R.N.-BSN Degree Completion Program Curriculum

Program Requirements

The following are required for admission to the R.N.-BSN Degree Completion Program:

  • Completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing or diploma program with a minimum of 60-64 semester hours of transferable credit. A minimum grade of “C” is required for transfer. Advanced Placement credit for Nursing courses for a maximum of 34 hours will be awarded.
  • A minimum of 15 semester hours of transfer coursework in the following lower division general education areas:
    • Communications
    • Social/Behavioral Science
    • Math/Science
    • Humanities/Fine Arts


All students must meet the following course requirements. Students with more than 64 transfer hours may have transfer hours evaluated by the Academic Advising Center as approved by the academic departments to determine if any of the requirements have already been met.
HIST 210 Founders of the Modern World (3)
GENS 220 Understand Literature & the Arts (3)
MATH 105 Intro to Statistics* (3)
NURS 260 Nutrition (2)
*Prerequisite to NURS 412


Major Program (30 semester hours)

The following nursing courses are required for all R.N. students:

NURS 301 Concepts of Professional Nursing for R.N.s (3)
NURS 320 Nursing Informatics for R.N.s (3)
NURS 365 Physical Assessment (3)
NURS 412 Nursing Research (3)
NURS 420 Ministry of Nursing (3)
NURS 462 Professional Nursing Seminar (3)
NURS 471 Community Health (4)
NURS 474 Leadership and Management (4)
NURS XXX Electives (300-400 level) (6)

NURS Electives (4 semester hours from the following)

++ Eligible for credit by challenge examinations, nursing challenge exams are available online.

NURS 364 Spiritual and Ethnocultural Aspects of Nursing++ (3)
NURS 367 Complementary Therapies in Nursing (1)
NURS 416 Client Education++ (3)
NURS 418 End of Life Issues (1)
NURS 421 Pain-Concept Management++ (3)
NURS 422 Health Care and Aging++ (3)

Additional elective coursework may be required to meet the total semester hours required for the degree. Students may choose electives from related fields such as Psychology, Philosophy, Education, History and Fine Arts.


USF Catalog

For more curriculum information, see the University Catalog.