Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN Option

Director of Undergraduate Nursing
Marsha Cravens, M.Ed., M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6287  TF 800.647.5500 
Cravens@clarksoncollege.edu

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Nursing
Mary Dishman, M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6134  TF 800.647.5500
DishmanMary@clarksoncollege.edu

Curriculum Requirements

The RN to BSN curriculum combines theory in general education, support courses and major courses. Forty-three semester hours are obtained through either completion of direct coursework or by validation credit (credit is granted after demonstration of equivalent knowledge). Validation credit may be granted upon successful completion of the Health Care Science Update courses, or portfolio. Validation credit is only available for classes as identified.

Nursing and general education courses completed in the associate’s and baccalaure­ate degree programs will be transferred when the coursework is considered comparable. All RN students are required to complete the Clarkson College Health Care Core curriculum courses as listed in their specific degree plan.

Credit by examination is also available for specific general education courses. In order to complete a BSN degree at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete a total of 130 semester hours.

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Curriculum plan of required courses for RN to BSN option

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General Education Courses (40 semester hours) Semester Hours
BI 122 Nutrition Science 3
EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
◊Intercultural Communication Health Care Core IC 200 Developing Cultural Competence OR  IC 250 Advancing Cultural Competence 3
Humanities Health Care Core HU 200 A Cultural History of the Healing Arts OR HU 205 The History of Science, Technology and Medicine OR HU 210 American Social Movements OR HU 215 Academic Travel Abroad Humanities 3
Ethics, Empathy, and Advocacy Health Care Core EA 200 Biomedical Ethics in Health Care OR EA 205 Death and Dying OR EA 210 American Poverty and Health Care OR EA 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PY 200 Human Development 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ST 310 Statistics 3
  Electives 14
    Total 44
Support Courses (24 semester hours) Semester Hours
BI 210 Microbiology** 4
BI 211 Anatomy* 4
BI 213 Physiology* 4
HC 205 Health Care Update II (Pharmacology and Pathophysiology) 3 and 3
CH 110 General Chemistry*** 4
HC 220 Gerontology 2
    Total 24
  OR  
HC 200 Health Care Science Update I and Validation Credit* 3 and 5
HC 210 Health Care Science Update III and Validation Credit*** 3 and 5
    Total 24

*Note: HC 200 Health Care Science Update I (three semester hours) may be taken in place of BI 211 Anatomy (four semester hours) and BI 213 Physiology (four semester hours). Upon successful completion of HC 200 Health Care Science Update I, the student will receive three semester hours of earned coursework and five semester hours of validation credit.

**Note: Upon successful completion of HC 205 Health Care Science Update II, the student will receive three hours of earned semester hours and three hours of validation credit.

***Note: HC 210 Health Care Science Update III (three semester hours) may be taken in place of BI 210 Microbiology (four semester hours) and CH 110 General Chemistry (four semester hours). Upon successful completion of HC 210 Health Care Science Update III, the student will receive three semester hours of earned coursework and five semester hours of validation coursework.

Major Courses (70 semester hours)

A direct transfer package of 43 semester hours of nursing courses will be granted to students. Students are required to take a minimum of 27 semester hours of classes at Clarkson College. Other courses may be transferred or challenged according to individual course policies.

BSN Transition Courses (seven semester hours) Semester Hours
NS 349 Pathways to Success 1
NS 356 Concepts of Professional Practice for the RN-BSN/MSN 3
NS 357 Physical Assessment 3
    Total 7

Note: Upon successful completion of the BSN transition course and HC 205 Health Care Science Update II, the student is eligible to take the remaining BSN courses.

Required BSN Courses (12 semester hours)

RN to BSN students with two or more years of work experience and expertise in leadership, population health, or evidence-based nursing may portfolio for validation credit in one 400-level nursing course.

  Semester Hours
NS 346 Evidence-Based Inquiry in Health Care 2
NS 475 Principles of Nursing Leadership and Management for the RN to BSN/MSN: Theory 3
NS 481  ◊ Population Health for the RN-BSN/MSN: Theory 3
NS 482 Capstone/Practicum for the RN to BSN/MSN 4
    Total 12

Total Semester Hours in Program 130

Note: HC 205 Health Care Science Update II (three semester hours) must be taken prior to taking 400 level nursing theory and clinical courses.

Nursing courses are offered on campus or through online education. Clinical applications may be completed at the student’s workplace with faculty approval and if clinical competencies can be met.