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Nursing Bachelor's Degree Program (RN to BSN)

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At Charter Oak, we’re educating the nurse of the future with our online RN to BSN program! If you have an active RN license and are seeking a trusted online educational partner to earn your BSN, our program has been created with you in mind.

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The program is licensed and accredited by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. The RN-BSN program at Charter Oak State College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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The Charter Oak State College (COSC) online RN to BSN program is designed to provide a quality, affordable, seamless, diverse, and accessible alternative for registered nurses prepared at the associate degree (AD) or diploma level to progress to the baccalaureate degree in nursing. The RN to BSN program has been designed to meet the recommendations of the Connecticut Articulation Model for Nurse Educational Mobility (CLN, 1992, 2014), established at the urging of the Connecticut state legislature in 1992 to maximize opportunities for nursing educational advancement.

Consistent with the mission of COSC, the Mission of the RN-BSN program is to facilitate academic progression of registered nurses (RNs) in partnership with employers to meet the healthcare workforce needs in Connecticut and beyond. Effective academic/workforce partnerships assist RNs to reach their goals and aspirations to improve health within the communities served.

In combination with the core nursing discipline courses, the strong liberal education component of the RN-BSN program is designed to help students acquire specific skills and knowledge to enhance critical thinking, communication, ethical decision making, and information literacy. The program has been designed to minimize redundant educational requirements between the baccalaureate and the AD or diploma in nursing.

The Vision of the RN-BSN program is to be a personally and professionally rewarding academic program of choice for RNs seeking to advance their education. The COSC RN-BSN program fosters diversity, innovation, quality, and excellence. As lifelong learners, COSC RN-BSN graduates enhance their impact upon the lives of those they care for, their communities of practice, and the profession of nursing

The COSC RN-BSN Program Philosophy:

Building upon the strong foundation of AD and diploma nursing preparation the COSC RN-BSN program philosophy is grounded in the metaparadigm of nursing, and a belief in dynamic, professional relationships between students, patients, peers, members of the interprofessional healthcare team, and faculty. The nursing metaparadigm describes the roles of the nurse and directs professional practice. The metaparadigm includes four concepts, the Person*, the Environment, the Nurse, and Health. The Person is considered within Environments of care where the Nurse promotes Health and manages illness in partnership with the Person and the interprofessional health care team.

The COSC RN-BSN curriculum is guided by local, regional and national standards and trends within healthcare, higher education, and the nursing discipline. Organized through the integration of the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFCC, 2016), the curriculum is designed to meet the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Practice (CCNE, 2008).

The delivery of the curriculum is accomplished through a dynamic online educational experience incorporating active and diverse learning processes by faculty who are experts in the discipline of nursing and who value evidence-based practice. Faculty chosen to teach in the RN-BSN program value the impact of broad and diverse educational experiences essential for this adult student population and are active, consummate, nursing professionals.

  1. Demonstrate a strong foundation in evidence-based nursing practice through purposeful, informed, outcome-oriented thinking and action that reflects a commitment to lifelong learning.
  2. Utilize and apply knowledge, critical thinking, and clinical decision-making skills to make sound clinical judgments that identify and address individual, population, and organizational challenges.
  3. Integrate leadership skills of systems thinking, communication and change facilitation to meet patient care and organizational needs across the continuum of care.
  4. Guided by the acquisition of a liberal arts education, utilize an ethical framework to advocate for patients amid economic, political, social, and demographic forces affecting the delivery of regional, national, and global health care.
  5. Integrate determinants of health and patients’ cultural beliefs and practices into the delivery and management of care to promote health across the lifespan.
  6. Interact using effective communication skills with patients, families, and interprofessional team members that fosters mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
  7. Apply evidence-based practice models to identify and integrate scientific evidence to address practice issues and assure quality nursing care outcomes.
  8. Advocate for and participate in patient safety and quality initiatives as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team.
  9. Utilize informatics and patient care technology to enhance communication in the provision and management of safe, effective patient care.
  10. Incorporate professional nursing standards and accountability into practice as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team.

Admission to the RN to BSN program is selective. Candidates to the program must have:

  • A minimum calculated Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.3, based on the Charter Oak State College Nursing Program of Study (Advising Worksheet), to be accepted into the Nursing Program.
  • Graduation from a nationally accredited (ACEN, CNEA) Associate degree in Nursing or Diploma Nursing Program
  • A current, unencumbered RN license

*Note: Applicants who have not yet received their RN license, but meet other admissions requirements, will be permitted to enroll in the college for one semester. Proof of RN licensure must be provided for continued enrollment.

  • 3 creditsNUR 301: Baccalaureate Nursing Role
  • 3 creditsNUR 310: HC Policy, Economics, Regulation, & Ethics
  • 4 creditsNUR 315: Nursing Research & Expanded EBP
  • 4 creditsNUR 320: Population Health
  • 4 creditsNUR 400: CQI, Safety, & IP Collaboration
  • 4 creditsNUR 410: Systems Leadership/Continuum of Care
  • 4 creditsNUR 495: Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone

This major requires a minimum of 120 credits. All major requirements must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher. Applicants may transfer in two (2) courses from another RN-BSN program with grades of ‘C’ or above, from other regionally accredited institutions. The credits must be equivalent to the content and credit amount offered in one of the required courses of the program, subject to approval of the Nursing Director.

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Additional Earnings

Bachelor’s degree holders make $1 million more on average over their lifetime compared to their peers who have only a high school degree.*


Employees with a bachelor’s degree now make up 57 percent of total wages earned.**

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Jobs requiring a Bachelor’s degree or higher accounted for two out of every three that were added in health care from Dec. 2007 - Jan. 2016.**

* Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?
** Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots, 2016

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