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RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing Program

Earn Your RN to BSN on Your Schedule

Earn your degree in as little as 1 year with maximum qualifying transfer credit from your prior nursing education*. Our flexible on-campus and online RN to BSN programs are built to fit your busy work and life schedule. Get started at a campus near you.

RN to MSN in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

RN to MSN in Nursing | Dr. Laura McKay, Program Director, Nursing

Dr. Laura McKay outlines the five specializations that students can pursue in the RN to MSN in Nursing program at South University.

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My name is Laura McKay. I am the Program Director for Nursing at the College of Nursing and Public Health at South University.

The RN to Master of Science in Nursing program has five specializations: Family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, nursing informatics, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. This is a program for nurses that are prepared at the associate's or diploma level who are seeking a master's degree, and at the end of the program, they earn both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing.

We want our students to be prepared to function in all areas of nursing and to be prepared in their specializations to meet the accreditation requirements and to meet the core outcomes. Those include things like leadership, scholarship, and clinical excellence.

Students who earn the degree, upon graduation, can function in a number of advanced nursing roles. Nurse practitioners are functioning as advanced clinicians. Nurse educators are able to teach at the bachelor's and often at the graduate level. Many of the students go on to pursue a doctorate so that they can teach at the graduate level in nursing. So the RN to MSN program is for that motivated student who has demonstrated academic excellence and wants to go directly into a graduate track.

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What You Can Learn in our RN to BSN Programs

Searching for accredited nursing schools that can equip you for the next step in your career? Our CCNE-accredited RN to BSN programs are taught by experienced nurses** who serve as your mentors, utilizing real-life scenarios to help you develop your skills in patient care, decision-making, leadership, and management. You’ll also explore topics like nursing research, community health, healthcare technology, and lifespan disease management, preparing you with the clinical ability, technical skills, knowledge, and confidence needed for today’s ever-changing healthcare field.

Sample RN to BSN Nursing Core Courses

Our core nursing courses are carefully selected and designed to prepare you to enhance your nursing career. Below are some of the topics you would cover during your major course requirements in the RN to BSN program.

  • Principles of assessment for RNs
  • Nursing research
  • Information management and technology
  • Concepts of teaching and learning
  • Leadership in a diverse society
  • Illness and disease management across the life span
  • Gerontological nursing
  • Trends in healthcare policy
  • Health promotion and clinical prevention

General education and foundational RN to BSN requirements include courses in communications, professional development, math and statistics, anatomy and physiology, arts and humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.

RN to BSN Requirements

If you’re an RN, nursing bridge programs—like our campus and online RN to BSN programs—can allow you to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing in less time and at less cost than a traditional 4-year program.

The criteria used in determining admission to the RN to BSN degree program include:

  • Completion of the application for admission
  • An associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited collegiate institution, or a diploma in nursing from an accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Submission of official transcripts from every college or university attended (within 10 weeks after the initial start date)
  • An unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the U.S. state or territory in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure). An unencumbered license must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Meet the CORE Performance Standards and essential function related to the profession of nursing as described in the South University catalog
  • All general education prerequisites must be completed before the student takes any professional nursing courses beyond the 3000 level.

Provisional admission may be granted for an overall GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 on a 4.0 scale. Final admission requires the completion of the first four courses with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in those four courses. Failure to meet requirements of provisional admission will result in rescinding the provisional admission status. There is no appeal for rescinding provisional status.

For answers to questions about RN to BSN requirements, contact our Admissions team at 1.800.688.0932. Scholarships and financial aid are available for those who qualify.

If you are not yet an RN, South University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program can start you on the path to a rewarding nursing career.

Outcomes for Nursing Bridge Programs

Whether you prefer to earn your RN to BSN online, on-campus, or by mixing the two, our programs can prepare you for new employment opportunities in hospitals, private practices, military service, community clinics, research organizations, and more.

The benefits of completing an RN to BSN program can include earnings potential and a promising job outlook for nurses with a BSN. Graduates’ average RN BSN nursing salary varies based on state or geographic region, workplace setting, clinical focus, and more.

*Completion time refers to students applying to the RN to BSN degree program, who have earned an associate’s degree in nursing from an acceptable accredited institution, and received the maximum allowable transfer of 90 credits for the General Education and Foundation course requirements.

Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. South University offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by South University.

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