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Online RN to BSN Program

Today’s dynamic and diverse healthcare environment requires professional nurses who can champion health promotion and disease prevention, function effectively in ambiguous, unpredictable and complex environments, demonstrate critical thinking and flexibility, and execute a variety of roles throughout a lifetime career. The National American University (NAU) Online RN to BSN program is designed for RNs with an associate degree or diploma who seek a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

The NAU Online RN to BSN program builds on the student’s past education and experience. This program offers a flexible and practical way for RNs to expand their knowledge and prepare for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings. It also provides the skills and credentials necessary to pursue graduate education.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the arts, and sciences in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
  • Apply theory-based decision-making related to safe, competent, and culturally congruent nursing care to individuals, families, and communities in diverse settings across the lifespan emphasizing the concept of caring.
  • Critically evaluate and utilize relevant findings of nursing research in professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate professional values and behaviors consistent with professional standards.
  • Assume responsibility for ongoing professional development in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Admissions Requirements

The Online RN to BSN program reviews applications and admits students every academic quarter. Admissions decisions are made and communicated in writing once the program application and admissions requirements have been completed and reviewed.

Admissions criteria include the following:

  • Admission to NAU before application to the Online RN to BSN program.
  • Graduation from an associate degree program in nursing or a diploma nursing program.*
  • Current active unencumbered RN license from any state within the United States.* Evidence of current licensure must be present in the student’s departmental file. If the applicant is a recent graduate (has graduated less than 90 days) of an approved and/or accredited associate degree or diploma program and does not hold an RN license, the applicant will be accepted into the program pending receipt of passing the NCLEX-RN® exam. The student must take and pass the NCLEX-RN® exam within the first quarter of enrollment. If the student does not take or fails the NCLEX-RN®, the student will not be allowed to continue with enrollment the subsequent quarter. The student can, however, re-apply for admission and may be accepted upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN®.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or above from the graduated associate degree program in nursing or diploma nursing program.
  • Minimum CGPA of 2.5 on all transferred general education courses.
  • All nursing prefix (NS) courses must be completed through NAU online.

*All international nurses must have a current active unencumbered RN license from any state within the United States and an international professional evaluation of their prior education credentials.