If you’re a very experienced nurse looking at RN to BSN degrees, you may want avoid the typical clinical or practicum requirements in most nursing bachelors programs. Over the two years of a BSN “completion” type program, the total clinical comittment can run anywhere from 700 to 900 hours – a huge effort that may not be of much value to a nurse who has already spent several years working with patients in a clinical environment.
It can be a bit tricky to “shop” for a BSN with no clinicals. Some schools don’t provide clinical teaching themselves, but require the nursing student to find another venue where he or she can complete them. And some “non-clinical” nursing degrees may not qualify you to work in certain states that have minimal clinical learning requirements for certification. But not all these issues are always made clear on the websites of nursing schools. It takes some digging to get all the facts.
If you don’t have lots of clinical experience, you should consider carefully whether or not you really want to pursue a BSN that won’t give you much hands on learning. Nursing students would sometimes prefer to avoid spending lots of time with clinical instructors, who can be tougher to get along with 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:
Chamberlain College of Nursing
An accelerated three semester degree that has no clinicals. Chamberlain is a private school with multiple campuses throughout the southern U.S., in addition to it’s large online teaching program.
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Grand Canyon University
GCU is a Chrisian-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.
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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.
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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.”
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University of Wyoming
The public university’s program in Laramie, Wyoming, is designed for completion in one year at an accelerated pace. It requries full time attendance, and is a rare campus based program that requires no clinical time.
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