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RN-BSN/RN-MSN

“Thank you for a wonderful first semester on my journey to the BSN degree. It was a great experience. I would definitely recommend the program to others.”

– Kevin Sparrow

Why earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree? In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (Institute of Medicine, 2010a).  In that publication, the IOM recommended that 80 percent of all nurses have their BSN by 2020 in order to meet the complexity of today’s health care environment.  Download the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Education-Impact-Fact-Sheet for more details!

Hospitals hoping to earn Magnet status must provide plans to increase their BSN workforce to 80% by 2020.  Many large national organizations have already established policy requiring RNs to have a BSN to be considered for promotion or even initial employment!

The expected employment growth rate for nurses is higher than average (15%) through 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Nurses with a BSN will have a wider variety of opportunities available to them.

The Thomas University RN-BSN nursing program is designed to allow Registered Nurses to complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing while maintaining an active nursing practice.

  • Designed to be completed in just 15 months while working full-time.
  • Individual attention to students to facilitate professional growth.
  • Campus-based program provides hybrid courses that provide both online and valuable face-to-face interaction with faculty. Classes meet face-to-face for just ONE HALF-DAY PER MONTH for the entire program!
  • NEW SPRING 2019: RN-BSN program offered online!  Classes will run in 8-week sessions.
  • Faculty with current, relevant expertise in nursing practice are committed to students’ learning.
  • Strong collaboration and partnerships with regional health care providers to facilitate clinical experiences that are relevant and completed at times convenient to the student and clinical preceptor.
  • Easy online access to full library services and reference materials.
  • Convenience: Classes are held in a variety of locations easily accessible to students in Southwest Georgia and North Florida.
  • Numerous scholarships, grants and “service-cancelable loans” available to Registered Nurses enrolled in the RN-BSN Program.

Registered Nurses may also pursue the RN-MSN or our unique RN-MSN/MBA program, which are designed for practicing RNs to work directly toward a master’s degree.

RN-BSN_RN-MSN Program Brochure

+Accreditation

The RN-BSN program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing, the Florida Departent of Education Commission for Independent Education, and fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia; phone: 404-975-5000.

+Admission

The following items are required for admission to the Thomas University RN-BSN or RN-MSN program:

Send official transcripts to:

admissions@thomasu.edu

or

Admissions Office
Thomas University
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

  • Current valid Registered Nurse License without limitations or sanctions. Students must hold an R.N. license from the state or country in which they plan to complete any practicum hours. Applicants who recently (within six months) graduated from an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or diploma program but are not licensed as a Registered Nurse may be admitted conditionally to the RN-BSN program. R.N. licensure must be obtained prior to enrollment in a course with practicum hours in order to remain in the program. Students may not progress in upper division nursing courses if a valid, unencumbered R.N. license has not been obtained. Conditional status will be removed only upon written verification of R.N. licensure.
  • College grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 in the required core and nursing coursework completed to meet the requirements of an Associate Degree in Nursing from an accredited post-secondary institution at the time of admission to the RN-BSN program.

RN-MSN and RN-MSN-MBA applicants must submit the above documents as well as the following:

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose outlining personal and professional goals. This should be no longer than two pages.
  • Three recommendations.

All documents can be emailed to admissions@thomasu.edu.

GENERAL EDUCATION

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Oral Communication for Professionals
  • Microcomputer Applications
  • Statistics
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • US History (2 courses)
  • Humanities electives (2 courses)

MAJOR COURSES

  • Professional Nursing Praxis: Context, Issues, and Trends
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Evidence-based Practice in Nursing
  • Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Special Topics in Nursing or related Health Services

Nursing Articulation Credit 36 Credits

Open electives 6 Credits

TOTAL CREDITS 120 Credits

CIP Code 51.3801

Students pursuing the RN-MSN track must complete the Core Curriculum requirements of 39 credits and Bridge Courses of 18 credits. A BSN is not awarded to RN-MSN students.

The RN-MSN graduate coursework is offered in a hybrid format. The hybrid format provides a combination of both online and face-to-face instructional time. Hybrid classes meet just ONE HALF-DAY PER MONTH.

BSN level “bridge” coursework provides ADN-prepared nurses with the academic preparation for graduate level coursework without requiring students to earn a separate BSN degree.

MSN students complete either the Nursing Education or the Nursing Administration track as part of their program.

CORE CURRICULUM

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Statistics
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • US History (2 courses)
  • Humanities Electives (2 courses)

BRIDGE COURSES

  • Professional Nursing Praxis: Context, Issues, and Trends
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Community and Public Health Nursing
  • Evidence-based Practice in Nursing

MSN CORE

  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-Based Health
  • Leadership & Financial Management Strategies
  • Nursing Elective

CIP Code 51.3801

Nursing Administration Track

  • Human Resources Management for the Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Special Topics in Nursing Administration

CIP Code 51.3802

or

Nursing Education Track 

  • Teaching Strategies in Nursing
  • Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Educator Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Education

CIP Code 51.3817

Thomas University’s MSN-MBA Dual Degree program prepares Registered Nurses (R.N.s) for the complex demands of administrative leadership positions in health care. Through this unique, accelerated graduate degree program, Registered Nurses with an earned ADN or Bachelor’s degree can earn two graduate degrees – a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration – in just 3 years (full-time study). Three program entry and progression options are available.

Program Advantages:

  • Earn TWO graduate degrees with the completion of just 54 graduate credits in Nursing and Business.
  • Graduate MSN and MBA coursework is designed to be completed in just three years while working full-time as a Registered Nurse.
  • The MBA coursework may be earned completely online. The MSN portion is offered in a hybrid format. The hybrid format provides a combination of both online and face-to-face instructional time. Hybrid classes meet just ONE HALF-DAY PER MONTH.
  • BSN level “bridge” coursework provides ADN-prepared nurses with the academic preparation for graduate level coursework without requiring students to earn a separate BSN degree.

CORE CURRICULUM

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Statistics
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • US History (2 courses)
  • Humanities Electives (2 courses)

BRIDGE COURSES

  • Professional Nursing Praxis: Context, Issues and Trends
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Community and Public Health Nursing
  • Evidence-based Practice in Nursing

MSN CORE

  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-Based Health
  • Leadership & Financial Management Strategies
  • Nursing Elective

CIP Code 51.3801

Nursing Administration Track 

  • Nurse Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Special Topics in Nursing Administration

CIP Code 51.3802

MBA COURSES

MBA pre-requisites:

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Statistics

MBA CORE

  • Applied Economics
  • Accounting and Decision-Making
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Strategy & Policy
  • Operations Management or MBA 669 Training and Development

CIP Code 52.0201

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