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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

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Program Overview

Increase your knowledge of nursing and expand your career options with our RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program. Candidates who hold an active and unencumbered RN license are eligible for the RN to BSN program. Nurses who earn a BSN are also able to pursue other nursing career paths, including advanced education, administration, and teaching, that are not available to nurses without a bachelor’s degree.

The RN to BSN program offers four- and eight-week courses 100% online. You’ll gain a foundation for professional nursing practice at the baccalaureate level to expand your clinical knowledge and further develop your critical-thinking, communication, and therapeutic skills.

National University’s RN-BSN program is now offered completely online! The program is available to students across the United States.*

*There are select states that are not available for this program. For eligibility by state, please contact the Admissions team for more details.

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN program at National University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN program at National University is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).

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Course Details

Course Listing

Preparation for Major

  • 1 course; 4.5 quarter units

PrerequisiteENG 102

Examines race, gender, ethnicity and class in 20th century American society. Introduces students to methods for studying the changing nature of our society and explores ways in which our increasingly urbanized and technological culture affects all aspects of professional and unskilled work. May involve work in oral history.

* May be used to meet the Upper division General Education requirement.

Nursing Core Courses

  • 10 courses; 43.5 quarter units

Innovative and best practice technology applications to support human health by individuals, professionals, care delivery organizations, and communities. Internet-based health resources, smart phone/mHealth applications, telehealth, and health-related social networks. Systems, standards, and policies to connect people and technologies securely across healthcare ecosystems.

Addresses professional values, ethics, diversity and their associated behaviors foundational to the practice of nursing. Provides the student with tools to begin thoughtful discussion and problem solving within the social context of health care delivery and the practice environment of nursing. This course covers the Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) competencies and the Institute of Medicine’s framework, legal issues and policies, ethics and finance.

An introduction to concepts, procedures and software used in the statistical analysis of data in the health professions.

Explores evidence-based practice as a foundation for improved nursing practice and healthcare outcomes. Emphasizes the application of research theory to evidence-based practice, including ethics in research and application of the research process.

CorequisiteNSG 442A

This 8 week course provides for the study of leadership and management principles as they apply to the delivery of quality health care and professional nursing practice. Models and concepts will be identified and explored as the nurse learns the importance of leading within the climate of a changing healthcare environment.

CorequisiteNSG 442

This 8 week practicum course focuses on organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, and safety within a variety of health care settings. Emphasis is on the development of imaginative, innovative and creative strategies to promote a systems change. Grading is S/U only.

CorequisiteNSG 444A

This 8 week course focuses on the analysis of the community nursing role and practice in examining the health status of a selected population to determine community oriented care. Addresses public health ethics, nursing advocacy and healthcare disparities. Topics include the importance of health promotion and the preservation of health across the lifespan, vulnerable populations, and global health considerations. Completion of community health courses can lead to the Public Health Nursing Certification in California.

CorequisiteNSG 444

This 8 week practicum course provides students with the opportunity to use data to target community interventions, define strategies and access the determinants and distribution of health. Emphasis is on the epidemiologic and ecological principles that affect the health of vulnerable populations. Grading is S/U only.

CorequisiteNSG 447A

This course introduces the concepts, techniques, strategies and metrics of quality improvement using the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) framework. Patient care quality and safety in the context of structure, process and outcomes in care delivery are explored. Identification of improvement opportunities, action plan development and outcomes evaluation through project management are addressed.

CorequisiteNSG 447

During this 8 week course students conduct a quality improvement project under the supervision of a mentor or preceptor and the course instructor. Grading is S/U only.

Upper-Division Electives

  • 7 courses; 31.5 quarter units

In the absence of upper-division transfer units, additional quarter units of upper-division coursework may be needed to meet the minimum upper-division requirement of 76.5 quarter units. Electives should be chosen in consultation with the faculty and/or admission advisor.

Students should choose from the following Upper Division Electives

Focuses on health education, health promotion and clinical preventive services. Strategies for counseling and education, health education theories and practices, and development of learner-centered instructional strategies will be explored. The cost-effectiveness of clinical preventive services will be discussed.

A history of the U.S. health care delivery system will be explored to understand the current issues and trends. The changing roles of the components of the system as well as technical, economic, political, and social forces effecting change will be discussed. Inpatient, outpatient, and long term care will be explored.

Focuses on legal and ethical concepts, principles of ethics and law and use in resolving ethical conflicts and dilemmas in health care. Scope of practice, informed consent, employee and patient rights and responsibilities, patient abuse, and the influence of finance and corporate culture will be explored. Sample cases will be analyzed.

This course provides English-speaking students the necessary tools for communication with Spanish speakers in the work place.

An examination of the basic cultural differences generally encountered in the workplace. Special emphasis is given to cross-cultural communication in the workplace.

PrerequisiteENG 102

An examination of theories of value and ideological differences in practical applications to clarify ethical differences. Course emphasizes the dilemmas of personal and professional responsibility, including business and workplace circumstances, social relationships, and political practice.

Focuses on the historical and cross-cultural, physiological, psychological, sociological, economic and political aspects of aging. Retirement patterns, living environments, chronic disease and the role of health care professionals will be explored.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), students must complete 180 quarter units as articulated in the general catalog, 45 quarter units must be completed at National University, 76.5 quarter units must be completed at the upper-division level and the program must fulfill a minimum 69 quarter units of the University General Education requirements. In absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree. Remedial courses accepted for the ASN degree may not transfer.  Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation. 

A maximum of 45 quarter units (30 semester units) of lower division credit may be allowed for clinical courses for a registered nurse who is a graduate of a three-year hospital nursing school. Up to 22.5 quarter units (15 semester units) of additional lower division credit may be granted for academically equivalent coursework. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation. A maximum of 31.5 quarter units may apply toward the baccalaureate nursing (RN to BSN) degree if a student has passed the NCLEX-RN examination.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop caring, therapeutic nursing relationships with individuals, families, groups and populations.
  • Provide safe, high-quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.
  • Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
  • Use nursing judgment to manage, prioritize and delegate patient care in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with patients and the interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
  • Apply best, current evidence into nursing practice to achieve desired outcomes.

Program Highlights

  • Students who pass the NCLEX-RN exam receive 31.5 upper division quarter unit credits
  • 100% online program
  • Degree can be completed in as little as 11 months
  • Four- and eight-week classes
  • Focus on one subject per month while maintaining full-time status
  • Start the program any month during the year
  • Eligible Transfer to Success Scholarship applicants receive up to $4,800
  • Earn a California Public Health Nurse Certificate
  • No prerequisite courses required
  • Hands-on experience working with leaders and community partners


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