The Southern Utah University RN to BSN program was designed to accommodate the demanding work schedules of RNs seeking to move beyond their associate degree and gain the advantages inherent in a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN).
To earn your BSN, you will attend classes that meet one day a week for one calendar year starting in May. In addition to classroom-based courses, you will take part in clinical experiences that place you in a broad range of medical settings in Cedar City and throughout Southern Utah. These will include high acuity experiences such as Intensive Care Units (ICU), Newborn Infant Care Units (NICU), emergency rooms, and Critical Care Units (CCU).
RN to BSN classes are small – no more than 35 students can be accepted into the program each year – and you will receive in-depth personal mentoring from your instructors, who are themselves practicing nurses.
The culmination of your Bachelor’s in Nursing degree program will be completion of the Leadership and Management self-designed in-depth topical study that will help prepare you for the type of nursing you hope to undertake in the future.
By the time you complete your yearlong RN to BSN nursing program, you will be qualified to advance into nurse practitioner or other specialty nursing programs, or become part of a nursing management team.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree are in greater demand by employers. Most employers prefer some previous nursing experience in their new hires, which enhances the prospects of SUU’s RN to BSN graduates.
Overall, the bureau anticipates that job opportunities for registered nurses will grow by 19 percent through 2022. The average median annual salary is $65,470.
Student Nurses Association
Concepts in Geriatric Nursing for the RN to BSN – Explore the social, emotional, physiological, and other challenges facing aging adults.
Leadership & Management for the RN to BSN – Complete a personal capstone study that develops individual management and leadership abilities.
High Acuity Nursing Lab for the RN to BSN – Use problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities to work through challenges facing patients with complex health challenges.
Contact information for department resources
Program Contact: Vikki Robertson
Name: Cyndi Wallace
Graduated: Class of 2006
Current job: Chief Nursing Officer
Valley View Medical Center
"The beauty of the RN to BSN program is it is one year, then students are able to move on to Master/graduate programs. Though challenging, with the help of the great professors and advisors at SUU, it is definitely doable."