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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - General

Current RNs have the chance to enhance or advance their careers by enrolling in Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing - General program. Find more details about this online BSN program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - General

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this program must have completed a diploma or associate's degree program in nursing and hold a current RN license. Strong assessment, computer, and research skills are a plus, with courses covering health assessment processes, patient care technology, and nursing research methodologies. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From nursing roles to nursing trends, the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing - General program at Walden University offers current RNs the opportunity to expand their knowledge of nursing processes and skills in areas of assessment, quality management, and nursing research. Topics explored in nursing core classes include clinical assessment and patient interviewing techniques, clinical safety guidelines, nursing advocacy, nursing interventions, and information technology in nursing delivery systems. The curriculum also addresses nursing roles in areas of public health, health promotion, disease management and prevention, disaster response, and occupational health. Some courses allow for the application of concepts studied in the program through the examination of case studies. Students also complete interactive, simulated digital clinical experiences.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

181 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing - General:

Students of this BSN program must complete 51 credits in nursing core courses in addition to 50 credits in the general education curriculum and 80 credits in electives and transfer credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (50 credits)

  • Students take a minimum of two courses in the following areas:
    • Written and Oral Communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
    • Social Science
  • Introduction to College Algebra

Upper Level Nursing Core Courses (51 credits)

  • Issues and Trends in Nursing
  • Health Assessment
  • Information Management and Patient Care Technology
  • Foundations of Nursing Research
  • Quality and Safety Through Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advocacy Through Healthcare Policy
  • Role of the Nurse - Public and Global Health
  • Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health
  • Topics in Clinical Nursing
  • Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare

Elective Courses and Prior Nursing Credit (80 credits)

  • Students may be awarded up to 50 quarter credits if they have completed a nursing diploma or associate's degree program; students with less than 80 transfer credits choose elective courses from any Walden University bachelor's degree program

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After earning this BSN degree, graduates who wish to pursue upper managerial or academic positions might go on to earn a master's degree. Master's level studies in nursing might provide more focus in areas of nursing research, advanced nursing practice, theories in nursing practice, and nursing leadership.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science - Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration

Career Paths:

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - General program, graduates might be prepared to take on greater responsibilities in their current roles or seek managerial positions in a variety of healthcare settings. They might manage nursing staff, assist in the development of treatment plans, coordinate care with other departments in hospitals or long-term care facilities, and provide healthcare education to patients and their families.

Likely career choices for graduates of this BSN program include:

  • Pediatric nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Clinical nurse manager
  • Health services manager
  • Nurse quality coordinator

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