Monday, March 18, 2019
by Becky Slatin • email@example.com
BJC | Pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree has become easier for many nurses, thanks to the variety of flexible options available today. Whether online or in the classroom, these programs provide nurses with a way to balance their professional and personal lives while going back to school.
The BJC Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) has a variety of academic partnerships with area nursing schools that make it possible for BJC nurses to earn their degree. BILD is seeing increasing numbers of employees enrolled in these programs.
“Our academic partnerships provide a convenient option for BJC registered nurses to earn their degree while still balancing their commitments to work and family,” says Beth Camp, BILD senior learning and development consultant for academic partnerships. “Each program helps prepare nurses for the challenging and changing profession.”
For nurses who wish to advance their clinical roles or want to pursue a career in management, a BSN degree has become a requirement, she adds.
At this time, BILD offers RN-to-BSN partnerships with Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, McKendree University, Central Methodist University (CMU), Chamberlain University, Maryville University, Missouri Baptist University (MBU), Saint Louis University (SLU), Webster University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Programs include online and classroom options at the BJC Learning Institute, as well as locations at BJC hospitals.
A new program with MBU
The latest addition to the RN-to-BSN programs available through BILD is with Missouri Baptist University (MBU).
“Missouri Baptist University is an enthusiastic partner with BJC — the region’s largest health care provider,” says Sarah Marie Gibbs, MBU director of RN-to-BSN recruitment.
The MBU RN-to-BSN program is offered entirely online, and the next rotation begins Aug. 19, with an opportunity for students to work on general education requirements prior to August.
Courses are eight-week online classes that focus on a project-based curriculum. Students have the option of completing the courses on a part-time or full-time schedule, and most complete the RN-to-BSN degree
within one year.
“The university understands that nurses have unpredictable schedules, and in-person classes can be a burden to the working nurse,” Gibbs says. “MBU professors and the nursing dean have developed a strong online program that allows students to earn their BSN with the same knowledge and experience as an in-person course.”
MBU offers BJC employees a 10 percent discount off already competitive tuition with direct billing, Gibbs explains. Additionally, MBU offers no fees and a free online application at apply.mobap.edu.
The BJC Institute for Learning and Development offers cohort programs with seven area nursing schools:
Goldfarb School of Nursing
Goldfarb School of Nursing’s RN-to-BSN degree is an accelerated one-year program offered in a hybrid format. Students attend classes at the Goldfarb School of Nursing. For more information, visit http://www.barnesjewishcollege.edu/.
Central Methodist University
Central Methodist University offers its RN-to-BSN program at the BJC Learning Institute and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, as well as a group that joins by videoconference from Parkland Health Center. Classes last for eight weeks, and the entire cohort program can be completed in 18 to 22 months. The next BJC Learning Institute cohort begins in August. For more information, visit http://www.centralmethodist.edu/academics/undergraduate/nursing-rn-to-bsn/.
Missouri Baptist University
Missouri Baptist University offers its RN-to-BSN degree, with the next rotation starting Aug. 19. For more information, contact Sarah Gibbs, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://online.mobap.edu/rn-bsn/.
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University School of Nursing offers an online completion program. Enrollment is flexible due to the online format. For more information, visit http://www.slu.edu/nursing/majors-and-degrees/registered-nurse-to-bachelors-of-science-in-nursing-(rn-to-bsn).
Webster University’s School of Nursing offers a classroom-based RN-to-BSN degree completion program. BJC students attend classes at the BJC Learning Institute. For more information, visit http://www.webster.edu/catalog/current/undergraduate-catalog/majors/nursing.html.
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE)
SIUE offers an online RN-to-BSN degree completion program, with enrollment occurring every term.
Visit https://www.siue.edu/corporate/bjc/ for more information.
University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL)
UMSL offers an RN-to-BSN hybrid format with classroom and online classes. BJC students attend classes at Christian Hospital. For more information, visit http://www.umsl.edu/~nursingweb/.
In addition, several schools offer RN-to-BSN completion programs and grant tuition discounts to
BJC employees, including:
Additional universities offering discounts to BJC employees may be found at BJC’s employee discount site,
For more information about the BILD RN-to-BSN partnerships, contact AcademicPartnerships@bjc.org or visit www.BJCLearn.org. Eligible employees can use tuition benefits to help pay for tuition.
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