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BSN - RN-to-BSN Completion (CCNE-accredited)

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN-to-BSN (CCNE Accredited) program have an opportunity to study nursing research and informatics, pharmacology for patient safety, and other relevant topics. Read on to learn more about this online BSN program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN-to-BSN (CCNE Accredited)

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Aspiring students of the RN-to-BSN program must hold a diploma or associate's degree in nursing and have a current RN licensure and relevant work experience. All applicants to Capella University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN-to-BSN program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is designed to provide current RNs with the opportunity to expand their managerial and clinical skills and knowledge. Required courses address patient care technologies and health care information systems, health care policy development, health care regulations, organizational leadership principles, health promotion strategies, disease prevention approaches, and pharmacological patient safety practices. Students could also expect to learn about nursing management methods, patient advocacy, global wellness practices, and collaborative efforts in nursing. In the capstone, students are required to complete an integrative project drawing on concepts studied throughout the program; the project involves developing a health promotion or disease prevention practice model that includes implementation strategies.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

180 credits (135 max transfer).

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN-to-BSN (CCNE Accredited):

While this BSN program requires the completion of 180 credits, students can transfer in up to 135 credits from their AS or diploma in nursing. The 180 credits include 72 credits in required and foundational nursing courses, 45 credits of general education curriculum, 57 credits in electives, and a 6-credit capstone course. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (45 credits)

  • Students select a minimum of six quarter credits from each of the following categories:
    • Communications
    • Humanities
    • Natural Science and Mathematics
    • Social Science

Foundational Courses (30 credits)

  • Students complete undergraduate nursing skills coursework

Required Courses (42 credits)

  • Developing a Health Care Perspective
  • Leading People, Processes, and Organizations in Interprofessional Practice
  • Improving Quality of Care and Patient Safety
  • Making Evidence-Based Decisions
  • Managing Health Information and Technology
  • Coordinating Patient-Centered Care
  • Practicing in the Community to Improve Population Health

Elective Courses (57 credits)

  • Students choose any undergraduate courses

Capstone Course (6 credits)

  • Capstone Project for Nursing

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those enrolled in the BSN: RN-to-BSN program could choose might choose to continue their learning and obtain their master's degree in nursing. An advanced degree in nursing might be needed for graduates who intend to pursue administrative or upper management position in nursing departments or who seek to become advance practice nurses. Some of the master's degree programs that graduates might consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Leadership and Administration
  • Master of Health Administration

Career Paths:

After completing the BS in Nursing - RN-to-BSN program, graduates might be prepared to take on greater responsibilities in their current RN roles and to manage changes in health care systems and regulations. They might qualify for supervisory roles in nursing departments for hospitals, clinics, community health centers, group medical offices, or long-term care facilities.

Career titles suitable for graduates include:

  • Charge nurse
  • Nurse supervisor
  • Home health nurse
  • Case management nurse

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