The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is open to registered nurses who have earned an associate degree in nursing and have a current, active, and unencumbered license. The mission of the American Public University System’s Nursing Program is to “provide quality, affordable, and accessible higher education for professional registered nurses to foster lifelong learning through a spirit of inquiry in order to prepare students for service and leadership roles in a diverse and global society.”

This online nursing program offers you a seamless transition from your associate degree to BSN degree, and provides a foundation for further graduate studies in nursing.

In this online RN to BSN program, you will work with credentialed and experientially qualified faculty to promote interprofessional collaboration and engagement. Online faculty-facilitated discussions and signature assignments provide you the opportunity to review and evaluate a variety of case studies and patient presentations.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at APUS is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Note: This program is currently not open for admission to residents of the District of Columbia and Washington.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Degree Program Outcomes

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Improve performance in the professional nursing role by developing leadership, management, sound clinical judgment and communication skills to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Use interprofessional communication and collaborative skills with patients, families, and members of healthcare teams to achieve effective and efficient coordination of care.
  • Utilize evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and leadership principles to promote a culture of safety and achieve outcomes that are grounded in institutional values and professional ethics.
  • Apply informatics and healthcare technologies to access critical information, to collaborate with other professionals, and to facilitate optimal patient-centered care.
  • Apply scientific principles and the nursing process to evaluate responses to therapies and changes in patient health status.
  • Integrate knowledge of human and organizational behavior to lead teams and promote cultures of safety.
  • Analyze the impact of financial, regulatory, and political decisions on local, national and global health outcomes.
  • Synthesize knowledge of ethical, socioeconomic, and cultural factors to decrease health disparities, to advocate for vulnerable populations, and to provide culturally relevant healthcare to individuals, groups, and communities.
  • Employ a spirit of inquiry to embrace the value of lifelong learning and participate in professional activities that promote and shape the future of nursing.

Programmatic Admission Requirements

This program is currently not open for admission to residents of the District of Columbia and Washington.

To apply to this program, you must hold the following:

  • Associate degree in nursing or diploma from an accredited or board approved institution in nursing.
  • Current, active and unencumbered U.S. Registered Nursing (RN) license
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU)

Please visit our AMU or APU undergraduate admission page for more information on institutional admission requirements.

Note: You must complete this program within 5 years of starting your first nursing (NURS) course.

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Degree at a Glance

Registered Nurse License30
General Education Requirements30
Major Required27
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements30
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

Registered Nurse License (30 semester hours)

Current active, unencumbered registered nursing license30
Total Semester Hours30

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following: 16
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Survey of Photography
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop®
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
Jazz and Rock
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following: 16
Introduction to Anthropology
World Archaeology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Death and Dying
Race & Religion
Hope and Resilience
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course From the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
MATH120Introduction to Statistics3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (27 semester hours)

All Nursing (NURS) courses must be completed within 5 years of taking NURS300 in order to be eligible for graduation.

NURS300Professional Transitions in Nursing (required as the first course in this program) 13
NURS310Assessment, Evaluation and Clinical Decision-Making3
NURS315Pathophysiology and Clinical Pharmacology3
NURS340Science of Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS350Transformational Leadership and Cultures of Safety3
NURS400Emerging Scholarship and Trends in Healthcare3
NURS401Caring for Today's Veterans3
NURS421Community Health I3
NURS425Informatics and Technology in Healthcare3
Total Semester Hours27

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

NURS498Senior Seminar in Nursing Studies (Must have a ‘B’ or better and to be taken as the last course before conferral) 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (30 semester hours)

Select any courses not already taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.30
Total Semester Hours30