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 License||30|
|General Education Requirements||30|
|Final Program Requirements||3|
|Total Semester Hours||120|
Degree Program Requirements
Registered Nurse License (30 semester hours)
|Current active, unencumbered registered nursing license||30|
|Total Semester Hours||30|
General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)
|Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)|
|Select 2 courses from the following: 1||6|
|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|
|Introduction to Japanese|
|Introduction to Philosophy|
|Introduction to Ethics|
|Philosophy of Science|
|Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese|
|Introduction to World Religions|
|Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)|
|Select 2 courses from the following: 1||6|
|Introduction to Anthropology|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|Social Media and Society|
|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|
|American Popular Culture|
|Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)|
|COMM110||Information & Digital Literacy||2|
|ENGL110||Making Writing Relevant||3|
|Select 1 course from the following:||3|
|Effectiveness in Writing|
|Composition and Literature|
|Human Relations Communication|
|Information Literacy and Global Citizenship|
|Introduction to Information Technology Writing|
|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)|
|MATH120||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|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 Hours||30|
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.
|NURS300||Professional Transitions in Nursing (required as the first course in this program) 1||3|
|NURS310||Assessment, Evaluation and Clinical Decision-Making||3|
|NURS325||Integrated Pathophysiology and Clinical Pharmacology||4|
|NURS340||Science of Evidence-Based Practice (Prerequisite: MATH120 - Introduction to Statistics with a "C" or better)||3|
|NURS350||Transformational Leadership and Cultures of Safety||3|
|NURS400||Emerging Scholarship and Trends in Healthcare||3|
|NURS401||Caring for Today's Veterans||3|
|NURS421||Community Health I||3|
|NURS422||Community Health II (Prerequisite: NURS421 - Community Health I)||3|
|Total Semester Hours||28|
Only students who applied to and are accepted to the Nursing Program may enroll in nursing (NURS) courses.
Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)
|NURS498||Senior Seminar in Nursing Studies (with a "B" or better, to be taken as the last course before graduation) 1||3|
|Total Semester Hours||3|
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.