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University of Maine at Fort Kent

RN to BSN Online Degree Program

This affordable online program prepares you to provide superior patient care and develop abilities that will position you as a leading member of a healthcare team.

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RN to BSN Program Overview

Insights into our RN to BSN online degree program

The RN to BSN online program at UMFK is designed for working nurses like you, giving you the knowledge you need to advance personally and professionally. This program emphasizes the clinical reasoning that drives a culture of safety to prevent risk of harm to patients, colleagues, and the environment while enhancing your ability to use evidence-based practice to make decisions for quality outcomes.

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calendar icon as few as 10 months Program Duration
hourglass icon $300 Per Credit Hours
(no additional fees)

This accredited, 100% online RN to BSN program is designed for affordability – there are no additional fees. Plus, your schedule will never be interrupted with campus visits so you can maintain the work/life balance you need. Prepare to provide the best in patient care and make a greater difference in your community by utilizing the flexibility of 7-week online courses to earn your degree.

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You're more than a student at UMFK. You're our colleague – and the future of nursing.

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The nursing program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Learning Outcomes (Student Learning/Program Outcomes)

To successfully complete the nursing major, each graduate will demonstrate achievement of essential nursing student learning outcomes, which includes:

  • Professionalism: demonstrates accountability as a life-long learner for the delivery of evidence-based nursing care.
  • Leadership: demonstrates leadership in the professional practice setting through accountability, influence, change management, and collaboration with others in a way that will facilitate the establishment and achievement of shared goals
  • Patient-Centered Care: enters into a holistic, compassionate, respectful partnership with the patient and family that facilitates shared decision-making, recognizing consumer preferences, values, and needs in providing age and culturally appropriate, coordinated, safe, and effective care
  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): identifies, integrates, and evaluates current evidence and research findings coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of consumers' preferences, experience, and values to make practice decisions for quality outcomes
  • Teamwork and Collaboration: practices effectively with the healthcare consumer, family, and inter-professional team(s), to build relationships and foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making
  • Communication: communicates effectively, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance knowledge, experience, and health outcomes
  • Systems-Based Practice: is knowledgeable and responsive to the changing healthcare system and demonstrates the ability to access resources in a safe, effective, and financially responsible manner to provide value based care
  • Informatics and Technology: demonstrates proficiency in the use of technology and information systems to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and to support decision making for safe practice
  • Safety: utilizes clinical reasoning and critical thinking that drives a culture of safety to prevent risk of harm to healthcare consumers, families, colleagues, and the environment
  • Quality Improvement: contributes to evidence-based nursing practice by participating in improvement strategies/processes including the use of data to design, implement and evaluate outcomes to improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems
  • Geriatrics: values the unique psychosocial, physical, and cultural attributes of the older adult in order to promote healthy aging and provide safe and effective care

Adopted from Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Nursing Initiative (2010), Nurse of the Future: Nursing Core Competencies and Maine Partners in Nursing (2013): Maine
Nursing Core Competencies
Revised and accepted May 2014

"Nurses make up the largest single group of healthcare professionals and together, represent what is considered to be the most trusted profession. UMFK is proud to work alongside our registered nurse students to build capacity and increase educational attainment in the workforce."

—Erin C. Soucy, Ph.D., RN, Dean of Undergraduate Nursing

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Learn more about our affordable tuition

With affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition, the online UMFK RN to BSN program provides a quality degree for a great value. There is no application fee, and the tuition shown includes all fees.

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$300 Per Credit Hour
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$9,000 Total Tuition for RN to BSN CORE Courses*

*The $9,000 Total Tuition shown is for the 30 credits of nursing courses only. Students needing additional general education courses will be charged the same $300 per credit hourly rate.

"UMFK is a very good university - the program is excellent and the staff are very helpful. From a pricing perspective, I think it's a good deal for the education that you receive."

—Tina P., Student


Important dates for our students

The RN to BSN online program is delivered in an accessible format ideal for working nurses and conveniently features six dates to begin each year.

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You won't get left behind with UMFK's extremely affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition and accommodating, 7-week online courses.

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Follow our streamlined RN to BSN admission requirements at UMFK

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the RN to BSN online, what additional materials you need and where you should send them. An RN license OR a scheduled NCLEX exam date is required for admission into this program. The requirements include:

Official transcripts from previous institutions Official transcripts from previous institutions
GPA of 2.5 or higher GPA of 2.5 or higher
Complete online application Complete online application
Current RN license Current RN license or NCLEX exam date
Official transcripts from previous institutions Official transcripts from previous institutions
GPA of 2.5 or higher GPA of 2.5 or higher
Complete online application Complete online application
Current RN license or NCLEX exam date Current RN license or NCLEX exam date

The UMFK online RN to BSN program is currently offered to students located in AK, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, and UT.

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The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree and expanding your opportunities. We've streamlined the process to help you get started quickly and easily. Students interested in the RN to BSN online program must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • ADN/ASN from an accredited university, with minimum 2.5 overall GPA OR diploma in nursing
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any other required documents
  • Current, unencumbered RN license OR scheduled NCLEX exam date

Students who are currently enrolled in their ADN/ASN degree or nursing diploma school can apply now and be “Conditionally Admitted” into the RN-BSN program pending completion of their degree/diploma and passing of their NCLEX.

Official transcripts, test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources may be emailed or mailed from the granting institution(s) to:

  • Email address: [email protected]
    Mailing address:
    Application Processing Center
    PO Box 412
    Bangor, ME 04402-0412
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The topics you'll study in our RN to BSN online program

The RN to BSN online program features 7-week, asynchronous courses. Each of our fall, spring and summer semesters includes two 7-week terms. Most students take 1 course per 7-week term, but students are welcome to take 2 or more if they want to complete their BSN sooner. Two courses per semester qualifies a student to apply for student loans.

Students receive a block transfer of 69 credits upon completion of the associate's degree or diploma in nursing and proof of an active RN license. The core nursing curriculum is comprised of 30 semester credit hours.

Students may need up to 21 additional general education credits. A total of 120 credits are required to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.*

Students with a prior bachelor's degree will have their general education courses waived.

Students must complete 30 credits at UMFK to be awarded their BSN degree.

The complete list of courses is below.

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Students must take the following courses. NUR 312 must be taken first.

NUR 301 Promoting Healthy Communities

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to the concepts and principles of community-based nursing, wherein the nurse promotes the optimum wellness of individuals, families, and communities to live and work in healthy environments. Provides an evidence and practice-based perspective to examine current and emerging issues in population health. The preferences, values, needs and culture of the community-as-client are considered to ensure safe, competent, and effective care.

NUR 309: Holistic Health Assessment with Lab

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Prepares students with the knowledge, attitude, and skill needed to complete a detailed health history interview and comprehensive health assessment. With a focus on wellness, individual adult health status will be assessed, including physical, emotional, cultural, spiritual factors, from which appropriate nursing diagnoses may be derived.

NUR 312: Conceptual Issues of Professional Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

(Fixed first course.) Promotes the development of professional knowledge, attitudes, and skills as foundational to professional nursing. Students will be introduced to selected concepts, themes, and theories that deepen an understanding of the historical, legal, ethical, and contemporary context of nursing practice.

NUR 342: Health Promotions**

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1, 2, or 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to health promotion and health promotion strategies that can be utilized to improve or enhance health for individuals and families in a variety of settings. The use of evidence-based practice and prominent nursing theories will be explored to aid in the development of practical and relevant interventions for persons from different socioeconomic, cultural, and social backgrounds. Broad course content will include how biological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and environmental domains influence physical activity, nutrition, and stress management across the lifespan.

NUR 380: Transcultural Care in Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Addresses the impact that social, political, cultural, spiritual, gender, age, and lifestyle factors have upon the health of individuals and communities. Provides students with evidence-based learning related to the complementary therapies and approaches used by the public and available to nurses that can be used in culturally-appropriate ways to treat illness, prevent disease, and promote well-being. Identifies personally held beliefs and values and responds to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals and populations to provide culturally-sensitive, safe, and effective care.

HLT 386 Health Care Policy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with an overview of contemporary health policy in the United States. Health disparities and the evolving healthcare system have a profound impact on the nursing profession. Nursing students develop a greater understanding of the social, political, cultural, and financial variables affecting health care outcomes, including nursing practice. Students learn to analyze health care policy using a framework. The effect of current health care policy on vulnerable populations is examined. Students participate in healthcare policy discussions as patient advocates and consumers of healthcare. Current issues and trends affecting the nursing profession are examined.

NUR 401: Health Related Research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to the conduct of research; research sources, utilization, and dissemination; as well as concepts and principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) as a way to improve nursing practice and healthcare outcomes. Focus of the course is on developing clinical EBP questions; conducting a literature review; and to appraise and apply current, reliable research findings and clinical practice. Standards for the conduct of ethical research in qualitative and quantitative research designs are also reviewed.

HLT 407: Leadership & Management in Healthcare

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prepares students to assume leadership, decision-making roles, and political awareness within an increasingly complex and changing health care system. Principles of leadership and management are examined in context of their application within current and prospective global health care environments. Role development and values clarification are emphasized.

NUR 413: Health Care Ethics & the Law

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The focus of the course includes examining ethical and legal issues in the context of nursing and healthcare practice. Students explore the principles of ethical reasoning and decision-making to resolve of ethical dilemmas present in healthcare. Students analyze the ethical obligations, policies, and laws that guide healthcare delivery. Students examine current ethical issues.

NUR 456: Integrated Nursing Practice

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This practicum provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and management abilities by assessing, planning, conducting, and evaluating a community based nursing intervention. This course assists the RN to BSN student to transition to baccalaureate level proficiency in to include competency development in systems-based organizations, evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration and communication, and clinical prevention and population health. The community as client is emphasized. Students will integrate prior learning and experiences. The student will conduct original work. This course also includes a portfolio requirement. The portfolio should be a reflection of the nursing student’s accumulated works supporting the achievement of the ten program outcomes for baccalaureate prepared nurses graduating from UMFK. Please see the Portfolio Guidelines link at the end of this syllabus.

In accordance with UMFK policy, all baccalaureate candidates must complete the below general education requirements. Transcript analysis will be conducted to determine if courses taken prior to admission to UMFK are congruent with the courses of the general education program.

These courses are available for students who have completed the required courses and still need to reach 120 credit hours in order to graduate.

NUR 302 Pharmacology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with knowledge about general principles of drug actions along with nursing responsibilities and accountability in the administration of medication over the lifespan. Using the nursing process, numerous pharmacologic classifications will be discussed including mechanisms of drug actions, key adverse effects, and drug interactions. Genetic and genomic considerations will be examined. Students will develop skills needed for safe practice including calculating dosages and administering various medications.

NUR 435R: Concepts in Patho

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines normal and abnormal human physiologic and pathological processes encountered in clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on the integration of knowledge of pathology, genetic, pharmacologic, and biochemical concepts and disease symptomatology into the delivery of nursing care. 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: BIO 401 or Valid RN license or (for international students) approval to practice nursing in your jurisdiction or instructor permission.

NUR 384: Global Health & Humanitarianism

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Provides an opportunity for students to develop personally and professionally as global citizens by applying their knowledge and skills to examine and address social, economic, political, and environmental factors that influence global health and healthcare challenges through a framework of humanitarianism and service. Introduces students to health disparities that exist in the world and developing countries around the world and fosters student critical thinking and discussion about healthcare and humanitarianism efforts within a global environment. This practicum course satisfies the university general education requirements for global awareness and learning for citizenship, and for nursing students in lieu of NUR 380: Transcultural Nursing. This course is closely tied to the International Medical Relief or related international service programs.

"Our professors go above and beyond by giving us every opportunity to be successful; both in the classroom and in our future nursing careers."

—Sarah S., Student

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Discover why our 100% online RN to BSN is exactly what you need.

“I think the number one reason registered nurses pursue their [BSN online] is because of the convenience and for career advancement.”

– Erin Soucy, Ph.D., RN, Dean of Undergrad Nursing; Asst Professor

*Based on 120 undergraduate credit hours needed for graduation. Total program cost varies based on number of transfer credit hours accepted. Students may take electives upon advisement to complete 120 undergraduate credit hours.

**NUR 342 is offered as a 1, 2, or 3 credit course, depending on the number of credits still needed to meet the program requirement.

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