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Two Certification Options With APSU RN to BSN Online

Nurses who enroll in Austin Peay State University's online RN to BSN program place themselves on a fast track to earn a BSN. In as few as 12 months, RNs can acquire a BSN, gathering all the advantages that come with a bachelor's degree. APSU gives its students the added bonus of certification upon graduation.

Through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, an APSU RN to BSN graduate can be certified as a holistic nurse, and work in a broad spectrum of roles. For nurses interested in emergency care, APSU offers a Certified Emergency Nurse designation from the Emergency Nurses Association.

Holistic Nurse Certification

In looking at body, mind and spirit when assessing a person's overall health, holistic nursing offers an innovative approach to healthcare. According to an American Nurse Today article, "Holistic nursing is based on a philosophy of living and being that is grounded in caring, relationship, and interconnectedness. A holistic nurse recognizes and integrates the principles and modalities of holistic healing into daily life and clinical practice. Holistic nursing encourages nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in their lives."

The American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation has been active since the late 1990s, and holistic nursing itself is based on Florence Nightingale's fabled work in the 19th century. Through APSU's holistic nursing elective, nurses can learn what's required to take a "whole person" approach to nursing.

The holistic aspect is in addition to all the fundamentals of a traditional BSN program curriculum, including community nursing, leadership, nursing assessment and pathophysiology.

Emergency Room Nursing Certification

APSU also offers certification in emergency room nursing. This specialty is fundamental to what hospitals offer their communities. As the "premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing," the Emergency Nursing Association is a key resource for emergency nursing certification. To earn certification in emergency nursing through the APSU program, a nursing student must take an elective course focused on healthcare in an emergency-room setting.

The certification is a way for emergency nursing candidates to stand out, of course, but when combined with a BSN, it also opens the door to earning a master's degree down the road and becoming an emergency nurse practitioner. According to, "Emergency nurse practitioners can diagnose and treat patients who present with emergent/acute symptoms, as well as perform procedures," and in some states, they don't require a physician's oversight to carry out their essential functions.

MSN-prepared nurse practitioners are sought by trauma centers, urgent care centers, and emergency medical service teams. The combination of a BSN and emergency nursing certification prepares a nurse to take the next, necessary steps toward an exciting career in emergency care.

Nurses who want the added value of certification in an RN to BSN program can choose from five different start dates that APSU offers throughout the year. Within 12 months of starting our RN to BSN program, our students can be ready for more advanced roles where they're currently working or new job opportunities elsewhere. And with one of two distinguishing certifications to go along with that new degree, the future is bright for APSU grads.

Learn more about Austin Peay State University's online RN to BSN program.


American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation

American Nurse Today: Holistic Nursing: Focusing on the Whole Person

Emergency Nurses Association: About Emergency Nurse Practitioner

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