RN-BSN Online Courses and Degree Requirements

Up to 75 credits may be accepted as transfer credits for the BSN degree. A minimum of 30 transfer credits will be granted to students who are Registered Nurses and an additional 45 transfer credits may be granted for the prerequisite and AMC core requirement courses listed below.

Non-traditional credit may be granted for examinations recommended by the American Council for Education, for CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or Excelsior College. Students with professional certification in a specialty practice area may also receive college credit. Certification must be nationally recognized by a professional nursing board or through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Certificates submitted for professional certification will be reviewed and approved by the Program Director. A minimum of 120 credits is required for the BSN degree.

*All transfer credits must come from a regionally accredited institution.


Foundational Courses* 31 credits
Course Name Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I 4 credits
Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credits
Microbiology 4 credits
Chemistry 4 credits
Psychology 3 credits
Sociology 3 credits
Growth and Development 3 credits
English Composition/Literature 6 credits


*Students missing up to 2 foundational courses may be conditionally accepted. Recent graduates awaiting NCLEX-RN licensure may enroll in one nursing course and continue academic progression after licensure is obtained.


AMC Core Exploration Courses 18 credits
Course Name Credits
Writing for Career & Creativity 3 credits
US in the World 3 credits
Global Dynamics Course 3 credits
Creativity & Imagination Course 3 credits
Quantitative Reasoning - Statistics 3 credits
Catholic Social Teaching 3 credits


Transfer credit may be awarded for the above core courses if you have already taken a course that falls into the appropriate subject area. This transfer credit will be included in the maximum 75 credits you can receive toward the program.


Required Nursing Courses* 33 credits
Course Name Credits
Professional Nursing 3 credits
Physical Assessment and Health Promotion 6 credits
Nursing Research 3 credits
Nursing Informatics 3 credits
Pathopharmacology 3 credits
Leadership & Management 3 credits
Public Health Nursing 3 credits
Senior Seminar 3 credits
Senior Seminar II 3 credits
One Nursing Elective *Choices below 3 credits


Beginning in January 2013, students who are admitted to the RN-BSN program must achieve a grade of C+ (77) or above to pass nursing courses in the RN-BSN curriculum.


Course Descriptions

NUS 301 Professional Nursing (3 credit hours)
Designed to introduce students to concepts in professional nursing practice and to the RN-BSN program, this course explores professional issues in nursing practice, such as social responsibility and service, ethics, spirituality, current health issues, legislative issues in health care, nursing theory, and career planning . Nursing informatics, written communication skills and critical thinking are stressed.

NUS 302 Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (6 credit hours)
This course uses the Neuman Systems Model as the organizing framework in completing comprehensive wellness assessments, health promotion activities, health education, and illness prevention. Competencies in physical assessment, patient education, and written communication are emphasized. Prerequisite: NUS 301

NUS 304 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
This is an introductory nursing research course designed to prepare registered nurses to become critical consumers of nursing research, to use nursing research in practice and to develop an understanding of the research process in preparation for graduate study. Students will also learn to integrate nursing science with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. Technology-based health applications that support clinical, administrative, research and educational decision making are emphasized. Prerequisites: NUS 301, BLP 250

NUS 306 Nursing Informatics (3 credit hours)
Students will learn to integrate nursing science with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. Technology-based health applications that support clinical, administrative, research and educational decision making are emphasized.

NUS 400 Pathopharmacology (3 credit hours)
Students will study pathophysiological and pharmacologic concepts used in nursing practice and required for understanding major health issues occurring across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on understanding the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, implications for treatment, and pharmacologic management of various pathophysiological signs and symptoms. Pharmacologic modes of treatment of selected major health problems are examined and discussed using a prototype model. Prerequisite: NUS 301

NUS 405 Leadership & Management (3 credit hours)
This course explores leadership and management styles and models in the areas of mentorship, media relations, the nurse's role in the development of health care policy, and the professional nurse's responsibility to advocate for a healthy environment. Students continue the development of their professional portfolio and explore their professional growth through narrative and self-analysis. Prerequisite: NUS 301

NUS 408 Public Health Nursing (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on care of the community as client. Theories and concepts related to nursing and public health sciences are presented within the framework of critical thinking and caring. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management across the lifespan in home and community settings. Current public health problems, epidemiology, trends in health care delivery, and community resources are examined. Students analyze the socio cultural, political, economic, ethical and environmental factors that influence community and global health, with emphasis on issues facing residents local to the student. Prerequisites: NUS 301, NUS 302, NUS 304

NUS 490 Senior Seminar I (3 credit hours)
An interdisciplinary capstone seminar in nursing that will provide students with the opportunity to select and explore, with the aid of the instructor, special topics that integrate the course content presented throughout the nursing course sequence. Prerequisite: NUS 408

NUS 491 Senior Seminar II (3 credit hours)
Building on the comprehensive community assessment completed in NUS 408 Public Health Nursing, students will gain in-depth, first-hand knowledge and a greater understanding of the social and health issues in their local community as well as existing services to alleviate these issues. Students will develop a project based on the Neuman Systems Model to address the identified need. Prerequisite: NUS 408

Nursing Elective Choices*

NUS 310 Chronic Illness (3 credit hours)
Students will explore ways to mediate the impact of chronic illness on the chronically ill person, the family, caregivers, the health care provider, and the health system. Concepts of chronicity, wellness and illness roles, stigma, body image, powerlessness and empowerment are examined. Topics of discussion include coping with pain, social isolation, altered mobility, fatigue, and sexuality. 

NUS 311 The Human Dilemma: Dealing with Grief and Loss (3 credit hours)
This course explores the concepts of grief and suffering across the spectrum—from everyday crises to dealing with death and dying.

NUS 313 History of Nursing in the United States (3 credit hours)
This course traces the development of nursing practice and education in the United States from the Civil War to the present. Students will focus on the political, social, and economic events that shaped nursing practice and education within the context of the period. Topics include Nightingale's influence, early hospital nursing schools, nursing experiences during wartime, Red Cross nursing, segregation in American nursing, the development of public health nursing, the impact of scientific medicine on nursing, the development of managed care, and the changing images of nursing. Students participate in original historical research.

*Electives also available to nurses needing additional credit hours for graduation. Students may be exempted from electives if non-traditional credits are granted.

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