Bachelor's Degree in Nursing: RN-to-BSN Program

The health care industry is experiencing unprecedented change and nurses are taking on many new responsibilities as a result.

Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) program is designed to prepare nurses for new professional opportunities by helping them earn the credentials to qualify for positions in specialized nursing and nursing management.

Who Should Take This Program?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is considered a standard requirement for registered nurses (RNs) seeking to advance their careers. If you are an RN, our online degree completion program can help prepare you to better meet the demands of today's dynamic health care environment.

At this time, residents of Tennessee may not enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

ExcelTrackTM RN-to-BSN

Designed to advance progress based on your existing knowledge, ExcelTrack is a personalized, competency-based education that gives you more control over how you learn—getting you to the same degree faster, for less money. Note that degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual. Learn more about ExcelTrack.

How Long Does it Take to Earn an RN-to-BSN Degree?

Our RN-to-BSN program gives you the convenience and flexibility to earn your bachelor's degree online from an accredited institution. Your individual course of study will be customized based on prior learning credit, course load, and course prerequisites. All terms are 10 weeks long. Registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree in nursing or a nursing diploma and have fulfilled all general education as well as open elective requirements through prior learning could complete their course of study in as few as 18 months of full-time study.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN-to-BSN Program Highlights

Kaplan University’s accredited RN-to-BSN online program features:

  • A strong focus on professional leadership with courses in management, research, emerging trends in health care therapies, health assessment, and community nursing
  • An emphasis on health promotion, community health, health care information, professional ethics, diversity, and health care management
  • The development of a portfolio that allows students to demonstrate their professional and practical competencies
  • Creation of a comprehensive development plan that includes career planning
  • A dedicated faculty of practicing professionals who have attained high levels of achievement in their respective fields
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Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing

Students enrolled in Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing can choose to complete the accelerated Master of Science in Nursing option. This accelerated option, which allows students to complete graduate-level courses in place of open electives in the bachelor’s degree program, is a streamlined way to earn a master’s degree in nursing and pursue your aspirations. If you are interested in this program, speak with an Admissions Advisor for additional information.

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What Is the Difference Between an RN and a BSN?

A registered nurse (RN) is a licensed professional while a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is an academic degree that an RN may hold. Although RNs have typically been able to enter the profession at the associate’s degree level, RNs with a bachelor’s degree in nursing may have better job prospects.#

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Accreditation

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Kaplan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

BSN-prepared nurses may be in position to pursue a broader range of advanced opportunities than their colleagues with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. Kaplan University’s RN-to-BSN online degree program is designed to prepare you to take advantage of advancement opportunities in your career or pursue graduate studies in nursing.§

How Can Earning a BSN Benefit Nurses?

A BSN-prepared nurse can provide direct and indirect care. Typical nursing roles may include:

  • Community education and public health
  • Case management
  • Nursing management and leadership
  • Analysis of health policy
  • Implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Patient education
  • Nonhospital employment opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurses with a BSN degree or higher may have expanded job options, such as#:

  • Administrative roles
  • Consulting positions

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: Advanced Start Track

Desired Track
Advanced Start Track
  • Advanced Start Track
  • Standard Track
  • Prior Degree or Diploma

    Total Prior Degree or Diploma Credits: 90

    Total Program Credits: 90

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 23

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 207: STATISTICS Change

      This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MM 150 or higher

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    Choose Your Courses Below

    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 41

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • NU 300: PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TRANSITIONS Change

      In Professional Leadership Transitions you will examine diverse roles of the professional nurse within complex health care systems and interprofessional teams; investigate application of information technology and evidence-based practice tools to improve patient outcomes; investigate application of leadership, communication, and teaching/learning skills to promote continuous quality improvement; and plan for your unique role as a practicing and developing member of a profession.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Admission to the program

    • NU 310: RESEARCH GUIDED EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING PRACTICE Change

      This course introduces evidence-based nursing practice guided by nursing research. You will learn the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse as a consumer of research. The foundational components of the research process are delineated. You will develop critical thinking skills specifically required to identify and appraise the best evidence available to support nursing practice and improved health care. Emphasis is placed on the components of the research process and the professional nurse’s role in application of evidence to improve health care. You will complete 35 practice experience hours in this course.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MM 207 or equivalent

    • NU 333: HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR THE NURSING PROFESSIONAL Change

      Health Assessment for the Nursing Professional builds on previous knowledge and skills from the sciences, humanities, and nursing. Students learn approaches to a holistic assessment of health, focusing primarily on physical assessment. Interviewing techniques required in the collection of a health history are learned. Assessment techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are applied to each body system. Students learn to differentiate normal from abnormal assessment findings based on age, gender, and ethnicity. Proper documentation of subjective and objective assessment findings is learned.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 300

    • NU 416: CHRONICITY WITHIN NURSING CARE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN Change

      The concepts of chronicity and chronic care delivery will be examined. You will apply evidence-based practice knowledge to plan care of adults and children with complex adult and children patients who often have several co-morbid health conditions to manage simultaneously. You will learn to assess the physical, mental, functional, economic, and social-cultural dimensions that contribute to quality of life, multiple chronic syndromes, developmental delay, and frailty. The influence of symptomatic sequelae is explored in depth, including atypical presentations, polypharmacy, inter-professional communication, and safety. Fundamentals of care management of chronic care delivery within the family and community will be applied.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 310

    • NU 420: LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN THE CHANGING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT Change

      Nurses must be able to apply leadership concepts and skills and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care in an ever-changing, global health care environment. This course will prepare students to understand organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, a culture of safety, and how these impact patient outcomes. A focus will be on the development of leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective communication and intradisciplinary collaboration, and the promotion of a professional practice environment.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 300

    • NU 450: PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING—POPULATION-CENTERED HEALTH CARE IN THE COMMUNITY Change

      In this course you will explore the context of public health nursing practice. You will apply evidence-based findings to population health nursing practice and engage in experiential learning that will influence change in population health. Common challenges in community and population health are examined while defining specialty roles integral to population health.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      NU 420

    • NU 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN NURSING Change

      This capstone course represents the culmination of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and is an opportunity for you to demonstrate what you have learned over your course of study. Through this capstone process, you will demonstrate integration of the essential concepts from each course in the program. The goal of each capstone project is to model an approach designed to improve patient health outcomes. You will complete 35 practice experience hours in this course.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all required nursing courses and electives; last term or permission from the Dean

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 26

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • 300/400 LEVEL: NURSING ELECTIVE Change

      Credits:

      10

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
      Students who have not met prerequisite requirements or state-specific general education requirements may need to complete more than the required 180 quarter credit hours to fulfill degree plan requirements. Students who are interested in continuing on to pursue Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Nursing should consider the Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing option where students can take graduate-level courses in place of open electives.
    • OPEN ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      16

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
      Students who have not met prerequisite requirements or state-specific general education requirements may need to complete more than the required 180 quarter credit hours to fulfill degree plan requirements. Students who are interested in continuing on to pursue Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Nursing should consider the Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing option where students can take graduate-level courses in place of open electives.

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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Kaplan University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE-Accreditation) and is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Completion time based on a full-time student with a prior associate's degree. Programs will take longer for part-time students, students who take leaves of absence or drop and return, and students with a prior diploma/certificate to complete. The number of required credits may vary depending on individual state education requirements, which could affect how long it will take to complete the program. More than 52% of 2016-2017 graduates completed the program in 18 months or less (Source: Office of the Registrar, October 2017).

§While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any graduate or doctoral programs.

#Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.