Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN Completion Program)

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) for registered nurses offers the qualified student a program of study which combines general education courses with professional nursing theory and more complex critical thinking as well as non-traditional practica. Consistent with the mission and goals of the University, the RN-BSN program prepares nurses as leaders who can provide high-quality, safe health care to individuals, families, groups, and populations of diverse cultures in a variety of settings. The RN-BSN students learn to apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making to promote high-quality nursing care, while providing health team coordination, oversight, and accountability for care delivery. Emphasis is placed on issues related to the older adult including promoting quality end-of-life care.

Students entering the RN-BSN completion program are RNs who have previously earned either an associate degree or diploma in nursing and have a current Kentucky or compact state RN license. The program consists of upper-level course work. Two tracks are available, a 12-month accelerated format (must have General Education and support courses completed) or a two-year format.

The RN-BSN program is designed to allow registered nurses the opportunity, essential to many RN-BSN students, to continue in the work force while earning a baccalaureate degree. The coursework is 100% online. The courses in this online program do not meet in-seat; however, students may schedule appointments with faculty as needed.

Student Learning Outcomes of Program

  • Facilitate evidence-based health promotion, quality, safety, and therapeutic nursing care to individuals, families, groups and diverse populations across the lifespan.
  • Design, manage, coordinate, and evaluate culturally sensitive client care using effective interprofessional communication with community leaders to advocate for the health and well-being of the public.
  • Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, scientific, and humanistic disciplines to incorporate evidence into practice and in development of capstone project.
  • Explore professional attitudes, values, and expectations about aging to design patient-centered care for older adults and their families.
  • Implement the nursing roles of member/advocate of the profession, communicator, educator, utilizer of research, life-long learner, collaborator, manager, and leader to meet current and emerging needs of individuals, families, groups, and populations in diverse, complex health care systems.
  • Integrate professional responsibility, accountability, standards, values, ethics, morals and legal/political aspects into caring for the health of the public.

Admission Criteria

For acceptance into the RN-BSN program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be admitted to the University (unless continuing directly from the Midway Campus ADN program).
  2. Submit high school transcripts or GED score.  Transfer students with more than 24 transferable hours do not need to submit a high school transcript.
  3. Submit official college or university transcripts from a regionally accredited educational institution.
  4. Must hold current and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in Kentucky or compact state.
  5. Complete an admission interview with the director of the program or designee.  
  6. Submit a current resume.
  7. Be a graduate of an ADN program from a regionally accredited institution or diploma program. Graduates of diploma nursing programs must complete the NLN Acceleration Challenge Exam and achieve a minimum score of 90 to have nursing courses converted to University credit hours. Cost of the NLN Acceleration Challenge Exam is the responsibility of the student.
  8. Have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (2.0 on a 4.0 scale for Midway University ADN graduates).
  9. Submit the following: evidence of immunizations or titer showing immunity for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, Tdap; Varicella; Influenza; current negative tuberculin skin test or T-spot; current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers certification; and evidence of health insurance prior to beginning practica rotations to meet the health criteria of clinical facilities.
  10. Students must earn a C or better in all required general education and supporting courses.

After students are admitted to the University, students complete BSN admission criteria and may be granted an interview with the director or designee of the RN-BSN program.

Please note the following:

  • NSG 430 fulfills the ENG 360 requirement. 31 Hours General Education + NSG 430 (3 hours) = 34 Hours of General Education 
  • Students must take one business elective (300 level or higher).


General Education Hours - 31 + NSG 430 = 34 total

Elective Hours - 6

Total Hours to Complete - 120

Last updated: 10/27/2020