Nursing (RN-BSN Online Program) (BSN)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Unit: Nursing
Academic Plan Code(s): NUR_BSNUDO

This program is for students who are already licensed Registered Nurses.

Program Information

This program is completed entirely online.

The School of Nursing offers an RN-BSN online curriculum designed by nurses for nurses to reflect the evolving nature of health care. We are dedicated to your success and committed to helping you take the next step in your academic and career advancement. Recently ranked in the top ten RN-BSN online programs by AffordableCollegesOnline, our program provides a flexible, cost-effective opportunity for registered nurses with an associate's degree or a nursing diploma to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as little as 16 months.

Prospective students interested in a first-degree BSN program or individuals with a bachelor's degree in another discipline who are interested in pursuing a degree in Nursing should refer to the Pre-Licensure Nursing program or the Master's Entry into Professional Nursing program, respectively.

RN-BSN students must present official transcripts of coursework completed from all universities and schools attended.

This program is completed entirely online.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
Ten (10) hours of General Education requirements may be satisfied through coursework required by the degree program.
College/School Requirements 129
Program/Major Requirements61
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

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Departmental 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 are required to have a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and an RN license without restrictions.

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 Microbiology - S
Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory - SL
Elementary Statistics - QR
Global Health: Disparities and Social Determinants - D2, SB
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 257Introduction to Microbiology - S3
BIOL 258Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory - SL1
BIOL 260Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIOL 261Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIOL 262Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab1
MATH 109Elementary 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 - D2, SB3
NURS 470Community Health Nursing4
NURS 482Health Promotion for Individuals, Families, and Communities3
NURS 488Leadership Project2
NURS 476Community Leadership Practicum - CUE 32
Minimum Total Hours61

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