Choose Your Own Schedule
Complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing with 9 core nursing courses in one of three flexible ways.
View the course of study for each option:
- Recommended full- and part-time schemas, effective Fall 2018 (PDF)
- Full time allows you to complete the program in 9 months (two semesters).
- Part-time option 1 allows you to complete the program in 12 months (three semesters) by taking three courses a semester.
- Part-time option 2 takes five semesters, but is balanced by the less-intense academic pace of two courses per semester (with only one course in the third semester).
Required general education courses are not indicated in the course of study. If you haven't completed those courses before you enter the RN to BSN program, you must add them to their schedule, which could prolong your timeline.
Required Core Courses
Effective Fall 2018
Our program awards standard letter grades and credit hours for both course and program completion. The use of letter grades and credit hours makes our competency-based conceptual framework compatible for transcript evaluation for admission to master's and doctoral nursing programs for students who decide to pursue an advanced degree in nursing.
NBSN 3087 - Health Issues of Vulnerable & Marginalized Populations Expand
This course uses a competency-based conceptual framework to provide students with the opportunity to examine the interplay between vulnerability, health status, and health care access and quality. Physical, psychological, demographic, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues influencing the health status of and health care delivery to vulnerable populations are examined. Students will develop essential skills needed to work effectively as members of interprofessional teams and explore ways to improve the quality of health care delivery and health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized groups.
NBSN 4060 - Informatics for Professional Nurses Expand
This course uses a competency-based conceptual framework to focus on the nurse’s role and professional responsibility in utilizing health care informatics to improve patient outcomes. It addresses the use of information science and technology to support patient care. It focuses primarily on the use of information systems to evaluate plans of care, outcomes of care, and healthcare systems to inform patient safety and quality improvement for diverse populations. Ethical, legal, cultural, and financial issues surrounding information systems are also discussed.
NBSN 4061 - Transition to Baccalaureate Education in Nursing Expand
This course uses a competency-based conceptual framework to emphasize the foundational knowledge and nursing concepts requisite to transition to baccalaureate education. Emphasis is placed on nursing theory, ethics, legal practice, and professional nursing roles.
NBSN 4062 - Scientific Basis for Evidence-Based Practice Expand
This course uses a competency-based conceptual framework to introduce the student to evidence-based practice process and establish a foundation for understanding the scientific basis for practice. Topics to be discussed include: theory, ethics, and cultural sensitivity when providing evidence-based care for diverse populations.
NBSN 4065 - Nurse as Professional Leader & Manager Expand
This course uses a competency based conceptual framework to focus on the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgements essential to effectively lead and mange self and others within constantly changing healthcare systems. Emphasis is placed on strategies that facilitate quality improvement, interprofessional collaboration, conflict management, resource management, change, and the professional practice of self and others as members of the health care organization.
NBSN 4067 - Gerontological Nursing Practice Expand
This course uses a competency-based conceptual framework to emphasize essential concepts necessary to provide quality care for the older adult population. This course focuses on ways to maintain wellness and the nurse’s role in implementation of best practices in the care of the older adult population.
NBSN 4068 - Capstone Experiences Expand
This course uses a competency-based conceptual framework to provide capstone experiences for the RN to BSN student to synthesize coursework and current evidence into one’s professional practice. Students’ unique experiences provide the context in which to demonstrate the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse in the delivery of client/patient-centered, evidence-based care that improves health care outcomes.
NBSN 4078 - Learning with Technology Expand
This course uses a competency-based conceptual framework to cover current trends, learning theories, and criteria for selection of specific technologies. Students will leverage technology to communicate effectively in a technology-enhanced environment.
NBSN 4081 - Focus on Community Expand
This course uses a competency-based conceptual framework to facilitate knowledge of community based nursing and population health. Students will apply community and population health competencies in the design of a community-focused intervention plan with a community partner. Students use the Core Public Health Functions to promote health and reduce risk across the life span.
Required General Education Courses
Students complete most of the required general education courses as part of an associate degree program. If you have not already completed some or all of the courses, you are still eligible for admission.*
- Anatomy & Physiology (1 year)
- Psychology and/or Sociology (6 credits)
- Freshman English
- Intermediate Composition
- History Elective
- Fine Arts or Humanity Elective
- Cultural Diversity Elective
*Successful completion of general education courses is required to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Many courses are offered online by UC; the College of Nursing also accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions.
**Must be completed before taking NBSN4062.