Curriculum: RN to BSN Online

Curriculum: RN to BSN Online
27 Core nursing credits
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UC College of Nursing’s RN to BSN Online Program Flexible Course Schedule and Support

Students can choose to complete the RN to BSN online program full time or part time. Full time students can complete the required nine nursing courses in nine months (two semesters). Part time students can complete the program in either 12 months (three semesters) by taking three courses a semester or 15 months (five semesters) by taking two courses a semester.

For more details, view the Completion Options page.

All courses in UC’s RN to BSN online program last seven weeks (except for the 14-week capstone). The seven-week structure allows you to move through courses at your own pace. Each course is offered six times a year, which means, if you need to drop a course, you can pick it back up again in several weeks and continue your BSN without much delay.

In addition, UC’s RN to BSN online program faculty understand life happens. They offer support throughout your courses to ensure you get the help you need and stay on track in the program.


Option to Minor in Public Health

UC College of Nursing’s RN to BSN online program also offers the option to obtain your minor in Public Health by adding three required courses and three elective courses (18 credit hours) focusing on emerging issues in public health, the social and behavioral aspects of preventing disease, environmental health concepts, the changing U.S health care system and monitoring diseases in the community. One of the required courses and two of the elective courses are fulfilled through completion or RN to BSN Online program courses.


RN to BSN Online General Education Courses

Students complete most of the required general education courses as part of an associate degree program. If you have not already completed some or all of the courses, you are still eligible for admission.

  • Statistics*
  • Anatomy & Physiology (1 year)
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology and/or Sociology (6 credits)
  • Freshman English
  • Intermediate Composition
  • History Elective
  • Fine Arts or Humanity Elective
  • Cultural Diversity Elective

*Must be completed before taking NBSN 4062.

Successful completion of general education courses is required to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Many courses are offered online by UC; the College of Nursing also accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions.
To look up how courses from other institutions transfer to UC, visit the Transfer Equivalency Database.


Learning Objectives 

  • Apply relevant theories from nursing and related natural and behavioral sciences as a foundation for planning holistic care to enhance modify or support population focused health care in various environmental contexts.
  • Demonstrate clinical judgment while providing holistic care as a member of the interprofessional team in various environmental contexts.
  • Employ effective communication and collaboration for professional nursing practice utilizing information management and patient care technology.
  • Demonstrate leadership to effectively implement evidence-based interventions that promote patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within the context of the interprofessional team.
  • Apply nursing process to address the health of diverse populations in the provision of evidence-based, comprehensive nursing care.
  • Educate diverse populations in health promotion, disease prevention, maintenance, and health restoration.
  • Use scholarly inquiry to guide professional practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership in health policy, advocacy, and management of holistic care.
  • Apply professional standards of practice incorporating legal, ethical, and resource management.


RN to BSN Online Program Courses

Course Title / Description Credit
NBSN 3087
Health Issues of Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations
Course: NBSN 3087
Credit: 3
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to provide students with the opportunity to examine the interplay between vulnerability, health status, and health care access and quality. Physical, psychological, demographic, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues influencing the health status of and health care delivery to vulnerable populations are examined. Students will develop essential skills needed to work effectively as members of interprofessional teams and explore ways to improve the quality of health care delivery and health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized groups.
NBSN 4060
Informatics for Professional Nurses
Course: NBSN 4060
Credit: 3
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to focus on the nurse’s role and professional responsibility in utilizing healthcare informatics to improve patient outcomes. It addresses the use of information science and technology to support patient care. It focuses primarily on the use of information systems to evaluate plans of care, outcomes of care, and healthcare systems to inform patient safety and quality improvement for diverse populations. Ethical, legal, cultural, and financial issues surrounding information systems are also discussed.
NBSN 4061
Transition to Baccalaureate Education in Nursing
Course: NBSN 4061
Credit: 3
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to emphasize the foundational knowledge and nursing concepts requisite to transition to baccalaureate education. Emphasis is placed on nursing theory, ethics, legal practice, and professional nursing roles.
NBSN 4062
Scientific Basis for Evidence-Based Practice
Course: NBSN 4062
Credit: 3
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to introduce the student to evidence-based practice process and establish a foundation for understanding the scientific basis for practice. Topics to be discussed include: theory, ethics, and cultural sensitivity when providing evidence-based care for diverse populations.
NBSN 4065
Nurse as Professional Leader and Manager
Course: NBSN 4065
Credit: 3
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to focus on the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgments essential to effectively lead and mange self and others within constantly changing healthcare systems. Emphasis is placed on strategies that facilitate quality improvement, interprofessional collaboration, conflict management, resource management, change, and the professional practice of self and others as members of the health care organization.
NBSN 4067
Gerontological Nursing Practice
Course: NBSN 4067
Credit: 3
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to emphasize essential concepts necessary to provide quality care for the older adult population. This course focuses on ways to maintain wellness and the nurse’s role in implementation of best practices in the care of the older adult population.
NBSN 4068
Capstone Experiences
Course: NBSN 4068
Credit: 3
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to provide capstone experiences for the RN to BSN student to synthesize coursework and current evidence into one’s professional practice. Students’ unique experiences provide the context in which to demonstrate the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse in the delivery of client/patient-centered, evidence-based care that improves health care outcomes.
NBSN 4078
Learning with Technology
Course: NBSN 4078
Credit: 3
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to cover current trends, learning theories, and criteria for selection of specific technologies. Students will leverage technology to communicate effectively in a technology-enhanced environment.
NBSN 4081
Focus on Community
Course: NBSN 4081
Credit: 3
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to facilitate knowledge of community based nursing and population health. Students will apply community and population health competencies in the design of a community-focused intervention plan with a community partner. Students use the Core Public Health Functions to promote health and reduce risk across the life span.
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