Can be completed in three semesters
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (June 19, 2017) — The University of Pikeville this fall will launch an online program to allow registered nurses working full time to complete their RN-BSN coursework. This fully online program is the first of its kind to be offered at UPIKE.
“Our students are Registered Nurses [RNs] who work full-time – 12-hour shifts, three to four days per week, including weekends,” said Mary R. Simpson, dean and professor of the Elliott School of Nursing. “It is very hard for these RN-BSN students to arrange a work schedule that allows them to be in class, all together, on just one day a month.”
Simpson said UPIKE’s program has a practicum component similar to RN-BSN online programs nationwide. The RN fulfills the practicum in flexible ways, such as direct experience with a BSN preceptor in a community of choice and indirect experience by collaborating on projects for a health care agency. The practicum allows the RN to gain advanced experience in community health and leadership while meeting nursing program standards of accreditation.
The RN-BSN program can be completed in three semesters—fall, spring and summer—depending on the number of general education courses students need to complete.
UPIKE’s RN-BSN online program is approved by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is pending approval from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary information.
For more information, contact Tauna Gulley, Ph.D., coordinator of the RN-BSN program, at [email protected] or (606) 218-5765.