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Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN

Kaplan University's RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for RNs who want to advance into supervisory positions and leadership roles within the nursing field. Read more about the RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program here.

Official Program Name:

RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is intended for current RNs who want to expand their knowledge of specialized nursing and nursing management. There are two tracks available; one for students with a prior nursing associate's degree and another for those with a prior diploma or certificate in nursing. The program's curriculum has a strong focus on professional leadership and emphasizes health promotion, community health, health care information, professional ethics, diversity, and health care management. Students will have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills in a real-world setting when they complete the program's capstone course.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits. A total of 50 credits from a prior nursing diploma or certificate will count towards the 180-credit requirement; 90 credits from a prior associate's degree counts toward the bachelor's degree program. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements

  • NU 300: Professional Leadership Transitions (6 credits)
  • NU 310: Nursing Research (6 credits)
  • NU 333: Physical Assessment for the Professional Nurse (5 credits)
  • NU 416: Nursing Care of the Older Adult (6 credits)
  • NU 420: Leadership and Management in the Changing Health Care Environment (6 credits)
  • NU 450: Public Health Nursing - Population-Centered Health Care in the Community (6 credits)
  • NU 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Nursing (6 credits)

Core Requirements and Electives

  • CS 204: Professional Presence (3 credits)
  • HU 280: Bioethics (5 credits)
  • MM 207: Statistics (5 credits)
  • SC 246: Fundamentals of Microbiology (5 credits)
  • SC 435: Genetics (6 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • HU 200: Critical Evaluation in the Humanities
    • HU 245: Ethics
    • HU 250: Humanities and Culture
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • SS 211: The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • SS 236: People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • SS 250: The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach
  • Open Electives
    • 15 credits for students with an associate's degree
    • 55 credits for students with a diploma or certificate

Prerequisite Requirements

  • The following courses are required for students with a prior nursing diploma or certificate:
    • CM 107: College Composition I (5 credits)
    • CM 220: College Composition II (5 credits)
    • MM 212: College Algebra (5 credits)
    • PS 124: Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)

Postgraduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing Kaplan University's RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students may be interested in earning a master's degree. Completing a master's degree program may allow students to accept more responsibility in their current position or seek out more advanced positions in the nursing field.

Master's degree options for program graduates include but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator
  • Master of Health Care Administration

Career Paths:

Kaplan University's RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed to prepare RNs to assume supervisory positions and leadership roles within the nursing field. While enrolled in the program, students will have the opportunity to obtain nursing and management skills that could be applied to a wide range of positions in nursing, nursing management, and hospital administration.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Nurse case manager
  • Nurse supervisor
  • Hospital administrator

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