions, and obligations of the professional nurse and gain a greater professional perspective and increased critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The program provides a career and educational pathway for registered nurses who have earned a diploma or Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.
The BS in Nursing program includes courses in professional issues, informatics, research, legal and ethical aspects of healthcare, advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical decision-making, leadership, and community health. Courses are offered in an online or blend of online and traditional formats, in an accelerated five-week and eight-week fashion to accommodate students’ various schedules and learning preferences. Courses are offered for full-time and part-time students. During practicum experiences in community health and leadership, students will work with a nurse preceptor in the community to assist them in applying theoretical knowledge in the workplace.
The RN-BSN program prepares graduates for career promotions and advancement in nursing to include positions in community health, management, and leadership. It also provides a basis for continued education at the graduate level.
In addition to fulfilling the entrance requirements for Edison State College, applicants to the BSN program must meet the following requirements:
- Provide official transcripts showing an Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution. Registered nurses who have graduated from a diploma School of Nursing will be evaluated on an individual basis.
- Possess and submit a valid, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license from the state in which the applicant is practicing, to be kept current throughout the duration of the required course of study.
- Complete all college preparatory coursework and a minimum of fifteen (15) semester hours of transferable general education core requirements coursework.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in all postsecondary coursework.
- Prior to enrollment in any upper division courses, students must complete ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, STA 2023 Statistical Methods I, HUN 1201 Nutrition, and all science courses.
Priority Application Deadlines:
Fall term - August 1; Spring term - December 1; Summer term - April 1
Students who hold a valid, active, unencumbered Registered Nursing License in the State of Florida, who completed a nursing program outside of Florida to include a nursing diploma program or international program, are eligible to receive thirty (30) credit hours of lower division NUR credit toward completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Through the admissions process, official transcripts from the applicable program(s) must be furnished to the Office of the Registrar.
Students who have not fulfilled the State of Florida general education requirements must complete them. The general education requirements are waived for students who have an AA or Bachelor's degree from a public Florida state university system (SUS) institution or community/state college. General education requirements will not be waived for graduates from other states, regardless of the regional accreditation.
Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours
General Education Core Requirements: minimum of 36 credit hours
Required Program Prerequisites:
♦ Can be completed along with upper division NUR courses.
**Courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements in Natural Sciences.
Grades of "C" or higher required in all prerequisite science courses.
Students must possess a valid, unrestricted RN license for admission.
Prior to enrollment in any 3000 or 4000 level courses, students must complete ENC 1101, ENC 1102, HUN 1201, Statistics, and all science prerequisites.
Upper Division Nursing (36 credit hours):
Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to earn the B.S degree. Typically, general electives are fulfilled with lower division nursing coursework.
- Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours. For residency purposes, a minimum of 30 credit hours required for graduation must be completed at Edison State College. All other specific degree requirements must also be met. Credit awarded for college-preparatory instruction may not be counted toward fulfilling the total number of credits required for residency purposes or graduation.
- For purposes of conferring the bachelor’s degree, students must complete at least 36 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 level or above. At least 30 of the 36 hours must be earned at Edison State College.
- Students must fulfill all requirements for their program major. Students should refer to program graduation requirements.
- Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all work at Edison State College. Individual programs may require a higher grade point average for graduation.
- Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all upper division program requirements.
- Students must complete the General Education Core Requirements of the Associate in Arts Degree including any assessment of General Education Outcomes that are required by the College. Transfer courses will be reviewed for equivalency. Students who transfer to Edison State College with a previous Associate in Arts degree from a Florida community college or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the General Education component of the degree.
- Students must have completed Florida’s foreign language requirement prior to the completion of the bachelor's degree. Students may meet this competency in one of two ways:
- Successful completion of two years of a single foreign language while in high school (official high school transcripts must be submitted to the College Registrar), or
- Successful completion of two semesters (8-10 credit hours) of a single foreign language in college (or through corresponding College Level Examination Program CLEP exams). Edison State College may determine standards for review of non-traditional foreign language competence for languages not available through CLEP (in languages other than French, German, and Spanish).
- Beginning July 1, 2011, College-Level Academic Skills (CLAS) will no longer be an associate's degree or bachelor's degree graduation requirement.
- Students must meet program criteria prior to enrollment in the capstone or internship experience.
Students must complete an Application for Graduation through the Office of the Registrar and enroll for the GRD 4000 the semester in which they intend to graduate. Students must apply for graduation by the published deadline to be assured of final clearance for graduation, timely receipt of diploma, and participation in the graduation ceremony. Individual programs may identify graduation application deadlines.
For additional information, please contact the Baccalaureate and University program office by calling (239) 489-9295.
For admission and graduation requirements, refer to the appropriate section of the College Catalog.
Information is available online at: http://www.edison.edu/academics/.