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RN to BSN online completion

credits  30 (minimum) |  cost/credit  $325 | total cost $9,750 | Completion 1.5 to 2 years (4 to 6 semesters) 

Northwestern's online RN to BSN completion option allows you to complete your coursework from anywhere and at any time. This means you choose when to log in for class without even stepping onto campus. You will have support from an online community of peers, experienced instructors and optional tutors. 

Transfer credit & work experience

Easily transfer your Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or hospital diploma including general education courses toward your BSN requirements. Only the last 30 credits of your BSN must be completed through Northwestern.

Northwestern grants up to 66 credits to working nurses with confirmation of 7 years RN experience along with an ADN degree or Hospital diploma. You may have also completed additional elective credits that will transfer.

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Clinicals

Your BSN clinical requirements will be tailored to your schedule. Most can be completed at your workplace and allow you to explore other areas of nursing and leadership. Practicum hours are integrated into courses through a digital simulation. 


Courses

RN-BSN nursing courses (22 credits)
Required cognates accepted as transfer credits or taken online at Northwestern (20 credits)
Liberal arts elective courses accepted as transfer credits or taken online at Northwestern (22 credits)
Total credits (64 credits)


Nursing courses (Integrated Practica and Clinical Experience)

NUR 310A - Shalom and Nursing Science (bridge course)
(4 credits) Designed as a bridge course to orient the BSN-Completion option student to baccalaureate-level study, this course based in a Christian worldview investigates the theological, scientific, and ethical foundation of nursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry, specifically as an approach to promote shalom (health, peace and wholeness from a Biblical perspective) and social justice. The program's mission, philosophy, conceptual framework and program outcomes are examined, and nursing as a human science and nursing theories are evaluated in the context of the theory-practice relationship. Specific concepts relevant to professional nursing practice are considered and applied in analysis of both practice and education issues. Service-learning experiences, faith reflection and the creation of an electronic portfolio are integrated in meeting course outcomes.
(4 credits) Designed as a bridge course to orient the BSN-Completion option student to baccalaureate-level study, this course based in a Christian worldview investigates the theological, scientific, and ethical foundation of nursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry, specifically as an approach to promote shalom (health, peace and wholeness from a Biblical perspective) and social justice. The program's mission, philosophy, conceptual framework and program outcomes are examined, and nursing as a human science and nursing theories are evaluated in the context of the theory-practice relationship. Specific concepts relevant to professional nursing practice are considered and applied in analysis of both practice and education issues. Service-learning experiences, faith reflection and the creation of an electronic portfolio are integrated in meeting course outcomes.
NUR 280 - Lifespan Health Assessment
(3 credits, 2:1)Based on a Christian worldview, this course provides an opportunity for students to develop their understanding and use of the nursing process, with a focus on the relationship development and assessment phases. Informed by a Christian world view, emphasi s is placed on performing holistic assessment of pediatric and adult clients including the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual and moral/ethical dimensions. Laboratory practice precedes clinical application in a variety of health care a nd community settings. In the clinical component, students develop aptitudes in relationship development and holistic assessment of pediatric and adult individual clients to develop clinical judgment and promote shalom. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program. Concurrent requisite: NUR220. A fee is associated with this course.
(3 credits, 2:1)Based on a Christian worldview, this course provides an opportunity for students to develop their understanding and use of the nursing process, with a focus on the relationship development and assessment phases. Informed by a Christian world view, emphasi s is placed on performing holistic assessment of pediatric and adult clients including the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual and moral/ethical dimensions. Laboratory practice precedes clinical application in a variety of health care a nd community settings. In the clinical component, students develop aptitudes in relationship development and holistic assessment of pediatric and adult individual clients to develop clinical judgment and promote shalom. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program. Concurrent requisite: NUR220. A fee is associated with this course.
NUR 350A - Cross-cultural Nursing
(1 credit) Based on a Christian worldview, this 1-credit seminar examines transcultural nursing theory from a theoretical, scientific and ethical perspective, along with logistics for the in-country experience, dimensions of global health care and social justice. Emphasis is placed on cultural values, beliefs, norms and practices and their influence on the lived experience of health and illness. Within a context that honors nursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry to promote shalom with diverse clients in acute care and/or community-based settings, the in-country experience provides students opportunities to explore and engage another culture and participate in the nursing and health care delivery system. Learning experiences include service-learning, experiential learning and faith reflection. Note: Course is completed prior to enrollment in GEN350. Prerequisites: NUR310A or NUR220.
(1 credit) Based on a Christian worldview, this 1-credit seminar examines transcultural nursing theory from a theoretical, scientific and ethical perspective, along with logistics for the in-country experience, dimensions of global health care and social justice. Emphasis is placed on cultural values, beliefs, norms and practices and their influence on the lived experience of health and illness. Within a context that honors nursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry to promote shalom with diverse clients in acute care and/or community-based settings, the in-country experience provides students opportunities to explore and engage another culture and participate in the nursing and health care delivery system. Learning experiences include service-learning, experiential learning and faith reflection. Note: Course is completed prior to enrollment in GEN350. Prerequisites: NUR310A or NUR220.
NUR 420 - Nursing Science and Informatics
Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the epistemological (theoretical, scientific and ethical) foundation of nursing as a human science, specifically as an approach to promote shalom and social justice. It surveys the types, methods and uses of research and informatics to enhance client outcomes and to deliver holistic nursing care for all clients and at all levels of prevention. The course emphasizes the knowledge and aptitudes needed by professional nurses to manage and utilize health care information and related technologies, critically evaluate research studies and integrate evidence in all phases of the nursing process. In the practicum, students analyze a variety of health care technologies and present an evidence-based practice project. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG184/288, KIN370, MAT208 and SOC101. Concurrent requisite: NUR440. (3 credits, 2:1)
Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the epistemological (theoretical, scientific and ethical) foundation of nursing as a human science, specifically as an approach to promote shalom and social justice. It surveys the types, methods and uses of research and informatics to enhance client outcomes and to deliver holistic nursing care for all clients and at all levels of prevention. The course emphasizes the knowledge and aptitudes needed by professional nurses to manage and utilize health care information and related technologies, critically evaluate research studies and integrate evidence in all phases of the nursing process. In the practicum, students analyze a variety of health care technologies and present an evidence-based practice project. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG184/288, KIN370, MAT208 and SOC101. Concurrent requisite: NUR440. (3 credits, 2:1)
NUR 440 - Public/Community Health Nursing
(3 credits 3:2)Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical and scientific basis for the application of the nursing process with diverse families and groups in the community. All levels of prevention are considered, focusing on health promotion a nd maintenance. Grounded in a synthesis of public health and nursing science and arts, the course emphasizes nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performing art to promote shalom and enhance the health of the population as a whole. The clinica l component provides an opportunity for nursing practice in the community, assisting students to integrate knowledge, aptitudes and compassionate care in living the three nursing practice dimensions with families and groups. Learning experiences include s ervice-learning, faith reflection and clinical experiences. This course is 1 of 2 speech intensive nursing courses. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG184/288, KIN370, NUR350 and SOC101. Concurrent requisite: NUR420. (5 credits, 3 :2)
(3 credits 3:2)Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical and scientific basis for the application of the nursing process with diverse families and groups in the community. All levels of prevention are considered, focusing on health promotion a nd maintenance. Grounded in a synthesis of public health and nursing science and arts, the course emphasizes nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performing art to promote shalom and enhance the health of the population as a whole. The clinica l component provides an opportunity for nursing practice in the community, assisting students to integrate knowledge, aptitudes and compassionate care in living the three nursing practice dimensions with families and groups. Learning experiences include s ervice-learning, faith reflection and clinical experiences. This course is 1 of 2 speech intensive nursing courses. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG184/288, KIN370, NUR350 and SOC101. Concurrent requisite: NUR420. (5 credits, 3 :2)
NUR 460AWI - Nursing Leadership and Clinical Scholarship
(4 credits, 3:1) (Writing intensive) Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores the leadership, management, role development and clinical scholarship dimensions of professional nursing practice, with a distinctive emphasis on promoting shalom, servant leadership, social justice and sociopolitical change. Students will analyze the health care system at a microsystem, macrosystem and chronosystem level, focusing on national health care but also exploring global health issues. Foundational to this exploration is an analysis of the relationship of personal, professional and organizational values and ethics to health care leadership roles and activities. Clinical scholarship is emphasized as a moral duty of Christian nurses committed to continuing Jesus' healing ministry. The practicum component provides an opportunity for students to observe (a) the role played by a nurse servant leader and (b) engage in a leadership project as a basis for clinical scholarship. Learning experiences include service-learning, faith reflection and practicum experiences. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior standing; NUR420A or NUR440A.
(4 credits, 3:1) (Writing intensive) Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores the leadership, management, role development and clinical scholarship dimensions of professional nursing practice, with a distinctive emphasis on promoting shalom, servant leadership, social justice and sociopolitical change. Students will analyze the health care system at a microsystem, macrosystem and chronosystem level, focusing on national health care but also exploring global health issues. Foundational to this exploration is an analysis of the relationship of personal, professional and organizational values and ethics to health care leadership roles and activities. Clinical scholarship is emphasized as a moral duty of Christian nurses committed to continuing Jesus' healing ministry. The practicum component provides an opportunity for students to observe (a) the role played by a nurse servant leader and (b) engage in a leadership project as a basis for clinical scholarship. Learning experiences include service-learning, faith reflection and practicum experiences. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior standing; NUR420A or NUR440A.
NUR 490ASR - Living Shalom
Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores finding one's place in God's kingdom for now and eternity, living vocation, integrating values and ethics in personal and professional realms and living shalom. Within this capstone seminar, students assess their knowledge and aptitudes related to the program outcomes and integrate them in their philosophy of Christian nursing. Prerequisites: NUR420A and NUR440A. Concurrent requisites: NUR 460AWI and NUR480. (2 credits)
Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores finding one's place in God's kingdom for now and eternity, living vocation, integrating values and ethics in personal and professional realms and living shalom. Within this capstone seminar, students assess their knowledge and aptitudes related to the program outcomes and integrate them in their philosophy of Christian nursing. Prerequisites: NUR420A and NUR440A. Concurrent requisites: NUR 460AWI and NUR480. (2 credits)

Required cognates

SOC 101SS - Principles of Sociology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) An introduction to sociology, its major concepts, tools and perspectives. This course provides an understanding of societies; of culture; of major social institutions such as the family, religion and education; of social inequality; and of social change.
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) An introduction to sociology, its major concepts, tools and perspectives. This course provides an understanding of societies; of culture; of major social institutions such as the family, religion and education; of social inequality; and of social change.
MAT 208QR - Biostatistics
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course is a study of statistical methodology commonly used in the biological and health sciences. We will start with examining basic descriptive methods in statistics. We will then introduce the foundational concepts in probability. After these topics are explored, we will spend the remainder of the course looking at the uses and interpretation of statistics. Topics will include confidence intervals and hypothesis tests involving one or two samples, correlation and regression, contingency tables, and ANOVA. Note: Meets four times per week. Students may receive credit for only one course among MAT 116QR, MAT 117QR and MAT 208QR. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 510 or above), or a passing score on MAT090 placement exam.
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course is a study of statistical methodology commonly used in the biological and health sciences. We will start with examining basic descriptive methods in statistics. We will then introduce the foundational concepts in probability. After these topics are explored, we will spend the remainder of the course looking at the uses and interpretation of statistics. Topics will include confidence intervals and hypothesis tests involving one or two samples, correlation and regression, contingency tables, and ANOVA. Note: Meets four times per week. Students may receive credit for only one course among MAT 116QR, MAT 117QR and MAT 208QR. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 510 or above), or a passing score on MAT090 placement exam.
BIO 360 - Pathophysiology
An introduction to the pathophysiology associated with the disease states of the human body. The focus of the course will be on disruptions in homeostasis as the result of organ system malfunction or failure. The pathophysiology associated with the following systems will be examined: blood, cells and cell growth, nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal. Prerequisites: BIO122 or 222 and CHE102 or 112. (4 credits)
An introduction to the pathophysiology associated with the disease states of the human body. The focus of the course will be on disruptions in homeostasis as the result of organ system malfunction or failure. The pathophysiology associated with the following systems will be examined: blood, cells and cell growth, nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal. Prerequisites: BIO122 or 222 and CHE102 or 112. (4 credits)
CHE 108 - College Chemistry
(4 credits) General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (GOB) is a one-semester survey of inorganic, organic and biological principles. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, organic and biological molecules, solutions, acid-base chemistry and metabolism. The treatment of topics is predominantly descriptive and the course is recommended for programs that require one semester of chemistry. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN to BSN degree completion program. Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Does not count toward any biology, chemistry or biochemistry major or minor.
(4 credits) General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (GOB) is a one-semester survey of inorganic, organic and biological principles. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, organic and biological molecules, solutions, acid-base chemistry and metabolism. The treatment of topics is predominantly descriptive and the course is recommended for programs that require one semester of chemistry. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN to BSN degree completion program. Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Does not count toward any biology, chemistry or biochemistry major or minor.
PHI 214BR - Contemporary Moral Issues (Ethics)
(4 credits)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) A philosophical exploration of several contemporary moral issues. Possible topics include abortion, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, cloning and stem-cell research, war and terrorism, capital punishment, global poverty, factory farming and experimenting on animals, homosexuality and same-sex marriage, etc.
(4 credits)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) A philosophical exploration of several contemporary moral issues. Possible topics include abortion, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, cloning and stem-cell research, war and terrorism, capital punishment, global poverty, factory farming and experimenting on animals, homosexuality and same-sex marriage, etc.

Liberal arts/electives

Biblical and theological studies
History, literature or philosophy
Language or cross cultural
Fine arts
Elective(s)

The online RN to BSN Program requires the last 30 credit hours to be taken through Northwestern.

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