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Being an excellent nurse means building on seven key areas: leadership, quality improvement, evidence-based nursing practice, nursing informatics, population-focused health promotion and disease prevention, interdisciplinary collaboration, and professionalism. If you’re a registered nurse (RN) looking for an affordable – but quality – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, Cumberlands has your back. We’ve lowered our price tag without sacrificing quality because we have one focus in mind: your success. Our RN to BSN online program will enhance your knowledge and skills in nursing, help you strengthen your research skills, nurture critical thinking as you practice caring for patients, and more. The life of a nurse isn’t easy, but offering life-saving help to those in need is a truly noble calling, and we’ll do everything we can to help you fulfill yours well.

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

* The credit hours listed on this page only reference the specific program requirements and is not reflective of the total hours necessary to receive your degree. Cumberlands requires all students obtain a minimum of 60 hours for an associate’s degree and a total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer and prior learning credits may be counted toward those totals.

To learn more about our General Education Requirements, please visit the page referenced below or explore our Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BN)

A BSN is a degree that indicates you have the comprehensive and fundamental understanding of nursing practices and theory needed to pursue an RN designation and be successful in a nursing career. Our BSN nursing degree program is designed to help you accelerate your career in the field of nursing. You can complete this RN to BSN online program in as little as 12 months and graduate with a solid foundation of knowledge in healthcare, well prepared for advanced-level nursing jobs. 

So, why should RNs with an ADN consider an RN to BSN online degree completion program?

The difference is in how far your education can take your career. An RN to BSN online program fills in the gaps to provide a comprehensive education that further develops critical thinking and communication skills for nursing professionals. With a more comprehensive education, nurses with a BSN nursing degree experience the following benefits, just to name a few: 

  • Increased Salaries
  • More Work Environment Choices
  • Higher Employment Rates 
  • Better Patient Outcomes

Plus, earning a BSN is a key step toward earning a Master of Science in Nursing, or even higher—educational steps that can help you pursue leadership opportunities in your field.

Course Requirements

NURS 331   The Nursing Profession Today and Tomorrow

NURS 332    Pathophysiology

NURS 333    Statistics for Nursing

NURS 334    Healthcare Communication

NURS 335    Nursing in Multicultural Environment

NURS 336    Research and Nursing Practice

NURS 337    Advanced Healthcare Assessment

NURS 339    Healthcare and Social Policy

NURS 432    Global Health Nursing

NURS 441    Community Healthcare

NURS 445    Principles of Healthcare Management

NURS 490    Senior Seminar

  • Transfer Credits from an accredited AS-RN program
  • Transfer credits from an accredited AS-RN program posted at the time of admission into the program.
  • These credits must have originally been earned with a grade of “C” or better.
  • All RN-BSN students must complete the exit exam prior to graduation
  • While all courses are offered in an online format, some courses have a clinical component
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Program Mission

The purpose of the RN to BSN online program is to build on the registered nurse’s knowledge and skills, preparing them for leadership roles.

Practice caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities
Strengthen research skills for use in evidence-based nursing practice
Nurture critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a healthcare environment
Improve data management and communication skills
Expand management and leadership strategies and skills
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Nursing Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Registered Nurse: $81,220

Registered Nurse: $81,220

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care and educate patients and the public about various health conditions.

Nursing Instructor: $78,580

Nursing Instructor: $78,580

Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Nurse Anesthetist: $125,900

Nurse Anesthetist: $125,900

Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare.

Cardiovascular Technician: $78,210

Cardiovascular Technician: $78,210

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians operate special equipment to create images or to conduct tests.

Health Services Manager: $104,830

Health Services Manager: $104,830

Medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers.

Neonatal Nurse: $77,600

Neonatal Nurse: $77,600

Neonatal nurses care for newborn babies with health issues, such as premature infants.  

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Common Questions

As a student of this accelerated online degree program, you will strengthen your skills through coursework and practical experiences focused on critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership and management development. Upon graduation, you will have earned the knowledge necessary to enhance your service as a professional member of the health care community in a variety of venues and situations.

At University of the Cumberlands, our 100% online RN to BSN program can be completed in as little as 12 months. While rolling admissions and accelerated 8-week bi-terms are designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals.

Both the ADN and BSN educational levels offer a path toward becoming an RN. But, the BSN degree gives you a pathway to obtain a Master's Degree in Nursing. At University of the Cumberlands, we developed our Master of Science in Nursing programs to help RNs like you take the next step on the path toward becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.

This program’s curriculum is geared toward students who already have foundational nursing knowledge. You must have completed an ADN program and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX (national nurse certification exam) for conditional admission into Cumberlands’ RN-BSN program. For full admission, you must have an unrestricted RN license.
Don’t have either of those credentials yet? No worries! Cumberlands offers an on-campus ADN program that covers all the essential information at an affordable cost. 

The Department of Nursing at University of the Cumberlands believes that nursing is a culmination of caring as both an art and a science and an exemplar profession for acts of service to the community. The curriculum promotes attainment of educational outcomes through use of the nursing process and critical thinking to provide client centered evidence based, culturally competent care. The nursing program at University of the Cumberlands is built upon the pre licensure quality and safety competencies presented by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute including: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.

Based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education, the online RN-BSN program is designed to build on the registered nurse’s knowledge and skills in seven areas:

  1. Leadership
  2. Quality Improvement
  3. Evidence-based Nursing Practice
  4. Nursing Informatics
  5. Population-focused Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
  6. Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  7. Professionalism

Graduates of the Cumberlands RN to BSN Degree Program are prepared to assume roles in leadership positions, in the management of complex clinical care coordination, and in community/public health.

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Faculty Experts in Nursing

Learn more about the nursing professors you will interact with.

Dr. Cailen Baker

Dr. Cailen Baker

Nursing Program Director / Associate Professor
Forcht School of Nursing

Dr. Cailen Baker

Contact Information

cailen.baker [at] ucumberlands.edu
Grace Libby Campbell

Grace (Libby) Campbell

Associate Professor
Forcht School of Nursing

Grace (Libby) Campbell

Contact Information

grace.campbell [at] ucumberlands.edu
Adams Center
Dr. Yalanda Scalf

Dr. Yalanda Scalf

Assistant Professor
Forcht School of Nursing

Dr. Yalanda Scalf

Contact Information

yolanda.scalf [at] ucumberlands.edu
Adams Center

Nursing Program Accreditation

In addition overall institutional accreditation statement, the online RN-BSN degree program at University of the Cumberlands is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Accreditation was initially issued in Fall 2015.


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