Nursing (RN-BSN Online Program) (BSN)
This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2022–Spring 2023 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Academic Plan Code(s): NUR_BSNUDO
This program is for students who are already licensed Registered Nurses.
This program is completed entirely online.
This fully online program provides the flexibility working nurses need to balance working full-time with furthering your nursing education. Develop your expertise in nursing leadership, meet growing employer expectations, and expand your ability to work with diverse global populations in a variety of settings—without any campus requirement or set class times. Eight-week classes and a flexible curriculum path helps nurses maintain a successful work-life-education balance.
RN-BSN students must present official transcripts of coursework completed from all universities and schools attended.
Prospective students interested in a first-degree BSN program should refer to the Pre-Licensure Nursing program. Individuals with a bachelor's degree in another discipline, who are interested in pursuing a nursing degree, may pursue the traditional bachelor of science in nursing degree program or an accelerated second degree option.
|General Education Requirements 1||31|
Ten (10) hours of General Education requirements may be satisfied through coursework required by the degree program.
|College/School Requirements (pre-professional courses) 1||29|
|RN-BSN Core Courses 1||31|
|Minimum Total Hours||120|
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.
Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.
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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.
- 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 1||31|
|The following courses are required by the program and fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:|
|Introduction to Microbiology - S|
|Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory - SL|
|Elementary Statistics - QR|
|Global Health: Disparities and Social Determinants - D2, SB|
|Minimum Total Hours||31|
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.
|Nursing Pre-Professional Courses|
|BIOL 257||Introduction to Microbiology - S||3|
|BIOL 258||Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory - SL||1|
|BIOL 260||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|BIOL 261||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|BIOL 262||Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab||1|
|MATH 109||Elementary Statistics - QR||3|
|Free Electives 2||varies|
|Minimum Total Hours||29|
Note: Students must have a minimum total of 60 credit hours from the pre-professional curriculum (including General Education).
|Online Nursing Courses|
|NURS 355||Portfolio Equivalency||30|
|NURS 381||Foundations for Evidenced-Based Professional Nursing||3|
|NURS 382||Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|NURS 383||Case Management of Individuals and Families||3|
|NURS 385||Nursing Leadership and Health Policy||4|
|NURS 387||Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for RNs||4|
|NURS 388||Global Health: Disparities and Social Determinants - D2, SB||3|
|NURS 470||Community Health Nursing||4|
|NURS 482||Health Promotion for Individuals, Families, and Communities||3|
|NURS 488||Leadership Project||2|
|NURS 476||Community Leadership Practicum - CUE||2|
|Minimum Total Hours||61|
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.
|Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation Requirement)|
|Requirement fulfilled by completing:|
|Community Leadership Practicum - CUE|
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).