Baker College of Auburn Hills adds RN-to-BSN nursing program

Baker College of Auburn Hills plans to offer a post-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) beginning 2013 fall quarter. This two-year cohort program enables licensed, registered nurses (RN) with associate degrees to continue their education. Registration is open for classes that begin September 30.

All courses using the same curriculum will be available at the Auburn Hills campus and also through Baker College Online, allowing students to choose a program that fits their needs. The Baker College BSN post-licensure program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

“This BSN program will help licensed, registered nurses to develop into leaders of research, practice, education, community outreach, and administration within the health care environment,” said Dr. Lesley Morgan, director of baccalaureate nursing for Baker College System.

Morgan noted that it is becoming more important for nurses to earn their BSN degrees as hospitals pursue credentialing through the Magnet Recognition Program offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The program measures nursing care based on set criteria, one of which is the percentage of registered nurses with BSN degrees who are providing direct patient care.

Under the direction of Dr. Morgan, Roberta Cook, RN, MSN, program director of the Auburn Hills associate degree nursing (ADN) program, will assist with the administration of the ground-based RN-to-BSN program. Cook has more than 30 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and has been a nurse educator for more than 10 years.

“This on-ground program, combined with the online-class option, provides nurses with the flexibility to work around their busy schedules and work at their own pace,” Cook said.

The nurse educators at Baker College of Auburn Hills hold master’s degrees or higher and have specialties in various areas of health care, including medical surgical, maternity, obstetrics, pediatrics and psychiatry. Cumulatively, the faculty has more than 120 years of experience working in the field of nursing.

Baker’s Auburn Hills nursing program has a track record of excellence; approximately 150 nurses have earned associate degrees and successfully passed the NCLEX-RN examination.

BSN program applicants must hold an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States, District of Columbia or U.S. territory. Students are expected to maintain licensure and pass all health science courses with a minimum B- (2.7 GPA) in order to remain in and graduate from the program.

Graduates of Baker’s ADN program are eligible for up to 72 hours of credit toward the BSN degree. All applicants will receive a minimum of 45 hours of credit for their RN licensures.

Cook adds that there are no limitations on enrollment.

“As the applicants already have their RN licenses, there are no restrictions on class size by the state board,” she said.
In May 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated the average annual salary for a registered nurse was $67,930, with the lower 10 percent earning $45,040 and the top 10 percent earning $94,720.

For more information about Baker College of Auburn Hills BSN post-licensure program, contact the admissions office, 248.340.0600 or nicole.chirco@baker.edu.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a nonprofit higher education institution, serving more than 35,000 students on 12 campuses and in three satellite locations. Baker College grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, health sciences, education and human services, and various technical fields, as well as a doctorate of business administration. As a career college, the Baker College system is pleased to report that 97 percent of its available graduates are employed. For more information about Baker College, please check out our website at www.baker.edu