Overview of the RN-BSN Track

**Please note we no longer accept applications for the Traditional BSN track. We offer three types of entry in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Freshman Direct Admit, Accelerated BSN and RN-BSN.

The RN-to-BSN track is for applicants who have completed a diploma or associate's degree nursing program at an ACEN accredited institution (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Education, Inc., formerly NLNAC), possess an unencumbered RN license in the state of residence, and who seek to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

At the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the RN-BSN track is 100% online providing flexibility to earn the BSN degree:

  • Start your BSN journey any semester:  Spring, Summer, or Fall
  • Plans of study have been designed to facilitate consistent progression to graduation.

Preceptor and practicum/clinical site decisions are determined in collaboration between faculty and students. Every effort is made to accommodate the practicum/clinical  needs of students in various geographic locations. *Nursing Practice Immersion: The Oklahoma experience will resume back in Summer 2023.

FAU is authorized to offer online nursing programs in many states. Individual state authorization status is available online at http://fauelearning.com/fauonline/state-authorization/. If you are a resident of a state in which FAU is  not currently authorized  to provide post-secondary educational instruction,  please contact us to discuss program options.

Information Session

To register for a Virtual Information Session, select one of the dates listed. Please note that all events are Eastern time.

Virtual Information Sessions for RN-BSN Track 

  January February March April 


Dr. Dawn Hawthorne

RN-BSN Coordinator


January 26, 2023


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February 23, 2023


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March 23, 2023


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April 20, 2023




RN-BSN Coordinator's Welcome Message

Welcome, and thank you for considering the RN-BSN program at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. I am Dawn Hawthorne, Associate Professor and coordinator for the RN-BSN program. As the coordinator, my goal is to create the caring and supportive environment that will not only lead to the attainment of your degree but will also develop you as a leader in the field of nursing. Our unique curriculum is grounded in the philosophy of caring and the practice of applying classroom skills to the real-world nursing environment, thereby improving patient outcomes.

I have over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience in the areas of neonatal and pediatric intensive care nursing as a staff nurse, nurse midwife and lactation consultant. I am strongly committed to the philosophy of the “Science of Caring” within the nursing profession with a strong emphasis on adopting the principles of Patient and Family-Centered Care and Holistic Care into our nursing practice. I have obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a focus on education (Barry University), a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Child Heath (Florida International University) and a PhD in Nursing with a focus in nursing research (Florida International University).

I look forward to meeting you and supporting you as you embark on the next step in your nursing career. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss any aspect of the RN-BSN program. My door is open for you.

Dawn Hawthorne, PhD, AHN-BC, RN

RN-BSN Coordinator

Associate Professor

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Road NU337

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Office:  561-297-3627

Fax: 561-297-2416

Email: dhawthorne@health.fau.edu


Program Assistant RN-BSN Coordinator

Ms. Latchmin Harrilal

Dr. Dawn Hawthorne, PhD, AHN-BC, RN

Academic Paraprofessional Advisor: RN-BSN 

RN-BSN Coordinator

777 Glades Rd.

Boca Raton, FL  33431

777 Glades Rd

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: 561-297-6261

Phone: 561-297-3627

Fax: 561-297-3652

Fax: 561-297-3652

Email: lharrila@health.fau.edu  

Email: dhawthorne@health.fau.edu

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