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Baker College of Auburn Hills Adds RN-to-BSN Nursing ProgramJuly 30, 2013
Flexible program offers on-campus classes with an online option
Baker College of Auburn Hills plans to offer a post-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) beginning 2013 fall quarter. This two-year cohort program enables licensed, registered nurses (RN) with associate degrees to continue their education. Registration is open for classes that begin September 30.
All courses using the same curriculum will be available at the Auburn Hills campus and also through Baker College Online, allowing students to choose a program that fits their needs. The Baker College BSN post-licensure program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
“This BSN program will help licensed, registered nurses to develop into leaders of research, practice, education, community outreach, and administration within the health care environment,” said Dr. Lesley Morgan, Director of Baccalaureate Nursing for Baker College System.
Morgan noted that it is becoming more important for nurses to earn their BSN degrees as hospitals pursue credentialing through the Magnet Recognition Program offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The program measures nursing care based on set criteria, one of which is the percentage of registered nurses with BSN degrees who are providing direct patient care.
Under the direction of Dr. Morgan, Roberta Cook, RN, MSN, Program Director of the Auburn Hills associate degree nursing (ADN) program, will assist with the administration of the ground-based RN-to-BSN program. Cook has more than 30 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and has been a nurse educator for more than 10 years.
“This on-ground program, combined with the online-class option, provides nurses with the flexibility to work around their busy schedules and work at their own pace,” Cook said.
The nurse educators at Baker College of Auburn Hills hold master’s degrees or higher and have specialties in various areas of health care, including medical surgical, maternity, obstetrics, pediatrics and psychiatry. Cumulatively, the faculty has more than 120 years of experience working in the field of nursing.
Baker’s Auburn Hills nursing program has a track record of excellence; approximately 150 nurses have earned associate degrees and successfully passed the NCLEX-RN examination.
BSN program applicants must hold an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States, District of Columbia or U.S. territory. Students are expected to maintain licensure and pass all health science courses with a minimum B- (2.7 GPA) in order to remain in and graduate from the program.
Graduates of Baker’s ADN program are eligible for up to 72 hours of credit toward the BSN degree. All applicants will receive a minimum of 45 hours of credit for their RN licensures.
Cook adds that there are no limitations on enrollment.
“As the applicants already have their RN licenses, there are no restrictions on class size by the state board,” she said.
In May 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated the average annual salary for a registered nurse was $67,930, with the lower 10 percent earning $45,040 and the top 10 percent earning $94,720.
For more information about Baker College of Auburn Hills BSN post-licensure program, contact the admissions office or call 248.340.0600.return
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For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
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- Is Baker College Online accredited?
Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.
As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.
All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.
Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
- The MBA program has international accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
- The Occupational Therapy program also has accreditation through The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
- How do online classes work?
After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
- How do I apply for a student loan?
Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.
If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
- Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
- Sign and date the form.
- Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
- Log into the SOLAR system.
- Select STAR System.
- Select Financial Aid office.
- Select Loan Request.
- Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
- Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
- Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
- Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.