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RN-BSN/RN-MSN

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.  The RN-BSN program is offered online or in a hybrid format.

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 (12%) through 2028 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Nurses with a BSN will have a wider variety of opportunities available to them.

“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

+Nursing at TU

  • Designed to be completed in as little as 12 months online 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 in Thomasville for the entire program!
  • RN-BSN program is also offered completely online!  Classes run in 8-week sessions.
  • Faculty with current, relevant expertise in nursing practice are committed to students’ learning.
  • Strong collaboration and partnerships with regional healthcare 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.
  • Numerous scholarships, grants and “service-cancellable 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.

Nursing Program Outcomes

+Accreditation

The RN-BSN program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing, the Florida Department 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.

+Admissions

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 RN 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. RN 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 RN license has not been obtained. Conditional status will be removed only upon written verification of RN licensure.

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.

+Courses

General Education
  • Composition I
  • Composition II OR Oral Communication for Professionals
  • Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Survey of Humanities I
Pre-requisites:
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
BSN Core
  • Professional Nursing Praxis
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Evidence-based Practice in Nursing
  • Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice
  • Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Special Topics in Nursing or related Health Services
Open Electives 27 credits Nursing Articulation Credit 36 Credits TOTAL CREDITS 120 Credits CIP Code 51.3801

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.  A BSN is not awarded to RN-MSN students.

General Education

  • Composition I
  • Composition II OR Oral Communication for Professionals
  • Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Survey of Humanities I
Pre-requisites
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
BSN Bridge Courses
  • Professional Nursing Praxis
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Community/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
  • Graduate Elective
CIP Code 51.3801 Nursing Concentrations (choose one) Nursing Administration Track
  • Human Resources Management for the Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Administration Elective
CIP Code 51.3802 or Nursing Education Track
  • Teaching Strategies in Nursing
  • Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Education Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Education
CIP Code 51.3817 TOTAL CREDITS 132
Thomas University’s RN-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 four 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 in Thomasville.
  • 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.
General Education
  • Composition I
  • Composition II OR Oral Communication for Professionals
  • Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Survey of Humanities I
Pre-requisites
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
Nursing Bridge Courses
  • Professional Nursing Praxis
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Community/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
  • Graduate Nursing Elective
  • Nurse Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
CIP Code 51.3802 MBA Core
  • Applied Economics
  • Accounting and Decision-Making
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Strategy & Policy
  • Operations Management or Training and Development
CIP Code 52.0201 Total Credits     150

+Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

The concept of creating a professional nursing honor society, with the eventual goal of becoming a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, has always been a goal of the Division of Nursing at Thomas University. In March 2012, the Phi Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) was officially chartered with 84 members, including six officers.

The Phi Tau Chapter of STTI at Thomas University serves to provide a mechanism for professional development, nursing education and collaboration among the nurses located in rural Southwest Georgia and North Florida. Since its inception, it has proven to be a strong and active organization of nursing students, graduates and nurse leaders in the region.

For more information, please visit Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

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