In 12-24 months, registered nurses can earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Prepare for leadership roles in nursing by caring for patients and their families across the lifespan. In addition, you will evaluate and apply evidence-based findings to improve health outcomes.
In your leadership immersion practicum, you’ll plan and lead an evidence-based project within a healthcare organization over two semesters.
Founded in 1890, the University of Saint Francis has always been guided by Franciscan Values. We believe that professional nursing is founded on service, lifelong learning, and caring.
Taught by experienced online instructors, the RN-to-BSN program is structured to help you balance life and school obligations. This program has three start dates during the year, and courses are offered in short eight-week sessions.
Indiana State Board of Nursing
CCNE: The RN-BSN degree program in nursing at University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
12 months when attending full-time
(12–14 credits per semester)
24 months as a part-time student
(6–8 credits per semester)
Coursework is community-centric, promotes health, and advocates disease prevention
Projected growth from 2018–2028
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019
Dr. Leah Scalf brings 33 years of clinical experience as an RN with expertise in Healthcare Policy, Quality, Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management and Leadership to her role as a nurse educator. Her goal as Program Director of the RN-BSN program is to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders to excel in an increasingly complex healthcare system. Dr. Scalf holds a DNP from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Indianapolis, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
As part of the core 39-credit curriculum, you’ll take courses such as:
The leadership immersion practicum puts you on a path to finding your deeper and more meaningful career. In it, you’ll actively engage with healthcare professionals to lead an evidence-based project. Your project mentor will work with the University of Saint Francis nursing faculty to guide you throughout the practicum in the state where you’re licensed as a registered nurse.
Each online student at the University of Saint Francis is assigned an experienced success coach. Your coach can assist you with resources to complete class projects, help you get in touch with instructors and staff, and connect you with career services.
Need a little extra help? SmarThinking is accessible online and offers video tutorials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Live tutoring or writing sessions are available for any degree program every Sunday through Thursday.
Find and connect with a USF alumni and receive one-on-one mentoring in your career or program. Create your profile, get matched, schedule meeting times, and attend training workshops. The program is free and completely online.
“The online platform was much easier than I thought it would be to learn. I had never taken an online course before and I have been surprised at how much I have enjoyed this method of learning.”
—Pamela Blasko, RN to BSN student at USF