RN to BSN Program
This program was designed to be a degree completion degree for students that have already received either a diploma in nursing (ADN) or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ASN) along with their registered nurse (RN) license. The program helps current RNs expand their skills to a baccalaureate level of proficiency while integrating new knowledge and competencies into nursing practice. Students will join other learners in an asynchronous online environment designed specifically for the working adult. One lecture per semester is offered face-to-face on campus for learners to engage with their peers in person or join via teleconferencing on Zoom.
Our unique approach to educational transformation is based on our commitment to a student-centered, personalized learning experience. Each student is valued for the knowledge and experiences they bring to the program. We partner with students to ensure that their personal and professional potential is reached. Our program of study consists of 9 courses to form a comprehensive, constructivist approach to accelerated learning. Our faculty are committed to our student’s success.
BSN Plan of Study
This plan of study consists of 33 hours of upper-division nursing coursework. Sequencing of coursework is dependent on if the student is part-time, takes three courses in a 15-week semester, or if the student has planned a “Step In & Step Out” period. For general degree requirements, review the information found at: https://www.etown.edu/offices/registration-records/catalogs.aspx
Common Core Requirements, General Studies, and Credit Transfer Evaluations
Students may complete general education credits prior to and concurrently with courses for the required nursing major.
Credit Transfer Evaluations
Students admitted to Elizabethtown College through the Office of Admissions with an earned associate degree, consisting of at least 40 corresponding general education credits, will be recognized as meeting all of the requirements of the Elizabethtown College Core Curriculum. This does not supersede curricular prerequisites or departmental program requirements established in the College catalog. Students’ enrollment in a BSN Program is not required to complete the Core Program Capstone. It does exclude the student from completing residency requirements for the completion of a bachelor's degree.
Elizabethtown College will accept the transfer of credits up to a maximum of sixty-four applicable semester credit hours from a two-year institution. Students may earn up to a maximum of 32 credits through examination (i.e., AP, IB, CLEP, etc.). Official certification of exam scores and official college transcripts are required for credit transfer. Please refer to the Elizabethtown College Catalog Academic Policies for more detail on graduation, residency, etc.
Etown BSN Degree
The granting of a bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College requires a total of 125 credit hours which are comprised of 60 credit hours which may include transfer credits from previous associate’s or baccalaureate education or Elizabethtown College credits, and 65 hours of required nursing courses (professional credits + required nursing courses). The coursework consists of asynchronous lectures, lab (holistic assessment – Shadow Health), and experiential learning (direct and indirect care practice) activities.
All students in the RN to BSN Program are required to complete an online orientation prior to the start of their first course and meet the Common Core Requirements prior to entering the required nursing courses. This helps to ensure that our students’ baccalaureate education is firmly founded in a strong, liberal arts tradition.
General Studies Coursework + Prerequisite Requirements (60 credits)
Students must transfer and/or complete 60 credits to satisfy the pre-requisite requirements. Common core courses should be completed first prior to taking any general studies or professional credit courses. Common core and professional credits should be completed prior to starting the nursing courses for the required major.