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University of Maine at Fort Kent

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online


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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Program Overview

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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This accredited, 100% online RN to BSN program is designed for affordability. 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 online courses to earn your degree.

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

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

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Tuition

With affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition, the online UMFK RN to BSN program provides a quality degree for a great value.

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

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UMFK online courses are delivered in an accessible format ideal for working nurses and conveniently features six dates to begin each year.

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Admissions

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. 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
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

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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
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any other required documents
  • Current, unencumbered RN license

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

  • Email address: edocs@maine.edu
    Fax number: 207-581-5456
    Mailing address:
    Application Processing Center
    PO Box 412
    Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Applicants may also authorize UMFK to request transcripts on their behalf, at no additional cost, by completing the Transcript Request Form and submitting it via email to umfklife@umfk.edu.

 Princeton Review

UMFK has made the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges list 14 years in a row.

Courses

For the RN to BSN online, the core nursing curriculum is comprised of 30 semester credit hours. An additional 69 credit hours will be applied as a block transfer for core nursing competencies and general education courses completed previously. Electives are available on an as-needed basis.*

Block Transfer general education credits include English Composition I, Speech, Math, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Psychology, Sociology, and Computer Science, as well as nursing ADN/ASN nursing competencies.

The 21 credit hours of general education required for completing the BSN are listed below and available online through UMFK. They will be included in your degree plan, along with any electives needed, to meet the total of 120 hours.

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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. 3 credit hours. Offered Spring. Pre-requisites: NUR 302, NUR 330.

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. 3 credit hours. Only offered Summer. Co-requisite: NUR 309L.

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. 3 credit hours. Offered Fall and Summer term.

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. 3 credit hours. Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

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. 3 credit hours. Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. Pre-requisites: NUR 200, NUR 230.

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. 3 credit hours. Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

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. 3 credit hours. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer.

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. 3 credit hours. Offered Summer and Fall.

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. 3 credit hours. Offered Fall and Spring. Pre-requisite: NUR 301R.

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. 4 credit hours. Offered Summer.

*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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