RN to BSN Program

RN to BSN program summary

Overview

The RN to BSN Program is an online advancement program for current registered nurses (RNs) with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing.

The RN to BSN Program continues its evolution to:

  • serve the unique educational standpoint of experienced nurses and their need for flexible distance-learning options and accommodations.
  • incorporate fresh approaches recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, The Institute of Medicine, the Carnegie Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — all leading advocates of progressive, evidenced-based health care education.

Program delivery

Curriculum is presented via distance education, with courses available on demand, anytime, to fit your schedule. Some courses may occasionally require synchronous login (that is: live, time-specific classes).

Preparation coursework

You first complete prerequisite courses — essential science and liberal arts courses — totaling 58 credits. Much of this coursework may already be satisfied by your existing nursing degree. Prerequisite courses are NOT offered by the UNMC College of Nursing. You may take them through the University of Nebraska (on campus or online/distance) or from any accredited community college, 4-year college or university.

UNMC nursing coursework

Students are admitted once annually for August program start. Required nursing coursework consists of 20 credits.

Completion timeline

You can choose to take 1 to 3 courses a semester leading to degree completion in 1 to 3 years.

Admission steps / requirements

 

Application due date

 

 
  ADVANCE YOURSELF:
A BSN degree raises professional respect, expands career options, increases earnings and improves patient outcomes.
 
 
Who will care for you and yours?
 
  We expressly built flexibility and convenience into our advancement program for RNs. Work and family responsibilities plus long-distance commutes mean it isn't practical — or desirable — to attend campus for classes.

Our program is delivered online, so you may take classes on demand, day or night, when it suits your schedule. Clinical requirements may be satisfied in your community or one nearby using local preceptors.
 
 
 
 

RN to BSN plan of study - New Students


  Curriculum           CREDITS
  NUMBER   COURSE   LECTURE CLINICAL TOTAL
  NRSG 351W   Health Promotion   3 0 3
  NRSG 386W   Evidence-Based Nursing Practice & Research   2 0 2
  NRSG 451W   Leadership in Healthcare Delivery I   4 0 4
  NRSG 426W   Nursing Interventions and Healthcare Outcomes   4 0 4
  NRSG 443W   Population-Centered Care   2 2 4
  NRSG 452W   Leadership in Healthcare Delivery II   3 0 3
      RN to BSN required credits       20
      Prior nursing education / experience / course completion       42
  Graduation   Total BSN required credits       62

 

RN TO BSN PLAN OF STUDY - STUDENTS    Admitted prior to Fall 2013


  Curriculum           CREDITS
  NUMBER   COURSE   LECTURE CLINICAL TOTAL
  NRSG 268W   Health Assessment & Promotion   2.5 1.5 4
  NRSG 325W   Pathophysiologic Basis of Alterations in Health   4 0 4
  NRSG 385W   Health Care Outcomes Management   5 0 5
  NRSG 386W   Evidence-Based Nursing Practice & Research   2 0 2
  NRSG 420W   Community Health Nursing   2 3 5
  NRSG 435W   Health Policy & Issues   2 0 2
  NRSG 470W   Nursing Management Strategies   2 0 2
      RN to BSN required credits       24
      Prior nursing education / experience / course completion       38
  Graduation   Total BSN required credits       62

 

Please note: The BSN curriculum will continuously evolve to offer superior preparation for the changing demands of modern nursing. Course numbers, titles and other details are subject to change.

Credits awards for course completion, prior nursing education & experience

  1. Course Completion/Portfolio Activities and Review for Students Admitted After Fall 2013: Upon completion of NRSG 451W you will be awarded 5 additional credit hours and after completing 452W you will be awarded 6 additional credit hours for a total of 11 credit hours. These hours are based on a professional review of your portfolio by faculty and completion of activities designed to augment your portfolio. There is a special one-time fee that covers both courses, but is assessed and payable during the semester you register for NRSG 452W.
  2. Course Completion Credit for Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2013: Upon completion of NRSG 385W you'll be awarded an additional 11 credit hours. There is a special one-time fee that is assessed and payable during the semester you register for NRSG 385W.
  3. Previous Education and Work Experience: Up to 31 additional credits will be awarded upon program completion for your prior nursing education and work experience completed before BSN graduation. This is based on working one (1) year full-time as an RN.

Transferring credits


Credits from any accredited community college, 4-year college or university — including online and independent study courses — are generally accepted for transfer.

UNMC minimum requirement


You must complete a minimum of 20 nursing credits at UNMC to earn a BSN degree.

Satisfy clinical requirements locally


All clinical requirements may be satisfied in your local community or one nearby.

Clinical education affiliations


We have relationships with over 100 health care institutions across Nebraska to provide students a convenient, diverse range of clinical learning.

Your first step


Contact a student services representative for a review of your transcripts. This process addresses your questions and quickly tells you where you stand with BSN foundation courses. You can also discuss a plan of study that fits your schedule.

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