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Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN

About the Online RN to BSN Program

The RN-to-BSN program provides an option for RNs who have graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program to obtain knowledge and skills for professional nursing practice and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program focuses on enhancing clinical reasoning and care delivery to improve patient safety and ensure high quality outcomes. RNs have the choice of completing the courses online or attending classes on-campus once per week. Upon graduation from our online 12-month full-time, or 17-month part-time program, students earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Licensed RNs receive 30 hours of credit for previously completed nursing coursework. 

Students have these choices for completion of their plan of study:

  • Online
  • On campus (face-to-face)
  • Hybrid/combination (online and face-to-face)

RN to BSN Program Outcomes

The graduate of the RN to BSN Program will be able to:

  1. Engage in clinical reasoning to make decisions regarding patient care.
  2. Deliver safe, evidence-based, compassionate, holistic patient and family-centered care across the health and illness continuum.
  3. Advocate for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
  4. Implement population-focused wellness promotion and illness prevention strategies that consider determinants of health and available resources.
  5. Use effective communication and collaborative skills for professional practice. 
  6. Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  7. Evaluate quality improvement processes to optimize safe health care outcomes for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
  8. Employ leadership principles to improve patient outcomes across healthcare systems.
  9. Exhibit a commitment to continuous self-evaluation and lifelong learning.

Why Should You Pursue Your BSN at UTHSC? 

  • Designed to offer flexibility for working RNs
  • Offers choice of completely online or hybrid (on campus once per week and online) courses
  • Part-time or full-time options available
  • RNs who live in MS or AR but work in TN are eligible for in-state tuition

RN to BSN Earning Course Credits by Examination

The UTHSC College of Nursing offers the opportunity for RN-BSN student to receive course Credit by Examination (CBE) in the following three courses:

  • NSG 403:  Health Assessment
  • NSG 421:  Pathophysiology
  • PHAN 499: Pharmacology

Credit by Examination is designed expressly for the students who intend to earn a degree in the RN-BSN Program.  This examination is a substitute for completing the usual requirements of the course. Thus, the student will possess the skills, knowledge, and attitudes listed in the course objectives as outlined in Acalog (UTHSC Academic Bulletin). Students who satisfactorily pass the authorized exam will earn credit for the specified course.

Last Published: Oct 30, 2017