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Nursing (RN-to-BSN) B.S.

RN-to-BSN Program Mission

The mission of the RN-to-BSN Nursing Program is to educate nurses to serve clients, health care systems, and the profession of nursing by leading and managing care and contributing to advancement of the profession. The learning environment educates the baccalaureate nurse generalist to build on previous learning and is characterized by personalization, collaboration, and integration of technology that promotes lifelong student learning, pursuit of graduate studies, and development as a professional nurse. Students will engage in scholarship that supports the development of critical thinking, creative problem solving, and innovative leadership in care delivery. Students will embrace professionalism and professional values in the care of individuals and populations across diverse cultures, ages, and environments.

RN-to-BSN Program Goals

  • Prepare nurses to fulfill baccalaureate nursing leadership roles within the complex health care system, who consistently embody professional values.
  • Provide a foundation that encourages ongoing education and prepares for advanced nursing degrees.
  • Promote among graduates a commitment to addressing the health care needs of the citizens of North Dakota.
  • Recruit and retain qualified and diverse students committed to academic excellence and professional development.
  • Recruit and retain qualified faculty who contribute to the university, the profession, and other arenas through activities associated with education, service and scholarly endeavors.
  • Implement educational strategies and practices conducive to the personal and professional development of students.

RN-to-BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  • SLO 1: Provide leadership within the complex health care system that integrates an understanding of organizational systems and the internal and external forces that impact them.
  • SLO 2: Engage in evidence-based practice as a means of enhancing the quality of patient care.
  • SLO 3: Use information technologies to improve patient care outcomes and the environments in which patient care occurs.
  • SLO 4: Engage in culturally-appropriate approaches that promote health and prevent disease and injury in diverse populations.
  • SLO 5: Develop collaborative relationships both inter- and intra-professionally that enable the nurse to effectively advocate for patients, the nursing profession, and the health care system.
  • SLO 6: Model professionalism based on a foundation of personal values, ethical principles, and the nursing profession’s values and standards.

Overview of RN-to-BSN Program Curriculum:

Required credits to graduate with this degree: Minimum of 120

  • 60 SH credits (minimum) awarded for completion of nursing degree leading to RN licensure from a regionally accredited college/university.
    • Must meet MSU Essential Studies (General Education) requirements
    • Other credits, including essential studies courses, may transfer from prior degrees or additional approved course work
    • Students must earn a minimum of 30 SH credits from MaSU to meet the residency requirement
  • 36 SH credits of 300-400 level courses.
    • 28 SH credits nursing RN-to-BSN core courses.
    • 8 SH credits upper division non-nursing courses
      • 3 SH credits statistics course (300 level at MaSU)
        • Transfer credit substitution of equivalent statistics course upon approval, however, must still meet 36 SH 300/400 level credit requirement.
      • 5 SH credits elective courses.
  • RN-to-BSN core courses, statistics and elective credits can be completed in as few as 12 months.
  • Two plans of study are available: full-time 12-month and part-time 24-month options.
  • Nursing core courses are offered in 5-week blocks except for one 10-week clinical course to allow the student to focus on one to two courses at a time.
  • All other non-nursing courses are scheduled across the entire semester.

    • Maximum allowed credits for enrollment each semester for nursing students is limited to 19 SH credits.
    • Students are encouraged to work with the financial aid department to ensure that they are registered for the appropriate number of credits per semester for their individual financial aid and/or scholarship award.
  • Requests to change a plan of study from full-time to part-time or part-time to full-time requires written request by the student as well as Program Advisor and Division Chair approval.

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Core Requirements

NURS 310Health Care Informatics & Technologies


NURS 350Baccalaureate Role Development: Provider of Care, Mgr of Care, Member of a Profession


NURS 360Holistic Health Assessment Across the Lifespan


NURS 370Evidence-based Practice


NURS 441Population-focused and Community-based Nursing Care I


NURS 442Population-focused and Community-based Nursing Care II


NURS 450Issues in the Health Care System: Focus on Rural Health


NURS 460Ethical Dilemmas in Health Care: A Focus on Vulnerable Populations and End-of-Life


NURS 470Nursing Leadership


Statistics Requirement (Select one from the following)

Pre-requisite: MATH 103 - College Algebra
BUSN 416Business Statistics & Research


MATH 323Probability & Statistics


PSYC 310Statistics for the Social Sciences