December 16, 2010
Story by Barbara LeBlanc
Saint Anselm College has created a flexible and affordable way for registered nurses with an associates degree to earn a bachelor's of science degree in nursing.
Starting in May 2011, registered nurses will be able to transfer their associate degree course work to Saint Anselm, and complete their BSN in as little as 15 months. The RN-to-BSN program will offer classes both online and in a hybrid format that will supplement online learning with on campus sessions. Courses will be offered on a rotating, seven-week schedule, with no minimum course load requirement, so working nurses can fit the program into the demands of their personal and professional lives.
"In the increasingly complex global health care environment, the need for a more highly prepared nursing workforce is essential to insure high quality, safe care for all patients," says Sharon George, Dean of Nursing. "A baccalaureate education in nursing is rapidly becoming the minimum level required for entry into professional nursing practice in today's complex healthcare system."
Classes will be taught mainly by the faculty of Saint Anselm's highly regarded Department of Nursing, and will uphold the department's well known standards of excellence. The RN-to-BSN program has been developed from the suggested framework of The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Education, published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 2008.
To request more information about the RN-to-BSN program, please complete our online information request form.