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The RN-BSN Program

The RN-BSN program will consist of a three continuous semester online program for registered nurses who are graduates of an accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing and it will lead to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  The program will have a yearly fall start date and will be full time. The curriculum is designed to attract the working professional who has already passed NCLEX and who now plans to obtain a BSN degree.  Students will work on-line, asynchronously to obtain education while accommodating their RN work shifts.

Courses are varied during the program, being 5 weeks in length for all didactic courses and 13-15 weeks in length for clinical courses.  Each semester there is one clinical course with a focus on one of the following:  gerontology, community/public health, or leadership/quality improvement.  The clinical hours will consist of a project that may include either virtual or live work.  Three projects will make up the overall capstone of the program. The program focuses on the knowledge, skills and values deemed essential for professional nursing practice with a specific focus on leadership, care coordination and communication skills.

Students will receive 30 credit hours if they are registered nurses who have successfully passed the NCLEX exam, demonstrating competency in their RN education.  The acceptable cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) will be a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, with a 3.0 preferred.  Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in prerequisite courses.  Course work may be in progress at time of application, but must be completed by the initial date of enrollment.  Three of the four required science courses must be complete at the time of application.  Applicants will be required to submit official transcripts, three (3) satisfactory reference forms, a one hundred (100) word essay, and a resume with the application.  Applications will be available online through the Office of Enrollment Management and can be accessed at  This link will take you directly to CollegeNet where you will set up a username/password etc. and then be able to apply.

Prerequisites CoursesSemester Hours
English Composition/Literature6sh
Lifespan Human Growth and Development3sh
Human Anatomy4sh
Human Physiology4sh
Science Elective4sh
Social Science and Humanities Electives15sh
General Electives17sh

RN-BSN Full-time Plan of Study

Semester ICreditsClinical Focus HoursOther
NURSU 356: Dynamics of Professional Nursing Practice3.0 (3,0,0) First 5 weeks
NURSU 357: Health Assessment for Registered Nurses3.0 (3,0,0) Second 5 weeks
NURSU 358: Pathophysiology (may be challenged via test)3.0 (3,0,0) Third 5 weeks
NURSU 359: Healthy Aging and Health Promotion4.0 (3,0,1)45 hours15 weeks
Semester II   
NURSU 411: Research & Evidenced Based Practice3.0 (3,0,0) First 5 weeks
NURSU 413: Community and Population Focused Nursing4.0 (3,0,1)45 hours15 weeks
NURSU 412: Information Management in Nursing2.0 (2,0,0) Third 5 weeks
Semester III   
NURSU 426: Leadership and Management in Nursing3.0 (3,0,0) First 5 weeks
NURSU 427: Health Systems and Policy3.0 (3,0,0) Second 5 weeks
NURSU 428: Practicum in Clinical and Management Decision-Making2.0 (0,0,2)90 hours15 weeks
*Total Prerequisites
*Validates pre-licensure
*Course work BSN degree

For online courses, weeks are considered Monday - Sunday