2021-2022 University Catalog 
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2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Normal Program Length: Term-based modality - 2 years; Competency-based modality - 1 year

This program is offered online.

This program is not currently eligible for Title IV for new enrollments.

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The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN to BSN) is an accredited program ideal for nurses who would like to expand their knowledge base, have increased job security, and enjoy greater career mobility. In today's healthcare landscape, there is a growing recognition that nurses need more education to be fully functioning members of a healthcare team that contributes to the improvement of patient care and patient outcomes. Increasingly, nurses are expected to advance their education to meet current healthcare reform initiatives and strengthen the nursing workforce.

The RN to BSN degree program is a post-licensure nursing program. This means that students must already be licensed as an RN to be accepted for admission and must maintain an active and unencumbered RN license throughout their enrollment in the program. The program is designed to expand graduates' knowledge base, to enhance their marketability as an RN, and to permit them to enjoy greater career stability as an RN. Some states may offer licensure or certification opportunities for nurses beyond RN, and individuals obtaining such licensures or certifications may be able to secure employment in a position other than RN. Our RN to BSN degree program is not designed to enable graduates to obtain any such licensure or certification in any state, or to secure any form of employment that might require such licensure or certification. Prospective students should check with the applicable licensing authority in the state in which they expect to work in order to ensure that our accreditation and curriculum meet the state's eligibility requirements for the specific licensure or certification sought and that successful completion of our RN to BSN degree program will further their career interests.

Visit the State Authorization and Licensure page for more information. 

The RN to BSN program within American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Science is offered in two different modalities (methods of delivery): term-based and competency-based. The learning outcomes and level of difficulty are the same for both modalities. The term-based RN to BSN program allows students to take courses in a traditional format. The RN to BSN Powered by SIMPath is a competency-based approach that allows students to move through each course at their own pace, demonstrating a mastery of skills utilizing an array of methods.

RN to BSN Program Learning Outcomes

  • Assume leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams within healthcare organizations.
  • Enhance professional nursing practice using research and evidence-based practice.
  • Integrate methods of research and scholarship to make and prioritize diagnoses.
  • Design care for individuals, groups, and communities.
  • Incorporate methods of health promotion and education in nursing care of individuals, families, and groups with simple to complex healthcare needs.
  • Accept accountability and responsibility for professional judgment and actions.
  • Integrate professional values and role behaviors.
  • Examine the problems of contemporary health and illness.
  • Demonstrate the role of the global citizen.
  • Collaborate with other groups to shape health policies that affect both individual and community health.


Many courses in the RN to BSN program require the completion of Practice Experience (PE) hours. These hours are activities replacing traditional schoolwork that students complete during their courses.

Learn more about Practice Experience hours on the additional nursing requirements  page. 

General Education Requirements

Your RN license plus ASN or ADN earns you 60 credits toward the total required 120 credits for your BSN. Up to 90 credits can be transferred into your program depending on evaluation of your official transcripts.

The following options are available to earn general education credit:

  • Credit by Exam
  • Test-Out
  • College Credit

Your General Education credits count. We work hard to award the maximum amount of transfer credit you deserve to shorten your path to completing your degree. Your previous General Education credits DO NOT expire which means they may be eligible to transfer no matter when you completed them.

General Education Courses

Communication General Education Competency (6-9 Credit Hours Required)

Behavioral and Social Science General Education Requirement (6-9 Credit Hours Required)

Science, Mathematics and Information Technology General Education Requirement (6-9 Credit Hours Required)

Total General Education Credits: 90 Credits

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Courses Term-Based Modality

In the term-based modality, students complete traditional coursework in a structured 8-week course.  For term-based programs, at no time may a student be registered for more than four courses concurrently in a 16-week period. Concurrent course registration cannot violate progression or prerequisite requirements. Concurrent course registration is subject to course availability. Please review each course for prerequisite information.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Powered by SIMPath Courses Competency Based Modality

In the competence-based modality, students complete competencies within a 16-week time frame. Multiple competencies can be completed with the time frame. Each individual activity must be passed at acceptable or above to successfully pass the course, regardless of overall course average. Please review each course for prerequisite information.

RN to BSN Post-Licensure Program Credits: 30 Credits

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