RN to BSN Curriculum

Students may choose to enroll as part- or full-time. Actual student schedules may vary.

Professional Nursing Course Descriptions

  • NU302R. (6)  Community Health Nursing Online 

    An asynchronous online course that introduces student to the theoretical concepts of community and population based community health nursing practice with an emphasis on health promotion, health education and community assessment as applied to nursing practice in a community-based health care setting. Includes 24 clinical observation hours. Prerequisites: admission to the online nursing major, active RN licensure. Course Fees: $365

  • NU303R. (3)  Foundations of EBP in Nursing 

    An asynchronous online course that introduces the research process in nursing. Focuses on the use of research in evidence-based nursing practice. Prerequisite: departmental approval required. (Fall, Spring, Summer). Course Fees: $225

  • NU305R. (3)  Health and Physical Assessment Online (RN to BSN track only) 

    This asynchronous online course is designed for RN-BSN students. It focuses on techniques of physical assessment, normal assessment findings, selected abnormal findings, and changes in assessment findings across the life span. Prerequisite: departrmental approval required. Course Fees: $225

  • NU411R. (6)  Leadership and Management in Nursing Online 

    An asynchronous online course that focuses on leadership/management theories and concepts basic to the planning, organizing, directing, and delivering of nursing services in health care settings. Includes 24 clinical observation hours. Prerequisite: admission to the online nursing major, active RN licensure. Course Fees: $365

  • NU416R. (6)  Quality and Safety in Professional Nursing 

    An asynchronous online course that introduces the concepts of quality and safety education for nurses (QSEN) and the competencies needed to deliver quality and safe care while exploring use of these competencies in various nursing roles. Includes 24 clinical observation hours. Prerequisite: admission to the online nursing major, active RN licensure. Course Fees: $365

  • NU 418RW. (6) Nursing Concepts, Issues and Theories (RN to BSN Track only)An asynchronous online course, which explores issues and concepts that affect and influence nursing practice and the delivery of nursing care. This course examines the history of nursing from its origins to the present, including the development and use of nursing knowledge and its application to the practice arena. Nursing theories and related theoriesare examined as well as other types of nursing knowledge. Prerequisite:admission to the online nursing major, active RN licensure. Course Fees: $365
  • NU 502. (3) Health Policy, Social Issues, and Theory   (RN to MSN Bridge Track only)  

    The analysis of the development of health care policy, and the political, ethical, and financial factors that influence the challenges and opportunities in current nursing practice. One of the course’s major foci are on assessment of community health care systems and the impact that various legal, governmental, and fiscal factors have on these systems. Students will examine current social issues and their effect on the health care arena. Students will explore, apply, and utilize nursing theory to promote and improve health. Course Fees: $225

  • NU 508. (3) Advanced Health Assessment   (RN to MSN Bridge Track only)

    This course focuses on the skills of assessment necessary for the master’s prepared nurse and builds upon baccalaureate and professional practice knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and physical assessment and history-taking knowledge and skills. The major focus of this course is to ensure that the student has the ability to perform a high quality and problem-specific psychosocial, developmental, and cultural health history and review of systems with a head-to-toe comprehensive physical exam. Virtual clinical experiences and discussion forums will be used to demonstrate an understanding of establishing patient-centered databases and communicating that information in oral and written form. Course Fees: $225

  • NU 509. (3) Diversity, Ethics, Health Promotion, & Informatics in Patient Centered Care  (RN to MSN Bridge Track only) 

    Students will identify and analyze how diverse socio-cultural beliefs and value systems impact health practices and health care. An assessment and analysis of selected health promotion and patient- centered care strategies in diverse populations will be undertaken. Students will examine ethics and ethical decision-making and their influence on health promotion and patient-centered care. Students will utilize nursing informatics to improve the health of populations, communities, families, and individuals. Course Fees: $225


EN 111 (120) Freshman Comp I 3
EN 112 (121) Freshman Comp II 3
EN 231 Literature of the Western World I 3
EN 232 Literature of the Western World II 3
COM 201 Fundamentals of Speech 3
*Art, Music, Theatre, Philosophy, Religion, or Foreign Language 3
**MA 110 Finite Mathematics 3
***CH 101 Intro. Inorganic Chemistry 4
***2nd Science and Lab course from the following options: CH 102 +Lab, BI 101; 102; 111; 112; 305, or PH 101; 121; 241 4
****HI 101/102 U.S. History I or Survey of World Civilization I 3
****HI 201/202 U.S. History II or Survey of World Civilization II 3
ED 299 Growth and Development 3
PY 102 Introduction to Psychology 3
Bi 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BI 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BI 307 Microbiology 4
MA 147 Elementary Statistics 3
CNH 342 Nutrition 3


Enough that total credit hours for graduation will equal 125 or above.

*AR 170, 180, 281, 282; MU 222, 244; Theatre 210; PHL 201; RE 221, 231, or Foreign Language

**or MA 112, 113, 115, 125, 126, 227, 237, 238

***Laboratories Required

****Must complete a History Series

Students who follow Alabama's state articulation plan may be evaluated on an individual basis.