Indiana University School of Nursing’s RN to BSN Degree Completion Option Ranked Nationally by The Best Schools and Top RN to BSN

Indiana University School of Nursing’s RN to BSN Degree Completion Option was recently ranked number 2 and number 8 of the 2017 50 Best Online RN to BSN Programs by college resource websites The Best Schools and Top RN to BSN, respectively.

Offered at all nine IU campuses in the state, the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option gives registered nurses the chance to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing where they work and live within 12, 18 or 24 months, after general education requirements are met. Classes are all online and condensed into eight-week learning modules, designed to allow students to continue working while taking classes. Clinical requirements are designed to build upon knowledge and experiences that a student brings to the table. No campus visits are required, but students have access to faculty and advisors at the campus closest to them.

Jennifer Morgan, administrative specialist for the program, said that the faculty and advisors go above and beyond to engage students in the online forums and make sure their needs are being met.

Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option has graduated 772 students statewide, with 237 graduating in spring 2016. On average, there has been a combined 94 percent retention rate throughout the nine campuses from the time the program started. Janet Phillips Nice, director of the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option, attributes the impressive numbers to a variety of factors that offer flexibility.

“Students have the capability to customize their course study through electives that cover numerous topics,” said Phillips Nice. “This allows them to delve more deeply into the areas that interest them the most.”

Priscilla Schnur, a recent graduate, said that this program is successful in the community because it accommodates students where they live and opens doors to higher quality career paths.

“This is especially critical in more rural areas,” said Schnur. “Without this program, many nurses would not have the opportunity to further their nursing education and would probably leave the area in order to do so. It’s a win-win – nurses earn their BSN and communities benefit from their increased knowledge and expert care

About the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option
The RN to BSN Degree Completion Option is designed for registered nurses to receive their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with options to graduate in 12, 18 or 24 months, after general education requirements are completed. The program offers a flexible curriculum and prepares graduates to function as practitioners and provides a foundation for leadership positions and graduate study. Classes are all online and delivered in condensed eight-week learning modules. Students do not have to travel to campus for class. For more information about applicant requirements, course curriculum and additional questions, please visit http://iu-rnbsn.iu.edu/home.php

About the Indiana University School of Nursing
For over 100 years Indiana University School of Nursing has been empowering leaders in practice, research, education, and service. Ranked 14th among public schools and colleges of nursing for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, the School boasts a robust program of research focused on quality of life in chronic illness, nursing education, and behavioral oncology. Programs range from three undergraduate options, nine tracks in the Master’s program, post-master’s options, a PhD in nursing science, a leadership-focused DNP, and continuing education opportunities. The 2017 Best Graduate School rankings by U.S. News & World Report place the Master’s and DNP programs at #1 in the state of Indiana with the Master’s in the top 10% and the DNP in the top 12% of all schools surveyed. For more information on the IU School of Nursing, please visit nursing.iu.edu.