Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN

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The RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing option at Kaplan University is designed for registered nurses and offers coursework aimed at providing advanced health care and management skills. Learn about Kaplan University's RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing option here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing option allows students to examine advanced nursing theory and science, ethical principles and decision making for advanced nursing roles, and how to transition from a registered nurse to a leadership position. Students can gain skills in effective communication with patients, handling culturally diverse populations, health and wellness assessment and strategy, and the use of research to identify and implement innovation to clinical practice. Coursework examines leadership and management skills in a dynamic global health care environment, principles of epidemiology, communicable diseases, and the delivery of nursing care to families, groups, and diverse populations. The program requires a nursing practicum to be complete in the state of licensure.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Applicants to the RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing option should be nurses who are interested in advanced nursing and leadership roles. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing option consists of 180 required credits, depending on previous education. The program includes 34 core credits, 15-55 open elective credits, and 41 major credits. There are two tracks available: one for students possessing a prior nursing associate degree and another for those who have a prior nursing certificate or diploma. Students following the latter track must complete certain prerequisite courses.

RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing Requirements

  • Professional Leadership Transitions
  • Nursing Research
  • Physical Assessment for the Professional Nurse
  • Nursing Care of the Older Adult
  • Leadership and Management in the Changing Health Care Environment
  • Public Health Nursing - Population-Centered Health Care in the Community
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Nursing (requires criminal background check)
  • Professional Presence
  • Bioethics
  • Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Critical Evaluation in the Humanities
    • Ethics
    • Humanities and Culture
  • Choose one of the following:
    • The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Prior Nursing Certificate or Diploma Track Prerequisites

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Psychology

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing option at Kaplan University, you could seek employment at hospitals, medical offices, health care facilities, elder care facilities, or schools. Some positions you may wish to pursue include:

  • Director of nursing
  • Nurse manager
  • Nurse case manager
  • Charge nurse

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing option is intended to prepare you for graduate studies. There are many specialization opportunities in the nursing field. Depending on your interests, you could pursue graduate degrees such as:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Informatics
  • Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administrator
  • Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator