Nursing, RN to BSN


If you are a Registered Nurse who is ready to take the next step, we offer a top-quality and convenient RN-BSN program for working adults.

Our exceptional faculty will support and guide you through this fully online program, and you could earn your degree in as few as 15 months. 


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  • Complete Your Degree Faster
  • Discounted Tuition
  • Fully Online Program

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RN to BSN Class

Our adults students follow unique paths and work at their own pace, but they share a commitment to earn their degree. At SAU, we commit to help you succeed. You get small classes, exceptional faculty, discounted tuition, and eight-week courses – half the time as a traditional classes. As a working adult, you can earn your degree faster, more affordably and still have time to enjoy life.

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More Information on the RN-BSN Program

What do I need to know?

This online program is designed for adults who have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. All of our courses are three credits and taught online asynchronously in eight-week sessions.

There is also a a flexible clinical component. You can earn your degree at your pace: we have three, four, and five semester plans (see below).

Degree Requirements

Transfer credit for pre-requisite nursing courses

Students can transfer these classes from an associate's degree program in nursing with a C grade or higher:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BIOL 101 Prinicples of Biology (w/Lab) 4
BIOL 211 Microbiology (w/Lab) 4
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 232 Human Anantomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM 103 Principles of Chemistry 4
PSYC 105 Intro to Psychology 3
PSYC 212 Life Span Development 3
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology 3
STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences 3 
Total transfer credit 32

General education requirements

These are the required SAU general education courses for the BSN:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
COMM One oral communication course which includes public speaking as a major component 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
IL101 Information Literacy 1
Foreign Language 3+ years in high school, 1 semester of a foreign language or a multicultural course (e.g. IS101) 3
ART Creative Art 3
Humanities Humanities, 2 courses from two different departments (i.e. History and Literature) 6
Theology 100 or 200 level course 3
Philosophy 100 or 200 level course 3
Philosophy 310* or Theology 319* BioMedical Ethics or Bioethics and Healthcare 3
*Philosophy or Theology 3
 * courses must be completed at SAU  
 Total general education credits  32-40


 

Advanced placement courses in nursing

Students can transfer these classes from an associate's degree in Nursing program.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Nursing 305 Introduction to Contemporary Nursing 3
Nursing 315 Nursing Process I: Across the Lifespan 3
Nursing 335 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II 4
Nursing 350 Applied Learning Experiences I 2
Nursing 365 Nursing Process II: Across the Lifespan 4
Nursing 370 Applied Learning Experiences II 2
Nursing 380 Nursing Concepts of Mental Health 3
Nursing 395 Clinical Application II 2
Nursing 415 Nursing Process III: Across the Lifespan 3
Nursing 425 Applied Learning Experiences III 2
Nursing 435 Concepts of Children & Women's Health 3
Nursing 445 Clinical Application III 2
Nursing 485 Professional Nursing Capstone (WI) NCLEX Prep 1
Nursing 495 Advanced Nursing Practicum 2
Total nursing advanced placement credit 36

Based on this advanced placement, the courses remaining to take in the nursing major (effective Fall 2017) are:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Nursing 326 Applied Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (WI) 3
Nursing 361 Introduction to Theoretical Concepts 3
Nursing 376 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology 3
Nursing 411 Concepts of Population Health 3
Nursing 441 Evidence-Based Practice (WI) 3
Nursing 461 Concepts of Applied Nursing Care 3
Nursing 466 Concepts of Chronicity & Palliative Care 3
Nursing 476 Leadership & Contemporary Issues 3
Nursing 486 Professional Nursing Capstone 3
Total nursing courses 27

Total credit requirements

Total BSN Degree RequirementsCredits
Transfer General Education 32
Remaining General Education 32-40
Advanced Placement Nursing 36
RN-BSN major requirements 27
Total BSN 127-135
Plans of Study

A Plan of Study That Works For You

We offer three plans of study to meet your needs. Depending on when you want to start your studies and how quickly you want to progress, you can select a three, four or five semester plan of study to complete the RN to BSN curriculum. Finish in as few as 15 months.

All courses are 3 credits. Read Course Descriptions


Three-Semester Plan (Fall Start)

Semester I - FALL

First Eight Weeks
NURS 361 Introduction to Theoretical Concepts
NURS 376 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology Second Eight Weeks
WI-NURS 326 Health Assessment Applied Across the Lifespan

Semester II - SPRING

First Eight Weeks
WI-NURS 441 Evidence-Based Practice Second Eight Weeks
NURS 466 Concepts of Chronicity & Palliative Care
NURS 461 Concepts of Applied Nursing Care

Semester III - FALL

First Eight Weeks
NURS 411 Concepts of Population Health
NURS 476 Leadership & Contemporary Issues Second Eight Weeks
NURS 486 Professional Nursing Capstone Total nursing credits = 27


Four-Semester Plan (Spring Start)

Semester I - SPRING

First Eight Weeks
NURS 466 Concepts of Chronicity & Palliative Care
PHIL 310/THEO 319 Biomedical Ethics

Semester II - FALL

First Eight Weeks
NURS 376 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
NURS 361 Introduction to Theoretical Concepts

Second Eight Weeks
WI-NURS 326 Health Assessment Applied Across the Lifespan

Semester III - SPRING

First Eight Weeks
WI-NURS 441 Evidence Based Practice

Second Eight Weeks
NURS 461 Concepts of Applied Nursing Care

Semester IV - FALL

First Eight Weeks
NURS 476 Leadership &  Contemporary Issues
NURS 411 Concepts of Population Health

Second Eight Weeks
NURS 486 Professional Nursing Capstone

Total nursing credits = 27


Five-Semester Plan (Fall Start)

Semester I - FALL

First Eight Weeks
NURS 361 Introduction to Theoretical Concepts

Second Eight Weeks
WI-NURS 326 Health Assessment Applied Across the Lifespan

Semester II - SPRING

First Eight Weeks
NURS 461 Concepts of Applied Nursing Care
PHIL 310/THEO 319 Biomedical Ethics

Semester III - FALL

First Eight Weeks
NURS 376 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
PHIL/THEO 100- or 200-level course

Semester IV - SPRING

First Eight Weeks
WI-NURS 441 Evidence-based Practice

Second Eight Weeks
NURS 466 Concepts of Chronicity and Palliative Care

Semester V - FALL

First Eight Weeks
NURS 411 Concepts of Population Health
NURS 476 Leadership and Contemporary Issues

Second Eight Weeks
NURS 486 Professional Nursing Capstone

Total nursing credits = 27


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518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
844-639-7220
colin.copler@sau.edu

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