Plan of Study

RN to BSN track degree requirements and curriculum

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree on the RN to BSN track, you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework that includes general education and nursing courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or above by the second attempt.

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Track options

The RN to BSN track can be completed in 12, 18, or 24 months after you’ve completed your general education coursework. All nursing courses are online and available year-round.

Full-time study

12-month option: 3 semesters, 12 credits per semester

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Part-time study

  • 18-month option: 4 semesters, 9 credits per semester
  • 24-month option: 6 semesters, 6 credits per semester
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Nursing courses

You must complete your general education coursework before you can begin taking nursing courses. The nursing courses can be taken in any order, with the exception of NURS-B 331 Transition to BSN Practice, which must be taken during the first term.

  • Required
    NURS-B 304 Health Policy (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) Social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political issues that affect the delivery of health and nursing services globally are critically analyzed. Government and entrepreneurial interests are examined. Emphasis is placed on the impact of policy decisions on professional nursing practice and health services.
    NURS-B 331 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
    This course bridges the nurse to the essential elements of baccalaureate professional practice. Students examine intra and inter professional communication, collaboration, and teamwork to enhance quality patient care. Students explore nursing professional organizations, issues in professional practice, and the impact of lifelong learning on career development.
    NURS-B 404 Informatics (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course addresses nursing informatics: state of the science and issues for research, development, and practice. It clarifies concepts of nursing, technology, and information management; and comprises theory, practice, and the social and ethical issues in nursing and health care informatics.
    NURS-H 355 Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Health-Care Research (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course introduces nursing and other health sciences students to the basic concepts and techniques of data analysis needed in professional health-care practice. Principles of measurement, data summarization, and univariate and bivariate statistics are examined. Differences in types of qualitative data and methods by which these types of data can be interpreted are also explored. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental concepts to real-world situations in client care.
    NURS-R 470 Clinical Nursing Practice Capstone (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course allows students to synthesize knowledge and skills learned in the baccalaureate program and to demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes and to refine their nursing practice skills. Students will plan and organize learning experiences, design a project, and practice professional nursing in a safe and effective manner.
    NURS-S 474 Applied Health-Care Ethics (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) Building on the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, this course explores the nurse’s role in ethical clinical practice, academic work, health policy, and research conduct, focusing particularly on the advocacy role of the nurse.  Common ethical problems are discussed and strategies for resolution of ethical dilemmas are applied. 
    NURS-S 475 A Multisystem Approach to the Health of the Community (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) Basic epidemiological principles and community health nursing models are applied in collaboration with diverse groups. Disease prevention strategies are applied to individuals and populations to promote health.  Students apply the concepts of community assessment, disease prevention, and health promotion to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions for populations in the community. 
    NURS-S 487 Nursing Management (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course focuses on development of management skills assumed by professional nurses, including delegation of responsibilities, networking, and facilitation of groups, conflict resolution, leadership, case management, and collaboration.  Concepts addressed include organizational structure, delivery systems, change, managing quality and performance, budgeting and resource allocation, staffing, scheduling, evaluation and career development. 
  • Electives
    NURS-B 231 Communication Skills for Health-Care Professionals: RN BSN (3 cr.)
    This course addresses professional communication, inter/intra professional collaboration, and professional engagement to foster growth and development in nursing. This course also focuses on issues related to professional practice, theory, development and use, professional organization participation, service, continuing education, autonomy and accountability. 
    NURS-B 244 Comprehensive Health Assessment: RN BSN (3 cr.)
    This course focuses on the complete health assessment, the nursing process, and its relationship to the prevention and early detection of disease across the life span.  Students learn the skills of interview, inspection/observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span and comparing normal from abnormal findings. 
    NURS-B 334 Comprehensive Health Assessment (3 cr.)
    (RN to BSN) This course focuses on the complete health assessment, the nursing process, and its relationship to the prevention and early detection of disease across the life span. Students learn the skills of interview, inspection/observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span and comparing normal from abnormal findings.
    NURS-B 403 Gerontological Nursing (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course promotes a holistic approach to persons in the later years of life. Death and dying, legal and ethical issues, family care giving, and future challenges will be discussed in the context of best practices as outlined by the John A Hartford Foundation: Institute for Geriatric Nursing.
    NURS-K 301 The Art and Science of Complementary Health (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course will serve as an introduction to a variety of complementary therapies, including healing touch, guided imagery, hypnosis, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology, and massage. The class will critically examine each therapy through assigned readings, literature reviews, presentations, guest lecturers, and optional experiential activities.
    NURS-K 305 New Innovations in Health and Health Care (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course explores emergent trends in health and health care, including technological advances in health care, developing approaches to care based on new knowledge and/ or research findings, and trends in health care delivery in a themed, survey or independent study format.
    NURS-K 434 Global Health Issues in Nursing (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course is designed to provide learning opportunities to acquire knowledge about global health issues, the diverse conditions that contribute to health and global health disparities, and an understanding of nursing’s role in addressing these health problems. Issues addressed include infectious and chronic illness, reproductive and women’s health issues, politics and public health policy, economics and health care, and health in conflict environments. Conceptual models and health equity concepts, evidence-based practice, and health care delivery systems are analyzed to explore strategies for addressing global health issues. Learning opportunities emphasize the knowledge and skills needed to use technology to investigate global health issues, advocate for health justice from a human rights perspective, and critically appraise global health issues.
    NURS-K 499 Genetics and Genomics (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course introduces a basic knowledge of genetics in health care, including genetic variation and inheritance; ethical, legal, and social issues in genetic health care; genetic therapeutics; nursing roles; genetic basis of selected alterations to health across the life span; and cultural considerations in genetic health care are all considered.
    NURS-P 345 Pharmacology (3 cr.)
    (RN-BSN) This course focuses on basic principles of pharmacology. It includes the pharmacologic properties of major drug classes and individual drugs, with an emphasis on the clinical application of drug therapy through the nursing process.
    NURS-S 410 Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response (3 cr.)
    (RN to BSN) This course focuses on the theoretical and practical perspectives of disaster response and emergency management for nursing professionals. Students will explore disaster/ emergency response preparedness, leadership principles, decision-making, and recovery training measures for health care providers devoted to supporting community disaster resilience.
    NURS-S 420 Care Coordination in Transitions of Care (3 cr.)
    (RN to BSN) Students will synthesize knowledge and skills relevant to care coordination to ensure smooth care transition.  Students will develop an understanding of the role of the RN as a member of a interprofessional team, as well as options for the most appropriate care setting for an individual patient.