A BSN built for nurses, by nurses
- Save time and tuition, earn credit for your RN license
- Get 45 credits for your unencumbered RN license, transfer in up to 45 more
- Accelerated RN to MSN option
- No application fee, SAT/ACT scores or enrollment caps
- Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)1
RN to BSN Degree Program Overview
The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at Southern New Hampshire University is designed to accommodate your busy life as a working nurse.
Nurses are, and will always be, the face of healthcare. But while theres a need for nursing professionals now and into the future, the role they play in healthcare today is rapidly evolving. With changing technologies, healthcare regulations and implementation of care, nurses with bachelors degrees are needed more than ever before.
In these complex, ever-changing environments, youll need critical competencies, including evidence-based care, health promotion, disease prevention and the use of technology to enhance your clinical and professional development. The RN to BSN online program delivers on those objectives and more – so you can change your life, without changing a shift.
Learn how to:
- Promote safe nursing practice and quality patient outcomes
- Use evidence-based practice to plan and evaluate outcomes of care
- Form strategies to promote better health across patient populations
- Communicate with teams to lead new healthcare initiatives
- Interpret trends in healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments
- Develop skills for lifelong learning in the field
Get 45 credits for your unencumbered RN license, then transfer up to 45 more into the RN to BSN program.
Built for nurses, by nurses
Nursing professionals face a number of unpredictable daily challenges, from overtime shifts to fast-paced, on-the-job demands – we get it. Thats why our curriculum was designed with nurses in mind. We aim to simplify the pathway to your degree, from offering affordable access to coursework online and on your time, to providing academic and career support when you need it. Because we believe that nurses are the heart of healthcare – and you deserve the opportunity to pursue your goals.
“Im motivated by a desire to soak in as much experience as I can in this life. Attaining an (online) BSN was seriously life-altering for my self-esteem and how I view myself. Im incredibly proud of how hard I worked to finish a degree in two years while working full time, and earning a 4.0 in the process. It proved to me I could do anything I set my mind to, and its given me the confidence to take on other challenges outside of work and college. – Laura Hilliard, RN to BSN ’17
BSN Career Outlook
As the population ages, and nursing professionals retire, there is a growing need for qualified individuals to step up and deliver quality care. Many of these jobs will extend outside of hospitals, into the community, in long term care facilities, outpatient centers and in patients homes.2
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for registered nurses are expected to grow 12% through 2028 – much faster than average.2 Registered nurses also earned an average annual salary of $71,730 in 2018.2
Along with this growth comes a continued demand for nurses with bachelors-level degrees. The Institute of Medicine is urging that the number of BSN-prepared nurses increase to 80% by 2020, an initiative meant to enhance patient care and safety.3
Courses & RN to BSN Curriculum
Our RN to BSN curriculum is built upon the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. The coursework prepares nurses for the dynamic nature of healthcare and nursing practice, with content such as evidence-based practice, informatics, leadership and systems-level coordination of care, and community and population health.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
- General education courses: All bachelors students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
- Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
- Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.
|Courses May Include|
|BS in Nursing Online|
|IHP 420||Ethical and Legal Considerations of Healthcare||Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in healthcare. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment. The impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care systems is explored.|
|IHP 450||Healthcare Management and Finance||This course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations within a performance improvement model. Students will explore problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare department. Additionally, topics will include healthcare finance reimbursement, bookkeeping, accounting principles, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefits analysis.|
|NUR 300||Scholarly Inquiry||This course is designed to introduce the licensed registered nurse to the role of the bachelors prepared nurse in complex health care setting. The Transformational model of learning will be the foundation to develop scholarly inquiry in order to improve practice. Skill development in critical reflection, assessing evidence, professional writing, study habits, and work-life balance will be essential for success. The goal is to provide a knowledge base in nursing theory to improve nursing practice. The role of the Bachelors prepared nurse as a patient advocate, clinical expert and a leader in evidence-based practice and transformation of health care will be emphasized. The course will discuss the capstone course and development of a project.|
|NUR 305||Information Management and Patient Care Technologies||This course explores patient care technologies, information systems, telecommunication technologies, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. Topics covered include standardized terminology; electronic health record, patient portal, meaningful use, and pay for performance; data integrity, abstraction and mining; use of clinical decision support tools to promote patient safety, and ethical and legal issues related to information technology.|
|NUR 350||Community and Population Health||In this course, the student will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and recommend change for health issues for groups and in communities. Topics will include local and regional conditions that affect vulnerable populations through the lifespan. Case management and care coordination will be discussed. Application of community health principles will be the foundation for recommending interventions. The prevention will include diverse, environmental disease treatments and healthcare policy strategies. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the course.|
|NUR 400||Systems Leadership for Continuous Quality||This course will explore organizational and systems leadership within the complex clinical microsystems to promote high quality patient care utilizing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote care coordination, negotiation, change management, team building and collaboration within the interdisciplinary team. Topics will include quality improvement and safety concepts using structure, process and outcome measures, and performance improvement methodologies to promote quality outcomes for diverse populations. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.|
|NUR 440||Research & Evidence-Based Practice||Undergraduate students will be introduced to theory-guided and evidence-based nursing practice. Students will acquire the skills to become proficient consumers of nursing research. Focus is placed on understanding established research methodologies, ways of knowing in nursing, and developing the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to retrieve and critique published studies for application to evidence-based nursing practice. This three credit course will include 45 hours of practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse.|
|NUR 490||Transformational Capstone||The Transformational Capstone course will utilize a seminar process, portfolio development, and final project to illustrate achievement of all program outcomes. In keeping with the Transformational Learning Theory, the summative activities will provide evidence of the students progression to a baccalaureate-professional nurse. This three credit hour course will include 90 hours of practicum experience to demonstrate synthesis of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the program.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Tuition & Fees
As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation—and havent raised our costs in a decade.
We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
|Online Undergraduate Programs||Per Course||Per Credit Hour||Annual Cost for 30 credits|
| Degree/Certificates |
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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