Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Program

The RN to BSN program offers advanced placement to registered nurses seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The program is completely online, is accessible 24 hours a day, and can be completed in as little as one calendar year or up to six years of part-time study. Thirty (30) hours of credit for life experience is awarded upon documentation of successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam. This value added program builds on the skills of the registered nurse’s previous nursing educational program. The BSN expands an RN’s knowledge base to provide a means for continued advancement in the profession, and to meet the necessary requirements for pursuing a graduate degree in nursing. Students interested in more information should visit the RN to BSN webpage1 or contact the RN to BSN advisor at:

Phone: 316-978-7332
Toll free: 844-827-3828


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Registered Nurses must:

  1. Apply to Wichita State University and submit official transcripts of college courses and records verifying completion of an accredited registered nurse program;
  2. Submit verification of current license to practice as a registered nurse in their state of residence; and
  3. Submit an application to the RN to BSN program.

Transcript evaluation will determine the plan of study required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students with an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) from an accredited university will meet WSU's General Education Program requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing which includes 61 credit hours of major (professional) courses and 30 credit hours of prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.000). Students must meet all University graduation requirements.

Course Title Hours
ENGL 101College English I3
ENGL 102College English II3
COMM 111Public Speaking3
PSY 111General Psychology3
PSY 325Developmental Psychology3
SOC 111Introduction to Sociology3
BIOL 220Introduction to Microbiology4
or BIOL 330 General Microbiology
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology5
or HS 290 Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology
STAT 370Elementary Statistics3
or ECON 231 Introductory Business Statistics
or PSY 301 Psychological Statistics
Total Credit Hours30

Professional Curriculum

Professional curriculum is 31 credit hours. (Nursing courses are offered in eight-week blocks.)

Contact the School of Nursing for individualized plan of study.

Course Title Hours
General Education and Program Prerequisites 1
General Education requirements and program prerequisite courses considered completed through transfer work49-50
Retroactive Credit
Upper-division nursing credits awarded retroactively on the basis of succesful completion of NCLEX-RN exam (30 credit hours)30
Professional Curriculum
NURS 346Health Assessment for the Practicing RN3
NURS 329Evidence-Based Nursing for the Practicing RN (STAT 370 is a course prerequisite)3
NURS 337Foundations of Nursing Leadership for the Practicing RN4
NURS 451Care of Populations for the Practicing RN3
NURS 490Healthcare Leadership for the Practicing RN3
NURS 496Nursing Leadership Practicum for the Practicing RN2
Intro to Pathophysiology4
Clinical Pharmacology3
Select two courses from the following list 26
Introduction to U.S. Healthcare and Administration
Emerging Global Healthcare Issues
Adaptive Leadership
Impact of Disease Upon Global Events
Avant-Garde Art, Film, Rock Music and Subcultures
Introductory Environmental Science
Psychology of Women
Men and Masculinities
Sociology of Sexualities
Sociology of Race & Ethnicity
Sociology of Globalization
Theatre as a Mirror of Today's America
International Business
Leadership is Essential Seminar
Open Electives
Select enough electives to reach 120 credit hours9-10
Total Credit Hours120

Students with an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) from an accredited institution will meet WSU's General Education Program requirements.


Students wishing to explore alternative courses not listed, must contact the RN to BSN academic advisor.

Graduation and Program Requirements

  1. All prerequisite and professional courses must be completed with a C (2.000) or higher.
  2. Graduation requirements:
    1. 30 credit hours must be taken from WSU;
    2. Last 24 of 30 credit hours must be at WSU;
    3. 45 upper-division credit hours (up to 30 of these awarded via credit for life experience); and
    4. 120 total credit hours required for Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  3. 2.500 cumulative GPA for admission to the School of Nursing.
  4. Licensed RN (must be obtained within the first eight weeks of beginning the program).

Credit Awarded For Life Experience (Nursing Licensure)

Registered nurses are eligible for credit for life experience towards the BSN degree by demonstrating successful completion of the NCLEX-RN national exam. There is no fee for credit for life experience. The University requires 45 upper division hours. Credit for life experience can help achieve these requirements. Thirty (30) credit hours will be posted to the student's transcript upon admission to the RN-BSN program.

Applied Learning

Students in the RSN to BSN degree completion program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing all required coursework culminating with the NURS 496 Nursing Leadership Practicum for the Practicing RN course.