RN to BSN Completion Program (online)

Program Contact:  Nicholas Nicholson 203-582-6542

The RN to BSN completion program is designed for individuals who are licensed as a registered nurse and are interested in pursuing a part-time bachelor’s degree in nursing using a distance education format through QU Online. The curriculum builds on the individual’s prior educational preparation and incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education.

An RN to MSN completion program is available.  For more information, please visit the Graduate Studies section of the Catalog.

Nursing Major Requirements

Students take 32 required credits for the nursing major: nursing courses (29 credits), and an open elective (3 credits). All nursing courses are offered online.

Graduation Requirement: 120 credits

Transfer Credit from Associate’s Degree 168
Quinnipiac Advanced Core Courses as needed20
Quinnipiac Required Nursing Courses
Elective(s) as needed3
NUR 380Health Promotion and Wellness3
NUR 382Nursing Science and Information Literacy3
NUR 475Research and Evidenced-based Practice Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 477Community and Public Health Nursing Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 478Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice2
NUR 479Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Fieldwork Experience1
NUR 480Interprofessional Practice and Quality Improvement3
NUR 482Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations2
NUR 484Community and Public Health Nursing3
NUR 486Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Practice3
NUR 540Educational Principles for the Health Care Professional3
NUR 544Introduction to Informatics3
NUR 602Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing1
Total Credits120

The nursing curriculum is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.

Undergraduate Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the BSN graduate will:

  1. Integrate the university's core liberal education into generalist nursing practice.
  2. Apply principles of basic organizational and system leadership to deliver high-quality and safe patient care.
  3. Employ evidence to deliver best practices in health care.
  4. Utilize information management and patient care technologies to deliver safe and effective health care.
  5. Recognize the impact of health care policy, finance and regulatory environments on the delivery of patient care.
  6. Demonstrate interprofessional communication and collaboration for improving health outcomes.
  7. Incorporate the concepts of prevention and population health in the delivery of health care.
  8. Exhibit professional standards and values.

Admission Requirements: RN to BSN Completion Program

Admission requirements include graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with an associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7; a current registered nurse license in good standing; two letters of recommendation (one from a current supervisor); a personal statement, transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended; and a resume or curriculum vitae. A criminal background check  and drug screening is required prior to entering the program.  Incoming and current students will be advised that final acceptance and continuation is dependent on a successful background investigation and clearance.

Application and orientation procedures are managed through Quinnipiac University Online.

Qualified students enrolled in the RN to BSN completion program may pursue a seamless transition into the MSN in Operational Leadership program.  7-9 credits from the undergraduate RN to BSN program can be utilized in the MSN program.

Advanced Placement Credits

Students with an associate’s degree in nursing may transfer up to 88 credits for this program. Those students who do not have 88 transfer credits can make up the deficit with Advanced Core credits and electives taken at Quinnipiac.

Advanced Core Credits

BSN completion students can take up to 20-credit advanced core. The advanced core reflects the aims and goals of the traditional University Curriculum and the Essential Learning Outcomes while acknowledging the prior general education work completed at the associate’s degree level. Five 4-credit courses are completed online in seven-week blocks.. The core courses are taken by degree completion students in the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences.

Progression

  1. To progress and remain in good standing, RN-BSN students must attain a semester GPA of 2.0 (C) and receive a grade of C or higher in all nursing courses and fieldwork experiences (73 or higher).  Students enrolled in the RN-BSN program should additionally refer to the University Academic Policies.

Appeal Process

  1. A student wishing to appeal a progression decision must write a letter to the chair of the undergraduate nursing program within one week of receiving notice of his/her inability to progress.
  2. Appeals will be considered by a Faculty Appeals Committee and results will be communicated in writing to the student.
  3. A student wishing to appeal a course grade should follow the grade appeal process.

Fieldwork Requirements

Students must arrange their own transportation to and from clinical agencies. CPR certification for the health care provider or professional rescuer must be obtained prior to enrolling in the fieldwork course, and maintained annually until all fieldwork is completed. The School of Nursing has health requirements and technical standards, criminal background check and drug screening requirements. Incoming and current students are advised that final program acceptance and continuation is dependent on a successful background investigation and clearance. 

NUR 380. Health Promotion and Wellness.3 Credits.

This course focuses on health promotion, wellness and disease and injury prevention across the lifespan. Individual prevention strategies and health interventions are explored. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Offered: Every year, Fall Online

NUR 382. Nursing Science and Information Literacy.3 Credits.

This online-only course examines historical and contemporary nursing science. Students are introduced to patterns of knowing, clinical reasoning and select disciplinary and interdisciplinary concepts and theories useful in nursing practice. This course also focuses on information literacy and information management in the delivery of quality patient care. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Offered: Every year, Spring Online

NUR 475. Research and Evidenced-based Practice Fieldwork Experience.1 Credit.

This course facilitates the student's ability to synthesize knowledge learned in concurrent semester course work. Students demonstrate competency by developing, implementing and evaluating an outcomes-based project in a clinical setting. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Prerequisites: Take NUR 478.
Offered: Every year, Spring Online

NUR 477. Community and Public Health Nursing Fieldwork Experience.1 Credit.

This course facilitates the student's ability to synthesize the knowledge learned in concurrent semester course work. Students demonstrate competency by developing, implementing and evaluating an outcomes-based project in a clinical setting. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Prerequisites: Take NUR 484.
Offered: Every year, Fall Online

NUR 478. Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice.2 Credits.

This course focuses on research-related knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for evidence-based decision making in clinical practice. Students learn the basic elements of research, further develop scientific literacy and enhance information fluency. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Offered: Every year, Spring Online

NUR 479. Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Fieldwork Experience.1 Credit.

This course facilitates the student's ability to synthesize the knowledge learned in concurrent semester course work. Students demonstrate competency by developing, implementing and evaluating an outcomes-based project in a clinical setting. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Prerequisites: Take NUR 486.
Offered: Every year, Spring Online

NUR 480. Interprofessional Practice and Quality Improvement.3 Credits.

This course describes and applies quality improvement methods to address problems identified in practice and actions needed to effect a positive change for care. The process and significance of interprofessional practice and collaboration in the delivery of patient care and in engagement with performance improvement are described. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Offered: Every year, Summer Online

NUR 482. Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations.2 Credits.

Students analyze the impact of social determinants of health and health disparities on selected vulnerable populations. Health policy and advocacy for vulnerable populations also are examined. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Offered: Every year, Summer Online

NUR 484. Community and Public Health Nursing.3 Credits.

This course focuses on concepts of community and public health nursing. Emphasis is on secondary and tertiary prevention and nursing management for individuals, groups and communities with health problems in community settings. The delivery of safe, evidence-based, holistic, patient-centered care is emphasized. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Offered: Every year, Fall Online

NUR 486. Contemporary Issues and Roles in Nursing Practice.3 Credits.

This course analyzes trends and issues in contemporary health care and their effect on the consumer, the nursing profession and society. It incorporates social intelligence, diversity awareness, creativity and sensitivity required for leadership roles and management functions in dynamic health care environments. Open to RN-BSN students only.

Offered: Every year, Spring Online

NUR 540. Educational Principles for the Health Care Professional.3 Credits.

This course examines the theoretical perspectives of education as it relates to educational leadership and professional development for adult learners. Teaching/learning theories, models and principles are examined as preparation for the design, development, evaluation and revision of professional development-related curricula. Instructional strategies and teaching techniques adapted for diverse populations are explored.

Offered: Every year, Fall Online

NUR 544. Introduction to Informatics.3 Credits.

This online graduate course provides essential knowledge and skills in health care informatics to enhance the quality of patient care and outcomes through the assessment, development, implementation, use and evaluation of information technologies. It prepares the nurse to support evidence-based practice and manage patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance interprofessional care and communication for improved coordination of care.

Offered: Every year, Summer Online

NUR 602. Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing.1 Credit.

This course facilitates the student's formulation of a theoretical basis for ethical judgment at an advanced level of practice. Students analyze ethical theory and debate responses to ethical problems in advanced nursing practice.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Summer Online

Advanced Core course descriptions are listed in the corresponding College or School catalog sections.