AVON PARK, Fla. – Aug. 16, 2017 – A new online option of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) program is available at SFSC in fall 2017. SFSC introduced its traditional RN to BSN program in 2014.

“SFSC is pleased to announce the online option for our RN to BSN program,” said Dr. Michele Heston, dean of Health Sciences at SFSC. “This program is designed for the working nurse and provides a contemporary curriculum that is based on the Quality Caring Model©.  The 2010 groundbreaking Institute of Medicine (IOM) report,  The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, called for increasing the number and percentage of nurses with bachelor of science in nursing degrees or higher. In response to that call, SFSC is providing greater access for nurses caring for patients and families in our service district and beyond.” 

The BSN online program offers working nurses the ability to balance career with home life and fit furthering their education into their schedule. Prospective students may apply to begin the program in the fall or spring each year. The BSN online program allows the student to take classes at her or his own pace. They may choose to take several classes each academic term or, simply, take one class.

SFSC’s BSN program is a limited-access program. Admission to the BSN online program is open only to those who have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing or its equivalent from a regionally or nationally accredited institution, have a current unencumbered Florida registered nursing license, obtained a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, have a minimum grade of C on all common prerequisites, and are certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider or higher through the American Heart Association.

The program will incorporate prior nursing education and experience with advanced nursing practice, theory, concepts, and leadership skills. BSN course work will address topics related to leadership and management, informatics, community and public health, nursing theory, and research.

A bachelor’s degree in nursing opens doors to higher paying nursing positions by expanding the types of nursing duties RNs can perform and preparing them for positions in management and health education. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing can also qualify students for admission to a graduate nursing program.

SFSC’s BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), one of only two accrediting bodies in the country for nursing education that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. SFSC is the only nationally accredited bachelor’s degree in nursing program in its service district of DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties.

For more information about the BSN online program at SFSC, visit www.southflorida.edu or call 863-784-7027.