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Program Mission

The Palm Beach State College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program seeks to prepare the registered nurse intellectually, professionally and culturally for the health care field and further education. The program is designed to provide the registered nurse with the necessary education that allows progression in their careers, such as gaining entry into management positions or admission to graduate nursing programs. The RN-BSN program prepares students with the necessary research skills to engage in evidence -based nursing care. The RN-BSN graduate is accountable for his/her own practice as well as that provided by care extenders.



Congruent with the mission of Palm Beach State College, the RN-BSN program includes courses of study which are offered in a dynamic teaching environment that will prepare the registered nurse to integrate holistic professional knowledge and skills into their profession. The leadership abilities gained from the baccalaureate program in nursing will support those nurses who would like to transition to leadership positions. The RN-BSN program nursing faculty developed and implemented an educational program that prepares the registered nurse for the new roles and responsibilities as a baccalaureate-prepared nurse. The faculty serve as mentors to the student, while supporting their educational needs.

Program Philosophy

The RN-BSN Faculty at Palm Beach State College believe that nursing education needs to provide opportunities for the successful integration of knowledge to enhance the ability of the nurse to implement competencies in the areas of leadership, health policy, system improvement, research, evidence-based practice and collaboration to deliver high quality care across the health care continuum. Nurses must embrace the vision of life long learning to maintain expertise in all areas of practice to insure high quality health care for our nation.

Program Details

RN-BSN Program Values:

  • Excellence in aspiring to create and implement transformative strategies with daring ingenuity.
  • Integrity by respecting the dignity and moral wholeness of every person without conditions or limitation.
  • Ethical reflective consideration of personal, societal and professional values, principles and codes that shape nursing practice.
  • Holism as the culture of human caring in nursing and health care that affirms the human person as the synergy of unique and complex attributes, values and behaviors, influenced by that individual's environment, social norms, cultural values, physical characteristics, experiences, religious beliefs and practices, and moral and ethical constructs within the context of a wellness-illness continuum.
  • Patient-Centeredness as the orientation to care that incorporates and reflects the uniqueness of an individual patient's background, personal preferences, culture, values, traditions and family.

Adopted from the NLN Competencies for Graduates of Nursing Programs, 2010

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Palm Beach State RN-BSN program graduates will:

  1. Exhibit an understanding of the importance of professional development as it relates to accountability, responsibility, values and ethical conduct which impact health care delivery.
  2. Evaluate nursing leadership skills within health care organizations which influence health care policies and delivery systems to improve the quality of health for diverse populations.
  3. Synthesize knowledge from the disciplines of nursing, the sciences, arts and humanities as the foundation for critical thinking to enhance patient outcomes.
  4. Explore the impact and influences of trends and issues affecting nursing roles and access to the health care delivery systems.
  5. Illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of health care delivery systems to promote cultural, spiritual and ethical quality care to individuals/communities/populations.
  6. Examine the utilization of technology and information systems in health care to facilitate decision-making and enhance collaboration in a patient-centered environment.
  7. Evaluate nursing care based on nursing theory, research and practice to promote optimal health & wellness across a variety of health care settings.

Student Achievement Outcome Data

Employment at 6 months post-graduation
Retention Rate - Fall 2016
Graduation Rate - Fall 2016
Licensure Pass Rate


The Palm Beach State College RN-BSN program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)   [formerly NLNAC]
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Telephone: 404-975-5000

Q. How can I contact a BSN representative for specific questions?
A. You may contact the BSN Academic Advisor.

For advising, you may schedule an appointment or walk-in to the Lake Worth campus Center for Bachelor’s Programs Building, first floor administration suite.

Q. How do I apply to the BSN program?
A. Current students (enrolled within the current year or in the last semester of the PBSC'S RN program) may submit a request to Change Program of Study, online through Panther Web; new and returning students (never attended/ did not enroll within the current year) must apply /reapply to Palm Beach State College.

Q. I am a Registered Nurse in the State of Florida. Why does my RN degree need to be from a Regionally and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing/National League of Nursing (ACEN/NLN) accredited institution?
A. Palm Beach State College must adhere to the accreditation guidelines for the BSN program.  In order to transfer the 30 RN credits into the BSN, the credits must be earned at a Regionally and ACEN/NLN accredited institution.

Q. I already have a Bachelor’s Degree, and I want to become an RN.  May I apply directly to the BSN?
A. No, the BSN at PBSC is a post-licensure program.

Q. How can I transfer in my credits from another college/university?
A. Submit an official copy of your transcripts to any of the Palm Beach State Admissions offices.  For more information, visit:

Q. Are any of my courses subject to expiration before entry into the BSN program?
A. No, courses do not expire for the BSN program.

Q. How many students do you accept each semester, and is there a waiting list?
A. Students that meet the admissions criteria will be admitted for the term in which they plan to begin taking BSN 3000-4000 level courses.

Q. Do I need to earn an AA degree before applying to the BSN program?
A. No, however, the BSN program requires 36 credits of general education.  For a detailed review of your academic record, please contact the BSN Advisor.

Q. My foreign language requirement is showing as “not satisfied”, but I took two years of foreign language in high school.  What should I do?
A. Meet with an advisor, to review your high school transcript.  If two years of sequential foreign language have been completed, your record must be manually updated.

Q. The BSN is primarily online.  Can I complete the program without ever coming to campus?
A. No, there are occasions when a student is required to come to campus, and these will be planned in advance. Also, two courses have clinical components which require hours in community-based facilities located primarily in Palm Beach County.

Q. Must I choose full time or part time status?
A. No, you may choose a minimum of two courses per semester up to a maximum of four courses per semester; additionally, you must follow a common course sequence for your 3000-4000 BSN courses.

Take the next step in your career!

Attend an Information Session

RN-BSN Academic Advisor

Hilary Ashmen, Bachelor's Academic Advisor  |  Phone: 561-868-4113

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Consider Palm Beach State for your complete nursing education. The B.S.N. works seamlessly with the College’s Associate in Science degree in Nursing. Learn more about the A.S. degree now.

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