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.
  • 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 II4
BIOL 150   Microbiology4
BIOL Biology Elective4
CHEM 114Foundations of General, Organic and Biochemistry4
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Research and Literature3
COMM 105Introduction to Human Communications3
INSY 110Computer Concepts I3
MATH 110Probability and Statistics 4
NURT 260Nutrition3
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 210Developmental Psychology3
Nursing Core Curriculum 58 hours
NURS 308R Transition into Professional Nursing Practice4
NURS 310RHealth Assessment and Health Promotion4
NURS 389RNursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 423RNursing Leadership and Management3
NURS 446RPublic Health Nursing and Population Health5
NURS 478RHealth Care Policy and Politics3
NURS 489RSynthesis of Complex Nursing Care5
NURSR.N. Lincense Transfer Credits31
Required Cognates 9 hours
INTD 315*    Ethics in Modern Society3
INTD 327*   Issues in Religion and Culture3

RELT 280

-or-    RELT 320 

Moral issues in World Religion


Religion and American Culture

General Education 9 hours
HISTHistory Elective3
Humanities 3
LITRLiterature Elective3
Total121 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.