TWC offers online RN to BSN

Posted on: June 12, 2012

July 20 Tennessee Wesleyan College will begin offering its first online degree, an RN to BSN nursing program that offers a flexible schedule designed specifically for registered nurses returning to school to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

July 20 Tennessee Wesleyan College will begin offering its first online degree, an RN to BSN nursing program that offers a flexible schedule designed specifically for registered nurses returning to school to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

“The mission of this program is to prepare professional nurses for lives of significance, leadership and service through a quality baccalaureate nursing education,” said Dr. Suzanne Hine, TWC vice president of academic affairs.

An extension of Tennessee Wesleyan’s Fort Sanders Nursing Department located at the college’s Knoxville campus, the online RN to BSN degree can be completed in a year or more, depending on an incoming student’s existing college credits and the rate at which the courses are taken.

“Scholarship and a commitment to lifelong learning are key elements found within the nursing department's philosophy,” said Dr. Hine, who has seen the TWC’s traditional nursing program thrive since its inception ten years ago.

Like the traditional program, students enrolled in TWC’s online RN to BSN will experience personal contact and close communication with experienced nursing faculty. The student’s clinical setting will continue to provide an opportunity for meaningful and collaborative relationships between faculty and students.

“I would put my nursing education up against any,” said Denise Miller, a recent graduate of the college’s RN to BSN program in Knoxville. “The Fort Sanders Nursing Department faculty is top notch. I could go through each name of the ones I had contact with and tell you how each one has encouraged, supported and challenged me to be a better nurse.”

TWC’s online RN to BSN is structured to accommodate nursing students who are already working and are looking to continue their education while maintaining their career responsibilities.

“With the recent changes in the healthcare system, it is imperative that a highly-educated workforce be prepared and trained to deliver exemplary quality and safe patient care,” said Dr. Hine. “The RN to BSN online program provides an excellent means for such learning to occur and allows faculty to fulfill their role as facilitators of the adult student learner and nursing professional.”

The first online RN to BSN course will begin July 20. For more information on Tennessee Wesleyan’s online RN to BSN program and how to register, contact Nancy Ferguson, admissions coordinator for the nursing department, at 865-777-5100 or by email at nferguson@twcnet.edu.