Nursing (RN-BSN Online Program) (BSN)

2019 BSN

Admission Requirements

The RN-BSN 100% online program is offered by the University of Louisville's School of Nursing for registered nurses who have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a nursing diploma.

Students may be admitted directly into the RN-BSN program if the admissions requirements are met.  Students may be admitted for any term.  Most of the curriculum is offered in eight-week terms.

To apply to the program, applicants must:

  • Submit a University of Louisville undergraduate admissions application.  
  • Submit all official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. 

Admissions Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative college grade point average of 2.0 on 4.0 scale in all college work
  • Unrestricted Registered Nurse license or eligibility to take the NCLEX
  • Certified criminal background check required before clinical course.  Details on the School of Nursing website

For more information on program requirements and how to apply, please visit the online programs website.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 131
The following courses are required by the program and fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Social Statistics - QR
Global Health: Disparities and Social Determinants - SB, D2
Minimum Total Hours31

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Nursing Pre-Professional Courses
BIOL 260Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIOL 261Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIOL 262Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab1
MATH 109Introduction to Social Statistics - QR3
Free Electives 2varies
Minimum Total Hours29

Note: Students must have a minimum total of 60 credit hours from the pre-professional curriculum (including General Education).

Program/Major Core

Online Nursing Courses
NURS 355Portfolio Equivalency30
NURS 381Foundations for Evidenced-Based Professional Nursing3
NURS 382Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 383Case Management of Individuals and Families3
NURS 385Nursing Leadership and Health Policy4
NURS 387Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for RNs4
NURS 388Global Health: Disparities and Social Determinants - SB, D23
NURS 470Community Health Nursing4
NURS 482Health Promotion for Individuals, Families, and Communities3
NURS 488Leadership Project2
NURS 476Community Leadership Practicum - CUE 32
Minimum Total Hours61
Minimum Total Hours, Degree Program120

At least 30 of the last 36 credit hours must be completed at the University of Louisville.

All RN-BSN nursing courses are taught online. The 84-hour Community Leadership Practicum will be completed at a site of your choice in your local community.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation Requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Community Leadership Practicum - CUE 3

Some courses required in this degree program satisfy multiple requirements. To complete the degree in the minimum number of hours listed, some hours from the General Education Requirements must be satisfied by courses defined by the unit and/or program. 


To complete the degree in the minimum number of hours listed, some hours from the General Education Requirements must be satisfied by courses defined by the unit and/or program. Using other courses to satisfy General Education requirements will require additional hours to complete the degree requirements (or decrease the listed electives).


All courses are online, however the 84-hour community leadership practicum, is completed in your local community of choice.