RN to BSN Degree
Eastern Florida State College's Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Nursing RN to BSN) program provides access to a baccalaureate degree that is both affordable and available within the local service area.
This nationally accredited RN to BSN program is designed for RNs who have already earned their Associate degree in Nursing or are in their final semester of such a degree and will have their Florida Registered Nursing License prior to the start of the program.
The curriculum and coursework build upon students' fundamental nursing knowledge and skills and allow them the opportunity to expand beyond the clinical aspect of nursing.
Flexible and affordable, Eastern Florida’s RN to BSN program allows students to complete coursework on their own schedule and has a simple rolling-admissions process for a quick start on your degree. Generally, students can complete coursework over an 18-month period while working as a full-time nurse and taking classes part-time.
Our mission is to challenge associate degree nurses to integrate evidence-based practice, cultural awareness, and professional leadership in a global healthcare community, and to nurture a commitment to lifelong learning.
RN to BSN Degree
- Degree Type
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Delivery Method
- Online Only
- Total Credit Hours
- Academic Community
- Health Sciences
- Contact Information
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RN to BSN COURSE CURRICULUM
If accepted into Eastern Florida’s online RN to BSN program, you’ll benefit from:
- A curriculum focused on research skills to promote evidence-based practice in the clinical setting and policy development skills to promote health and disease prevention through community-based care.
- Fully online coursework, including a capstone practicum class which can be completed based on students’ interests in their local community.
- Under the RN to BSN curriculum and the the program's Memorandum of Understanding for Prior Training and Licensure, EFSC will award up to the equivalent of 42 college credits of core ADN courses to EFSC Nursing Associate degree graduates and students transferring from other regionally accredited institutions who meet all admissions requirements.
How to Apply to the RN to BSN Program
Check the most current RN to BSN application deadlines as you review the admissions criteria and work with a bachelor advisor during the application process if needed to ensure eligibility and that all requirements are met.
Admissions Criteria requirements, Process & Online application
- Associate in Science in Nursing (ADN) or Associate in Applied Science from a regionally accredited institution. EFSC nursing students may be in their graduating
semester when applying provided they will have their Florida Registered Nursing license
prior to taking any NUR or NURC, 3000 or 4000 level courses.
- Note: Any General Education courses required by the program may be completed during the program.
- Active, clear, unencumbered Florida Registered Nursing license (hard copy not required; applicants must enter the license number and expiration date into EFSC's online admissions application). If an EFSC nursing student is in the graduating semester of their ADN program they may enter the anticipated NCLEX testing date.
- Submit all final, official non-EFSC college transcript(s) indicating the coursework taken and the degree(s) awarded by the application deadline.
- A $30 application fee is due at the time of application for students who do not have a two-year degree from EFSC. Paying the application fee does not guarantee admission to the RN to BSN program.
To learn more about the general bachelor degree admissions process, visit the bachelor enrollment section.
RN to BSN Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility
Eastern Florida’s RN to BSN is an affordable online bachelor degree option due to EFSC's low hourly tuition rates for Florida residents, especially when compared to options at a university.
If a student plans to earn a Nursing RN Associate in Science degree at EFSC and then pursue the RN to BSN degree, they could qualify for EFSC's $10,000 Bachelor Degree Program. Work with an advisor on that option which can ensure no more than $10,000 in out-of-pocket costs for four years of study as students first work toward their associate degree and then their bachelor's.
The program is eligible for federal financial aid, plus the College and local community organizations offer many scholarships for nursing students. Some area hospitals offer tuition reimbursement for employees seeking to earn a BSN, making it easier for students to quickly recoup their costs with career advancement related to the degree.
College Courses You Will Take in the RN to BSN Program
The curriculum includes required courses like those examples below, plus electives that allow you to customize your degree program based on your clinical interests. Also be aware that students beginning their bachelor program in the 2021-22 academic year or later must have met Florida's Civic Literacy requirement before their baccalaureate degree will be awarded. See the Civic Literacy page for details on how this requirement can be met. You may have fulfilled the requirement, or at least part of it, during your associate degree so talk with an advisor as needed.
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Why study in EFSC's RN to BSN Program?
⇒ Learn from experienced, doctorally degreed faculty in both clinical and research tracks who are committed to helping RN to BSN students meet their academic goals.
⇒ The program's 100% online coursework makes it available to any practicing nurse with the required Florida Registered Nursing license and accommodates the varying needs of both traditional full-time students and working adults. Online students have access to all college-based facilities, including the writing and tutoring centers, library, and career center assistance, with virtual options available for those services if needed for distance learners.
⇒ The program's rolling admissions process allows for more flexible start dates. RN to BSN students are eligible to register for courses upon acceptance. The priority application deadline allows for acceptance for the first part of a term when a larger selection of courses are available, with a reduced selection available if a student starts mid term in a shorter 8-week session.
⇒ In addition to providing opportunities for career advancement, the RN to BSN degree prepares graduates for eventual application to a Master's-level program should they choose to further their academic career. Students who have completed Eastern Florida’s RN to BSN program have already been accepted to advanced practice programs, including nurse practitioner degrees.
⇒ EFSC’s RN to BSN program ranks in the nation's Top 10 most affordable online programs as ranked by search sites RNtoMSN & University HQ.