Jun 07, 2023
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.
Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno
Use the transfer agreement and the degree planner (available by clicking 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.
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.
||30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
|Major Residency Requirement
||15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
||60 Upper-Division Units
|Half Program Units/4 Year Institution
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
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)
A. Statistics (3-4 units)
Select one course from the following:
B. Communication (3 units)
Select one course from the following:
C. Natural Science Courses (15 units)
D. Human Development and Family Studies (3 units)
E. Behavioral Science (3 units)
Contact your advisor for approved list.
IV. Major Requirements (54 units)
A. First year Nursing courses completed by portfolio examination (29 units)
B. Second Year Nursing Courses (25 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.