RN to BSN Pathway

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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.

▼   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.
▼   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.
▼   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)
▼   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: conrn2bsn@southalabama.edu

Leigh Holland - RN-BSN Academic Advisor
Email: conrn2bsn@southalabama.edu

Kristyn Seawell – RN-BSN Academic Advisor
Email: conrn2bsn@southalabama.edu


Application Information