Online RN to BSN

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Admission Requirements

The University of South Alabama College of Nursing RN to BSN Pathway is specifically designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses with a current RN license seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The RN to BSN Professional Component consists of courses that address knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are needed to be successful in today’s dynamic healthcare settings. You will enjoy challenging yourself as you explore relevant topics related to modern day professional nursing issues. This program is taught entirely online and is a flexible option for working students who are managing work and family responsibilities as well as educational assignments. Graduates will have the skills to provide enhanced patient care, critique and apply research to clinical practice. Graduates will increase their skills and knowledge about informatics in healthcare, will have a better understanding of global health issues, and will be better prepared to collaborate with the interprofessional team in providing quality care in multiple work settings.

Online RN to BSN Professional Component

  1. The Professional Component consists of six (6) fully online nursing courses for a total of 24 credit hours.
  2. These courses must be completed at the University of South Alabama.
  3. Upper division nursing courses taken at another institution will not transfer or apply toward the 24 credit hours required to earn the BSN degree at USA.
  4. Students proceed through the six online nursing courses at their desired pace.
  5. The Professional Component may be completed in a minimum of two (2) semesters.
  6. The Professional Component must be completed within five (5) years of beginning the BSN curriculum.

Online Professional Component Course Work – 24 Total Credit Hours

  • NU 450 Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nursing Practice (4 credit hours)
  • NU 451 Current Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing Practice (4 credit hours)
  • NU 452 Clinical Prevention and Population Health (4 credit hours)
  • NU 453 Information Management and Technology in Healthcare (4 credit hours)
  • NU 454 Research and Evidence Based Practice Practicum (4 credit hours)
  • NU 455 Concepts of Interprofessional Practice (4 credit hours)
▼   RN to BSN Prerequisites  – 59 Total Credit Hours

The RN to BSN Prerequisites consists of eighteen (18) courses, totaling 59 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 & 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
Humanities Electives include: Second Literature for Required Sequence, or 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 & Mathematics
College Algebra, Finite Math, or Pre-Calculus 3 credit hours
Chemistry with a Lab OR Biology with a Lab 4 credit hours
Take a Second Natural Science with a Lab 4 credit hours (See options below)
Natural Science with Lab includes any of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics,  or Astronomy.
Additional Pre-Nursing 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
Total Credits 59

*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, in the same exact subject.

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.
▼   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.
▼   Online RN-BSN/MSN

Students in the RN-BSN program are welcome to continue their studies at USA as a graduate student. As the student nears completion of their BSN degree at USA, they may submit the College of Nursing Supplemental Application by the posted MSN application deadline. Please contact the Graduate Advisors at for additional information regarding this application process.

MSN Specialties

Students may pursue the following specialties: Nursing Informatics, Executive Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult/Gerontological Nursing or Nurse Practitioner specialty options. Students who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation must obtain a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience before beginning the specialty courses and have a competitive overall undergraduate GPA to compete for a seat in the NP program. All courses for the MSN degree are offered online. Clinical requirements are completed in facilities following an approval process.

  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Administration
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist-AG
  • Adult-Geron Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute Care NP)
  • Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP)

To preview all the specialties for the MSN degree, please see the MSN Specialties webpage.

MSN Graduation

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is awarded at the successful completion of al program requirements. Students MUST apply for graduation to be awarded their MSN degree. Applications for Graduation are found on the Registrar’s website.

Contact Information

Dr. Pam Johnson - Program Coordinator

Leigh Holland - RN-BSN Academic Advisor

Kristyn Seawell – RN-BSN Academic Advisor