2021-2022 Academic Catalog

BSN in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is an RN-to-BSN program. 

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online)

Academic Passport, Portfolio Evaluation and Transfer Credits 

Students are able to apply credits from previous coursework to their bachelor's degree through an Academic Passport. Upon admission, the following will be accepted as the Academic Passport: 30 credits from the RN's basic nursing program lower-division coursework, along with 30 credits (as appropriate) for completed General Education courses such as English Composition I and II, the natural sciences (e.g., Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology), social sciences, etc. An additional 12 credits will be awarded through completion of an entry-level portfolio evaluation to be completed during the first semester in the program.

Students with more General Education credits completed may transfer the additional coursework per the University's transfer credit policy to meet the RN-BSN program requirements. Students who already have another bachelor's degree are exempt from meeting the General Education requirements, with the exception of public speaking and statistics, which are required by the nursing program.


Students must consult with an academic adviser to determine courses needed for graduation. It is recommended that all General Education courses be completed prior to entering the nursing courses due to the accelerated nature of the program; however, general education courses may be taken with, or following completion of, nursing courses. Students will not graduate until nursing and general education requirements are all met.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
  • ENG 101 English Composition I    
  • ENG 102  Composition II
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Statistics Course (recommended: MAT 205, 215 or 225) 
Technological Literacy
Any Computer Science Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
BIO 226  Basic Microbiology  OR  BIO 126  Introductory Microbiology  OR  BIO 326  General Microbiology
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education by Entry-Level Portfolio
  • Natural Sciences Course
  • Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • Communications Course
  • Health and Wellness Course
Required Major Courses 41
NUR 330  Philosophy of Professional Nursing  3
NUR 361  Nursing Research 3
NUR 375  Leadership and Change in Nursing 6
NUR 420  Nursing Informatics 3
NUR 430  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3
NUR 450  Trends and Issues in Nursing 3
NUR 465  Nursing Assessment and Health Promotion of Individuals and Families 6
NUR 475  Community Health Nursing 6
BIO 230  Anatomy and Physiology I  OR  HSC 110  Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 260  Anatomy and Physiology II  OR  HSC 120  Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Transfer Credits* 30
Free Electives 9
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): NUR 475 Community Health Nursing
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): NUR 375 Leadership and Change in Nursing AND NUR 465 Nursing Assessment and Health Promotion of Individuals and Families 
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BIO 260 Anatomy and Physiology II OR HSC 120 Anatomy and Physiology II

* 30 transfer credits are allowed for lower-division nursing courses, and additional credits may transfer per University policy. 12 credits are awarded through a required entry-level portfolio evaluation.

Program Notes:

  • This professional BSN program is for RNs who are graduates of diploma or associate degree basic nursing programs. 
  • A pre-requisite of NUR 361 is required for NUR 430. 
  • A minimum grade of C is required for completion of each nursing course. Additionally, all of the University's graduation requirements apply to the RN-to-BSN program.

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