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Loyola’s Online RN to BSN Degree Completion Program – One Year Later

Loyola’s Online RN to BSN Degree Completion Program – One Year Later

By: Monique Ridosh, MSN, RN Director, RN to BSN Program

One year later Loyola’s fully online degree completion RN to BSN program has tripled enrollment! Over 100 RNs from across the country and locally are enjoying the flexibility of obtaining their BSN degree online. Using Blackboard education platform enhanced by our new instructional designer, Stacey Zurek and three new full time faculty with experience in online learning best practices and advanced practice nursing, RN students are being groomed for leadership positions in nursing’s future.

RN to BSN graduates are already demonstrating their new leadership skills. Laurie Berg, RN BSN summer ’12 is in Loyola’s MSN program on her way to becoming an emergency nurse practitioner. Mary Smith, RN BSN summer ’12 now oversees staff in an OB/Gyn Outpatient Center while she serves as a charge nurse in an inpatient birthing unit. The RN students’ course, Spirituality in Nursing, provides an opportunity for students to better understand that the world's people and societies are interrelated and interdependent. This global awareness can be experienced through a faculty guided service learning trip to Lourdes, France every spring. Other Loyola nursing international experiences available to students include Rome, Belize or Vietnam.

Loyola values the experience students bring to the class-room. Our philosophy is to build on what you already know and strengthen leadership skills. We honor prior learning by awarding up to 25 semester hours of credit for your professional nursing portfolio. Applicants must have a current RN license and may be admitted year round. For the most up-to-date application information, visit LUC.edu/nursing/rnbsn.