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RN to BSN Bridge Program | Online


The RN-BSN Bridge program is a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing on-line program developed for the student who has successfully graduated from a professional nursing program and holds a current RN license. The program prepares the generalist registered nurse with a focus on leadership healthcare practice. The baccalaureate nurse generalist assumes the role of provider of direct and indirect care, designer, coordinator, and manager of care, and has membership in the profession as an advocate for clients/patients and the professions (AACN, 2008). The general education and core nursing courses build on each other and are integrated throughout the curriculum.


Upon successful completion of the program of study, it is expected that the graduate will:​

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, sciences, and nursing as a basis for making decisions in the practice of nursing.

  2. Provide safe, quality patient-centered care while integrating cultural competence and evidence-based practice.

  3. Integrate knowledge and skills in informatics and patient care technology into the delivery of patient-centered care.

  4. Examine the impact of socio-cultural, legal, economic, regulatory, and political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice.

  5. Demonstrate skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety to provide high quality care within interprofessional teams.

  6. Incorporate strategies to improve and promote individual, family, and population health in a variety of healthcare environments.

  7. Demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, professional values, and lifelong learning.

Distance Learning and Non-Traditional Methods of Education


Students enrolled at Suncoast College of Health Hybrid/Distance Learning programs will be required to complete home study assignments, projects, and online courses that count towards class credit.

Assignments must be completed as directed by the course instructor. Staff is available to any student utilizing these non-traditional methods through, fax, email, phone and in-person. Instructors will review work completed by the student and evaluate the students' progress. Students will log in and complete assignments as directed.

Practical Nursing Program


The Practical Nurse program provides technical skill proficiency and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Practical Nurse.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for employment into basic entry level nursing careers. Its objective is to provide safe, effective and competency based education that will provide for preparation for the NCLEX-PN examination and entry level employment as a practical nurse.

The content includes, but is not limited to, theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing; theoretical instruction and clinical experience in acute, care, long term care and community settings; theoretical instruction and clinical application of vocational role and function; personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development over the life span; body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, mental health concepts; pharmacology and administration of medications; legal aspects of practice; and current issues in nursing.