RN to BSN

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is a single purpose institution offering an educational program leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN).

The mission of the College is to prepare students for the practice of professional nursing. The educational plan for the registered nurse shares the same program goals and objectives of the standard nursing program but provide an accelerated pathway.

Graduates of state-approved diploma or associate degree nursing programs may receive 33 semester hours of credit in the nursing major without examination upon satisfactory completion of the specified courses according to College of Nursing policy.

Registered nurses, five years or more after graduation from a state-approved program, may receive credit without examination based on an individual assessment.

Academic advisement is available at the College of Nursing to assist the student with a plan for advanced placement, transfer of credit and completion of requirements.

Curriculum

59 semester hours of general education and support courses required pre-nursing curriculum to be completed at the college of choice prior to enrollment at the College of Nursing, and 64 hours of study in the nursing major offered by the college.

Prerequisites

Upon satisfactory completion of the pre-nursing curriculum, the student may be admitted to the College of Nursing.

For a list of requirements from other pre-nursing colleges, please review our transfer guide.

Course Semester Hours
Humanities 6
Communications 6
Social & Behavioral Sciences 9
Physical & Life Sciences 12
Mathematics 3
General Education Electives 23

RN-BSN Course Requirements

Course Semester Hours
304 - Nursing and Healthcare Ethics 3
310 - Health Assessment 3
317 - Concepts of Professional Nursing 3 
318 - Research for Nursing Practice 3
425 - Promoting Healthy Communities for the RN 5
433 - Experiences in Clinical Nursing-RN 8
434 - Concepts in Nursing Management (RN only online section) 3
436 - Trends and Issues for Professional Nursing for the RN 3
Total 31

Graduates of state-approved diploma or associate degree nursing programs may receive 33 credit hours of credit in the nursing major without examination.

Upon formal acceptance and satisfactory completion of courses, 317 Concepts of Professional Nursing, 310 Health Assessment, and 425 Promoting Health Communities, the registered nurse will be granted credit for the following College of Nursing courses:

Course Semester Hours
312 - Pathophysiology 4
314 - Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice 3
324 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory 4
325 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical 2
330 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory 5
331 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical 5
426 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Theory 5
427 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Clinical 5
Total Courses 33
Total Credit Hours 123