Online RN to BSN Degree Program

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If you are looking for a Christian college with a comprehensive nursing program that fits your busy lifestyle, and offers an online BSN degree, look no further.

The online curriculum for the Bluefield College RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses in Virginia and beyond who desire to earn the baccalaureate nursing degree. Building on a foundation of competencies attained by the registered nurse, the program broadens and expands the student’s knowledge, psychomotor skills and attitudes. It also prepares them for the generalist role in any health care setting, enhances personal and professional satisfaction, explores career opportunities and develops a foundation for additional study in graduate nursing education. Graduates are prepared to be designers of care using evidenced-based practice, coordinators of care and managers of care who function independently and interdependently as members of the health care team.

Click the Academic Catalog image to view a course schedule and descriptions for the Online RN-BSN degree program.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Online Nursing RN-BSN degree program at Bluefield College will be competitive and limited to qualifying candidates.

Applicants must have the following:

  • A completed RN-BSN application through the online program.
  • A GPA of 2.5.
  • An associate degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • A current, unrestricted, and unencumbered registered nurse license (RN).
  • A grade of C or better in Anatomy and Physiology I and II as a prerequisite before matriculation.

The Nine Essentials

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing states there are nine Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Profession Nursing Practice. The Bluefield College School of Nursing (BC SON) embraces all the essentials. “These Essentials are the curricular elements that provide the framework of baccalaureate nursing education” (AACN, 2008, p. 10). Each essential is integrated throughout our nursing curriculum.

The nine essentials are:

  1. Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Educations for Professional Nursing Practice
  2. Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety
  3. Scholarship for Evidenced-Based Practice
  4. Information Management and Application for Patient Care Technology
  5. Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments
  6. Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
  7. Clinical Prevention and Population Health
  8. Professionalism and Professional Values
  9. Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

Clinicals

The RN-BSN Nursing Program uses a Preceptor Model for all courses with a clinical component. The Nursing Care of Communities course has a 45 hour clinical component and the Evidence-based Nursing Practice course has a 25 hour clinical component. The clinicals are completed in the student’s area of residence. Both clinicals use a preceptor model to guide the RN-BSN students with enhancing critical thinking skills. The clinicals are scheduled by the student and their preceptor with faculty oversight.

Clinical Sites

  • Hospitals
  • Health Departments
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice Agencies
  • Community-based Clinics
  • Community Support Groups

Program Outcomes

The nursing program is committed to transforming students’ lives by integrating liberal arts with the nursing courses, service to God, and a commitment to communities in Virginia and across the globe. We are also committed to graduate students who think critically, communicate effectively, and adapt readily to a changing world. The goals and expected core values and outcomes of the program are consistent with the Essentials of Baccalaureates Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Integrate evidenced-based knowledge from nursing, the performing and fine arts, humanities, including theology, mathematical sciences, life sciences, & social sciences in implementing the practice of holistic, caring professional nursing.
  2. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking, decision making & the nursing process with individuals, families, groups, communities, & populations.
  3. Demonstrate competence in implementing the nursing roles as designers of care, coordinators of care, & managers of care in a variety of health care settings.
  4. Empower individuals to function at their highest level of ability through caring, respect, mutual goal setting, advocacy, & education.
  5. Collaborate with interprofessional members regarding patient wellness, health promotion, illness, disease management, restoration & palliative & end-of life care across the life span at individual & population levels.
  6. Employ effective communication, technologies & information management skills (listening, verbal, nonverbal, technology, & written) to deliver safe, quality patient care working with diverse cultures.
  7. Demonstrate leadership skills in coordinating & delegating care using quality improvement delivery outcome measures.
  8. Incorporate professional values, roles, responsibilities, code of ethics & standards into professional nursing practice.
  9. Accept personal accountability & responsibilities, code of ethics & standards into professional nursing practice.
  10. Accept personal accountability & responsibility for pursuing practice excellence, lifelong learning & the advancement of the profession.
  11. Apply research findings to nursing practice, participating in both development of and utilization applying and exploring scientific evidence for the advancement and enhancement or healthcare populations.
  12. Access, use, and evaluate information effectively and appropriately applying technology in a variety of settings.
  13. Utilize peer review with the interprofessional health care team.

Career Opportunities

  • Education
  • Quality
  • Management
  • Case Management
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Director of Nursing
  • Risk Management
  • Infection Control
  • And many more!

Student Handbook

The Guide to Your Baccalaureate Nursing Education

The RN-BSN Student Handbook has been prepared as a guide to assist you through the successful completion of your program of studies.

Launch Handbook


Being in the RN-BSN nursing program at Bluefield College has been a fantastic experience. The faculty members understand the time constraints that daily life puts on their students and are very accommodating.

Nate Ledford, Galax, VA, Class of 2016