The Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program RN to BSN provides registered nurses who have an associate’s degree in nursing or diploma in nursing with the opportunity to advance in their educational and career goals. Through this program, students build upon the foundational skills attained in previous nursing courses and experiences. Upper-division coursework in the RN to BSN Program at Polk State College places emphasis on nursing leadership and professional development in order to transform registered nurses into leaders prepared to provide excellent, evidence-based care for diverse populations.
Admission to the BSN Program requires an active, unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse (which requires verification from the state that issued the license); an associate’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution, or a diploma in nursing from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)—formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; and at least a cumulative 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 point scale in all postsecondary coursework. Students must meet the requirements for college-level mathematics, reading, and writing. Any deficiencies must be satisfied prior to admission to the bachelor’s degree program. If the student’s associate’s degree is from a non-regionally accredited institution, but one that is accredited by a body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, a course-by-course evaluation is done according to Polk State College’s transfer practices and policies.
The RN to BSN Program coursework requires access to a reliable computer and Internet connection. Students are expected to have basic computer competence upon admission.
All students are expected to maintain an active, unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse while enrolled in the RN to BSN Program. Upon admission, each student is required to sign an affidavit attesting to good moral character and pledging to adhere to the professional standards of conduct set forward in Florida Statute 464, The Nurse Practice Act. Registered nurses who are enrolled as students are expected to maintain current certification in CPR, obtain an annual screening for TB exposure (PPD), maintain appropriate vaccinations to protect against occupational exposures (i.e., Tdap, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Varicella), adhere to safe and accepted use of prescribed drugs, and avoid the use of illicit substances.
Transfer Students: Students who have started the RN to BSN Program at another institution may be eligible to transfer to Polk State College. Transcripts are reviewed on a course-by-course basis to determine equivalency to Polk State College courses.
The Polk State College BSN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; telephone: (404) 975-5000.
Course Progression in the RN-to-BSN Program
The RN to BSN curriculum provides a flexible format that minimizes the prerequisites needed for students to progress. Students are not required to complete all lower-division courses before enrolling in upper-division courses; most upper-division courses may be taken in a non-sequential format. All students must take NUR 3825 Professional Role Transformation as the first upper-division nursing course, and must take NUR 4940 Professional Nursing Excellence as the last upper-division nursing course in the program. There is sufficient reinforcement of key concepts across the curriculum, without redundancy of material, to enable students to be successful if courses are taken in a variable order or on a part-time schedule due to work and family responsibilities. In order to promote timely progression toward graduation, most of the upper-division courses are offered in 8-week Fast Track terms. This format allows part-time students to complete the 42 upper-division credit hours in seven semesters and full-time students to complete these courses in four semesters. Suggested course sequences for full-time and part-time students are located on the Nursing Program website or can be obtained from an advisor. Due to the pace and rigor of courses, students should not enroll in more than 12 credit hours per semester.