DWU’s Highly Effective, Engaging Online RN to BSN Program

Monday, March 31, 2014

Much has changed in the world of technology since Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) first attempted to deliver an online RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program back in 2007. Due to technological and infrastructure limitations at the time, the program had both traditional face-to-face and online formats instead of the fully online option busy adult learners really needed.

Flash-forward to 2013 when DWU launched its degree completion program for registered nurses with associate’s degrees. DWU successfully accomplished its goal to deliver a streamlined program focused on the needs and wants of adult learners.

“The program is very user friendly for students,” said RN-B.S. Program Director Diane Sandhoff, who has been with DWU for 25 years. “It fits their lifestyle. They feel like they can succeed.”Program Director Diane Sandhoff

All required courses for DWU’s RN-B.S. nursing program are offered online. Through the program, which can be completed in just 14 months, students gain technical nursing abilities and build on their critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills—all of which are essential for nurses

“We believe nursing is an art and a science,” Sandhoff said. “Our program focuses more on the soul.”

Our RN-B.S. nursing program also offers:

  • A strong ethical foundation, built on Christian values
  • Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and full approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing
  • Core nursing courses that focus on:

o   Enhancing skills in leadership and management

o   Decision making and problem solving

o   Nursing research and evidence-based practice

o   Health promotion

o   Health assessment

o   Service to community

o   In-depth study of pharmacology

o   Care of families, populations and communities 

As Sandhoff points out, “The whole trajectory of nursing has changed from the traditional bedside nurse to something that is so much more broad. Careers in healthcare are being developed that we haven’t even considered yet.”

DWU, then, must prepare future nurses who are good thinkers, adaptable, flexible, open to new ideas, and believe in the value of lifelong learning.

If you are considering this degree, you might be concerned about your ability to succeed. Please know that the support—and encouragement—is there for you. The DWU program is demanding, yes, but it is also manageable, thanks to eight-week sessions with two courses at a time for full-time students.

Another plus: We also offer a May start so you do not have to wait for a traditional fall semester start.

DWU understands that sometimes life gets in the way of your best intentions. So if you get into the program and must step out for a time, our online program offers you that flexibility. Stepping out is nearly impossible in a traditional 16-week session.

To learn more, please contact Amber Turner, our DWU online admissions counselor.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning 
at Dakota Wesleyan University

Categories: Blog: Online Degrees @ DWU
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