100% Online RN-to-BSN Program Implemented Across All Eight Kent State Campuses
Nurses wanting to pursue a baccalaureate degree now have an easier way to do so thanks to Kent State University College of Nursing’s revised 100% online RN-to-BSN program that was launched during the fall 2017 semester. The revision, driven by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) goal to have 80% of the nursing workforce educated at the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) level by 2020, will make Kent State’s program more accessible and convenient for practicing nurses.
The newly designed 100% online RN-to-BSN program is the first of its kind to be implemented fully through collaboration from all eight Kent campuses.
“It was important to involve all campuses as Kent State is one university with multiple sites where education is delivered,” said Kent State University College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. “The new program allows us to share the talents of our faculty experts with RN-to-BSN students.”
The redesigned program offers students several distinctive benefits such as decreased tuition, increased course availability, and convenience. Every seven weeks, each of the required nursing courses will be offered, rather than providing classes in a traditional rotation format. Many students completing this program work full-time and have families depending on them, therefore this students-first approach will provide the flexibility they need to complete school work while balancing life’s other obligations.
On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the RN-to-BSN Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Kent State University Provost, Vice President for Kent State System Integration, all Kent State regional deans, and the dean of nursing. The signing was symbolic of the strong ties between campuses and recognized each person’s desire to provide the best education possible for our students. The Memorandum of Understanding will set forth the roles for each campus, along with the policies and future endeavors for the program.
“We are proud of this project,” said Dean Broome. “Not only are we one of the few programs to offer a RN-to-BSN degree online, we are now a leader in this collaborative arrangement with the regional campuses.”
Designed to provide working professionals who already had an associate’s degree or nursing diploma a pathway to complete their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, the Kent campus first launched its RN-to-BSN program in 2009. The curriculum emphasizes professional knowledge, leadership skills, community focused healthcare and compassionate nursing practices in order to develop a strong nursing workforce in northeast Ohio and beyond.
About Kent State University’s College of Nursing
In existence for 50 years, the College of Nursing at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation with more than 12,000 alumni worldwide. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. To learn more about nursing programs at Kent State, please visit www.kent.edu/nursing