Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Introduces Online RN-to-BS Program

By Ed Moorhouse

The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden is now offering its highly successful RN-to-BS degree-granting program online, allowing registered nurses the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degrees at their own pace while still managing professional responsibilities.

“There is a huge push nationally among hospitals seeking out nurses with baccalaureate degrees,” says Claudia Beckmann, associate dean of graduate and professional programs and an associate professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. “Our RN-to-BS program offers flexibility and students can plan it around their lives and their schedules.”

“Many nurses have family obligations in addition to work and they can’t always take off on a Monday to go to class,” she says. “The online program allows them to earn their degree at their own convenience.”

Application and enrollment for the online RN-to-BS program started in July and the first courses will begin in September. The 121-credit RN-to-BS track builds on a nurse’s existing foundation of knowledge and clinical experience.

RN-to-BS courses are currently offered on the Rutgers University–Camden campus, at Atlantic Cape Community College, and at Mercer County Community College. While there was an online component at each of those program locations, this fall marks the first time students have the option to complete the entire program online.

Licensed registered nurses with an associate’s degree or a hospital school diploma can receive 60 credits for the completion of previous nursing courses and support courses and can transfer up to 33 additional credits for successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination, Beckmann says.

Beckmann says obtaining a bachelor’s degree is becoming integral for nurses throughout New Jersey and across the country in order to deliver on exceptional healthcare practices and improve patient outcomes.

More information about Rutgers–Camden’s RN-to-BS program can be found at nursing.camden.rutgers.edu/academics/rn-bs.

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