Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN To BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN To BSN

36 Credits / 135 Clinical Internship Hours / 2 Courses Every 8 Weeks / Completed in 12 Months
Delivery Mode: 100% Online

The RN to BSN program is designed for nurses to build leadership and management skills introduced in previous nursing programs, while expanding the art and science of nursing into the baccalaureate level. This program is grounded in a Caring Science model that teaches the theoretical and evidenced-based practice of nursing.

The RN to BSN program is fully online, and can be completed in less than one year (approximately 10.5 months). Students will complete a 45 clinical experience that can be completed near their residences with a focus on community health.

Tuition Rate:
$12,420 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$250 per month for 50 months


The RN to BSN degree has program specific requirements for admission in addition to the general admission requirements. Applicants seeking admission into the RN to BSN must have earned an associate degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA 2.0. Applicants with foreign credentials must be evaluated showing proof of equivalency from an acceptable organization with NACES of AICE. Official transcripts must be provided from all previously attended colleges and universities. Applicants must hold a valid unrestricted, unencumbered RN license.

Some programs require nursing students to have the following information current and uploaded into American DataBank (AKA “Complio”) prior to entering clinical courses based on site requirements. For more information regarding documents please contact your Academic Advisor:

  • Background clearance
  • Proof of negative drug screen
  • Proof of student professional malpractice insurance
  • Current professional liability insurance
  • Current personal health insurance
  • CPR Certification for healthcare providers by American Heart Association
  • Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or appropriate treatment
  • Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) or titer
  • Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years
  • Proof of Varicella immunization or titer
  • Proof of Hepatitis vaccine series or titer
  • Proof of annual influenza vaccine
  • Additional laboratory tests, immunizations and/or documentation may be required for clinical experiences.

The BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 credits; 36 credits must be completed at United States University.

Students may transfer in up-to 72 semester credits from an associate degree in nursing. Coupled with appropriate credits transferred from the associate degree in nursing (72 credits), an additional 12 semester credits in the liberal arts area may be transferred. This provides students a broad background in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics and a foundation for the professional nursing requirements and potential future graduate study.*

*Where transfer credits do not satisfy the liberal arts requirements, the University recommends general education courses that can act as prerequisites to the nursing courses. Examples include, but are not limited to, COM204 Argumentation; CHM102/L Chemistry/Lab; HUM499 Senior Seminar: Humanities; MAT241 Introduction to Probability and Statistics; SSC499 Senior Seminar: Social Sciences. After a transfer credit analysis is conducted by the Office of the Registrar, an academic advisor will work with individual students to ensure they are appropriately scheduled for those courses prior to beginning nursing core courses.

Students who are residents of the State of Tennessee MUST complete a physical assessment (including head-to-toe assessment) as an admission requirement prior to admission in the RN-BSN completion program.


Per Credit: $325
Estimated Tuition: $12,420 (including fees)*
Monthly Payment Plan: $250/month for 50 months

*Rate effective for students accepted on or after January 15, 2018.


The program is 100% online and designed to be completed in one year.

Clinical requirements are designed to be completed in the location where the student resides.


Core Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
36 Credits
NUR 370: Transitions and Issues of the Professional Nursing Role

This course focuses on the professional nursing role. Students will explore professional nursing practices and role transition. Advanced theoretical concepts will be examined using the nursing process as a framework. Students will examine advocacy, empowerment, life-long learning and self-renewal in an evolving nursing role.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN-BSN Program

3 Credits

NUR 371: Foundations of a Caring Science

This course offers a detailed examination of caring as an essential framework for nursing practice. The fundamental components of nursing theory development will be defined. The students will examine the meaning of caring in relation to the use of multiple ways and patterns of knowing. The humanities, arts and sciences, and other nursing theories will be examined and applied as the student develops a personal theoretical framework for nursing practice.

Prerequisite: NUR 370

3 Credits

NUR 372: Evidence Based Nursing Practice

This course explores the theories, concepts, values and behaviors required to transition to the professional nursing role. Included are historical, ethical, legal, legislative and political processes that impact the practice of professional nursing in the contemporary healthcare system. Introduced is the impact of culture on delivering nursing care to diverse clients, their families and communities.

Prerequisite: NUR371

3 Credits

NUR 373: Healthcare Policy, Regulation and Finance

This course is designed to enable the learner to understand health care delivery systems. Students will explore the nursing role in the formulation of health care policy and political processes with a focus on the legislative and regulatory processes. The business of health care, including the internal and external environment, financing of health care, and resource management and utilization are reviewed.

Prerequisite: NUR372

3 Credits

NUR 374: Managing System Change and Improving Patient Outcomes

This course focuses on the analysis and application of systems theory and skills needed to assess, plan and evaluate the care of populations within health systems. The evaluation of current outcome measures as well as the acquisition and management of outcome data will be studied. Systems change is discussed as it relates to effective outcomes of care. An emphasis is placed on clinical, functional, and financial outcomes as well as satisfaction indicators.

Prerequisite: NUR373

3 Credits

NUR 375: Inter-Professional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Healthcare Outcomes

This course explores the impact of interprofessional collaboration and communication on patient outcomes. Students will investigate barriers that exist within and between disciplines that can obstruct a team-based care system. An emphasis is placed on methods and actions to foster a collaborative approach in clinical settings in order to jointly make decisions, coordinate patient treatment, combine resources, and develop common goals which may result in improved healthcare outcomes.

Prerequisite: NUR374

3 Credits

NUR 376: Innovation in Patient Care Technology and Information Management

Students in this course will explore the recent changes in health care technology including electronic medical records, patient care, decision support, radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems, and work flow. Students will evaluate these technologies in terms of nursing practice and their impact on patient outcomes. Barriers and incentives to implementation will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to stay current in the area and use of information management and patient care technology and related health care technologies to improve the design, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based, quality health care.

Prerequisite: NUR375

3 Credits

NUR 377: Cultural Diversity, Spirituality and Ethics in Healthcare

This course focuses on the fundamentals of an evidence-based approach to examining a range of cultural norms, religions, and alternative health care practices of varied racial and ethnic groups, and how these practices affect the definition, design and implementation of culturally competent, individualized health care. Variations in race, ethnic, age and gender groups, family structure and patient support will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on summarizing intercultural aspects and how the multicultural professional nursing work force can collaborate to assess, plan, and manage care according to the cultural and spiritual needs of individual patients and populations.

Prerequisite: NUR 376

3 Credits

NUR 378: Global and Community Based Nursing

This course explores the factors that impact the health of individuals, communities, and populations at the local, national, and global levels. Issues including public health, environmental health, emerging infectious diseases, and chronic illness will be explored, while incorporating societal and cultural issues.

Prerequisite: NUR377

3 Credits

NUR 379: Global Community Service Project Internship

This course provides students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge gained in their RNBSN coursework and apply it in a variety of clinical settings at the local, national or global level. Service projects may include but are not limited to, developing a plan for impacting health issues, evaluating and participating in community health initiatives at the local or national level, or participating in global health settings.

Prerequisite: NUR378

3 Credits
90 Hours of Clinical Internship

NUR 380: Professional Nursing Leadership

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of leadership and management in nursing and the health environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding the health care system and social forces affecting care delivery, effective leadership, patient outcomes, project management, accounting principles, and entrepreneurship. Health care policies and their effects on professional practice are explored.

Prerequisites: NUR379

3 Credits
45 Hours of Clinical Internship

NUR 490: Capstone in Evidenced Based Professional Nursing Practice

This capstone course synthesizes program concepts through analysis of a documented health issue. Students use evidence-based resources, address health competencies and analyze the identified issue. Students will develop a plan of interventions that incorporated current evidence for management of the identified issue. Students will present their capstone work via a poster or podium presentation. Presentation forums may be on-campus, at a professional conference, or conducted virtually.

Prerequisite: NUR380

3 Credits