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 program is to provide quality, affordable, and accessible higher education to professional registered nurses by fostering 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Note: This R.N. to B.S. in Nursing program is currently not open for admission to Tennessee residents or Washington State residents and RN license holders.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Degree Program Outcomes

Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Improve performance in the professional nursing role by developing leadership, management, and communication skills to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Enhance collaboration with members of healthcare teams to achieve effective and efficient coordination of patient-centered 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 to 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 and advocate for diverse populations.
  • 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.

Degree at a Glance

Registered Nurse License30
General Education Requirements30
Major Required28
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements29
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
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following: 16
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
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
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
MATH120Introduction to Statistics3
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (28 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
NURS325Integrated Pathophysiology and Clinical Pharmacology4
NURS340Science of Evidence-Based Practice (Prerequisite: MATH120 - Introduction to Statistics with a "C" or better)3
NURS350Transformational Leadership and Cultures of Safety3
NURS400Emerging Scholarship and Trends in Healthcare3
NURS401Caring for Today's Veterans3
NURS421Community Health I3
NURS422Community Health II (Prerequisite: NURS421 - Community Health I)3
Total Semester Hours28
1

Only students who applied to and are accepted to the Nursing Program may enroll in nursing (NURS) courses.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

NURS498Senior Seminar in Nursing Studies (with a "B" or better, to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (29 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.