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Online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online graduate certificate program at the University of Louisville Online

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Online RN-BSN Degree Requirements

RN-BSN Core Courses

31 hours

Portfolio*

30 hours

Cardinal Core (general education), Program Requirements and Electives

59 hours

(varies, based on transferable credit)

Total Credit Required in the Program

120 hours

Sample RN-BSN Program Plan

Fall Start

Fall

1st

2nd

381

387

355

7 credits

Spring

1st

2nd

388

383

6 credits

Summer

1st

2nd

482

382

6 credits

Fall

1st

2nd

385

488

6 credits

Spring

1st

2nd

470

/

473

6 credits

Spring Start

Spring

1st

2nd

381

387

355

7 credits

Summer

1st

2nd

482

382

6 credits

Fall

1st

2nd

388

383

6 credits

Spring

1st

2nd

470

/

473

6 credits

Summer

1st

2nd

385

488

6 credits

This is not an official plan and should only be used as a guide. Your advisor will work with you to build your actual plan of study customized to your goals and needs.

Online RN-BSN Core Courses

  • NURS 355 Portfolio*
  • NURS 381 Foundations for Evidence-based Professional Nursing
  • NURS 382 Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice
  • NURS 383 Case Management for Individuals and Families
  • NURS 385 Nursing Leadership and Health Policy
  • NURS 387 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for RNs
  • NURS 388 Global Health: Disparities and Social Determinants - SBD2
  • NURS 470 Community Health Nursing
  • NURS 473 Community Leadership Practicum
  • NURS 482 Health Promotion for Individuals, Families and Communities
  • NURS 488 Leadership Project

    *Portfolio - NURS 355 Course – 30 credit hours tuition-free (savings of $14,910)

Cardinal Core, Program Requirements and Electives

Not all courses are taught at all KCTCS campuses.

 

University of Louisville Courses

KCTCS Courses

Hours

Written Communication: ENGL 101 and 102

ENG 101 and 102

6 hours

Statistics: MATH 109

STA 220 or STA 251

3 hours

Natural Sciences (other than Biology courses)*

CHE 150 or CHE 170 without lab; AST 101,  PHY 151

3 hours

Oral Communication: COMM 111, 112, or 115

COM 181 or 252

3 hours

Social Behavioral *

PSY 110, SOC 101, POL 101

3 hours

Social Behavior Historical*

HIS 101, 102, 104, 105, 108, 109

3 hours

Arts and Humanities (different subjects)*

ANT 130, ENGL 161, ENG 261, ENG 264, PHI 100, REL 101, REL 130, WGS 201, HUM 135

3 hours

Arts and Humanities (different subjects)*

ART 100, 105, 106, MUS 100, 222, 207, THA 101

3 hours

Diversity D1*

HIS 108, 109, WGS 201, MUS 207

3 hours

Diversity D2* Met with UofL NURS 388

 N/A

3 hours

Microbiologywith Lab: BIOL 257 and 258 

BIO 225 lab included

3-4 hours

Anatomy & Physiology: BIOL 260, 261, and 262

BIO 137 and 139 lab included

7-8 hours

Electives as needed

 Must be non-nursing courses

*These are only examples of courses that fulfill these requirements. For other options check with the UofL Office of Transfer Services.  Courses in these areas may cross count.

Minimum grade of “C” required in Science and English courses.  Anatomy & Physiology can be repeated only one time. Recommend completion of sequence at the same institution.   


The University and/or the School of Nursing reserves the right to change programs of study academic policies academic requirements fees schedules of courses or the announced academic calendar without prior notice. Students are encouraged to meet with their assigned advisor on a regular basis.

Course titles are a strong indicator of course equivalency. For pre-evaluation of transfer credit, visit our Office of Transfer & Adult Services.         



Sample Course Descriptions

NURS 387 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for RNs

Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN program. This course examines pathophysiology as the body's response to pathological processes. An emphasis is placed on the student's use of knowledge of normal physiology to understand adaptive and maladaptive processes of chronic pathological conditions. The student will examine nursing management of chronic pathological conditions in selected populations using principles of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmodynamics and pharmacokentics for safe and effective pharmacological interventions.

NURS 381 Foundations for Evidenced-Based Professional Nursing

Prerequisite: Acceptance into NUR BSNUD. Provides opportunity for registered nursing student to transition in the baccalaureate nursing program and explore and create components of professional evidence-based nursing care in a dynamic health care environment.

NURS 355 Portfolio Equivalency

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN-BSN program. The student provides a comprehensive portfolio documenting prior educational, professional and life experiences in preparation and practice as a registered nurse. Note: 30 Credit hours for equivalency at no charge.

NURS 482 Health Promotion for Individuals, Families, and Communities

Prerequisite: N338; N360; N381 (Foundations for Evidence-Based Professional Nursing); N380( Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics). Introduces student to nursing theorist to evaluate nursing practice in changing health care environment. Provides opportunity to expand knowledge as it relates to the significance of contemporary issues in professional nursing practice.

NURS 382 Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice

Prerequisite: N338; N360; N381 (Foundations for Evidence- Based Professional Nursing); N380 (Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics); Math 109 or Soc 301 or Psyc 301. Focuses on research process as it relates to health and nursing practice. Emphasizes abilities to interpret research reports and apply research evidence to nursing practice.

NURS 488 Leadership Project

Prerequisite: NURS 381, NURS 382, NURS 383, NURS 386, NURS 387, and NURS 482. Corequisite: NURS 385. This course provides the opportunity to apply concepts in nursing leadership and health policy in a selected setting. The roles of nurse advocate and change agent are stressed in this project.

NURS 470 Community Health Nursing

Prerequisite: N482, N382, N483, N383, N384, N385 or N382 N482, N383, M386, N385, N488. This course focuses on health care of populations in the community with emphasis on public health principles to promote health and prevent diseases.

NURS 473 Community Leadership Practicum

Prerequisites: For all sections that are not taught on line; all upper division courses except 471, 472, and 474. Provides student opportunities to apply knowledge and synthesize insight gained through their educational experience to perform primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention interventions in a community setting.


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