Lackawanna College announced that they will offer a fully online RN-to-BSN program. The program will begin accepting students immediately, with the first classes beginning in spring 2019.

The online program will be designed for licensed registered nurses (RNs) who hold either an associate degree or a diploma in nursing looking to expand their education and career options.

“Lackawanna College is committed to its mission of improving the community in which we live. This uniquely designed program is tailored toward encouraging solutions for real-world challenges nurses face as part of their daily work, specifically targeting the opioid addiction crisis impacting our nation,” said Lynn DeSanto, Lackawanna College Dean of Allied Health Programs.

“The ease of taking the RN-BSN classes online will afford more RN’s the opportunity to obtain the BSN credential while maintaining full time employment in healthcare.”

The RN-to-BSN program is a response to research indicating that having more BSN-prepared nurses leads to improved patient outcomes and reduced healthcare costs.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment of registered nurses is “projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.”

“Providing the community with quality, affordable programs that expand the employability and earning potential of our students is a hallmark of Lackawanna College,” said Mark Volk, President of Lackawanna College.

“The true game-changer here is that we can offer this program at a price point that puts it in reach financially and, by offering it wholly online, in a way that can be tailored to the needs of individual students. Providing a timely, affordable, and high quality education, it’s what Lackawanna College does every day.”

In the accelerated format, students can easily transfer in previously earned credits or abilities to demonstrate specific competencies, and will have the flexibility to take as many classes per term that will fit their schedule and budget.

Program participants will build on previous learning from their entry-into-practice programs to achieve end-of-program outcomes based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, as well as the American Nurses Associations’ (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice.

Lackawanna’s BSN program has applied for pre-accreditation status with the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN-CNEA). The accreditation process is estimated to take approximately two years.

For more information on Lackawanna’s RN-to-BSN online program, visit Lackawanna.edu/rn-to-bsn.

About Lackawanna College:

Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at www.lackawanna.edu.