RN to BSN program

credits 30 (min.) | cost/credit $335 | total tuition $10,050 (30 cr.) | completion 1.5 to 2 years next start Aug. 20, 2019

Earn your BSN online.  Northwestern's online RN to BSN degree completion option enables registered nurses to complete your BSN coursework from anywhere and at any time. This means you choose when to log in for class and complete assignments by their deadlines. You will have support from an online community of peers, experienced instructors and available tutors.

Explore how your faith fits your practice as a nurse. Northwestern’s distinctive faith-based BSN curriculum focuses on promoting individual, family and community health, wholeness and peace, as well as advocating for social justice and healthy environments in leadership roles. 
It's the Northwestern difference.


Seamless transfer

Transfer credits and work experience
Your hard work is valued. Easily transfer your Associate Degree in Nursing (A.A., A.S.) including all 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. Requesting a free transfer review will show you how many courses you have left to complete your BSN.


100% online. 8-week courses. Go at your pace.

Take one online 8-week class at a time, completing two classes each semester, and you'll finish your BSN in 2 years or less and be eligible for financial aid.

Fully accredited

CCNEThe BSN degree at Northwestern is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) and approved by the  Iowa Board of Nursing.

Northwestern is an NC-SARA approved institution. The agreement allows the college to offer online courses and programs to students residing in other participating states.  Learn more.

Clinicals

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

Course Requirements

Your previous hard work matters, that's why at Northwestern your associate's degree fulfills the Northwestern's undergraduate education core. You will explore how your own faith interacts with your role as a nurse by taking a religion course, Christian Story II, or you may transfer in an equivalent course. You may have also completed some or all of the nursing cognates in your associate's degree. Ask an enrollment counselor.

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Students in the RN-BSN program will take courses that build on what you know and help you grow as a nurse and leader. The RN-BSN core courses (22) and nursing cognates (20 credits) are listed below. Only the last 30 credits need to be completed at Northwestern. 

RN-BSN nursing courses (22 credits)

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.
NUR 280 - Lifespan Health Assessment
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, emphasis 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 and 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: NUR220 and NUR260. Concurrent requisite: NUR290. (3 credits, 2:1)
NUR 350A - Promoting Shalom with Cross Cultural Populations
Based on a Christian worldview, this 1-credit seminar examines transcultural nursing theory from a theoretical, scientific and ethical perspective, 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 course provides students opportunities to explore another culture and the nursing and health care delivery system. Learning experiences include faith and program outcome reflections. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program or NUR310A. (1 credit)
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, KIN370, MAT208QR and SOC101SS. Concurrent requisite: NUR440. (3 credits, 2:1)
NUR 440 - Promoting Shalom with Diverse Populations
(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) A fee is associated with this course.
NUR 460AWI - Nursing Leadership and Clinical Scholarship
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: NUR310A. (4 credits, 3:1) (Writing intensive)
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: NUR 280A, NUR 310A, NUR 350A, NUR 420A, NUR 440A, and NUR 460AWI. (2 credits)

RN-BSN nursing cognates (20 credits)

Accepted as transfer credits or taken online at Northwestern
SOC 290CC - Cultural Anthropology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) This course is about learning a way of seeing and understanding other cultures and our own culture(s) - introducing and drawing on ideas and insights from the field of Cultural Anthropology. In a globalizing and increasingly interconnected world these ideas and insights can serve a critical need in helping us understand and learn how to live in with cultural diversity and complexity. Thus the value of this course is in learning a new way of seeing and understanding, a way that helps us think about what it means to be human, a way that helps us understand and live with our neighbors -- locally and globally.
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.
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)
CHE 108SN - College Chemistry
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-based chemistry, and metabolism. The treatment of topics is predominantly descriptive and the course is recommended for programs that require one semester of chemistry. This course does not count toward a chemistry major or minor, nor does it count toward the biology cognate requirements. This course is offered concurrently online and on-campus. The online course includes online lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week; it is only open to RN-BSN students. The on-campus course includes three lecture periods and one three-hour laboratory per week and is open to students who are in a pre-nursing cohort. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World) Note: Students with math ACT scores below 19 are strongly encouraged to take Basic Algebra prior to enrolling in this course.
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.

Northwestern education core courses (4 credits)

Accepted as transfer credits or taken at Northwestern
BTS 250 - Christian Story II
This course presents an overview and orientation to Christian theology focusing on its formation, content, role in the Christian faith throughout Church history, and its interpretation of key biblical subjects such as God, Christ, creation, sin, redemption, church, and new creation. This course completes the Christian Story sequence and prepares students for a lifetime of critical thinking and faithful living from a biblical-theological perspective. Students should complete this course by the end of their fourth semester. (4 credits) Prerequisite: REL150. Note: Does not count toward a religion major or minor.

Elective courses

Accepted as transfer credits from ADN.
Online courses are available for students who need to reach a total of 124 credits

Total credits: 124

124 credits are required to graduate with a bachelor's degree, which includes the total associate and bachelor credits combined.
Minimum credits from Northwestern: 30

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