Online BSN Nursing Courses

Obtain Critical Knowledge to Deliver Better Care

We give credit where credit is due! At Anna Maria College, we value your previous experience and encourage credit transfers. Features of our online RN-BSN include:

  • Up to 75 credits of the 120 credit degree can be transferred into the program. (Students with a conferred bachelor's degree in another field may transfer up to 90 credits depending on eligibility.)
  • A minimum of 30 transfer credits are granted for having an unrestricted and active nursing license.
  • 45 transfer credits may be granted for the foundational and exploration 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.

For an updated curriculum map, visit here.

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

Foundational Courses*30 or 31 Credits
Course NamesCredits
Anatomy and Physiology I4 credits
Anatomy and Physiology II4 credits
Microbiology4 credits
Natural Science3 or 4 credits
Introduction to Psychology3 credits
Introduction to Sociology3 credits
Human Lifespan Development3 credits
English Composition6 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 Exploration Categories18 Credits
Course NamesCredits
Writing for Careers and Development3 credits
US in the World3 credits
Global Dynamics3 credits
Creativity and Imagination3 credits
Quantitative Reasoning3 credits
Catholic Worldview3 credits

*Transfer credit may be awarded for the above 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 Courses30 Credits
Course NamesCredits
NUS 301Professional Nursing3 credits
NUS 304RN to BSN Evidence-based Nursing Practice3 credits
NUS 315Integrative Approaches to Health3 credits
NUS 320Comprehensive Health Assessment for the RN3 credits
NUS 400Contemporary Issues in Pharmacology3 credits
NUS 405Core Concepts of Leadership3 credits
NUS 408Public Health Nursing3 credits
NUS 421Managing Resources within the Organization3 credits
NUS 431US Nurse as an International Advocate3 credits
NUS 495RN-BSN (Capstone)3 credits

Students who are admitted to the RN to BSN program must achieve a grade of C+ (77) or above to pass nursing courses in the RN to BSN curriculum.

Course Descriptions

NUS 301 Professional Nursing
Designed to introduce students to concepts in professional nursing practice and to the RN to 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. Pre-requisites: Psychology, Sociology, Growth and Development, English Composition/Literature

NUS 304 RN to BSN Evidence-based Nursing Practice
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 or co-requisites: Statistics, NUS 301, Writing for Career & Creativity

NUS 315 Integrative Approaches to Health
This course will enhance understanding of how integrative approaches to health accompanies contemporary nursing and medical healthcare. This RN-BSN course explores the role of selected integrative practices and promotions in healthcare. Emphasis is placed on ways to promote healing and optimum health in the individual. The influence of cultural, socioeconomic, and ethical principles on alternative therapies in the global society will be discussed.

NUS 320 Comprehensive Health Assessment for the RN
The Neuman Systems model is utilized as an organizing framework in completing comprehensive wellness assessments, health promotion activities, health education, and illness prevention. The relationship of the environment to health, the nurse’s role as healer, and the use of the fine arts in health promotion are integrated into health assessment, care planning, and health education. Students progress in the use of nursing informatics and knowledge of the professional literature relevant to health assessment, health promotion, and health education. Competencies in physical assessment, patient education, and oral and written communication are stressed.

NUS 400 Contemporary Issues in Pharmacology
Students will study pathophysiological and pharmacologic concepts used in nursing practice and required for understanding major health issues occurring across the life span. 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, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Nature Science

NUS 405 Core Concepts of Leadership
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, Writing for Career & Creativity

NUS 408 Public Health Nursing
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 life span 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 304 and Co-req NUS 495

NUS 421 Managing Resources within the Organization
This course explores the concepts and practices of excellence in nursing management within the health care system. The following topic will be discussed: organizational behavior with in the health care system, managing change, conflict management and negotiation, budgeting and human resource management, and nursing informatics.  Emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking about how a nurse manager effectively employs financial analysis and decision making to effectively and safely manage care within the health care organization.

NUS 431 US Nurse as an International Advocate
Nurses as a professional group are an integral component for improving the quality of health care at local, organizational, state, national and international levels. Students will gain an understanding of specific international health issue and how the nursing profession advocates for change in health care delivery. Student will examine how the US nursing as a profession has influenced international nursing practice. They will learn how coordination and communication is integral when providing inter-professional and international health care. Gaining an understanding of nurses’ role in improving national and international public and healthcare policies. Their responsibility as a health care advocates is explored in relation to the political arena as a US citizen and in international collaboration.

NUS 495 RN-BSN (Capstone)
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. Co-requisite: NUS 408. Prerequisite: NUS 400 and NUS 405

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

To learn more about Anna Maria's RN to BSN courses, click here or call 877-265-3201.