RN to BSN Pathway

The University of South Alabama College of Nursing's RN to BSN Pathway is especially designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses desiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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The RN to BSN Pathway is designed especially for Registered Nurses (RNs) pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. This program is offered completely online. The college also offers a Pathway for diploma and associate degree RNs who want the MSN degree (see the RN to BSN/MSN Pathway page).

The curriculum consists of two separate components. RN to BSN Prerequisites and RN to BSN Professional Component. The RN to BSN Prerequisites consists of nineteen (19) courses, totaling 62 semester hours. The RN to BSN Professional Component consists of nine (9) nursing courses, totaling 31 credit hours.

RN to BSN Prerequisites

The RN to BSN Prerequisites consists of nineteen (19) courses, totaling 62 semester hours. These general education courses may be completed at any accredited institution. They must be successfully completed before admission to the Professional Component.  It is the policy of the College of Nursing to average grades for all coursework repeated.

Written Communication

  • English Composition I 3 credit hours
  • English Composition II 3 credit hours

Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Fine Arts (Select from: Music, Drama, or Art) 3 credit hours
  • *Literature elective (Examples: American, British, or World) 3 credit hours
  • Humanities elective (See options below) 3 credit hours
  • Humanities elective (See options below) 3 credit hours
  • Electives: Literature, Philosophy, Foreign Language, Music, Art, Drama, Communications, or Religion

History/Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Introduction to Psychology or Psychology Elective 3 credit hours
  • *History elective (US, World or Western Civilization) 3 credit hours
  • History/Social/Behavioral Science elective (See options below) 3 credit hours
  • History/Social/Behavioral Science elective (See options below) 3 credit hours
  • Electives: Second History for required sequence, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Geography, Criminal Justice, Economics, or Anthropology)

Natural Sciences

  • Biology with Lab 4 credit hours
  • College Algebra, Finite Math or Pre-calculus 3 credit hours
  • Chemistry with Lab 4 credit hours

Major Requirements

  • Microbiology with Lab 4 credit hours
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab 4 credit hours
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab 4 credit hours
  • Statistics 3 credit hours
  • Computer Elective 3 credit hours
  • Economics elective (Micro or Macro) 3 credit hours

Total Credits   62

*Required Sequence: All students must complete one History elective and one Literature elective.  In addition, you must also complete a second History or second Literature to complete a two course sequence in either History or Literature.  The topic for the courses in your sequence must be the same, for example: US History 1 & 2; World History 1 & 2; American Literature 1 & 2; British Literature 1 & 2.

Evaluation of a student’s transcripts by the College of Nursing for the Online RN-BSN Pathway is contingent upon the official transfer credit articulation of your complete academic history. This is done by the USA Registrar once you are admitted as a transfer student to the University.

RN to BSN Professional Component

The RN to BSN Professional Component consists of nine (9) nursing courses, totaling 31 credit hours. All these courses must be completed at the University of South Alabama. Upper division nursing courses taken at another institution will not transfer or apply toward the 31 credit hours required to earn the BSN degree at USA.

Students proceed through the nine online nursing courses at their desired pace. The Professional Component may be completed in a minimum of three (3) semesters. The Professional Component must be completed within five (5) years of beginning the BSN program.

  • NU 410 Concepts of Professional Nursing 6 credit hours
  • NU 427 Pathophysiology and Genomics 3 credit hours
  • NU 404 Evidence Based Practice and Informatics* 3 credit hours
  • NU 422 Healthcare Leadership and Collaboration* 3 credit hours
  • NU 425 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan* 3 credit hours
  • CMN 411 Community Health* 4 credit hours
  • NU 415 Seminar in Issues and Trends 3 credit hours
  • NU 461 Integration of Professional Practice* 4 credit hours
  • HSC 424 End of Life/Palliative Care OR HSC 425 Issues in Health Nutrition 2 credit hours

Total Credits   31

*Practice Integrated Experiences: Learning activities incorporated within five nursing courses in the curriculum for the RN-BSN Pathway as practice-based assignments. Activities are directly linked to the particular course objectives. Instructors will provide specific directives to students regarding all practice integrated experiences. All practice integrated experiences are completed in your HOME community. Students are not required to come to main campus to complete this requirement.

BSN Graduation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is awarded at the successful completion of the Professional Component.  Students must apply for graduation to be awarded the BSN degree. The application must be submitted by the deadline for the semester the student completes all degree requirements. The USA Graduation Application and posted application deadlines for each semester are located on the USA Registrar’s Website.

Contact Information

Dr. Pam Johnson - Program Coordinator
Email: pamjohnson@southalabama.edu

Leigh Holland - RN-BSN Academic Advisor
Email: lholland@southalabama.edu