Nurses are more focused than ever on providing the best patient care possible. Today’s nurses do more than care for their patients; they are leaders among medical staff and educators in health management.
You already have the nursing skills and experience. Now it’s time to advance your education and grow as a nurse leader. Duquesne University’s 100% online RN-BSN program is designed for you to continue working and gain career momentum — simultaneously.
Study 100% online
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As an RN, your schedule is packed. Long hours, shift work and personal obligations can make it difficult to maintain a structured calendar. This is why online learning is an ideal choice.
Duquesne’s online BSN gives you the freedom and flexibility to study when and where it’s most convenient. Best of all, as a practicing nurse, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your past educational experiences to the curriculum in our program. As more career opportunities become available for BSN-prepared nurses, the chance to earn a higher salary increases as well. Continuing your education by earning your BSN is an investment in your career and lifetime earning potential.
Earning your BSN goes beyond patient care. With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing you’ll acquire an understanding of how to advocate best for your patients and how to educate them on their specific health situations. A BSN can grant you opportunities to play a role in the development of healthcare policies that affect a vast number of populations and communities.
“One of the things that attracted me to the online program is that it’s on your time and you have to have self-discipline. If you do have that, then it’s a really good program that’s flexible with your schedule.”
— Thomas Collins, RN-BSN Program, 2016
“Anything of value takes time and effort. If you decide to earn your BSN, we will do everything in our power to help you succeed.”
— Dr. Cindy Walters, Clinical Professor of Nursing
She’s more than a professor of nursing at Duquesne University. She’s also an alumnus, having earned her BSN, MSN, and DNP from the Duquesne School of Nursing.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing
Dr. Cynthia Walters has a diverse nursing background that includes forensic nursing, community health nursing, occupational health, and holistic nursing. She is board-certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC), and she integrates holistic healthcare modalities and cultural applications into Duquesne’s undergraduate nursing curriculum.
After joining Duquesne’s School of Nursing as a part-time clinical instructor in 2004, Dr. Walters became a full-time faculty member in 2008. Today, her scholarship focuses on holistic nursing and community health and wellness. In one of her recent projects, Dr. Walters formed a partnership with the Allegheny County Housing Authority and Sudden Infant Death Services of Pennsylvania. Her aim was to help educate individuals and communities about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Through this work, Dr. Walters demonstrated safe-sleep environments to caregivers of infants in multiple housing projects in the Pittsburgh area and ultimately presented her work at the Cribs for Kids Second National Conference.
She developed an interactive, online SIDS training module for nursing students and continues to promote SIDS awareness to all her nursing students. As a result, she and a colleague won the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award for implementing SIDS into a web-based teaching module called “The Virtual Clinic.”
Dr. Walters stands out as an experienced nursing leader and teacher:
Our RN to BSN is designed based on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Synergy Model for Patient Care, which emphasizes prioritizing skills and competencies aligned with the needs and characteristics of patients, clinical units and systems. Consistent with this model, you’ll focus on learning how to deliver the services that can best address your patients’ needs.
Our RN-BSN program is structured for registered nurses who have already earned a diploma in nursing or an associate degree in nursing, and is uniquely customizable to your background. By having your RN license, you automatically earn 60 of the required 120 credits in our program. For students who hold an RN license and have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, you only need to complete the required RN-BSN courses (30 credit hours) in order to earn your BSN. Every nursing student has a unique educational experience — and your program curriculum plan is customized to your specific background.
If you have plans to further your nursing education past the BSN level, our curriculum offers an opportunity for you to complete three master’s courses as a part of your bachelor’s-level curriculum.
Note: 120 credits required – 60 are awarded for an RN license, up to 30 are awarded for additional approved 4-year college coursework, 30 minimum required. Curriculum is subject to change.
|UPNS 112||Information Technology in Nursing||3 Credits|
|UPNS 222W||Examining Contemporary Nursing and Healthcare Issues||3 Credits|
|UPNS 223||Population Based Health and Community Health Nursing||6 Credits|
|UPNS 326||Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice||3 Credits|
|UPNS 327||Practice, Advocacy and Policy Issues for the Older Adult||3 Credits|
|UPNS 339W||Genetics in Nursing and Health||3 Credits|
|UPNS 411||Nursing Ethics Across the Lifespan
or the Graduate* Course: GPNG 526 Health Care Ethics in Practice and Policy
|UPNS 423W||Evidence Based Approaches to Professional Nursing
or the Graduate* Course: GPNG 524 Evidence Based Nursing Practice and Policy Development
|UPNS 428||Organizational and Clinical Leadership and Management in Nursing and Healthcare
or the Graduate* Course: GPNG 525 Organizational and Clinical Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare
*RN-BSN students in good standing may enroll in a maximum of three graduate-level courses (nine credits total). If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact your Academic Advisor to see if you qualify.
|MATH 125||Fundamentals of Statistics||3 Credits|
|UCOR 101||Thinking & Writing Across the Curriculum||3 Credits|
|UCOR 102||Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing||3 Credits|
|UCOR 132||Basic Philosophical Questions||3 Credits|
Creative Arts 3 Credits (Choose 1 Course)
|ARHY 100||Understanding Art||3 Credits|
|MUNM 170||Enjoyment of Music||3 Credits|
Theology Core 3 Credits (Choose 1 Course)
|UCOR 141||Biblical Historical Perspectives||3 Credits|
|UCOR 142||Theological Views of Human Person||3 Credits|
|UCOR 143||Global and Cultural Perspectives||3 Credits|
Faith and Reason 3 Credits (Choose 1 Course)
|HIST 174||Sacred Places||3 Credits|
|THEO 282||Christian Faith and Reason||3 Credits|
*Note: Students have the option to take the university core and elective courses either at Duquesne University or at another accredited college or university. Some students may not be required to take all of these courses. Please speak to an Academic Advisor for more information regarding your situation.
Earning your BSN is a good way to make yourself competitive for the next step in your nursing career. But to elevate your skills to the highest level, you’ll need to plan beyond your BSN.
While you earn your BSN at Duquesne, you’ll have the opportunity to take three graduate-level (MSN) courses and get a head start on the next step in your academic journey.
And when you’re ready to go even further, we offer a number of great online graduate degree options: