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You Want Something Better. HU’s 100% Online BSN Program Delivers it!

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You Want Something Better.
HU’s 100% Online BSN Program Delivers it!

  • 100% Online, finish in 18 months fulltime
  • Designed for working nurses
  • Complete 7-week sessions taught by field experts
  • Lead the design of your practicums
  • High-quality education from a STEM-focused university with diverse peer networks
  • Part-time option available
  • Affordable, competitive tuition



The Harrisburg University RN to BSN program offers the strong online BSN program you would expect from a STEM-centered university. Like other offerings you may have seen, the HU BSN program is an 18-month online program that builds on your prior education and experience as a registered nurse with an associate degree or hospital diploma. However that’s where the similarities end.

At Harrisburg University, we deliver a level of nursing education that goes beyond what you can expect (and get) from other programs. Your instructors are experienced in the healthcare and nursing field and offer an interdisciplinary-centered education that utilizes experts in Genetics, Epidemiology, Ethics, and Informatics.

You’ll combine academic coursework with professional practice while completing your BSN program. Coursework in evidence-based practice and science not only prepares you to meet every employer expectation for a BSN, but also preps you for a future graduate program. Your practicum components include an emphasis on advocacy and you have opportunities to gain practical experience in areas of special interest to you.

Research courses engage you with your actual practice or employment setting.  You are a nurse colleague at HU.  You’ll also experience the freedom of greater career mobility and be ready to pursue a graduate degree if desired. That’s the HU difference at work to give you extra knowledge, experience, and a boost in your nursing career.


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: http://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Nursing-Shortage).

Career and Earnings Outlook

“Overall, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be good because of employment growth and the need to replace workers who retire over the coming decade. However, the supply of new nurses entering the labor market has increased in recent years. This increase has resulted in competition for jobs in some areas of the country. Generally, registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited February 23, 2018).

A college degree in Nursing opens doors. BSN prepared nurses are changing lives and communities.  Able to apply to graduate school, BSN graduates achieve career advancement as Advanced Practice Clinicians, Health Care Administration, Nurse Educators, Policy Specialist, Researchers, and more. Check out this career guide for nursing found here:  https://www.nursingschool411.com/careers/

The program is 100% online. Working at your own pace and within your own schedule you’ll gain the skills you need for promotional consideration or graduate education:

 Career Salary
 Nurse Anesthetist $83,449 – $185,065
 Adult Nurse Practitioner $75,016 – $114,185
 Nursing Director $56,340 – $122,462
 Clinical Nurse Manager $53,845 – $100,567
 Charge Nurse $47,670 – $85,918
Scrubs: The Nurses Guide to Good Living, Top 19 Nurse Salaries by specialty in 2015, on the Internet at http://scrubsmag.com/top-10-nurse-salaries-by-specialty-in-2015/ (visited March 7, 2018)

Program Goals

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

  • Demonstrate evidence-based nursing care from a practice, policy, and systems perspective.
  • Act within contemporary ethical professional standards.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency.
  • Participate in teams in a variety of healthcare settings.

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 to 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)
 MATH 280  Introductory to Statistics  (3 credits)
 MEBA 312  Leadership and Organizational Behavior  (3 credits)
 GEND 450  Healthy Mind and Body  (3 credits)
 GEND 467  Ethics in Professional Healthcare Practice  (3 credits)
 HCIN 500  Healthcare Informatics  (3 credits)
 NURS 320  Nursing Practice and Senior Adults  (3 credits)
 NURS 325  Integrative Patient Assessment  (3 credits)

Experiential Courses – 17 credits

 SEMR 315  Accelerated Learning Cornerstone  (3 credits)
 NURS 430  Nursing Practice and Population Health  (4 credits)
 NURS 435  Nursing Leadership and Health Policy  (4 credits)
 NURS 398  Project I Evidence Based Practice  (3 credits)
 NURS 498  Project II Applied Nursing Research  (3 credits)

General Elective – 3 credits

 Elective Course  (3 credits)


Course Sequencing

Shown below are the course sequences for a full time adult degree RN to 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.

 Session A1  Session A1  Session A1  Session A1
SEMR 315 Accelerated Learning Cornerstone GEND 450 Healthy Mind & Body HCIN 500 Healthcare
INSC 410 Epidemiology
MATH 280 Introductory to Statistics GEND 467 Ethics in
Professional Healthcare Practice
BIOL 320 Genetics NURS 430 Nursing Practice & Population Health (4 credits)
 Session A2  Session A2  Session A2  Session A2
NURS 320 Nursing Practice & Senior Adults MEBA 312 Leadership &
Organizational Behavior
INSC 320 Study of Disease NURS 435 Nursing Leadership & Health Policy (4 credits)
NURS 398 Project I Evidence-Based Practice Elective NURS 325 Integrative Patient Assessment NURS 498 Project II Applied Nursing Research
12 12 12 14



RN to BSN Frequently Asked Questions