Nursing RN to BSN Online Bachelor of Science

Program Location
Distance Education / Online
Program Credits
120 Credits
Program Length

3 Trimesters, 48 Instructional Weeks or

6 Trimesters, 96 Instructional Weeks

Time to Complete

12 Months or

24 Months

 Program length may vary.  WCU distance education programs may not be available to residents in all states.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141.00

This program requires the completion of general education courses, nursing courses, and specialized health care courses.  Courses are delivered in an online format. 

The RN to BSN track is a specialized program of study designed specifically for the Registered Nurse (RN) with an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing.  A total of 120 semester credits are required to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide evidence-based and innovative nursing education to culturally diverse learners; preparing nurses to provide quality and compassionate care that is responsive to the needs of the community and the global society.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, RN to BSN students will:

1. Support professional nursing practice decisions with concepts and theories from the biological, physical, and social sciences.

2. Plan preventative and population focused interventions with attention to effectiveness, efficiency, cost, and equity.

3. Support therapeutic nursing interventions for patients and families in a variety of healthcare and community settings using evidence based practice.

4. Apply nursing process and critical thinking when providing holistic, patient centered nursing care to diverse populations.

5. Design health care education for individuals, families, and communities.

6. Comply with the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct in practice.

7. Develop an effective communication style to interact with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary health team.

8. Model leadership when providing safe, quality nursing care; coordinating the healthcare team; and when tasked with oversight and accountability for care delivery.

9. Use patient care technology and information systems when providing nursing care in a variety of settings.

RN to BSN Online Awarded Credit

Course Number
Course Name
Total Credit Hours

Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Coursework:
Up to 42 credits of transfer coursework:

  •  Applicants who do not have enough previous credits to complete this requirement will have the following

* College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

* Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

* Advanced Placement (AP)

* International Baccalaureate (IB)

* American Credit Evaluation (ACE)

* National College Credit Recommendation
Service (NCCRS)

* Challenge exams


RN to BSN Online Curriculum

CAPS 402General Education Capstone for Distance Education


LDR 432Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations


PATH 370Pathophysiology


NURS 340Public Health Nursing


NURS 350Research in Nursing


NURS 440Issues and Trends in Nursing


NURS 490RNNursing Capstone for Post-Licensure Students


NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice


NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare


NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare


NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Total Credit Hours:33

Credit Distribution

Required at WCU
Awarded for college-level, non-nursing courses
Awarded for Unobstructed RN Licensure
Degree Total