University of Saint Francis adds an RN-BSN completion program

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Press release from the University of Saint Francis:

University of Saint Francis adds an RN-BSN completion program

(January 4, 2011) – The University of Saint Francis (USF) is adding a registered nursing to bachelor of science in nursing (RN-BSN) completion program to its list of offerings. Associate and diploma nursing graduates will now be able to earn the RN-BSN. The university is now accepting students into the program, with classes scheduled to begin during the fall 2011 semester.

“The demand remains high for skilled nurses across the country. The new RN-BSN degree offered by USF will assist nurses in continuing their education goals and help expand their career options,” said Amy Knepp, chairperson and assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at USF.

The RN-BSN program will be offered in a 20-month, accelerated online format. Classes will last eight weeks each. The online program is unique in the northeast Indiana area, department officials said.

“The curriculum will provide a flexible program of study, recognizing the registered nurse’s previous knowledge and clinical expertise. Students will attend class regularly in an online format wherever they have access to a computer and the Internet. Online classes will maintain the rigor and quality, as well as the interaction, participation and networking with peers of the traditional classroom setting,” said Knepp.

The program will build from a liberal arts foundation, integrating nursing knowledge with the humanities and behavioral and social sciences. Registered nurses who choose to complete the degree will be prepared for career advancement in the clinical setting of their choice. Course content in research, leadership and management and community health nursing will introduce students to leadership and management roles and nursing positions in the community. Graduates will be prepared to make an impact on the current and future health care of society.

The bachelor of science in nursing program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The USF Department of Nursing is a leader in nursing education, offering ASN, BSN and graduate degrees.

For more information, call the USF Office of Admissions at (260) 399-8000 or (800) 729-4732 or visit

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