RN to BSN Degree Completion (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The RN to BSN Completion Program builds upon the foundation of previous nursing education at the associate degree level to enhance the theoretical concepts of the science of nursing. The RN to BSN Completion Program is evidence-based and developed according to best practices using the following professional standards: National League for Nursing Competencies for graduates of baccalaureate education; Quality and Safety in Education for Nursing Competencies; and American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education. The program incorporates both didactic and practice experiences in the curriculum with the practice experiences using both direct human interface and indirect learning situations that allow the student to apply concepts in the course to clinical scenarios in a simulated environment. Graduates are prepared to function as nurse generalists in a variety of healthcare settings. All students are required to complete a capstone project in a clinical setting.

How much will it cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour, $250 if you’re a military member, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.


*Based on transfer credit to enroll in the program, a student may complete required coursework in 13 months or less. Refer to the program description in the current university catalog.


15% Job Growth

Job Outlook1

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.

Career Options1:

• Registered Nurse in:

– Hospitals
– Outpatient Clinics
– Physicians' Office
– Schools
– Home Healthcare Services
– Military
– Nursing Care Facilities
What are the admission requirements

This degree completion program builds on the foundation of previous nursion education at the associate degree level. To be admitted into this program (which meets the Kansas Articulation Model), you need to satisfy general requirements for undergraduate admissions, as well as provide proof of:

  • An earned Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN/ASN/AAS) from an accredited nursing program with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Current and unencumbered RN license as indicated by date of issue
  • Nurses educated outside the United States, who are eligible to practice as an RN in the United States must have an earned associate degree in nursing that equate to an U.S. associate degree

Note: Certain states, such as Kansas, require CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) certification as part of the vetting process to earn a valid and current RN license. Please check with your state to determine requirements.

When can I start?

Courses begin frequently, so we’re ready when you are.

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RN to BSN Degree Completion (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

RN to BSN Degree Completion Outcomes

After successfully completing the nursing courses in this program, you will be able to:

  • Assess effective communication in oral, written, interpersonal and electronic modes
  • Evaluate clinical judgments based on evidence-based practice standards and ethical practicess
  • Ensure accountability when providing and ensuring safe, efficient, quality patient care
  • Synthesize available resources to apply critical thinking to complex clinical situations
  • Incorporate culturally competent care concepts for individuals and families across the lifespan
  • Critique proficiency when caring for communities and populations
  • Analyze opportunities for personal and professional growth in pursuit of career goals
  • Integrate clinical technologies and informatics in practice
Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these six critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication:
    Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing, and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration:
    Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy, and respect.
  • Professional and Social responsibility:
    Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; and demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability, and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions, and an awareness of and adhering to regulations, professional standards, and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving:
    Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem, or a variety of issues; includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career management:
    Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options, and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data aptitude:
    Develop information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating, and interpreting, in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

RN to BSN Degree Completion (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The courses in this online RN-BSN degree completion program can prepare you for number of nursing positions1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Charge Nurse
  • Emergency Department RN
  • Staff Registered Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Operating Room RN

Employers can include:

  • Healthcare organizations
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community health agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Government agencies

RN to BSN Degree Completion (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

As you consider your educational options for RN to BSN degree programs, bear in mind Grantham University’s coursework is online for the flexibility you need to succeed.

NOTE: Nursing courses must be taken in the sequence shown. Non-matriculating students holding a current and unencumbered RN license may take an individual nursing course.

Students Entering With An Associate Degree in Nursing and RN License Credit Hours
Education and Licensing Completed* Prior to Matriculation at Grantham University:
Basic RN Program - credits for nursing coursework 30
General Education transferable credits from an appropriately accredited institution 21
Experiential Credit for RN practice 30
Required Courses to be Completed at Grantham University:
General Education 6
BSN Degree Completion 33
Total Hours 120

* Licensure required for admission

Program Core Credits: 33
General Education Core Credits: 6
Total Credit Hours: 39
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 33
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: NUR302 Title: Pathophysiology Credits: 3
  This course builds on the basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology to identify the disruptions in normal body functioning. The student will analyze objective and subjective data from common health issues occurring in diverse populations. Factors impacting on the disruption in health patterns will be discussed. Integrated into the discussion of each health issue are the assessment findings, diagnostic testing measures, and interventions including pharmacological therapy.
Course: NUR304 Title: Nursing Ethics Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of healthcare ethics and the nurse's role in ethical decision making as it impacts on delivery of care. The nurse must understand that their own values, views of society, life experiences and clinical expertise influence the ethicaof l decision making process. An understanding of the trends, theories and models of ethical decision making as well as an understanding of the established principles upon which ethical decisions are made is necessary to deliver safe, efficient, quality care that takes into consideration the global perspective of cultural norms of populations and communities. Patient advocacy is addressed as part of the nurse's role in ethical issues. This course provides the basic principles behind the model for ethical decision making and explores ethical issues confronting nursing practice in the following arenas: relationships, technology, patient self-determination, health policy, economics, social policy, gender and transcultural and spiritual aspects.
Course: NUR306 Title: Pharmacology Credits: 3
  This course establishes the foundation principles upon which nursing management of drug therapy is based. An overview of core drug knowledge and variables in drug administration is provided. A body system/drug classification approach is utilized to investigate the pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs. From knowledge gained in this course, the nurse can provide safe, effective, quality care regarding administration of medications to diverse populations.
Course: NUR402 Title: Transition to Professional Nursing Credits: 3
  This course explores the traditional and less traditional roles of the professional registered nurse in addition to implications for future practice. The course addresses the added complexities that technological advances bring to the health care delivery systems, and includes topics such as critical thinking, socioeconomic issues, patient selfdetermination, cultural diversity, research and evidence-based practices and ethical issues in healthcare.
Course: NUR405 Title: Health Assessment for Professional Nursing Credits: 3
  This course builds on the practical knowledge many RNs possess due to employment in healthcare agencies. The course provides a holistic approach to health assessment for the adult client with adaptations across the life span. Theories and competencies are needed to elicit a thorough and accurate assessment of the client under various health and wellness conditions. The student will apply concepts of health assessment focusing on a general systems approach and will complete 45 hours of practice experience (PE). Using a simulated patient encounter for clinical learning, students will conduct a general health assessment and formulate an individualized care plan.
Course: NUR410 Title: Theoretical Concepts of Research in Nursing Credits: 3
  This course introduces the student to components of the research process with application to the theory and practice of professional nursing. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice utilizing the research process. Students will be introduced to several research methods with an emphasis on the use of these methods in solving patient care problems. Critiquing skills will be developed to assist the student in becoming an active consumer of research and a participant on the research team.
Course: NUR415 Title: Introduction to Nursing Informatics Credits: 3
  Nursing Informatics will provide an overview of the basic concepts of nursing and healthcare informatics as well as their relevance to nursing practice. Course activities are designed to synthesize current nursing informatics applications and analyze the impact of nursing informatics on practice. The student will gain knowledge of the current state of the regulations, accreditation and major issues in research and evidence based practice. The course includes clarification of the concepts of nursing, technology, and information management and comprises underpinnings of nursing informatics, the practice of nursing informatics, and current challenges in nursing and health care informatics.
Course: NUR417 Title: Nursing Leadership and Management Credits: 3
  This course prepares the RN-BSN student for experiences in a leadership and management arena. Students will use a variety of learning methodologies to develop a foundation for decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. A continuation of the legal and ethical concepts as well as advocacy roles will be discussed throughout this course. This course includes practice experience (PE) totaling 22.5 hours
Course: NUR427 Title: Population Health in the Global Community Credits: 3
  This course will introduce the principles of population health and epidemiology in individuals and family case studies as well as disaster scenarios. Students will discuss disease prevention in the context of emerging global diseases within the constraints of personal and national financial resources. This course includes practice experience (PE) totaling 22.5 hours. Students will conduct a virtual community health assessment and develop a plan for intervention for a specific community health need that reflects a global health issue. A teaching project reflecting a current health issue will be developed for potential implementation in a community.
Course: NUR441 Title: Case Management Concepts Credits: 3
  This course offers the student a means to explore professional nursing practice that focuses on innovative, integrated nursing case management models within the context of the current managed care delivery system. Cost effective strategies and appropriate levels of care across the continuum of care will be examined in relation to current healthcare economics.
Course: NUR499 Title: RN-BSN Capstone Project Credits: 3
  The Capstone course in the RN-BSN program focuses on the synthesis of knowledge from past and current learning experiences to promote professional evidence - based practice that emphasizes principles of lifelong learning. Collaboration with other healthcare providers to improve evidence - based outcomes of clients, families and the community is emphasized. The learning of these concepts is embedded in Programmatic Outcomes for each course. The culmination of the RN-BSN program involves showcasing how these Programmatic Outcomes have been met with the creation and presentation of an ePortfolio.
General Education: 6
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: EN361 Title: Fundamentals of Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course explores the fundamental principles of successful professional communication. Students learn how to write business correspondence, job search correspondence, public relations documents, and professional reports. Students also gain experience in defining their audiences and purpose, designing document layout, as well as writing, revising, and proofreading text. In completing the requirements of this course, students showcase and evaluate their own writing and design skills in a professional correspondence portfolio. Additionally, through a series of reflective journal exercises, students reflect on their learning and writing progress. NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both EN261 and EN361.
Course: MA230 Title: Mathematical Statistics I Credits: 3
  This course presents methods in making analytical decisions using statistics. The course focuses on the characteristics of numerical and categorical data, methods of presentation, and descriptive statistics. The course also introduces students to basic methods of sampling and of making inferences using one or two independent samples. NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both MA215 and MA230.

Note: Courses NUR402, NUR405, NUR410, NUR415, NUR417, NUR427, NUR441 & NUR499 may not be transferred in and must be taken in that order. Non-matriculating students holding a current and unencumbered RN license may take an individual nursing course.

Practice experience exists in theses courses: NUR405, NUR417 & NUR427.

Note: Prior post-secondary education transcripts will be reviewed for possible transfer of credit for EN361, MA230, NUR302, NUR304, and NUR306 for a maximum of 9 credits allowed for transfer.

Registered Nurses admitted to the RN to BSN Completion Program are granted 30 experiential credits for their nursing practice experience. By possession of an associate degree from an appropriately accredited institution, associate institution, associate degree RNs are assumed to be competent in professional communication, healthcare system dynamics and the use of technology in the clinical practice arena. Associate degree RNs are able to prioritize patient care needs based upon risk and acuity and are competent in ethical practices and basic conflict management.