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The RN-BSN program structure is designed to build upon the student’s prior education and experience in preparation for professional RN licensure.  With this foundational knowledge, the RN-BSN program provides additional practicum knowledge, opportunities to apply new knowledge, and the flexibility to explore practice and individualized topics.

The program builds on the education and training of registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree or hospital diploma credential in nursing.  Designed for working nurses this online program provides unique academic learning and experiences as part of a science and technology university.

RN students will have unique opportunities to combine academic coursework with their professional practice in completing requirements for the BSN.  Additionally, RN students will engage in health care advocacy efforts supporting stakeholders in their individual communities.  Working collaboratively with RN nurse educators’ students have a unique opportunity to pursue scholarship and practical experiences in self-identified arenas of interest.

The program is multi-disciplinary, and integrates experts in epidemiology, science, ethics, and informatics.  Completing the required health informatics course will provide the RN student with earned graduate level credits.  Other course work in evidence-based practice, science, and statistics prepares the RN student for success in any graduate program.

The program allows students to begin their BSN with a cohort of colleagues, and allows for flexibility when needed.  In addition to exceptional preparation for graduate school the RN-BSN graduate has gained purposeful education that will enhance their career mobility and provide knowledge to further impact patients and the healthcare system.

A significant body of research shows that nurses with baccalaureate level preparation are linked to better patient outcomes, including lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates. With the Institute of Medicine (2010) calling for 80% of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor’s degree by 2020, moving to prepare nurses at this level has become a national priority.

Based on completed responses from 576 schools of nursing, 54.0% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (up 6.6 percentage points since 2015), while 97.9% of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates.    (Source:

Program Goals

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) will:

  • Apply increased insight through practical experience in assessing, intervening, and evaluating health problems from a practice, policy, and systems perspective.
  • Demonstrate efficiency in interprofessional written and oral communication skills that improves health outcomes.
  • Solve increasingly complex healthcare concerns through integration and utilization of evidenced based practice in the provision of professional nursing care.
  • Translate professional nursing practice into innovative opportunities in communities, organizations, and policy arenas to improve health.
  • Dissect a variety of ethical scenarios facing the healthcare industry and theorize from a professional practice discipline an interprofessional perspective in addressing ethical challenges.
  • Interpret nursing care needs holistically including cultural, global, and environmental influences over a lifespan.
  • Select and appraise appropriate information systems to optimize patient care provided in a variety of settings.
  • Value the professional practice of nursing as a member of an inter-disciplinary team that collectively optimizes health care universally.

Core Courses – 30 credits

Students are required to complete 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science Degree.

The following 10 courses comprise the required core courses of the RN-BSN degree program.  The credit value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

 INSC 320  Study of Disease  (3 credits)
 BIOL 320  Genetics  (3 credits)
 INSC 410  Epidemiology  (3 credits)
 MEBA 440  Leadership and Organizational Behavior  (3 credits)
 GEND 450  Healthy Mind and Body  (3 credits)
 GEND 465  Professional Ethics  (3 credits)
 ISEM 542  Health Information and Information Systems  (3 credits)
 NURS 325  Integrative Patient Assessment  (3 credits)
 NURS 320  Nursing Practice and Senior Adults  (3 credits)
 NURS 398  Project I Evidence Based Practice  (3 credits)

Experiential Courses – 15 credits

 NURS 430  Nursing Practice and Population Health  (4 credits)
 NURS 435  Nursing Leadership and Health Policy  (4 credits)
 NURS 498  Project II Applied Nursing Research  (3 credits)


Course Sequencing

Shown below are the course sequences for a full time adult degree RN-BSN student. Part time students will work through courses at a different pace and sequence. This is offered as an example while the student’s actual and individual sequence will be based on the number of actual transfer credits and the type of courses the student has completed.

 Fall  Spring  Summer
 Session 1  Session 1  Session 1
SEMR 315 Accelerated Learning Cornerstone GEND 450 Healthy Mind & Body ISEM 542 Health Informatics & Information Systems
MEBA 375 Statistics for Mangers GEND 465 Professional Ethics BIOL 320 Genetics
 Session 2  Session 2  Session 2
NURS 320 Nursing Practice & Senior Adults MEBA 440 Leadership & Organizational Behavior INSC 320 Study of Disease
NURS 398 Project I Evidence-Based Practice Elective NURS 325 Integrative Patient Assessment
12 12 12


 Fall  Spring  Summer
 Session 1  Session 1  Session 1
INSC 410 Epidemiology
NURS 430 Nursing Practice & Population Health (4 credits)
 Session 2  Session 2  Session 2
NURS 435 Nursing Leadership & Health Policy (4 credits)
NURS 498 Project II Applied Nursing Research



RN to BSN Frequently Asked Questions

Course Descriptions

SEMR 315 Accelerated Learning Cornerstone (3 credits)
Description: This foundations course introduces the adult student to the University seminar experience. It is an accelerated and technical format of learning to provide skills in research, writing, oral presentation, time management, decision making, teamwork and identifying personal, professional and academic strengths for continued success.

INSC 320 The Study of Disease (3 credits)
Prerequisites: BIOL 281-282, minimum of 45 earned semester hours, or permission of instructor. Description: The human body is studied in health and disease with a focus on the contemporary causes of human pathology. Information on metabolic and infectious disorders that effect major body systems is explained. The study surveys system organ structure and metabolic/genetic aspects of disease, from simple to complex.

BIOL 320 Genetics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: BIOL 281-282 and CHEM 151-152, or permission of instructor.
Description: This course is an introduction to human and population genetics including Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics (DNA replication, transcription, and translation; genetic recombination and mutation), genetic basis of gender (sex-linked and non-sex linked genetic diseases), and emerging areas of genetics research. The student connects facts together to get a whole picture, to apply knowledge, then to solve a problem. Basic genetics introduces the student to the traditional elements of genetic biology and contemporary genetic topics. Offered Spring Semester, annually.

INSC 410 Epidemiology (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 earned semester hours.
Description: This course studies how diseases are detected, identified, and distributed within populations. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determination of health-related states or events in specific populations and the application of this study to the control of health problems. The student is shown the medical and scientific investigative skills needed to critically think, strategize, and predict new epidemics and control current ones. Mathematics is used to model disease progression. Offered Spring Semester, even-numbered years.

MEBA 375 Statistics for Managers (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Introduction to Statistics, MATH 280
Description: This course applies statistical knowledge to organizations. It explains the managerial use of data for decision making and systematic problem solving using basic statistical concepts. The student collects business data, ask the right questions, analyze the collected data using both descriptive and inferential statistical tools, learn to formulate and test hypothesis. The student is expected to master probability concepts and understand their role in probabilistic decision making. Topics covered include: descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling and sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression (simple linear and multiple).

MEBA 440 Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Modern Settings (3 credits)
Prerequisites: minimum of 60 semester hours completed.
Description: Modern organizations are characterized by constant change, market fluctuations, increased automation, and globalization. This course explores and examines the basic framework for leadership styles and focuses on ethical leadership in times of change and crisis through use of case studies and examples. The course examines the behavior of individuals and groups in the modern global settings and concentrates on improving productivity, job satisfaction, team development and continuous improvement practices and experiences. Special attention is paid to introducing organizational change smoothly, humanistic concern for people, and cultural tolerance in a global business world. Topics include theories and case studies concerning the behavior of people in modern business organizations, analysis of the internal organizational structure and managerial roles and functions, examination of theory and design of organizational structure, and the impact of work flow, leadership styles and control systems on human behavior. Offered as needed.

GEND 450 The Healthy Mind and Body (3 credits)
Personal and Environmental Health Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 earned semester hours.
Description: This course provides the foundation for a study of various current health issues. The student investigates a topic related to personal, community or environmental health to conduct research, formulate an opinion of the topic, discuss relevant facts, and write about the topic. The projects in this class focus on the development of competence in both oral and written communication and information literacy. Offered Fall Semester, annually.

GEND 465 Professional Ethics (3 credits)
Moral, Ethical and Professional Decision-making Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 earned semester hours. Description: This course covers contemporary concepts and fundamental values in moral, ethical, and professional decision-making. Through case analysis, the course covers topics such as professional client relations, confidentiality, professional dissent, and professional virtue in a professional setting. The course also concentrates on the theme of corporate social responsibility and probes how companies craft a balance between increasing profit and improving the welfare of society, promoting sustainable economic development, and committing themselves to fair trade. Offered Spring Semester, annually.

ISEM 542 Health Informatics and Information Systems (3 credits)
Prerequisites: A basic understanding of modern information systems.
Description: This course introduces the basic concepts of healthcare information systems and explains the role of information and communication technologies in current and future healthcare systems. The course reviews the role of different players in healthcare: providers, physicians, and insurance companies. Topics covered in healthcare informatics include: health information networks (HINs) at local, regional, national and global levels; information technology systems and applications; standards and interoperability topics; electronic health records (EHR) and EMR; clinical decision support; computer physician order entry (CPOE), and e-prescriptions, privacy and security concerns, financial/administrative systems, and examples of IT infrastructure for healthcare.

NURS 325 Integrative Patient Assessment (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 earned semester hours.
Description: This course builds on basic physical assessment knowledge of the Registered Nurse to include broadened assessment skills necessary to lead coordination of interprofessional care of the patient. The use of therapeutic communication skills when performing health assessment and the assessment of cultural and socio-economic aspects of health will be incorporated. The student learns to critically evaluate assessment findings and differentiate between normal and alterations indicative of actual or potential health problems. The student has lab experiences in the nursing learning and simulation laboratory where health assessment skills can be practiced.

NURS 320 Nursing Practice and Senior Adults (3 credits)
Description: Nursing practice in promoting health and managing health concerns of the older adult. The course will explore the effects of the aging process on physical systems of the human body and includes examination of loss and coping, and legal and ethical issues.

NURS 398 Project I Evidence Based Practice (EBP) (3 credits)
Prerequisites: An approved learning contract, permission of the Office of Experiential Programs, designation of an appropriate academic advisor, and a minimum of 60 earned semester hours. Description: This first project in the student’s experiential program challenges the student to identify, investigate and analyze a particular topic in the program of study or a concentration. A key objective is to apply skills, methods, and knowledge obtained in prior courses with independent thinking and research; the final product represents the successful and purposeful application of knowledge. The project is undertaken with the close mentorship of a faculty member, and may involve a community partner. Projects can involve scientific-based research or laboratory experiences, needs analysis or development plans for external organizations, or market studies and business plan proposals.

NURS 430 Nursing Practice and Population Health (4 credits)
Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 earned semester hours.
Description: This course focusses on an introduction to theory and concepts of community and population health nursing. Emphasis is on the professional nurse’s role in working with the community as the client. Care will be delivered based on community health and public health standards of nursing practice. The student will then explore the role of the nurse working collaboratively with the community as part of an interdisciplinary team. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that focus on population health care is included in both the classroom and practicum portions of the course. Selected community engagement will entail nursing practice focusing on population health as the physical, social, cultural, and economic community where one works and lives. The student will link community health status and health policy with the performance of health care systems.

NURS 435 Nursing Leadership and Health Policy (4 credits)
Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 earned semester hours.
Description: This course will focus on the professional nurse’s role in applying the principles of leadership and management in clinical environments. The role of the nurse leader and his/her influence on safe nursing practice will be explored. Barriers to practice, regulatory, legislative, and political processes in reference to professional practice will also be examined. The course will also emphasize nursing leadership roles and interprofessional collaboration in the development/application of technology to increase efficiency of healthcare services and improve patient outcomes.

NURS 498 Project II Applied Nursing Research (3 credits)
Prerequisites: An approved learning contract, permission of the Office of Experiential Programs, designation of an appropriate academic advisor.
Description: This project must be in the student’s program of study or concentration(s). It should demonstrate application of the skills, methods, and knowledge of the discipline to solve a problem or answer a question representative of the type to be encountered in the student’s profession. As with Project I, this is undertaken with the close mentorship of a faculty member, and may involve a community partner. The ideal project has a clear purpose that builds directly upon the learning that occurs within the student’s first project and internship.