Baker College Online Announces New Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

December 01, 2009

Baker College Online officials today announced its new Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree program. The BSN is based on accreditation standards established by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Registration for the new program is now underway for winter 2010 quarter.

Lesley Morgan, Ph.D., MBA, ARNP, has been appointed director of the online BSN nursing program, responsible for its development and oversight.

“Under the tutelage of Dr. Morgan,” said Julia A. Teahen, DBA, Baker College Online president, “the BSN program will help licensed registered nurses to develop into leaders of research, practice, education and administration within the health care environment.”

Teahen is pleased that Baker offers RNs the opportunity to continue their professional growth through an online program.

“Our new online BSN program gives nurses the flexibility to work around their busy schedules and at their own pace,” said Teahen.

With more than 30 years of nursing experience, Morgan stresses the importance of continuing education.

“In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing environment,” said Morgan, “it is imperative that professional nurses continuously strive to maintain and enhance their skills in order to positively function in healthcare settings that are responsive to individual and community needs.”

Program applicants must hold an unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or an unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in Canada. Students are expected to maintain licensure throughout their academic career and pass all health science courses with a minimum B- (2.7) in order to remain in and graduate from the program.

Although the program is entirely online, there are three courses in the Baker College Online baccalaureate curriculum that involve clinical experiences. Students are required to perform clinical activities involving client or staff teaching, program changes or systems alterations.

Graduates of Baker’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program are eligible for up to 90 hours of credit toward the BSN degree. All applicants will receive a minimum of 45 hours of credit for their RN licensure.

Morgan adds that there are no limitations on enrollment. “As the applicants already have their RN license, there are no restrictions on class size by the state board,” said Morgan. “We can add course sections to meet the demand.”

For more information about Baker’s online BSN program, contact the admissions department at 800.469.3165, or via e-mail.

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