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Fort Hays State University
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Phone: 785-628-4256
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Online RN to BSN Program

 

About the RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN Program at FHSU provides registered nurses a flexible, 100% on-line option to complete their BSN Degree in as few as three semesters. As an incoming student, you can enter the program at any semester: fall, spring, or summer. The RN to BSN Program can expand your knowledge and skills in leadership and critical thinking and provide future career options.

To Apply, please click the link below for the RN to BSN application. Applicants must have been accepted to Fort Hays State University for their application to be reviewed. Additionally, all official transcripts must be received to process your application.  To Apply to FHSU click the link below.

FHSU RN-BSN Application  (Do Not Use FireFox)

Both NURS 440 Informatics for the RN and NURS 442 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare may be taken prior to acceptance in the Nursing Program.  Please note the successful completion of these courses does not impact or guarantee acceptance into the program (See Program Entrance Requirements). 

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A student applies as an undergraduate virtual transfer student.

Fort Hays State University Department of Nursing does not accept applications for the nursing program from the following states: Tennessee, Utah, Alabama, Washington

Background Check

Please note that within 30 days after acceptance into the nursing program, a clear background check (completed with FHSU approved company) will be required to enroll in nursing courses. Information regarding the Background check will be sent to accepted applicants.

Clinical Clearance Requirements

The RN to BSN Program at FHSU requires preceptor lead clinicals in course NURS 449.  Please read the following document for more information regarding this process.  Please note that student liability insurance is required.  Clinical Clearance Documents

 

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Program Entrance Requirements

  1. Current active RN license issued in the United States. Students may enroll in University courses while finishing their RN Program. Note: taking University courses before being admitted to the RN-BSN Program does not guarantee admission to the RN-BSN Program.
  2. Cumulative minimum 2.5 G.P.A
  3. Transfer courses accepted from regionally accredited schools only (verified by the Higher Learning Commission)
  4. WES+ and CGFNS transcript reviews required (if applicable).
  5. Within 30 days after acceptance into the nursing program, a clear background check (completed with FHSU approved company) will be required to enroll in nursing courses.

Program Requirements

  1. Maintain active RN license issued in the United States-students may be conditionally admitted if finishing their RN Program.
  2. Maintain cumulative minimum 2.5 G.P.A.-students who fall below 2.5 G.P.A. while in the program may be subject to dismissal.
  3. Minimum grade of C for all program required classes outside of nursing (see list below). Courses are to be completed by graduation time and not required to be completed before starting the RN to BSN courses (except for courses that serve as pre-requisites).
Course Number Course Credit Hours

COMM 100

Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Public Speaking)

3

ENG 101

English Composition I

3

ENG 102

English Composition II

3

MATH 110 or MATH 101

College Algebra or Liberal Arts Math

3

MATH 250

Elements of Statistics

3

BIOL 230 & BIOL 231 + labs

Human Anatomy & Physiology + lab (s)

5-8

BIOL 240 + lab

Microbiology + lab

4-5

CHEM 100

Chemist's View of the World

3

PSY 100

General Psychology

3

SOC 140

Introduction to Sociology

3

Degree Requirements

  • 120 credit hours or above required for a BSN degree, 30 taken directly through FHSU. 45 credit hours must be upper division and 60 credit hours must be from a 4-year school.
  • Minimum 45 credit hours of general education required for transfer students with an associate's degree from a regionally accredited school. More information is located here: Transfer Articulation Agreement
  • Diploma Nurses (without 45 transferable credit hours) will have a few more general-education classes to complete. More information is located here: General Education Program
  • International Students: The RN to BSN Program is an on-line program. It does not meet the requirements for International students who require on-campus courses.
  • Students who have a current U.S. RN license with transcripts from outside the United States must have two evaluations completed on his/her transcripts: WES+ and CGFNS.

General Education Requirements

  •  Twelve (12) credit hours of basic skills courses, including:
    English Composition I
    English Composition II
    Speech Communication (Fundamentals of Oral Communication)
    College level mathematics (College Algebra or Liberal Arts Math)
  •  Twelve (12) credit hours of Humanities courses (performance/studio courses are excluded) from at least three of the following disciplines:
    Art
    Theater
    Philosophy
    Modern Languages
    Music
    History
    Literature
  • Twelve (12) hours of Social and Behavioral Science courses from at least three of the following disciplines:
    Into to Sociology (required for RN to BSN Program)
    General Psychology (required for RN to BSN Program)
    Political Science
    Economics
    Geography
    Anthropology
  •  Nine (9) credit hours of Natural and Physical Science courses from at least two disciplines (lecture with lab), for a total of 11 hours:
    Anatomy & Physiology + lab (required for RN to BSN Program, minimum 5 credit hours)
    Microbiology + lab (required for RN to BSN Program, minimum 4 credit hours)
    Chemistry (no lab) (required for RN to BSN Program, minimum 3 credit hours)
  •  Transfer students must fulfill one 3 credit hour upper-division integrative course which fulfills a university requirement.
    IDS 400 Bioethics

RN to BSN Courses 

All courses are 8 weeks in length. A section of each course will be offered every 8 weeks.  Both NURS 440 Informatics for the RN and NURS 442 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare may be taken prior to acceptance in the Nursing Program.  Please note the successful completion of these courses does not impact or guarantee acceptance into the program (See Program Entrance Requirements).

(Contact your academic advisor for more information)

Course
Number
Course Credit
Hours
Pre-requisite

Pre-January 2018

Course Equivalency

Credit Hours
NURS 440 Informatics for the RN 3      
NURS 441 Professional Roles for the RN 3   NURS 280 Foundations of Nursing & NURS 294 Nursing Transition 2,1
NURS 442 Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3   NURS 320 Ethics & NURS 321 Legal 1, 1
NURS 443 Community-Focused Care for the RN 3 Intro to Sociology NURS 632 Population-Focused Care 3
NURS 445 Health Promotion 3   NURS 603+NURS 603L Health Assessment and lab 2, 1
NURS 446 Nursing Inquiry for the RN 3 Statistics NURS 322 Intro to Evidence-Based Research 2
NURS 447 Trends Facing Healthcare 3      
NURS 448 Healthcare Policy & Cost for the RN 3   NURS 491 Healthcare Systems, Policy, & Cost 2
NURS 449 Leadership & Management for the RN* 3 NURS 446 NURS 631 Integration for the RN 3
NURS 450 Quality Improvement Practicum 3 NURS 446 and NURS 449 NURS 631L Internship for the RN 3
  Total 30      

*Class requires direct care hours with a preceptor and approved clinical site.

Advanced Standing Credit

As a Registered Nurse, you are eligible for Advanced Standing Credit towards your BSN degree by demonstrating successful completion of the NCLEX-RN national exam. The University requires 45 upper division hours and 60 hours from a four-year institution.  Advanced Standing Credit can help you achieve these requirements.  Students who qualify for Advanced Standing Credit can be granted up to a total of 36 credit hours.  Charges include $25/credit hour up to a maximum of $400.00.  Course credit earned by Advanced Standing Credit will be posted to the student's transcript (once the fee is paid) during the final semester a student is enrolled in the nursing program.  Below are the courses that may be credited.

Course
Number

Course

Credit Hours

NURS 310L Nursing Skills Lab 2
NURS 311

Health & Illness I

3

NURS 311L

Health & Illness I Practicum

2

NURS 328

Mental Health Nursing

3

NURS 328L

Mental Health Nursing Practicum

1

NURS 330

Health & Illness II

3

NURS 330L

Health & Illness II Practicum

2

NURS 340

Pharmacology I

2

NURS 341

Pharmacology II

2

NURS 420

Maternal/Infant

3

NURS 420L

Maternal/Infant Practicum

3

NURS 422

Pediatrics

2

NURS 422L

Pediatrics Practicum

1

NURS 423

Concepts of Gerontology

1

NURS 430

Health & Illness III

3

NURS 430L

Health & Illness III Practicum

3

 

Total

36

Scholarships

Accreditation

Fort Hays State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. More information is located here: https://www.fhsu.edu/academic/aqip/accreditation/

The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Fort Hays State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education http://www.ccneaccreditation.org


 

 

 

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