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Program Benefits

  • Nurse-Friendly Flexibility
  • Career Leadership Development
  • Custom Capstone
  • Corporate Partner Scholarship Opportunities

The RN-BSN is no longer accepting students into the program.


Prepare for Career Advancement or Graduate Study

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program at Saint Mary’s provides a quality, relevant, and rigorous nursing education based on Lasallian principles to prepare registered nurses for professional nursing practice and graduate study.

This program upholds and instills the core values of:

  • Academic excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Personal integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Compassion

The practitioner faculty and student will forge a shared sense of responsibility focused on attaining the goal of becoming a baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse. Upon graduation, you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to:

  • Synthesize concepts from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences into professional practice
  • Advance your critical-thinking skills
  • Communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Continue to learn throughout your nursing career

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Post-Licensure Program are expected to be able to do the following: 

  1. Synthesize concepts from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences into baccalaureate preparation and professional practice. (Essential I) 
  2. Apply concepts from federal, state and institutional healthcare policy and regulatory systems to assure ensure the advancement of safe patient care and professional practice.  (Essentials V) 
  3. Apply scientific and outcome-based evidence to nursing practice. (Essential III) 
  4. Incorporate the concepts from the sciences of information management and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient care. (Essential IV) 
  5. Utilize critical thinking to integrate quality assurance, resource allocation, and financial management policies into professional nursing practice. (Essential II)
  6. Apply principles of health promotion and wellness to diverse individuals, groups and communities as they are identified through community health assessment techniques.  (Essential VII) 
  7. Integrate professional ethical values including integrity, autonomy, human dignity and social justice into all aspects of professional nursing practice. (Essential VIII) 
  8. Collaborate and communicate, using a variety of modalities, with patients, families and interdisciplinary team members, to optimize healthcare system efficiency and patient wellness. (Essential VI) 
  9. Interact competently with a diverse population across the lifespan and healthcare continuums. (Essential IX) 
  10. Continue to learn throughout their careers. 


Learn the Essentials of Nursing Practice

This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It is designed to teach you the essentials of baccalaureate nursing education. These essentials include:

Essential I: Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
A solid base in liberal education provides the cornerstone for the practice and education of nurses.

Essential II: Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety
Knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety are necessary to provide high quality health care.

Essential III: Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice
Professional nursing practice is grounded in the translation of current evidence into one’s practice.

Essential IV: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology
Knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology are critical in the delivery of quality patient care.

Essential V: Health Care Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments
Healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, directly and indirectly influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system and thereby are important considerations in professional nursing practice.

Essential VI: Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
Communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals are critical to delivering high quality and safe patient care.

Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health
Health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level are necessary to improve population health and are important components of baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.

Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values
Professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice are fundamental to the discipline of nursing.

Essential IX: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

  • The baccalaureate graduate nurse is prepared to practice with patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
  • The baccalaureate graduate understands and respects the variations of care, the increased complexity, and the increased use of healthcare resources inherent in caring for patients.

Gain Experience in Your Desired Setting

While most B.S. in Nursing programs (RN to BSN) offer a practicum opportunity in only one or two practice areas, Saint Mary’s offers you the flexibility to individualize your capstone project to your personal goals. By shadowing a practicing nurse in your care setting of choice, you will earn experience that is appealing to potential employers in your desired specialty.

Learn an Integrated Approach

Unlike most B.S. in Nursing programs (RN to BSN), Saint Mary’s also offers instruction in interventional and nontraditional nursing therapies such as acupressure and therapeutic massage therapy.

Take charge of your career and make an impact in nursing. Call 877-308-9954to speak with an enrollment counselor or request free information to learn how the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) completion program at Saint Mary’s can help you meet your career goals.