RN to BSN (Online)

Degree-Completion Program

Nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree tend to be associated with better patient outcomes and overall improved quality of care. By furthering your education with the RN to BSN online degree program, not only can you advance your career, but you can become a stronger practitioner in your field.

The Lees-McRae nursing faculty hold advanced degrees and possess expertise in their field of practice. The RN to BSN completion program is designed to help you be academically successful and enjoy personal and professional growth. You will take classes centered on career development, comprehensive assessment, management and leadership, informatics, and community and population-based care.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Lees-McRae College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree tend to be associated with better patient outcomes and overall improved quality of care. By furthering your education with the RN to BSN online degree program, not only can you advance your career, but you can become a stronger practitioner in your field.

The Lees-McRae nursing faculty hold advanced degrees and possess expertise in their field of practice. The RN to BSN completion program is designed to help you be academically successful and enjoy personal and professional growth. You will take classes centered on career development, comprehensive assessment, management and leadership, informatics, and community and population-based care.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Lees-McRae College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING 

Course Length: 8 weeks
Program Duration: 2 years
Next Start: August 2022

Ready to get started?

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING 

Course Length: 8 weeks
Program Duration: 2 years
Next Start: August 2022


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Why Lees-McRae College?

The online degree completion program is designed for working professionals and emphasizes student engagement and success. You will learn alongside other registered nurses who share your experiences and be taught by faculty who understand your circumstances. The program allows you to work at your own pace, and our rolling start dates mean you can begin the program at any time of year.

Our faculty all have years of practical nursing experience in various clinical settings as well as advanced degrees in relevant fields. Their education and first-hand knowledge of the nursing profession offer valuable guidance for Lees-McRae students. Our low student-to-faculty ratio was noted by Intelligent.com when they named us one of the best Nursing programs in the country for 2021.

RN to BSN Online
Why should I pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?
Why should I pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Dedicated, highly skilled nursing professionals are currently in high demand. The RN to BSN program expands on your nursing knowledge and expertise to help you become a more confident practitioner and progress in your career.  

Research has shown that additional education results in better patient outcomes. One study found that a 10% proportional increase of nurses with bachelor’s degrees on staff resulted in a 7% decrease in patient mortality following surgery. In addition to higher pay overall, nurses with a BSN are also more likely to receive leadership positions and are eligible for further education that can lead to lucrative careers like physician assistant and nurse anesthetist.

Dedicated, highly skilled nursing professionals are currently in high demand. The RN to BSN program expands on your nursing knowledge and expertise to help you become a more confident practitioner and progress in your career.  

Research has shown that additional education results in better patient outcomes. One study found that a 10% proportional increase of nurses with bachelor’s degrees on staff resulted in a 7% decrease in patient mortality following surgery. In addition to higher pay overall, nurses with a BSN are also more likely to receive leadership positions and are eligible for further education that can lead to lucrative careers like physician assistant and nurse anesthetist.

What will I study? 
What will I study? 

The nursing-specific courses focus on career development, comprehensive assessment, management and leadership, informatics, and community and population-based care. Learners prepare for classes through assigned readings to engage in stimulating, relevant, challenging, and rewarding course discussions. Course assignments include writing papers on selected topics. Learners demonstrate their new competencies by concluding the program with a capstone project. 

The curriculum also requires students to take general education courses, including Human Anatomy/Physiology, Introduction to Microbiology, and Rhetoric and Composition. By incorporating knowledge from the arts, humanities, and sciences into the nursing curriculum, the program gives students a holistic and comprehensive education.  

The nursing-specific courses focus on career development, comprehensive assessment, management and leadership, informatics, and community and population-based care. Learners prepare for classes through assigned readings to engage in stimulating, relevant, challenging, and rewarding course discussions. Course assignments include writing papers on selected topics. Learners demonstrate their new competencies by concluding the program with a capstone project. 

The curriculum also requires students to take general education courses, including Human Anatomy/Physiology, Introduction to Microbiology, and Rhetoric and Composition. By incorporating knowledge from the arts, humanities, and sciences into the nursing curriculum, the program gives students a holistic and comprehensive education.  

Course Map

The degree program can be completed in eight sessions, or four semesters. Each session lasts eight weeks. One of the benefits of this program is that you can start with any session—you don’t need to wait until August. Regardless of when they enter the program, every student follows the same course schedule.

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    Year One

    Courses offered each session (all courses are 3 credit hours)

    Fall Session 1 (August–September)
    • History of the Southern Appalachian Region (HIS 210)
    • Professional and Academic Success (NUR 305)
    Fall Session 2 (October–November)
    • Introduction to Biochemistry (CHM 200)
    • Gerontological Nursing (NUR 330E)
    Spring Session 1 (January–February)
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PSY 230)
    • Statistics for Critical Decision-Making (NUR 309)
    Spring Session 2 (March–April)
    • Social Problems (SOC 251)
    • Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research (NUR 352E)
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    Year Two

    Courses offered each session

    Fall Session 1 (August–September)
    • Arts and Life (ART 250–3 credit hours)
    • Community and Population-Centered Care (NUR 406E–4 credit hours)
    Fall Session 2 (October–November)
    • Nursing Inquiry, Informatics, and Technology (NUR 342E–3 credit hours)
    • Leadership and Management (NUR 401E–3 credit hours)
    Spring Session 1 (January–February)
    • Professional Nursing Capstone: Synthesis (NUR 460–3 credit hours)
    • Advanced Assessment and Health Promotion (NUR 324–3 credit hours)
    Spring Session 2 (March–April)
    • Professional Nursing Capstone II: Advancing the Nursing Profession (NUR 461–3 credit hours)
    • Contemporary Issues in Healthcare (NUR 441–3 credit hours)

"Every instructor that I've ever had at Lees-McRae has been great. They're all very hands on, even though it's online. All of my classes have been very educational and beneficial to my college education, and I wouldn't have had it any other way."

Elaina Beeks ’21

Community College Partners

We set up our programs to make coming to Lees-McRae for a bachelor’s degree as straightforward as possible. For students who earned an associate degree at one of our partner colleges, getting here is even easier. Graduates from these colleges receive guaranteed admission to Lees-McRae, are eligible for tuition discounts, and are considered to have finished their general education requirements.  

FIND YOUR COLLEGE

Didn’t attend a partner college? Set up a free transcript review to identify which college credits will carry over. Contact us at onlineadmissions@lmc.edu.   

Sigma Theta Tau International

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nursing honor society founded in 1922 by six nurses in Indianapolis, Indiana. STTI now has over 500 chapters with more than 135,000 active members residing in 90 countries around the world. The mission of STTI is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

The STTI Omega Tau Chapter invites nurses with a BSN or higher to become members of the Omega Tau Chapter as Community Nurse Leaders. Graduating nursing students are invited to join based upon GPA in the baccalaureate program.

The Omega Tau Chapter offers opportunities to network and discuss how to increase nursing effectiveness using evidence-based practice. For further information about the Omega Tau Chapter, please contact Interim Dean of the May School of Nursing Claire Cline.

Career Opportunities 

A bachelor’s degree opens doors to additional opportunities in nursing, including management and leadership, community and population health, case management, clinical nurse and board-certification specialties, and the ability to attain further education at the master’s and doctoral level. 

With your degree, you will be eligible for work in the following fields: 

Education

Colleges and Universities
Technical Schools
Teaching Hospitals

Research
Government Policy
Public Health
Pharmaceuticals
Leadership
Hospital Administration
Private Business
Community Nursing 

RIBN Program at Surry Community College

If you are interested in the online Nursing program but aren’t yet licensed as an RN, the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing program at Surry Community College provides a pathway to a bachelor’s degree. Classes during the first few years of the program are taken in person on Surry Community College campus. In the final year, after passing the NCLEX, students will finish their BSN online with Lees-McRae. 

Contact

Evelyn Brewer

Evelyn Brewer
Program Coordinator

Evelyn has a Master of Science in Nursing from UNC-Greensboro and a PhD from East Tennessee State University. Her areas of expertise are nursing practice in rural Appalachia and end-stage renal disease.

State Authorization
Lees-McRae College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Learn more

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