Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Are you an RN who’s ready to take your career to the next level? The RN to BSN Program is a post-licensure program that will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program is offered online asynchronously through the Blackboard® Learning Management System. Face-to-face support will be provided as needed for those new to online education.


Applicants must hold a current, unrestricted RN license prior to matriculation into the program.


The goals of the RN to BSN program are to:

  1. Provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills, and attitudes necessary to provide holistic, culturally competent, ethical, and evidence-based nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
  1. Provide a learning environment with a solid base in liberal education that fosters critical thinking/clinical reasoning, reflection, and self-assessment for personal and professional growth with a commitment to life-long learning.
  1. Instill in students a sense of commitment to the nursing profession’s core values and ethics.
  1. Model the integrative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative nature of the healthcare industry.
  1. Support students in obtaining the knowledge and skills for evidence-based practice as well as participate in and utilize research to advance scholarship in the profession.
  2. Provide learning experiences that encompass the societal, organizational, financial, and regulatory environments in which health care is delivered.

RN to BSN Curriculum

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
COURSE # COURSE TITLE CREDITS
NUR 302 Professional Nursing Leadership and Management 3
NUR 303 Nursing Informatics 3
NUR 304 Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing Practice 3
NUR 305 Research in Nursing 3
NUR 403 Community Health Practicum 1
NUR 404 Nursing Across the Lifespan 3
NUR 405 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 407 Cultural Nursing: Uniting Our World 3
NUR 408 Using Evidence Based Practice in Nursing 3
NUR 413 Community Health Nursing and Emergency Preparedness 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 30

Complete your BSN in as few as 3 semesters or take up to five years working at your own pace.

General Education Courses Needed

(Many of which you may have already taken). These courses may be transferred or taken concurrently with the nursing program.

COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDITS
ADN/Diploma Coursework 39 credits (max.)
English Composition 3-6
Information Literacy 1-3
Social Sciences Elective 3
Psychology 3
Humanities 3
Anatomy & Physiology 6-8
International/Global Studies 3
Gender Studies 3
Introductory Statistics 3
Chemistry OR Microbiology 3-4
Arts OR Humanities with writing emphasis* 3
PRIOR LEARNING CREDITS
Work Experience/Licensure/CPR certification Up to 30
CREDITS NEEDED TO GRADUATE 120**

*Writing emphasis courses must be pre-approved.

**A minimum of 30 credits are required to be taken at Mary Baldwin/MDCHS

FOR STUDENTS TRANSFERRING GENERAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK FROM THE VCCS, PLEASE USE OUR VCCS COURSE EQUIVALENTS GUIDE.


RN to BSN to MSN

We also offer an accelerated RN-BSN-MSN track for registered nurses seeking to earn a master of science in nursing. Students are able to complete their BSN degree while enrolled in an MSN program by enrolling in dual-credit courses, reducing the overall credit requirement for an MSN degree by six credits. Depending on the MSN concentration chosen, students on this track may complete the program in as few as 7 or 8 semesters. Alternatively, students may take up to seven years working at their own pace.
If your ultimate goal is to earn your MSN, apply to the RN-BSN-MSN track today.
RN to BSN to MSN Curriculum
COURSE # COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDITS
NUR 304 Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing Practice 3
NUR 305 Research in Nursing 3
NUR 403 Community Health Practicum 1
NUR 404 Nursing Across the Lifespan 3
NUR 405 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 407 Cultural Nursing: Uniting Our World 3
NUR 408 Using Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3
NUR 413 Community Health Nursing & Emergency Preparedness 5
NUR/MHA 501 Organizational & Systems Leadership 3
NUR 503 Managing Health Outcomes through Informatics 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR BSN 30
NUR 502 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR/MHA 504 Policy, Ethics & Legal Perspectives 3
NUR 505 Population Health & Interprofessional Collaboration 3
NUR/MHA 610 Quality Improvement & Patient Safety 3
MSN Specialty Tracks 18-30
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR MSN 30-42

Depending on the MSN concentration chosen, the accelerated RN to BSN to MSN track may be completed in as few as 7-8 semesters or up to seven years working at your own pace.

General Education Courses Needed

(Many of which you may have already taken). These courses may be transferred or taken concurrently with the nursing program.

COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDITS
ADN/Diploma Coursework 39 credits (max.)
English Composition 3-6
Information Literacy 1-3
Social Sciences Elective 3
Psychology 3
Humanities 3
Anatomy & Physiology 6-8
International/Global Studies 3
Gender Studies 3
Introductory Statistics 3
Chemistry OR Microbiology 3-4
Arts OR Humanities with writing emphasis* 3
PRIOR LEARNING CREDITS
Work Experience/Licensure/CPR certification Up to 30
CREDITS NEEDED TO GRADUATE WITH BSN 120**

*Writing emphasis courses must be pre-approved.

**A minimum of 30 credits are required to be taken at Mary Baldwin/MDCHS

FOR STUDENTS TRANSFERRING GENERAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK FROM THE VCCS, PLEASE USE OUR VCCS COURSE EQUIVALENTS GUIDE.

The overall program goals for the RN to BSN Program were developed based on the established accreditation standards set forth by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2008).  Consistent with the mission of Mary Baldwin University and Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, the RN to BSN Program will prepare compassionate and ethical health professionals that strive for excellence through interprofessional collaboration that is responsive to an ever-changing global environment.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program is pending approval by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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