RN to BS

Program Highlights

The RN to BS nursing program helps prepare you to meet the many changes in the health care field by expanding and enhancing your nursing education. The program is open to nurses who have previously earned either an associate degree or a diploma in nursing. In addition to upgrading your skills, the program prepares you for non-traditional areas of nursing such as administration, pharmaceutical sales, managed care, and insurance.

Whatever career you choose, our RN to BS program is designed to build on what you've already accomplished. The curriculum is divided into phases that allow you to build upon previous knowledge as you progress in the program.

The registered nurse student must enroll in the following nursing courses:

  • NURS 390 - Nursing Transition (3 cr)
  • NURS 200W - Introduction to Nursing Research (3 cr)
  • NURS 357 - Introduction to Computers and Nursing Information (3 cr)
  • NURS 417US;IL - Family and Community Health Concepts (4 cr)
  • NURS 465 - Adult Health Concepts (3 cr)
  • NURS 251 - Health Assessment (3 cr)
  • NURS electives (6 cr)
  • NURS 475 - Application of Family and Community Health Concepts (3 cr)

Clinical Experience
Clinical experience in NURS 417US;IL, NURS 465, and NURS 475 are collaboratively planned by students, nursing faculty, and agency preceptors.


Advanced standing credits are awarded for all students who have graduated from a State Board approved Diploma or A.D. nursing program. Students will need to have an RN license in order to enroll in NURS 417, 475, and 465. In addition, students who graduated more than three years ago must document at least 1000 hours of practice as a nurse within the last three years. Diploma graduates apply for Credit by Portfolio for 33 credits; A.D. graduates transfer and make up in electives any credits short of the 33 required. There are fees for these processes.

For the BS degree in nursing, a minimum of 120 credits is required.


The College of Nursing Undergraduate and Graduate Programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on College in Nursing Education (CCNE). The National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission is a resource for information regarding the nursing program. Information may be obtained by writing or telephoning them directly at:

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE
Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
www.nlnac.org