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Nursing (RN-BSN Program) (BSN)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Fall 2008 - Summer 2009 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Major: NUR

Degree: BSN

Unit: Nursing

Note: This option is for students who are already licensed Registered Nurses.

RN-BSN students must present official transcripts of course work completed from all universities and schools attended.

General Education

Type Hours
ENGL 101, Introduction to College Writing 3
ENGL 102, Intermediate College Writing 3
PSYC 201, Introduction to Psychology 3
Oral Communication General Education Requirement 3
CHEM 101, Introduction to Chemistry or
CHEM 105, Chemistry for Health Professionals (4)
BIOL 102, Introduction to Biological Systems
(Pre-requisite to BIOL 260, 261, 262)
Humanities General Education Requirement
(Selected Humanities courses cross count for Culture Diversity Gen Ed requirement)
MATH 107, Finite Mathematics or
MATH 111, College Algebra or
MATH 112, Trigonometry or
MATH 180, Elements of Calculus or
MATH 190, Precalculus or
MATH 205, Calculus or any higher number Mathematics courses
HISTORICAL STUDIES General Education Requirement 3
ARTS General Education Requirement
(Selected Arts courses cross count for Culture Diversity Gen Ed requirement)
SOC 203, Self & Society or
SOC 202, Social Problems or
SOC 201, Principles and Concepts of Sociology or
SOC 210, Race in the United States or
SOC 313, Community Organization or
SOC 314, Public Policy and Social Services or
SOC 323, Diversity & Inequity
*SOC 202 or SOC 210 fulfills the Sociology requirement and cross counts for Cultural Diversity Gen Ed requirement
BIOL 257, Introductory Microbiology 3
BIOL 258, Microbiology Lab 1
Cultural Diversity General Education Requirement
(6 hours required: 3 fulfilled in NURS 470; 3 hours can be fulfilled by taking any Gen Ed approved Culture Diversity course, some of which will cross count for Humanities, Arts, or Sociology requirement)

*For a complete list of the General Education Requirements please click here.


Program Requirements

Type Hours
BIOL 260, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 261, Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 262, Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
PHIL 323, Medical Ethics or
PHIL 321, Ethics or
PHIL 222, Contemporary Ethical Problems
(will fulfill Gen Ed Humanities requirement)
MATH 109, Elementary Statistics or
SOC 301, Introduction to Social Statistics or
PSYC 301, Quantitative Methods in Psychology
HSS 303, Human Nutrition 3
Free Electives (if needed) at 300 level or above 4
Subtotal 60

Note: Students must have a minimum total of 60 credit hours for the pre-professional curriculum.

Bridge Courses

Summer Semester
Type Hours
NURS 355, RN Portfolio Development & Evaluation 3
PHTX 395-50, Pharmacology 3  3
(Upon successful completion, students will be awarded 20 credit hours, equivalent to N351, 352, 442. Students must pay 1/2 the regular tuition for 20 hours in order to have credits posted to transcript) 20
Total 26

Accelerated Nursing Courses

Fall Semester
Type Hours
NURS 338, Lifespan Pathophysiology 4
NURS 360, Health Status Assessment 3
NURS 370, Integration for Practice 3
Total 10
Spring Semester
Type Hours
NURS 465, Research in Clinical Practice 3
NURS 470, Community Health Nursing 9
Total 12


Summer Semester
Type Hours
NURS 475, Professional Issues 1
NURS 480, Complex Health Management 8
NURS 485, Management of Health Care 3
Total 12
Total    60 


Type Hours
Minimum Total 120


  • All General Education and Program Requirement courses & NURS 355 must be completed prior to enrolling in the Accelerated Nursing courses.
  • 60 credits of the 120 credits required for a baccalaureate degree must be completed at a four-year university.
  • 30 of the last 36 credits must be completed at the University of Louisville.
  • All accelerated nursing courses are taught on-line.
  • Students interested in a part-time program of study for the accelerated nursing courses should contact an advisor.
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