RN to BSN/MSN Pathway

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.

Online classThe 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.

Phase One: BSN Degree

Phase One of the Online RN-BSN/MSN Pathway is the Undergraduate Phase. Students are classified as undergraduate students. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum consists of two separate components: RN to BSN Prerequisites and RN to BSN Professional Component. The RN to BSN Prerequisites consists of eighteen (18) courses, totaling 59 semester hours. The RN to BSN Professional Component consists of six (6) nursing courses, totaling 24 credit hours.

RN to BSN Prerequisites

Writing Composition

  • EH 101 English Composition I 3 credit hours
  • EH 102 English Composition II 3 credit hours

Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Literature 3 credit hours
  • Humanities 3 credit hours
  • *Humanities or second Literature 3 credit hours

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • MA 110 or MA 112 Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • CH 101/101L Chemistry with Lab (or Biology and Lab) 4 credit hours
  • Second Science and Lab 4 credit hours

History, Social and Behavioral Science

  • History 3 credit hours
  • PSY 120 Psychology 3 credit hours
  • Social Science 3 credit hours
  • *Second History or Social Science or Behavioral Science 3 credit hours

Additional Pre-Nursing Requirements

  • BMD 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab I 4 credit hours
  • BMD 252 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab II 4 credit hours
  • BMD 213/214L Microbiology with Lab 4 credit hours
  • ST 210 or ST 305 Statistics 3 credit hours
  • CIS 150 Computer Applications 3 credit hours
  • *Students must complete a 6-hour sequence in Literature or History

Professional Component for the RN-BSN/MSN Pathway

  1. The Profession 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 Credits

  • 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 4 credit hours
  • NU 455 Concepts of Interprofessional Practice

BSN Graduation

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.

Phase Two: MSN Degree

Phase Two of the Online RN-BSN/MSN Pathway is the Graduate Phase. As the student nears completion of their BSN degree at USA, qualified students who plan to advance to Phase Two, are required to submit the College of Nursing Supplemental Application by the posted MSN application deadline. Please contact the Graduate Advisors at congradapp@southalabama.edu for additional information regarding this application process.

MSN Specialties

Students may pursue the following specialties: Informatics, Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, or Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult/Gerontological Nursing. Students who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation must obtain a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience before beginning clinical nurse practitioner specialty courses and have a competitive overall undergraduate GPA to compete for a seat in the NP specialty they select. Courses for the specialty component of the curriculum are offered online. Clinical requirements are completed in faculty-facilitated preceptorships.

  • 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 Phase Two. Students MUST apply for graduation to be awarded their MSN degree at the end of Phase Two. Applications for Graduation are found on the Registrar’s website.

Contact Information

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

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

Kristyn Seawell – RN-BSN Academic Advisor

Email: kseawell@southalabama.edu