Online RN to BSN Degree Program

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 RN to BSN program reflects the tripartite nursing roles of teaching, servant leadership, and research. Nursing graduates are prepared with the breadth and depth of professional nursing knowledge which reflects a commitment to serve their community with an enhanced focus on rural healthcare delivery. The School of Nursing has a passion which exemplifies rigorous scholarship and high expectations of both students and faculty. We believe the graduates of our program will contribute greatly to improve the healthcare outcomes of the communities they serve.

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:

  • Submit online BSN application, through the online program.
  • Have a GPA of at minimum 2.5
  • Present evidence of having earned an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • Have a current, unrestricted and unencumbered registered nurse license (RN).
  • Complete Anatomy and Physiology I & II as a pre-requisite with a grade of C or better before matriculation.
  • The holistic admission process can be used by students with less than a 2.5 GPA.

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 Generalist 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


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 Site Examples

  • 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. Demonstrate the ability to articulate in clear and correct written form.
  2. Communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals, families, communities, and interprofessional team members.
  3. Incorporate research-based evidence into their clinical practice setting to direct their student nursing practice.
  4. Demonstrate personal accountability and responsibilities, code of ethics and standards into professional practice transitioning from entry-level beginner nurse to competent level professional nurses.
  5. Synthesize the multidimensional roles of professional nursing to provide leadership for nursing practice by demonstrating the use of effective strategies to facilitate the nursing leadership decision.
  6. Demonstrate upon completion of the program the commitment to advanced study and lifelong learning.
  7. Participate in Servant Leadership activities after completing the program.
  8. Integrate evidenced-based knowledge into nursing, the performing and fine arts, humanities.
  9. Feel more empowered to function at a higher level of caring, respect, mutual goal setting, advocacy, and education
  10. Utilize appropriate technology in accessing, applying, and evaluating information effectively and appropriately applying technology in a variety of settings.
  11. Apply the concepts of peer review with the inter-professional healthcare 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

CCNE Accredited
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Bluefield College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.