The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is designed for registered nurses who wants to advance their careers, become more marketable, and open doors to nonhospital-related care.

RN to BSN Degree Overview

The shortage of Bachelor’s-prepared RNs continues be a pressing concern for many hospitals and care centers across the nation. Magnet Recognition® from the ANCC helps answer the call by encouraging registered nurses to attain their BSN to increase the proportion of bachelor-prepared professionals to 80% by 2020 since hospitals with a high percentage of BSN-prepared RNs has better patient outcomes in several categories (Blegen, Goode, Hye Park, Vaughn & Spetz, 2013).

The RN to BSN program builds upon your nursing experience and skills while providing the flexibility to study while you work. 

  • 3 entry points a year
  • Complete the core curriculum within 12 months of full-time study by taking two courses every 8 weeks. Part-time study is also available.
    • One 3-day virtual immersion with an option to attend in person in Irvine, California, at the beginning of the program.
    • Online lectures, demonstrations and exercises, as well as leadership and community health practicum experiences near your home or work.
    • Apply to the BSN-DNP after the RN_BSN degree program completion, and finish both programs in as little as 48 months.


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Summer I (Apr 30, 2018)

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Available Campuses

Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
It was a big sacrifice with two daughters in college and it takes persistence and patience. Brandman is very supportive of students. They push their students in the right direction and motivate them. It was a positive experience and coming from a family of nurses, that’s saying a lot.
Lorelei P. | Doctorate of Nursing, 2017
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...it was always my goal to become a Nurse Practitioner. I wanted to mentor other nurses who were new to the profession and share my experiences with them.
Sharon H., Nurse Practitioner | Doctorate of Nursing, 2015

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Completed application
  • Goal statement
  • Three recommendation forms
  • Self evaluation
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
Residency Restrictions

This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

Entry Option 1 or 2 (full or part-time options)
  • Must have an ADN or ASN a regionally accredited nursing program.
  • Hold an unencumbered RN license in the state where you plan to do your practicum
  • OR have evidence of a scheduled NCLEX date (which must be passed by the end of the first session enrolled in the RN-BSN program)
Entry Option 3 or 4 Community College Wrap

Must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited institution and nationally accredited ADN or ASN program

Program Curriculum

  • Basic Skills (12 Credits) *


    ENGU 103 - Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric


    ENGU 104 - Written Communication II: Writing About Literature


    Quantitative Reasoning


    Oral Communication


    Breadth Requirements (30 credits) *




    Select 9 credits from three different areas:






    Fine Arts


    Foreign Languages




    Liberal Studies




    Religious Studies


    Natural Sciences (12 credits):


    Select 12 credits


    Social Sciences (9 credits):


    Select 9 credits from 3 different areas:


    Criminal Justice


    Early Childhood Education








    Organizational Leadership


    Political Science/Legal Studies




    Social Science


    Social Work





    Students in the RN to BSN degree program must meet the minimum 42 general education credits. Credits are satisfied with the Basic Skill and Breadth Requirements sections.

  • ENGU 104 Written Communication: Writing About Literature


    CHMU 101 Introduction to Chemistry (with a lab)


    MATU 203 Introduction to Statistics


    PSYU 320 Human Development across the Lifespan


    Humanities (Foreign Language or Sign Language preferred)



    These credits may be embedded in the block transfer and/or satisfy General Education Requirements for course content. However, if these credits are not embedded in the block transfer, additional credits may be required to meet the 120 total credit hours for the degree.

  • NURU 400 Transitions to Inquiry Based Practice: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice


    NURU 401 Nursing's Public Image and Professional Issues


    NURU 403 Managing Health Care Reform


    NURU 404 Healthcare Communication and Collaboration


    NURU 405 Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice


    NURU 406 Improving Patient Health Care Outcomes: Quality Care & Patient Safety


    NURU 407 Cultural and Spiritual Diversity in Health and Nursing


    NURU 408 Information, Patient Care, and Decision-Support System Technology


    NURU 409 Understanding Health Issues and Health Delivery in the Community Setting


    NURU 410 Practicum in the Community Setting (96 required practicum hours)


    NURU 411 Transformational Leadership and Management in Nursing


    NURU 412 Practicum in Transformational Leadership and Management in Nursing (80 required practicum hours)


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