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A totally online program, the Great Basin College RN to BSN is designed for non-traditional RN students with an associate degree who want to continue their education in nursing and still be engaged in practicing their profession. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., ACEN (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000). The program allows you the flexibility to work toward your degree full time or part time and to adapt completion of course assignments to times and locations convenient to your personal and professional lives. Direct practice in a clinical setting is not a requirement in RN to BSN Program.

All the required upper-division nursing core courses are taught on the Great Basin College Web-Campus (Canvas online learning system) and do not require travel to a physical campus. The program integrates the lower- and upper division general education courses required for Great Basin College’s Bachelor of Science degree. These courses are also available online. Nursing course theoretical content and practicum application is relevant across all health care settings and nursing roles, including those unique to the needs of rural populations and communities.

Admission to the RN to BSN Program is a separate process from admission to GBC. Enrollment is limited and students are admitted only in the fall semester. Consideration for nursing admission requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale in prior college level coursework. In addition to acceptance as a student at Great Basin College (see, you must complete a separate RN to BSN Program application and submit transcripts from your associate degree program. Additional materials will be required if accepted into the program. An in-person or telephone advisory meeting with a nursing faculty member is strongly recommended at the time of application and required prior to enrollment in Great Basin College nursing courses. Deadline for applications is July 1. Enrollment in the program is limited to 25. Selection is made using a points system based on overall GPA, vitae, essay, and reference letters.


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