The RN to BSN program is designed to provide the graduate of an associate degree program in nursing with the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The bachelor’s degree 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 leadership positions. Baccalaureate graduates may also earn commissioned status in the US armed forces, as well as admission to graduate education. The RN to BSN degree program is completed in three to five semesters. Students may begin the RN to BSN major in spring, summer or fall. Students in the RN to BSN program may complete Core Curriculum requirements concurrent with the required RN to BSN courses.
The baccalaureate degree program is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Lisa Thomas, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
RN to BSN Program Track Leader
Gracee Tout, RN to BSN Program Advisor
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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.
Post-licensure admission to the RN to BSN major requires
The RN to BSN post-licensure program is available to students who are currently licensed as a registered nurse. Post-licensure applicants must meet the following requirements to apply to the post-licensure RN to BSN program.
- Graduation from a nationally and regionally accredited program of nursing with a minimum of 24 transferrable college credits
- A current and unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the Unites States.
- A 2.0 GPA in all previously completed coursework
- Completion of the anatomy & physiology and microbiology requirements with a minimum grade of “C” in each cours
Concurrent ADN/AAS Enrollment
The RN to BSN concurrent enrollment program allows students to work toward the baccalaureate degree while actively enrolled in an associate degree in nursing program. Concurrent enrollment requires:
- Completion of at least 24 transferrable college credits
- Enrollment in the 3rd or 4th semester of nursing coursework at a nationally and regionally accredited associate degree in nursing program.
- Advisor approval confirming good academic standing in an ADN/AAS program with no grade less than a “B” in any nursing course.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all previously completed coursework.
A concurrently enrolled student may not enroll in the clinical practicum course (NURS 488) prior to receipt of an active and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse.
- Total Units | 120
- Cumulative GPA | 2.0
- University GPA | 2.0
- Major GPA | 2.0
- 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. 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 Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.
A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3
B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units) - CO2
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units) - CO4, CO4L
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4 and CO4L courses.
D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .
E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .
F. History & Cultures; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
II. Additional Core Requirements (0 units maximum)
Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9
B. Diversity & Equity - CO10
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
III. Additional College Requirements (12 units)
A. Pre-Major Natural Science Courses (12 units)
Complete the following natural science courses with a grade of “C” or better.
IV. Major Requirements (60 units)
A. First year Nursing courses completed by portfolio examination (30 units)
B. Second Year Nursing Courses (30 units)
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
No minor is required for this program.
VI. Electives (0-23 units)
Elective course work is required only by students who have not completed enough units to satisfy the university residency requirement, the upper-division unit requirement, and/or the total credit requirement.
VII. Recommended Schedule
A. Full-Time Enrollment
Students may begin the full-time RN to BSN program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer.
First Year, Fall Semester
First Year, Spring Semester
B. Part-Time Enrollment
Students may begin the part-time RN to BSN program in Fall, Spring, or Summer.
First Year, Fall Semester
First Year, Spring Semester
Second Year, Fall Semester
Second Year, Spring Semester