If you are a nurse interested in getting an RN to BSN degree online, you may want to think about finding a school that does not require all the clinical or practicum requirements that exist in most nursing bachelors programs. In a typical BSN “completion” program, your clinical commitment can be as much as 700 to 900 hours – a massive time commitment that may not mean much if you have already spent significant time caring for patients in a clinical setting.
It can be hard to “shop” for a BSN with no clinicals. Some schools do not give clinical teaching themselves, but require nursing students to find another place where he or she can complete them. And some “non-clinical” nursing degrees might not qualify you to work in certain states that specify minimal clinical learning requirements for certification. But not all these issues are clear and understandable on the web sites of nursing schools. It takes some digging to get all the facts.
If you have not built up any clinical experience, you ought to consider carefully whether or not you really want to pursue a BSN that won’t offer any hand-on learning. On the other hand, some nursing students would like to avoid spending lots of hours with clinical instructors, who can be tougher in some ways than classroom professors.
But that toughness often results from the fact that clinical teaching goes on in an actual hospital or clinic setting, where there is real pressure to make good decisions and perform jobs correctly. It’s worth considering whether or not you want to pass on gaining that experience if you don’t already have it. The kinds of personality conflicts that can come up with clinical instructors may be a good rehearsal for the kinds of issues you’ll need to deal with in the health care environment after graduation.
Finally, any non-clinical nursing degree will obviously involve a heavy load of lectures and, potentially, research and writing. You’ll be happiest in this type of program if you enjoy the more academic style of learning.
RN to BSN Programs With No Clinicals
Whether you’re looking at online or campus-based programs, the list of schools that offer RN to BSN degrees without a clinical requirement is not terribly long. All of them are for RNs only.
Here are some options we found:
Grand Canyon University
GCU is a Christian-based school with a large online teaching division. Their 36 credit RN to BSN program has a rolling system allowing new students to start every two weeks. The program has no required clinical component.
Get information on Grand Canyon University
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Over 100 year-old school accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with online nursing programs accredited by CCNE. Chamberlain offers a “fast-track” BSN completion degree with an exceptionally low cost for nursing courses.
Get information on Chamberlain’s Online RN to BSN
Arizona State University
This 100% online program, offered through the public state university system of Arizona, has no clinical or practicum courses. Clinical learning is done through what’s called “practical learning activities.”
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Saint Louis University
A Catholic Jesuit school in St. Louis, Missouri, the school’s online RN to BSN program allows for up to 64 credit hours being transferred in, and has no clinical courses required.
Learn more about St. Louis University
A single program created by eight campuses of the Indiana University Nursing program – a state public university system. The school’s site says that clinical learning experiences are “embedded in didactic or lecture-based courses.”
Learn more about Indiana U.
University of Wyoming
The public university’s program in Laramie, Wyoming, is designed for completion in one year at an accelerated pace. It requires full time attendance, and is a rare campus based program that requires no clinical time.
Learn more about University of Wyoming