Mar 20, 2018  
Fitchburg State University 2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ONLINE ), B.S.

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Program Manager
Linda McKay Linda McKay TBA

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Fitchburg State is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Program Description

The Online RN/BS Program is designed to prepare professional nurses capable of meeting societal healthcare needs in a variety of settings. Legal, ethical and professional standards guide the students in the art and science of nursing. The graduate is prepared to respect diversity and social responsibility as well as to possess a commitment to excellence in the practice of holistic nursing.

Program Outcomes

Through course work and clinical experience, graduates are prepared to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing as a foundation for safe, client-centered care.
  • Incorporate basic organizational and systems leadership to provide quality care and patient safety.
  • Integrate evidence-based practice including current research and critical thinking in the management of client care.
  • Analyze information using information technology to improve patient outcomes.
  • Examine the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on nursing practice.
  • Integrate principles of communication in professional practice.
  • Synthesize knowledge of health promotion and disease/injury prevention in designing population focused care.
  • Integrate professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct into nursing practice.

Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate from a NLN accredited associate degree, or diploma program with a 2.5 cumulative average
  • Current registered nurse license in good standing
  • Math Readiness Requirement: If you have not transferred a statistics course or have not completed university-level mathematics courses, you are required to successfully pass the Accuplacer Mathematics Placement Examination. The Accuplacer Mathematics Placement Examination or the required pre-university level mathematics readiness courses must be successfully completed before students register for MATH 1700 . The successful completion of the statistics course is necessary before students register for NURS 3710  
  • Note: Only students previously enrolled in the RN to BS program can apply for readmission to that program.  All other students would apply through Admissions to the RN to BSN program.

Program of Study

Liberal Arts and Science Credits


Five courses; a minimum of 15 credits. One of these courses must have a global diversity non-western designation.


Three courses; a minimum of 9 credits. Introduction to Sociology fulfills the global diversity designation.

Option C

Four courses; a minimum of 12 credits with a minimum of 6 credits at or above the 2000 level.

Free Electives

Two or three courses; a minimum of 7 credits

  • Electives 7 cr.

Nursing Credits

A total of 62 nursing credits must be fulfilled as part of the RN to BS program. Associate degree registered nurses may transfer a maximum of 30 credits from their associate degree institution: diploma registered nurses may be awarded 30 nursing credits through the successful completion of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) II. The examinations are given in the areas of Care of the Adult Client, Care of the Client during Childbearing/Care of the Child, and Care of the Client with a Mental Disorder. A minimum score of 90 is required on each examination. If a score of 90 is not achieved in a specific area the exam may be taken again.

Further information about scheduling the NLN ACE II examinations for diploma registered nurses can be obtained by contacting Dawn Monahan at 978-665-3028 or by email at

All RN to BS students are required to earn the remaining 32 nursing credits through Fitchburg State University.

These courses are:


* The online program meets the requirement for Computer Literacy and Listening and Speaking

** Fulfills the Requirement for Jr/Sr Writing

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