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RN to BSN Program Information

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We have developed a program designed especially for the distance learner with full and part time options available.

Our philosophy of caring and focus on the adult learner allows for a unique program without required campus attendance.

All nursing courses are offered asynchronously in an online format.

Our uniquely designed curriculum provides an academic foundation building upon knowledge and skills learned during pre-licensure preparation and experience as a registered nurse.

The program is designed to support educational mobility and strengthen community health and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession.

View the program curriculum requirements here.
  • 100% online program with no campus attendance required
  • ACEN accredited
  • Eight, core nursing courses (30 credit hours)
  • Complete nursing courses in 2-3 semesters
  • Begin in the fall, spring, or summer
  • No clinicals! Instead complete project-based practicums in your community
  • Full or part-time options available
  • No out of state tuition
  • BSN Connection Scholarship available for eligible students
  • Interactive and asynchronous online nursing courses. This allows the student to schedule class attendance around work and individual obligations.
  • A variety of creative learning experiences.
  • Individualized advising.
  • Flexible policies for transfer of credits.
  • Continuous improvement to our program as the result of student feedback.
  • Initial admittance in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Curriculum based upon Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring.

The RN to BSN Program serves the public interest by educating Registered Nurses for entry into professional nursing practice. The program is designed to provide professional knowledge and skills to the working Registered Nurse, to support educational mobility and to strengthen community health and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession. These educational experiences are designed to prepare professional nurses for practice today and well into the 21st Century.

The nursing faculty believe the development of caring cognizance and displays of caring are integral to the experience of nursing. The faculty consider this all-encompassing concern for the individuality of others to be a fundamental quality of caring. This includes students and faculty, as well as clients. Qualities of students as learner-ways-of-being and faculty as teacher-ways-of-being are viewed as central to the shared process of caring and integral to the learning process. These qualities involve the notions of support, empowerment, growth, and hope. Teaching-learning encounters are viewed as ongoing and interactive caring transactions. The faculty believe that these mutually coexistent areas of caring enable learning and growth among students and faculty and encourage expressions of trust, sharing, respect, and learning from each other.

The faculty support a framework for multiple ways of knowing nursing and caring. These include empirics (the science of nursing), esthetics (the art of nursing), ethics (moral knowledge), personal knowledge (knowledge gained by life experience), and critical decision making (critical thinking).

The theoretical framework of the RN to BSN Program uses elements of Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring. This theory emphasizes transpersonal caring-healing, focusing on the correlation between health, illness and human behavior. Nurses provide intentional caring which will bring both healing and wholeness to the person being cared for as well as the person providing the care.

Caring science requires nurses to base the outcome of nursing activity on goals focused on the promotion of health, restoration of health and prevention of illness through providing care focused on protection, dignity, humanity, wholeness and inner harmony. Client needs are met through transpersonal caring practices. Nurses attempt to discover deeper sources of inner healing characterized in predominantly spiritual terms rather than primarily in prevention and/or elimination of disease. This theory does not ignore conventional medical or nursing practices but is complimentary to those practices in the care of the client. These caring practices allow nurses to identify and relate to clients by seeing themselves in another's dilemma. Using this theory, nurses view both clients and themselves as part of the comprehensive, caring process.

Major conceptual elements of the theory guide student and faculty activities including the original carative factors, clinical carita processes, transpersonal caring relationships, and caring moments or caring occasions. These human caring concepts are central to RN to BSN Program and are used as a guide for student, client, and faculty interactions.

  • Provide access to professional nursing education for Registered Nurses in rural and urban areas who wish to expand clinical expertise and increase understanding of effective leadership opportunities and abilities.
  • Prepare graduates with additional nursing competencies to provide beginning entry professional care to rural and urban populations in a variety of health care settings.
  • Provide an environment which fosters an awareness of diverse perspectives of culture, caring, health, healing, and illness.
  • Provide an environment which fosters student-faculty interactions and learning experiences.
  • Provide learning experiences to ensure compassion, caring, ethics, and clinical competence with accountability, responsibility, and autonomy to fill the void of health and human caring, quality, access, and cost containment.

Upon completion of the RN to BSN Program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Provide human caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities with a multitude of health care problems in diversified health care settings.
  • Provide nursing care based on critical decision-making, considering individual differences, ethnic identity, and cultural values.
  • Evaluate research for the applicability of its findings to nursing practice.
  • Participate with other health care providers and members of the general public in promoting the health and well-being for people.
  • Enhance the quality of nursing and health practices within practice settings through the use of leadership skills and a knowledge of the political system.
  • Incorporate professional values as well as ethical, moral, and legal aspects of nursing into nursing practice.
  • Accept responsibility and accountability for the evaluation of the effectiveness of their own nursing practice.
  • Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, scientific and humanistic disciplines with practice.
  • A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all prior nursing courses. Grades of a “C” or below in nursing courses are not transferable.
  • Graduate with a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing program (ACEN, CCNE, CNEA).
  • Current, active, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the state in which the applicant is practicing.

*Nursing students currently enrolled in state-approved Associate Degree nursing programs who have successfully completed at least one semester of nursing coursework may take specified RN to BSN nursing courses (NURS 3113, NURS 3213, and NURS 3333).
**The RN to BSN Program can only accept general education credits from regionally accredited institutions
***RN licensure must remain current, active, and unrestricted throughout the duration of the program of study

  • Complete the OPSU Online Application
  • Complete the RN to BSN Program Application
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and/or nursing schools attended

    The Office of Admissions
    Attn: Nursing
    P.O. BOX 430
    Goodwell, OK 73939

A baccalaureate degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University requires study in nursing and general education courses with completion of at least 120 credit hours.

View the program curriculum requirements here.