Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online

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Program Overview

Learn more about YSU’s online RN to BSN program.

$7,700* In-State Tuition
As few as 10 months Program Duration
28 Credit Hours
$7,700* In-State Tuition
As few as 10 months Program Duration
28 Credit Hours

The RN to BSN online program at YSU is designed for working nurses with a desire to transform healthcare. Prepare to sharpen your practical and analytical skills, broaden your understanding of best practices and take on more responsibilities as a leader in a hospital or healthcare organization. This online nursing program will also prepare you to move forward with an enhanced evidence-based practice and the clinical reasoning that drives a culture of safety to better serve patients, colleagues and the environment.

Online RN to BSN courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus and who are committed to involving you as a member of the YSU community with ongoing support and open communication.

Core coursework includes technological strategies to evaluate and document information, community health, development of leadership within the RN role, intervention techniques, and disease prevention.

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In this CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program, you will learn how to:

  • Utilize the American Nurses Association Standards of Care when providing care for individuals, families, groups and communities across the life span
  • Exhibit critical thinking in decision-making and problem-solving while adhering to the Code of Ethics for Nurses
  • Use effective and appropriate interpersonal communications and information technology
  • Apply theories and research findings from nursing and other disciplines to provide evidence-based, clinical, competent care
  • Provide culturally sensitive care and health education to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Demonstrate leadership and apply management skills that promote accountability, legal and ethical conduct and maintenance of standards of care
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team in planning, coordinating and evaluating outcomes for quality cost-effective care and continuous improvement of the healthcare system
  • Manage human and material resources to provide access to healthcare for individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Advocate for public policy to provide and protect the health of the public
  • Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and service to the nursing profession
  • Utilize the American Nurses Association Standards of Care when providing care for individuals, families, groups and communities across the life span
  • Exhibit critical thinking in decision-making and problem-solving while adhering to the Code of Ethics for Nurses
  • Use effective and appropriate interpersonal communications and information technology
  • Apply theories and research findings from nursing and other disciplines to provide evidence-based, clinical, competent care
  • Provide culturally sensitive care and health education to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Demonstrate leadership and apply management skills that promote accountability, legal and ethical conduct and maintenance of standards of care
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team in planning, coordinating and evaluating outcomes for quality cost-effective care and continuous improvement of the healthcare system
  • Manage human and material resources to provide access to healthcare for individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Advocate for public policy to provide and protect the health of the public
  • Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and service to the nursing profession
  • Utilize the American Nurses Association Standards of Care when providing care for individuals, families, groups and communities across the life span
  • Exhibit critical thinking in decision-making and problem-solving while adhering to the Code of Ethics for Nurses
  • Use effective and appropriate interpersonal communications and information technology
  • Apply theories and research findings from nursing and other disciplines to provide evidence-based, clinical, competent care
  • Provide culturally sensitive care and health education to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Demonstrate leadership and apply management skills that promote accountability, legal and ethical conduct and maintenance of standards of care
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team in planning, coordinating and evaluating outcomes for quality cost-effective care and continuous improvement of the healthcare system
  • Manage human and material resources to provide access to healthcare for individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Advocate for public policy to provide and protect the health of the public
  • Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and service to the nursing profession

Graduate this online RN to BSN program prepared for a variety of elevated roles, including:

  • Nurse Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Care Coordinator
  • Case Manager

In this CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program, you will learn how to:

  • Utilize the American Nurses Association Standards of Care when providing care for individuals, families, groups and communities across the life span
  • Exhibit critical thinking in decision-making and problem-solving while adhering to the Code of Ethics for Nurses
  • Use effective and appropriate interpersonal communications and information technology
  • Apply theories and research findings from nursing and other disciplines to provide evidence-based, clinical, competent care
  • Provide culturally sensitive care and health education to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Demonstrate leadership and apply management skills that promote accountability, legal and ethical conduct and maintenance of standards of care
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team in planning, coordinating and evaluating outcomes for quality cost-effective care and continuous improvement of the healthcare system
  • Manage human and material resources to provide access to healthcare for individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Advocate for public policy to provide and protect the health of the public
  • Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and service to the nursing profession
  • Utilize the American Nurses Association Standards of Care when providing care for individuals, families, groups and communities across the life span
  • Exhibit critical thinking in decision-making and problem-solving while adhering to the Code of Ethics for Nurses
  • Use effective and appropriate interpersonal communications and information technology
  • Apply theories and research findings from nursing and other disciplines to provide evidence-based, clinical, competent care
  • Provide culturally sensitive care and health education to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Demonstrate leadership and apply management skills that promote accountability, legal and ethical conduct and maintenance of standards of care
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team in planning, coordinating and evaluating outcomes for quality cost-effective care and continuous improvement of the healthcare system
  • Manage human and material resources to provide access to healthcare for individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Advocate for public policy to provide and protect the health of the public
  • Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and service to the nursing profession

Have questions or need more information about our online programs?

Tuition

Pay for your online degree by the course.

YSU is committed to providing an outstanding education that is also affordable. Tuition is structured to give our in-state and out-of-state students the best value and flexibility.

Tuition breakdown:

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$275* Per Credit Hour
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$7,700* Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

Note: No payment plans are available for accelerated online students.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
In-State Out-of-State In-State Out-of-State In-State Out-of-State
RN to BSN $275 $280 $825 $840 $7,700 $7,840

Additional Fees

Application: $45 (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YSU's Federal School Code is 003145.

Contact Us

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
1 Tressel Way
Meshel Hall, 203
Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659
Email: [email protected]

Calendar

The schedule for our online RN to BSN degree.

At YSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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8/5/24 Next Application Deadline
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8/26/24 Start Classes
First StartsProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Summer 15/13/244/22/244/29/245/8/245/10/246/30/24
Summer 27/1/246/10/246/17/246/26/246/28/248/17/24
Fall 18/26/248/5/248/12/248/21/248/23/2410/13/24
Fall 210/21/249/30/2410/7/2410/16/2410/18/2412/8/24
Spring 11/6/2512/16/2412/23/241/1/251/3/252/16/25
Spring 23/10/252/17/252/24/253/5/253/7/254/20/25

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Admissions

Qualifications for our accredited nursing program.

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online RN to BSN degree from Youngstown State University. Find out the requirements for this online nursing program, what additional materials you need and where you should send them. Review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

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Resume Icon Official transcripts
GPA Calculator Icon Minimum 2.0 GPA
Teaching License Icon Current, unencumbered RN license
Application Icon Online Application
Resume Icon Official transcripts
GPA Calculator Icon Minimum 2.0 GPA
Teaching License Icon Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Complete undergraduate admission application
  • Pay $45 application fee (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • ADN/ASN or Diploma in Nursing from a college or university with minimum 2.0 overall GPA
  • Current, unencumbered RN license

Transcripts must be mailed from the granting institution or sent electronically through a secured server vendor.

Email Address: [email protected]

Fax Number: 330-941-3674

Mailing Address:

Office of Admissions
1 Tressel Way
Youngstown, OH 44555

Courses

A look at the RN to BSN online curriculum.

To complete the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program, you must complete a minimum of 122 credit hours, comprised of 28 core nursing credit hours, 75 credit hours of general education and ADN/ASN nursing courses (eligible for block transfer credit), and 19 credit hours of additional general education requirements.

Students must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Concepts related to professional nursing practice for graduates of ADN and diploma programs.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the historical evolution of Nursing and Nursing Education as a developing profession in the United States.
  • Analyze the contribution of research, theory and nursing organizations professional standards to nursing practice.
  • Describe the interrelationships between person, health, environment, and nursing.
  • Analyze the value of the nursing process, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills to nursing practice.
  • Describe various nursing roles within the healthcare system including managerial and leadership roles.
  • Examine legal and ethical Professional standards which impact health care and the profession of nursing.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores nursing and health care informatics and its application to nursing practice and nursing education. Includes technological strategies to access, evaluate and document information and apply skills to patient care in the nursing profession. Development of computer skills to be successful in the online teaching format are included.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the nurse's role in utilizing technology and health care informatics.
  • Examine the use of technology and Nursing Informatics (NI) to plan, implement and evaluate care for patients throughout the life span.
  • Incorporate theories and concepts from nursing and computer science into nursing care.
  • Apply professional standards, communication, and critical thinking in the online learning process.
  • Incorporate information technology with patient education activities to enhance health promotion.
  • Utilize technology to effectively collaborate with other members of the health care team.
  • Identify ethical and legal considerations when utilizing electronic health records and communications.
  • Access, retrieve and evaluate electronic resources to implement evidence-based practice and quality patient care.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will develop cultural awareness, assessment, communication and intervention techniques for various cultures. The application of culture to the practice of Nursing will be emphasized.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Complete a cultural assessment with a systemic approach and formulates a nursing plan of care based on assessed cultural data.to be utilized with patient care.
  • Demonstrate ability in applying cultural interventions to patients, families, groups and communities while including health promotion activities associated with specific cultures.
  • Use effective communication techniques and ethical considerations while working with individuals, families and communities of various religions and cultures throughout the lifespan.
  • Utilize theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines that relate to culture.
  • Identify professional standards related to cultural assessment and displays professional behaviors appropriate when obtaining cultural data.
  • Develop and practice therapeutic communication applicable to clinical practice, being critical of one’s own culture, and acting to overcome deficiencies in cultural awareness to be a more effective patient advocate.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the student with a theoretical foundation for wellness, health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan. The role of the nurse as a health educator and patient advocate for health care and maintenance of health for patients of various ages, their families and groups will be explored. Students will develop a plan of care to ensure healthy lifestyles and promotion of wellness.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate health promotion interventions in the planning care for patients, families and Groups.
  • Identify appropriate prevention strategies and health promotion needs of patients and populations throughout the life-span.
  • Assess appropriate health promotion teaching and interventions based on assessed health data.
  • Determine ethical considerations in health promotion and prevention.
  • Identify professional standards and the role of nurse related to health promotion and prevention.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Increase clinical knowledge and skills in health assessment of clients of various age groups, and the reporting and recording of findings.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the assessment phase of the nursing process in relation to the other three phases.
  • Assess the health status of patients throughout the lifespan.
  • Formulate nursing diagnosis based on assessed health data.
  • Demonstrate beginning ability in applying critical thinking skills to assess patients and formulate nursing diagnosis/patient needs.
  • Identify the ethical considerations in obtaining and recording health data.
  • Use communication techniques in obtaining a health history from individuals of various ages and cultures.
  • Recall theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines that relate to health assessment.
  • Identify professional standards related to health assessment.
  • Display professional behaviors appropriate when obtaining health data.
  • Accept responsibility for developing and practicing therapeutic communication and psychomotor competencies applicable to the clinical setting, being critical of one’s own performance, seeking guidance whenever necessary, accepting suggestions, and acting to overcome deficiencies.
  • Recognize health promotion activities associated with health assessment.
  • Perform a health assessment with a systemic approach.
  • Identify deviations from normal health assessment findings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A synthesis of nursing and public health sciences emphasizing health of communities through assessment analysis of at-risk population groups. Includes nursing role in healthcare policy. Students will complete a community project.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the evolution of community health nursing and describe the interrelationships between health and the environment, and the nursing’s role in promoting a healthy environment.
  • Describe the major impact of past and recent legislation on the delivery ofhealth care to Populations and analyze the characteristics and health concerns of vulnerable groups and populations at risk across the life span and ways for the community health nurse to influence the political process and care for vulnerable populations.
  • Discuss the role of the community health nurse in using the epidemiological processes and analyze significant cultural and poverty patterns of a community to identify specific health care problems of populations.
  • Assess a Community and produce a plan of care for a community using a nursing process framework and synthesize the community health nursing role in community health planning and community health education.
  • Discuss global health concerns including disease prevention and treatment and the impact of disaster or terrorism on a community.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Process of research using reasoning and scientific rigor in critical analysis of nursing research. Prerequisite: STAT 2625.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize the research process as it relates to science, theory, and Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Apply ethical issues in research.
  • Use preliminary steps in the research process.
  • Summarize the methodological steps in the qualitative and quantitative research process.
  • Critique qualitative and quantitative research reports.
  • Apply research to clinical practice.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Provides students with opportunities to integrate and synthesize nursing knowledge through research, writing, and presentations on current topics and issues.Total experiential learning 20 hours.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to a specific problem or issue in nursing practice.
  • Extend their academic experience into areas of personal interest, working with new ideas, issues, organizations, and or individuals.
  • Think critically and creatively about academic, professional, or social issues and to further develop their analytical and ethical leadership skills necessary to address and problem solve issues in nursing.
  • Refine research skills and demonstrate proficiency in written and /or oral communication skills and encourages students to assume responsibility for professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate their achievement of the Nursing Department outcomes and their ability to extend and refine this knowledge and skill in the realization of their personal and professional goals.
  • Compare and contrast selected leadership and management responsibilities and how they apply to the clinical setting.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of care delivered by the healthcare team with emphasis on development of leadership and research roles for the registered nurse. Total experiential learning 40 hours.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast selected leadership and management theories and responsibilities and how they apply in the clinical setting.
  • Identify concepts of leadership, communication/collaboration, team building, priority setting, delegation and conflict resolution when managing care for a group of patients and in as a leader with nursing staff.
  • Analyze the scope of practice and responsibilities of professional nurses and the nurses’ role in evaluating outcomes for quality improvement.
  • Discuss the professional nurse’s responsibility for lifelong learning and self-care to achieve a work-life balance.
  • Synthesize professional standards of image, conduct, legal, ethical, accountability, and responsibility into nursing practice.
66 credit hours of general education and nursing courses earned at the completion of an ADN/ASN program plus 10 hours of experiential credit for unencumbered licensure will be automatically accepted to meet admission requirements. YSU accepts credits from non-regionally accredited nursing programs.

ENGL 1551 (3 credit hours)

CMST 1545 (3 credit hours)

STAT 2625 (4 credit hours)

PSYCH 3758 (3 credit hours)

PHIL 2625 or other approved Arts & Humanities course (3 credit hours)

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The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)—a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs—is reviewing the YSU Centofanti School of Nursing for continuing accreditation in February, 2022. The following programs will be reviewed: BSN, MSN all options and post-graduate APRN certificates.

In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation. Third-party comments pertaining to the Centofanti School of Nursing must be received by CCNE by January 24, 2022. Third-party comments must relate to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018).

All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE’s policy on Conduct of Business in English. Comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review the YSU’s nursing program on February 14, 2022. Please direct any comments to [email protected]. Your interest in our nursing programs is much appreciated.