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RN to BSN Online Program

Why choose Columbus State University's RN to BSN Online Program? This program is designed for the registered nurse to complete a degree conveniently and efficiently while continuing a career.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • No commuting to campus
  • 100% employment rate for graduates
  • Asynchronous classes
  • Highly qualified faculty members with various nursing backgrounds who facilitate learning
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
  • Ranked among the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report with special recognition of its online programs in the College of Education and Health Professions
  • Georgia's #1 RN to BSN provider among public colleges

Student Handbook (see Resources page)

Accelerated and Convenient

  • Can be completed in just 12 months
  • Small, interactive classes offered in 7 week sessions
  • Multiple admission windows per year
  • Full or part-time enrollment options
  • 100% online instruction in asynchronous format
  • Community clinicals in your geographical area

Unmatched Student Support Services

  • Embedded student success coaches
  • Free online tutoring
  • Dedicated RN student faculty advisor

RN to BSN Program Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the RN to BSN program at Columbus State University, students must:

  • be admitted to Columbus State University.
  • hold a valid nursing license in the state they plan to complete clinicals.
  • have a minimum 2.5 GPA on all nursing prerequisite courses.
  • have earned a C or better in all required science courses and labs.
  • be on good academic standing with all previously attended nursing programs.

How to Get Started:

Most Affordable Online RN-BSNThank you for your interest in the online RN-BSN program. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Submit your application for admision to Columbus State University.
    Be sure to select RN to BSN as your intended major.

  2. Complete the RN-BSN Supplemental Information application.
    *A Columbus State University application for admission must be completed prior to this step.

  3. Submit all official transcripts to:
    Columbus State University
    Attention: Enrollment Services
    4225 University Avenue
    Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645

  4. Once accepted to CSU, email pace_rnbsn@columbusstate.edu to set up an appointment with the RN to BSN advisor.

We look forward to helping you reach your academic goals!

FAQ

Admissions

Who is accepted into the RN-BSN Program?
The RN-BSN program track is designated only for Registered Nurses who are completing a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN) in Nursing. We also have a partnership program with Columbus Technical College and accept their nursing students before graduating with an associate degree.

What are the eligibility requirements for admission?
Candidates must hold a current valid Nursing License, overall grade point average of 2.5, and be on good academic standing at all previous nursing programs attended. The nursing grade point average is calculated in the School of Nursing and based only on the required core courses. If your GPA is between 2.0 and 2.49, conditional admission may be requested for the first session. The student must make a C or higher in the courses during this session. Introduction to Statistics is a prerequisite for NURS 3195 Evidence Based Nursing. This prerequisite can be taken while in the program.

How do I apply to Columbus State University?
You can apply online to the RN-BSN program at Columbus State University. When applying, be sure to select “RN-BSN” as your major. Please see our Apply Now section for detailed steps to admission. Send official transcripts from all previously attended institutions as soon as possible.

What is the RN-BSN application deadline?
We accept three times per year (Fall, Spring and Summer). Please see the RN-BSN academic calendar for specific dates.

Do I need a current Nursing License to be admitted?
You must have a current unrestricted license in the state you plan to complete your clinicals as a Registered Nurse to enroll in the RN-BSN program. If the license is limited or restricted, the potential applicant must disclose the terms of the consent order and any restriction on practice as a condition of admission. The RN-BSN Admissions and Progression Committee will review these students on an individual basis.

Do I need to be currently working in the nursing field to be eligible for this program?
Pre-admissiontesting is not required if the Registered Nurse has 1000 hours of clinical nursing practice in the last 3 years. Registered nurses who have been professionally inactive for four or more years will be required to validate nursing knowledge prior to acceptance and enrollment in nursing coursework. Validation testing may include standardized exams and/or clinical competencies and the student is responsible for the cost of the test. The RN-BSN Admissions and Progression Committee will review these students on an individual basis.

What if I graduated out of the country?
Candidates who are international graduates are required to have transcripts evaluated by Josef Silny & Sons, Western Educational Services (WES), or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE). This evaluation is very costly. If you graduated from an International school, the school will not be regionally accredited; therefore, none of your undergraduate courses will transfer to Columbus State and you will be ineligible for the RN-BSN program.

Transfer student -  Currently, any transfer student that attended an unaccredited school would initiate an appeal process in order for courses to transfer to Columbus State University. This involves obtaining: syllabuses, course descriptions, and CVs from all instructors, for each course a student wishes to appeal.
Graduate students are different -- these students will have a Bachelor’s Degree and the evaluation can state this equivalency.

What  would make me ineligible to  enroll in the RN-BSN program?
Patterns of withdrawal from courses/schools, grades of D’s and F’s and retaking courses several times and failing grades in science courses. Candidates that have been dismissed from another nursing program, since graduating from their ASN program, for any reason are ineligible for admission to the RN-BSN program.

Program Information

Is the RN-BSN program full or part-time?
RN-BSN courses are offered in 7-week sessions, and students may attend either full or part-time. Students will work with the nursing advisor to design a schedule that best fits their needs.

Am I ever required to be on campus?
No. The RN-BSN program is completely online and a student can complete the entire program from his/her own geographical location.

Do I have to be online at a certain time for class?
No. Classes in the RN-BSN program are asynchronous. In some courses, you may work ahead of schedule to complete your module work at your convenience.

What textbooks are needed for the program?
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are used in all RN-BSN online courses, which are digital textbooks available inside the course at no cost to the student. NURS 3293 Health Assessment does require Shadow Health (fee paid once enrolled in the course – see syllabus on first day of class).

How will I complete the clinical requirements for the program?
All clinical requirements are completed in NURS 4698 Senior Project. Students collaborate with the faculty facilitator for that course to choose appropriate facilities to complete the clinical assignments in this course. Projects and assignments are required to complete the clinical course.

What is the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model?
Columbus State University supports the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model. The purpose of this model is to facilitate the educational mobility of registered nurses who elect to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. RN-BSN students are awarded 32 nursing credit hours after successfully passing the first nursing clinical course, NURS 3191 Professional Clinical Nursing RN I (nursing credits are held in escrow until completion of over 6 hours of NURS credit which is in session 2).

How are tests administered in the online courses?
All evaluation of learning are done via electronic submissions and/or testing in the course management system.

What are the computer requirements for the RN-BSN online program?
Each student enrolled at Columbus State University is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook or desktop computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. In addition, each nursing student is required to have a webcam and a headset that has a microphone. Also, each student is responsible for monitoring the Columbus State University issued email address on a regular basis for official program communications from faculty and administrators.

Specific computer skills required for this course include a mastery of basic computer skills and software applications; online skills including basic proficiency with web browsers, website navigation, search engines, and email communication. Attachment of documents to the course assignment drop box, discussion pages, and email is a required skill; and, basic familiarity with the Desire 2 Learn course management system.

Is this program authorized outside of Georgia?
Online nursing programs must seek State Authorization and Board of Nursing authorization to offer programs in states outside of Georgia. It is important to verify authorization status for your state prior to enrolling in the program or if you plan to relocate while enrolled in the RN to BSN program.

Please visit the State Authorizations and Approvals page to see if this program is approved to be offered in your state. For questions regarding state authorizations, please contact the CSU State Authorizations office at state_authorization@columbusstate.edu.

What about joining ROTC at Columbus State University?
ROTC Nursing Opportunities

Registration and Degree Requirements

How  do I get my transcript unofficially reviewed?
Go to https://emajor.usg.edu/future-students/unofficial-transcript and submit for a FREE transcript evaluation. This is an unofficial evaluation provided by USG eCampus to assist prospective students in choosing their educational paths. All applicants will be required to submit official transcripts to their chosen institution as part of the formal admission process, and an official transfer evaluation will be conducted at that time.

How do I make an appointment with the RN-BSN nursing advisor? 
In person or by phone advising appointments should be made online through the MyCSU portal. Directions for scheduling appointments through the EAB option in MyCSU will be sent to all students following acceptance into the program. For email advisement, please email pace_rnbsn@columbusstate.edu or call 706-507-8581.

What students are exempt from taking the physical education classes?
Students 40 or over, students who have served in the military for one year or longer and post-baccalaureate students are exempt from the wellness requirement (PHED 1205/1206) and any one hour PEDS course. Military students are responsible for submitting their DD 214 if discharged from active duty. If the student is active-duty they would need to submit their ARTS transcripts to Admissions.

Do I need to take two science courses?
RN-BSN students are required to have taken Human Anatomy 1 & 2 and Microbiology (Area F courses) with a grade of C or better and are also required to take two science sequenced lab courses (with a grade of C or better) to satisfy Area D.

I already have one degree; does that mean I have to take fewer courses than other students?
RN-BSN, Post Baccalaureate students are considered to have met the core with the exception of Area D science-sequence courses and all of Area F. Area D courses include: Biology 1 and 2 (see your advisor for more information), CHEM 1151 and 1152 and the labs, CHEM 1211 and 1212 and the labs, or a Physics sequence per Georgia Board of Regents Requirement. Area F includes BIOL 2221K and 2222K(A&P 1&2), BIOL 2225K (Micro), STAT 1127 (with a grade of C or better), and PSYC 1101.

Will all students have to meet CSU's General University Requirements?

  • Yes, this includes the legislative requirement. An act of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia requires that all candidates for degrees possess and demonstrate knowledge of US History, Georgia History, US Constitution and Georgia Constitution. Courses that satisfy these requirements are HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 and POLS 1101. US History taken in Georgia satisfies the US/GA History general university requirements. US History taken in Alabama (for example) satisfies only the US History requirement and a student must successfully test on Georgia history.
    RN-BSN post-baccalaureate students who did not take US History or American Government as part of their BS/BA degree will need to take the US/GA History and US/GA Constitution proficiency tests.
    In addition, every undergraduate student must take the Outcomes Assessment during their final semester. This will be emailed to students from the CSU testing center. 
     

Accreditation

Is Columbus State University’s RN-BSN program accredited?
Yes, The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Columbus State University is accredited by the Southern Commission of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Does the nursing program I graduated from have to be accredited?
Yes, by the National League of Nursing (NLN); now Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

What if my nursing program was not accredited by the NLN/ACEN?
CSU offers an exam for students that graduated from a Non-ACEN (Non-NLN) Accredited RN program. The RN-BSN exam is ONLY for students who did not graduate from an accredited NLN/ACEN school. This exam is required to satisfy the Georgia Board of Nursing Articulation Agreement for entrance into the RN-BSN program. This is not a General University Requirement Test. Before registering for this exam, you must be accepted to CSU and have met with the RN-BSN advisor. You may register for the RN-BSN exam on the CSU testing website. There is a fee associated with this exam.

Tuition and Fees

What is the tuition for the RN-BSN online program?
Tuition for RN-BSN courses through  eMajor is $199 per credit hour. Institution fees are required and will affect the total cost. Prerequisite courses may be required and will also affect the total cost.

Are there any additional fees that I will have to pay?
In addition to tuition, there are additional fees that will be assessed for the RN-BSN program. Please see the RN-BSN tuition and fees page for a complete list of current fees.

Are there out of state fees associated with this program?
The RN-BSN online nursing courses do not have out of state fees attached.

How do I apply for financial aid?
Please see the CSU Financial Aid website.

How do I pay for my classes once I register?
Payments should be made in MyCSU. Once logged into the MyCSU portal, go to the financial aid tab at the top to view and pay invoices. Please check your Columbusstate.edu email once classes have started to ensure you have a zero balance, so that you will not be dropped from the class.

USG eMajor

What is USG eMajor?
USG eMajor partners with public institutions to provide quality, affordable, high-demand post-secondary degrees and credentials that address the workplace needs of Georgia and beyond. CSU and USG eMajor began a partnership in Spring 2019, and due to this, students have access to additional support services!

Where do I log in to access my courses?
RN to BSN students will access their courses through GoVIEW, accessible here: go.view.usg.edu

Clinical Requirements

NURS 4698 Senior Project is offered three times per year (Fall Term II, Spring Term II and Summer). Prior to taking this clinical course the following requirements must be met 3 months prior to the start date of the course.

Start Dates for NURS 4698 Senior Project:  

Fall Term II October – clinical requirements must be submitted by July 15th.
Spring Term II March - clinical requirements must be submitted by December 15th.
Summer Session June - clinical requirements must be submitted by March 15th

RN-BSN Pre-Clinical Requirements:

  1. Verification of professional employment. You can turn in a photocopy of your name badge or pay check stub (mark out all confidential information) ·
  2. Verification of unencumbered RN license - If the license is limited or restricted, the potential applicant must disclose the terms of the consent order and any restriction on practice as a condition of admission. The RN-BSN Admissions and Progression Committee will review these students on an individual basis.
  3. Complete Clinical Planning Forms A and B (typing the form is appreciated except for signatures)
  4. Preceptor Requirements: A Registered Nurse with a BSN and/or 3 or more years’ experience as an ADN. Your preceptor is referred to as your “Clinical Supervisor” in your Clinical Planning Forms.
  5. If CSU does not have a current contract with the facility you have chosen, a new contract will need to be obtained. If a contract is needed, our Clinical Placement Coordinator will contact the student from the email son_clinicals@columbusstate.edu to initiate an Applied Learning Experience agreement or Affiliation Agreement prior to the clinical start date (sometimes this may take up to 6 -12 months to obtain).
  6. The Clinical Placement Coordinator will file all contracts and ensure appropriate signatures and dates prior to your start date.
  7. All students will have a background check prior to entering clinical using the school designated vendor.
  8. All students will be drug tested prior to entering clinical using the school designated vendor.

May I complete NURS 4698 Senior Project where I work?
The School of Nursing does not prohibit students from completing clinical practice experiences at their place of work as long as it is appropriate to the expected student learning and program outcomes. You cannot complete your clinical hours on the floor/unit where you work but you can stay at the facility. Your school assignments should not be completed during your scheduled work hours.

Who may sign the clinical form A and B?  
The Clinical Supervisor must be a Registered Nurse. This person will sign the form agreeing to help the student complete his/her clinical goals and activities/projects for the class. The clinical supervisor will know each time the student is in the facility and will help facilitate networking and/or space for you to accomplish leadership projects, assignments, or teaching. Affiliation Agreement (Contract) – we must have an affiliation agreement on file with facility you select. That is why it is important for you to turn in form A and B completely filled out by the due date.

Can I complete my clinical outside the state of Georgia?  
States expect that institutions obtain approval before enrolling students in their state. The requirements as to which activities require authorization vary greatly from state-to-state. Please turn in your Clinical Supervisor Form A and B for us to check the state where you plan to complete NURS 4698 Senior Project. It is the student’s responsibility to let us know if you move out of state while in the program.  

I live in Alabama and plan to complete my clinicals in Georgia. Please complete the clinical form A and B. 3.

I live in Alabama and plan to complete my clinicals in Alabama. Alabama requires the SON to turn in information (located on the clinical form A and B) on each Alabama resident who is completing his/her clinicals in Alabama 30 days prior to clinicals starting. Just complete the forms and get them in by the due date.

I live outside the United States. The RN to BSN program includes practicums, clinicals or other forms of field experiences as part of the mandatory program requirements. You will not be able participate in any field experiences outside of the United States in order to complete these requirements. Participation in field experiences in the U.S. (outside of Georgia) is limited to states where CSU has authorization to operate. If a student does not work and live in the state of Georgia, they may contact  state_authorization@columbusstate.edu

Clinical Time - You will need to spend the majority of your clinical time with your clinical supervisor. You need to attend one or more meeting(s), Explore with the preceptor their role in department/leadership meetings, Discuss the importance of teamwork and collaboration in the facility or unit in the discussion board The remaining clinical hours will be met in class through assignments and projects.

What types of assignments will I complete in NURS 4698 Senior Project?
National Patient Safety Goal Assignment – this is a “teach” to 2 or 200 people at the facility. Establish if there is a “safety need” on the unit and you can discuss that need.        
Evidence Based Practice Project - turn your project from NURS 3195 into a teaching project. Your audience can be 2 or 200.   
Quality Improvement - Summarize for the discussion board and discuss a QI issue in the facility. The preceptor can help you to work on a project to change and/or go to a meeting about QI. 
Leadership, Teamwork and Collaboration -  Summarize for the discussion board.          
Paper – complete a paper showing evidence your met the school of nursing program outcomes.
Informatics –Summarize for the discussion board. Identify the utilization of informatics in the facility, or on the unit, etc. Locate a informatics nurse (if they have one) and identify an informatics issue that you can change and/or go to a meeting about informatics Discuss the issue and identify possible interventions in the discussion board.
Total Hours 135 *activities are subject to change.

Dress/Code - Clinical Attire: When going to your clinical sites you are required to be in professional business attire, with a lab jacket (short or long), and a name badge (Name should read First and last name, Columbus State University RN-BSN Student). Apparel that is not acceptable in a healthcare environment includes blue jeans, t-shirts, shorts, short skirts, athletic, camouflage, capri-length pants, tank tops, crop tops, low cut blouses, baseball caps, jelly shoes, beach type shoes, and/or high heels. Apparel that is “see through”, low cut, too short, “skin tight”, or excessively baggy, is torn, patched, or discolored in an irregular manner, exhibits slogans, advertising, etc. are also not acceptable.

Please call 706-507-8560 or email pace_rnbsn@columbusstate.edu if you have more questions.

Your success is our number one concern!

Advisement

*Please always include your student ID number with any correspondence.

The RN-BSN Advisement part of the website is to be used as a guideline only. You must be advised by a RN-BSN advisor for an official evaluation. New students should apply to Columbus State University (CSU) and request all official transcripts to be mailed to Enrollment Services. Courses are not evaluated until all transcripts are received. Once your courses are evaluated and you have been notified of your admission to the RN-BSN program, please email pace_rnbsn@columbusstate.edu to request an advisement appointment.

All new RN-BSN students are also required to complete the eMajor New Student Introduction Quiz before registering for their first course.

RN to BSN Curriculum Schema

For Students Requiring Core Classes

Academic Plan for students who have completed all core courses

Core Academic Requirements

The RN to BSN Academic Requirements Checklist provides a listing of core classes required to enter the RN-BSN program.

You may have courses that are transferable but are not shown on this list. Almost all courses from SACS accredited schools will transfer to CSU. Please utilize the CSU Transfer Equivalency Lookup to see if your school and courses are transferable.

Residency Hours

31 hours are required to be taken at Columbus State University for residency. The RN-BSN program is 28 hours. An additional two hours are required for graduation.

Additional Questions

For Financial Aid information, please contact the Financial Aid Department at financial_aid@columbusstate.edu
Phone: (706) 507-8800
Fax: (706) 568-2230

Course Descriptions

NURS 3191. Professional Clinical Nursing RN I (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN Program. This course is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. Synthesis of concepts, principles, theories and roles foundational to professional nursing practice including health promotion, prevention and wellness, with particular consideration given to older adults, are central to the course. Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and role transition are included. This course will build on previously mastered nursing concepts with an emphasis on updates in pharmacology, standards of practice, and informatics.

NURS 3192. Professional Development Perspectives RN I (2-0-2) Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN Program. First of two professional development courses describing nursing concepts with an emphasis on roles, delegation, standards, communication, professional writing, quality improvement and critical thinking.

NURS 3195. Evidence Based Practice RN (4-0-4) Prerequisite: Admission into the RN-BSN Program and STAT 1127, "C" or better. Focuses on the evidence-based practice process to enable students to become informed consumers of research and capable of applying evidence, professional experience, and patient preferences in their practices. This course includes research design, appraisal of selected nursing studies, identification and search of PICOT questions. Students will also be involved in developing practice guidelines for dissemination.

NURS 3293. Introduction to Health Assessment and Wellness RN (1-3-2) Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program. This course is designed to assist in refining history taking, psychosocial assessment, and physical assessment skills that are necessary for assessing the health of clients throughout the life span, including eliciting a health history, conducting a basic physical examination, and integrating basic techniques of health assessment into patient care in varied settings. The focus of the course is on basic interviewing and physical assessment techniques, recognition of normal findings, and differentiating normal from the most common abnormal findings.

NURS 3194. Applied Pathophysiology RN (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program. This course provides an overview of the pathophysiology of selected conditions focusing on the etiology, pathogenesis, physiological changes, and clinical manifestations of common health problems. Genetic and cultural influences on health will also be addressed. Emphasis is upon both the physiological changes that contribute to disease production, physiological changes that occur as a result of disease, and the body's compensation for these changes, as well as the application of this knowledge to the assessment of patients with commonly occurring disease and injury processes.

NURS 3555. Selected Topics in Professional Nursing ({1-3}-0-{1-3}) Prerequisites: Admission to BSN upper level program and approval of Nursing Department Chair. Specialized topics from nursing taught by means of lecture, discussion, special seminar, guided independent study, directed experience in the field of nursing, online learning activities, clinical investigation and/or other methods as appropriate. May be repeated once with different topic. 

NURS 4192. Professional Development Perspectives RN II (2-0-2) Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program. Second of two professional development courses with a focus on leadership theories and styles, economic and social issues, change theories, power and politics, and career development.

NURS 4292. Professional Clinical Nursing RN II (4-6-6) Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program. This course is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. Various roles in population health nursing are examined through the application of theories from nursing and public health sciences in assessing health status and preventing and controlling disease in families, aggregates, and communities as clients. The course will provide an overview of global health issues that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture. The use of epidemiological and community assessment techniques to examine populations at risk, health promotion, protection, maintenance and levels of disease prevention with special emphasis on ethnically diverse and vulnerable populations are incorporated.

NURS 4698. Senior Project RN (0-0-3) Prerequisite: NURS 3195, 4192, 4292, 3279 and 3276 with grades of "C" or better. This course is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. A senior project will focus on evidence-based principles and theoretical frameworks to guide the discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of information related to a selected clinical topic.

Partnership Program

For students who are working on an Associate Degree in Nursing at Columbus Technical College and want to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Columbus State University.

Curriculum Schema

Conversion Chart

RN-BSN Calendar

Please see the CSU academic calendar for more information.

Tuition and Fees

Total cost includes $199/credit hour tuition rate for RN-BSN courses only. Prerequisite courses and institutional fees may be required and will affect the total cost. Please see CSU fee sheet for details. Columbus State will utilize open educational resources (OER), which are digital textbooks available inside the course at no cost to the student. Please note that there is an additional fee associated with Shadow Health, which is required for NURS 3293 Health Assessment.

Contact

Email: pace_rnbsn@columbusstate.edu
Phone: 706-507-8560
Fax: 706-507-8565

School of Nursing
Frank Brown Hall
4225 University Ave.
Columbus, GA 31907

Apply Now

  1. Submit your application for admision to Columbus State University.
    Be sure to select RN to BSN as your intended major.

  2. Complete the RN-BSN Supplemental Information application.
    *A Columbus State University application for admission must be completed prior to this step.

  3. Submit all official transcripts to:
    Columbus State University
    Attention: Enrollment Services
    4225 University Avenue
    Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645

  4. Once accepted to CSU, email pace_rnbsn@columbusstate.edu to set up an appointment with the RN to BSN advisor.

  5. Complete the eMajor Introduction Quiz using your Columbus State student email address.