Program Description

The RN to BSN program is for registered nurses (RNs) with an associates degree or diploma in nursing seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. All nursing courses in the RN to BSN program are offered as online courses.

The RN to BSN program assists registered nurses to gain new knowledge regarding roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse in a rapidly changing health care environment and to build on their previous education.

Graduates are prepared to apply for advanced degree programs. Learning focuses on enhancement of critical thinking, scientific basis for decision making, and development of leadership qualities and skills. Faculty members strive to maximize each student’s potential for professional development.

Required Nursing Courses

There are 30 required semester hours. After general education requirements (see below) have been completed, the required 30 hours can be completed in 11 months if done on a full-time basis. General education requirements can also be completed along with nursing courses.

Semester 1 - Fall (mid-August to December)

  • NRN 333 Health Assessment and Promotion in Nursing Practice (4 credit hours)
  • NRN 334 Research in Practice (3)
  • NRN 445 Population-Focused Nursing Care (6)

Semester 2 - Spring (mid-January to May)

  • NRN 302 Principles of Pathophysiology (3)
  • NRN 448 Healthcare Policy Development (3)
  • NRN 449 Leadership and Management in Nursing (5)

Semester 3 - Summer I (end of May to end of June)

  • NRN 332 Professional Nursing and Nursing Practice (3)
  • IPHC 450 Healthcare Informatics (3)

General Education Requirements

The General Education required of all students at FMU is designed to give students an introduction to the broad areas of knowledge essential to a successful life and career. The General Education program includes choices in the humanities, social sciences, laboratory sciences and basic communications. You can take these classes on campus at Francis Marion or you can transfer credit from an approved college or university to satisfy these requirements.

Requirements upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance into the RN to BSN program, learners must provide documentation of the following onto our online documentation system from CastleBranch:

  • Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screen
  • Health history per the Department of Nursing (Annual TB skin test, Hepatitis, Immunizations, Varicella)
  • American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Certification at the healthcare provider level
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Active RN license
  • Actively working in a healthcare role
  • 3 positive references

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