Charter Oak State College to Offer New Online RN to BSN Degree Program. Competency-based Curriculum to Graduate 'Nurse of the Future'

October 9, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (PRWEB) October 09, 2018

This program joins a portfolio of Charter Oak online health care-focused degree programs including a CAHIIM-accredited B.S. in Health Information Management and a B.S. in Health Care Administration.

Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak State College said, "Offering career-relevant degree programs that increase an employee's marketplace value and help employers address skills gaps is Charter Oak's focus. A recent nursing workforce study shows that registered nurses (RNs) who possess a BSN are eligible for 88% of all nursing positions, while ADN and diploma prepared nurses are eligible for 51% .(1)

The 120-credit program's core nursing discipline courses have been developed to meet the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Practice (CCNE, 2008) using the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies (MA DHE, 2010,2016) as a curricular framework. Online courses combined with a clinical practice component, will provide students with the opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Linda Perfetto PhD, RN, FAADN, CNE, CNOR, Director, Charter Oak State College RN to BSN Program said, "The nurse-developers of the program sought to address the delineated gaps between associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs by providing an in-depth focus on these areas in the courses. Nurses who graduate from Charter Oak's program will have acquired the latest and most relevant skills as outlined by the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies (MA, DHE, 2016), endorsed by Connecticut's nursing leaders, and used as the framework for the curriculum. Nursing courses address the role of the baccalaureate nurse, healthcare policy, evidence-based practice, population health, continuous quality improvement, safety, interprofessional collaboration, and leadership within the healthcare system.

"The RN-BSN curriculum was built to provide a contemporary, seamless pathway to the BSN for nurses with an associate degree. The program is open to any RN who has earned an associate degree (ADN) or diploma in nursing from any nationally accredited program in the United States." Perfetto continued, "In addition to offering coursework that builds upon prior education, we focused on approaches that meet the busy lifestyles of today's working nurses that may reduce the time and cost of obtaining a BSN; to this end the online medium is ideal."

Charter Oak plans to open the Application process to interested candidates in January 2019. Students would begin courses in August 2019 as part of the College's Fall Term 1 semester.

Founded in 1973, Charter Oak State College ( is Connecticut's only public online college, offering associate and bachelor's degree completion programs in high-demand fields including Health Information Management, Health Care Administration, Cyber Security and Business Administration. The College offers a Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership. Charter Oak is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and governed by Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education.


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