Bachelor of Science in Nursing | for R.N.s

Bachelor of Science in Nursing | for R.N.s

The R.N.-B.S.N program for R.N.s provides an opportunity for working registered nurses to maximize their education and career goals through the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree. The program is designed for the working adult, is in an evening format. The program is also designed to allow the working professional to integrate work and school in a diverse clinical setting. The R.N.-B.S.N. program is the responsibility of the Department of Nursing in the School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness, which manages the program and advises students in it. Processing of School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) admission and financial aid forms are facilitated through SGPS. Admission is a two-part process: (1) admission through SGPS, and (2) admission to the nursing program through the Department of Nursing.


For admissions to the R.N.-B.S.N. program, students must have:

  • R.N. licensure in Maryland, the District of Columbia or a Compact State (all residency and/or transfer requirements must be met).
  • Current CPR and health requirements. See Page 298.
  • Acceptance of an application to the Nursing program.
  • Completion of the following prerequisites.

Prerequisites for admission

Must have a “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses

Prerequisites   45 hours 
BIOL 201      Human Anatomy and Physiology I   4
BIOL 202      Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 150    Microbiology 4
BIOL  Biology Elective 4
CHEM 114 Foundations of General, Organic and Biochemistry 4
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature 3
COMM 105 Introduction to Human Communications 3
INSY 110 Computer Concepts I 3
MATH 110 Probability and Statistics  4
NURT 260 Nutrition 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Nursing Core Curriculum   58 hours
NURS 308R  Transition into Professional Nursing Practice 4
NURS 310R Health Assessment and Health Promotion 4
NURS 389R Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 423R Nursing Leadership and Management 3
NURS 446R Public Health Nursing and Population Health 5
NURS 478R Health Care Policy and Politics 3
NURS 489R Synthesis of Complex Nursing Care 5
NURS R.N. Lincense Transfer Credits 31
Required Cognates   9 hours
INTD 315*     Ethics in Modern Society 3
INTD 327*    Issues in Religion and Culture 3

RELT 280

-or-    RELT 320 

Moral issues in World Religion


Religion and American Culture

General Education   9 hours
HIST History Elective 3
Humanities   3
LITR Literature Elective 3
Total 121 hours

NOTE: All students must take 36 upper-division credits. Thirty-three of the 36 upper-division credit degree requirements will be met after successful completion of all the nursing core curriculum, along with INTD 315 and INTD 327. If taken, RELT 320 will meet the remaining 3 credits needed to fulfill the 36 upper-division requirements towards graduation.

The Department of Nursing requires all NURS courses to be completed at WAU as listed for graduation. A maximum of 31 NURS elective credits can be awarded to licensed nurses after reviewing of coursework from other colleges or universities and submission of their RN license.