2020-2021 Academic Catalog

BSN in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Program Description

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

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online)

Academic Passport, Portfolio Evaluation and Transfer Credits 

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.

Curriculum

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.

Course Credits
General Education 40
BIO 226  Basic Microbiology 4
ENG 101  Composition I 3
ENG 102  Composition II 3
Entry-Level Portfolio  12
Computer Science Course 3
Fine Arts Course 3
Humanities Course 3
Public Speaking Course 3
Social Sciences Course 3
Statistics Course (Recommended: MAT 205 Statistics for Health Sciences, MAT 215 or MAT 225) 3
   
Required Major Courses 33
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
   
Required Related Courses 8
BIO 230  Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 260  Anatomy and Physiology II 4
   
Transfer Credits 30*
   
Free Electives 9
   
Total 120

* 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. 

Progression Plans

Full-time online students will take three nursing courses during each of three consecutive semesters (yet only two courses at one time). Part-time online students will take two nursing courses during each of four consecutive semesters.

 The following are sample progression plans according to the order in which the nursing courses are offered for full-time and part-time online students.

Sample Progression Plan: Full-Time 

First Semester

COURSE CREDITS

NUR 330  Philosophy of Professional Nursing

3 crs.

NUR 361  Nursing Research

3 crs.

NUR 465  Nursing Assessment and Health Promotion of Families and Individuals

6 crs.

Second Semester

COURSE CREDITS

NUR 420  Nursing Informatics

3 crs.

NUR 430  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

3 crs.

NUR 375  Leadership and Change in Nursing

6 crs.

Third Semester

COURSE CREDITS

NUR 450  Trends and Issues in Nursing

3 crs.

NUR 475  Community Health Nursing

6 crs. 

Sample Progression Plan Part-Time

First Semester

COURSE CREDITS

NUR 330  Philosophy of Professional Nursing

3 crs.

NUR 465  Nursing Assessment and Health Promotion of Individuals and Families

6 crs.

Second Semester

COURSE CREDITS

NUR 361  Nursing Research

3 crs.

NUR 430  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

3 crs.

Third Semester

COURSE CREDITS

NUR 420  Nursing Informatics

3 crs.

NUR 375  Leadership and Change in Nursing

6 crs.

Fourth Semester

COURSE CREDITS

NUR 450  Trends and Issues in Nursing

3 crs.

NUR 475  Community Health Nursing

6 crs.

Additional Requirements

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.

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/nursing-rn-bsn/index.aspx