University General Course Catalog 2019-2020 
    Jun 07, 2023  

Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N.


The RN to BSN program is designed to provide the graduate of associate degree and diploma nursing with the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The bachelor’s degree program is the basic preparation for professional nursing practice and leadership positions in nursing. After completing the program, the graduate is qualified for nursing positions in public health agencies, schools, hospitals and other health-care providers. Baccalaureate graduates may also earn commissioned status in the military services, as well as admission to graduate education. The RN to BSN degree program major is two to four semesters with admissions occurring both spring and fall semesters.

The baccalaureate degree program is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

RN to BSN major students must complete the Core Curriculum requirements in addition to the nursing prerequisites before entering the major. No grade below C in any course will be accepted as applicable to the nursing degree.

Contact Information

Lisa Thomas, Track Leader
(775) 682-7155

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurses (RNs) holding a diploma or an associate degree in nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accredited nursing school and licensed to practice nursing where clinical courses will be completed are eligible to apply to the RN-BSN completion program to earn a baccalaureate degree.  Advanced placement credit may be earned by credit-by-exam evaluation. Earning advanced placement credit-by-exam is available only to nurses who have graduated from NLNAC accredited schools.

 Students must have a 3.0 GPA in required nursing prerequisite courses for acceptance into the program. For RNs with a GPA below 3.0, conditional admission may be granted. Full admission will be granted if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA in the first 8 credits earned in the nursing curriculum.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 120
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 3.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement  15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 60 Upper-Division Units 
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution  60 Units 


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (25-28 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (7 units) - CO4, CO4L

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Silver Core Fine Arts (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (6 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO13 courses .

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (21-22 units)

Pre-Major Requirements

A. Statistics (3-4 units)

Select one course from the following:

D. Human Development and Family Studies (3 units)

E. Behavioral Science (3 units)

Contact your advisor for approved list.

IV. Major Requirements (54 units)

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (10-14 units)

Elective course work is only required by students who have not completed enough units to satisfy the university residency requirement and/or the upper-division unit requirement.

VII. Recommended Schedule

No recommended schedule for this program.