RN-to-BSN Degree Program Now 100 Percent Online

As more and more employers require registered nurses to continue their education, Eastern Kentucky University is preparing to meet the needs of working nurses by offering its widely known, fully accredited RN-BSN program 100 percent online in Fall 2014.

EKU has offered quality nursing programs on its main campus for generations and has served as a catalyst for positive change through distance education by providing classes across central and eastern Kentucky.

Asa pioneer in the use of interactive television as a medium to expand educational opportunities, Eastern’s Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing played a significant role in enhancing the quality of health care in rural Kentucky.

In Spring 2013, the University began offering numerous online degrees in nursing, including the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as well as MSN and post MSN certificate options in Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration and Family Nurse Practitioner, and Public Health. More than 250 students are now enrolled in those programs. Program Coordinator Dr. Beverly Hart attributes the success in large part to the faculty’s hands-on approach to online learning and their commitment to students’ engagement and achievement

“The faculty set high expectations, serve as role models, and provide needed support throughout the program,” said EKU Nursing student Bridget Roberts.

Hart said that the Online RN-BSN program will offer the progressive, stimulating curricular opportunities students expect from EKU Nursing programs in a format that is convenient to adult learners. Students can choose from a full-time option that allows them to graduate in as little as one year or a part-time option that will take just under two years to complete. They will receive credit for prior learning and have the convenience of completing their clinical projects in their own community. 

A one-day optional orientation session will take place on the Richmond campus Aug. 15. Students will have the opportunity to meet their instructors and advisers, get to know each other and participate in a workshop to build their computer skills in preparation for Fall courses.

EKU Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. They also incorporate the standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, including evidence-based practice and professional nursing communication and collaboration.

Applications are due July 15. Classes begin Aug. 19. For more information, visit go.eku.edu/EKU-RN-BSNor call 859-622-8560.

Consistently recognized as having some of the nation’s best online degree programs, Eastern Kentucky University strives to make quality education accessible to everyone. EKU is an accredited, brick-and-mortar institution celebrating more than 100 years of student success. EKU Online offers more than 25 undergraduate and graduate degree options in a variety of fields, representing Arts & Sciences, Education, Justice & Safety and Health Sciences.

Published on May 08, 2014