Online RN to BSN Program

RN to BSN Online - College of Distinction 2017-2018

Walsh University is included in the Nursing Colleges of Distinction 2017-2018

RN to BSN online - CCNE Accredited

Walsh University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

RN to BSN Online

Approved Institution - National Council for State Authorization

Online RN to BSN Program

Online RN to BSN Program Fast Facts

  • 100% online
  • 125 credits
  • Complete in 8 terms
  • Take one eight-week course per term
  • Six intakes per year

Walsh University Recognition

  • #49 (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest (U.S. News and World Report)
  • #29 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • CCNE-Accredited

Make a Commitment to Your Future

Gain a deeper understanding of the nursing field. Walsh University’s online RN-BSN program will prepare you to be a critical thinker, decision maker, and proactive caregiver. Respond faster and more effectively by anticipating issues. Our nursing students learn through evidence-based practice. We emphasize the use of the most current best practices. Our nursing curriculum is guided by research, studies, and experience.

You’ll learn from fellow nurses and healthcare professionals. A number of hospitals and other healthcare facilities with Magnet Recognition, clinics and other healthcare facilities prefer to hire nurses who have a BSN. A BSN also opens up a number of career pathways and postgraduate educational opportunities, such as nurse educator, nurse practitioner, and more. Gain new perspectives on the healthcare field by viewing the nursing profession through a holistic and ethical lens. The program seeks to create a nurse who can advocate for patients, nurses and the profession. Graduates should leave the program with an understanding of how the mind, body and spirit are interconnected and essential to achieving positive patient outcomes.

Online RN-BSN Program Highlights

Walsh University’s online RN-BSN program focuses on experiential learning as well as a close relationship with fellow students, faculty, and staff. Throughout the 125-credit program, you’ll learn from faculty with real-world experience working in a variety of healthcare settings. Delve into hands-on practice with 4 practicums, all practicums are project based and easily accommodate online students at a distance from Walsh. An optional course is offered which enables students to work with a faculty member to develop a professional portfolio.

The eight-week courses may be taken one at a time and small class sizes allow you to get the individualized attention you may need. In addition, classes are flexible and therefore you can learn at a pace that is convenient for you.

Online RN-BSN Program Admissions
  • Submission of a completed Walsh University application for admission.
  • Graduate of an accredited registered nurse program, Diploma or Associate Degree
  • An unencumbered registered nurse (R.N.) license
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • English Composition
  • Social Science Electives

Or by special permission of the Dean of the Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing

All RN-BSN applicants will be considered for the reduced core of the general education requirements of the University. Qualifying for the reduced core requires a minimum of 60 college credits. For all admitted nurses, 25-semester credits of nursing escrow credit are awarded after successfully completing the 300 level nursing courses. The lower division nursing credits, awarded by the direct or escrow methods will be counted toward the 60 transfer credits needed to qualify for the reduced core of the general education requirements. In addition, all other courses taken at another university or college will be considered for transfer credit. Decisions on granting transfer credit are made by the registrar.

International Student Requirements

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 61 on the Internet test.
  • The STEP test (administered mainly in Japan) can be taken in lieu of the TOEFL. A minimum score of Grade 2A is required.
  • Minimum IELTS score of 5.5.
Online RN-BSN Program Tuition and Financial Aid

Online RN to BSN Tuition

$400 per credit hour. To learn more about our tuition breakdown, click here.

Online RN to BSN Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available to qualified individuals. To learn more about financial aid for Walsh University’s online RN to BSN program, click here.

Online RN-BSN Program Curriculum

Credit for work experience (maximum of two nursing courses) is an option for the registered nurse by using the professional portfolio process. Students must develop a written agreement with the nursing faculty member and then complete Humanities 200 in order to do a portfolio.

In-Class Option also available.
HUM 200 – Experiential Learning Assess 1 sem. hr.

Experiential Learning

This course is designed to help students assess their experiential learning background. Theories of adult learning and learning styles will be explored and applied to personal and work settings. Students will prepare an autobiographical Personal Learning Theme and an Experiential Learning Portfolio demonstrating their knowledge, skills, and experiences. The course is designed especially for non-traditional students and is offered by arrangement. Therefore, it requires authorization from the student's academic advisor.

CHEM 200 – Aspects of Clinical Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.

Fundamental concepts of organic chemistry and biochemistry are used to examine the chemical basis for a variety of prevalent clinical disorders. Topics include basic organic chemistry, bioorganic reactions, basic biochemistry, metabolism of ethanol, chemical basis of the evaluation of thyroid function, biochemistry of diabetes mellitus, sickle cell anemia, phenylketonuria and related enzyme defects, chemical basis for enzyme assays (CK, LDH, AST) in cardiac assessment, and other pertinent topics. The course is offered every spring semester.

Prerequisite: CHEM 100 or equivalent.

MATH 221 – Statistics 3 sem. hrs.

Elementary theory of probability and statistics, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, normal distributions, means, variances, standard deviations, sampling, confidence limits, testing of hypotheses and applications drawn from real world situations are all covered in this course. Please note that this does not count toward the 33 hours required for a major in Mathematics. The course is offered every semester.

Prerequisite: MATH 104 or equivalent.

BIO 402 – DV:Genetics 3 sem. hrs.

The course examines the role of DNA as the basic molecule of heredity in viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes and its transmission to offspring. Topics discussed include Mendelian laws of heredity, polygenic traits, probabilities of inheritance, meiosis/mitosis, linked traits, chromosome mapping, crossing-over and population genetics involving the Hardy-Weinberg law. The structure of the gene is studied and the regulation of its expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes is examined. The relationship between genes and disease, including cancer, is discussed. Recommended: BIO 306. The course is offered every spring semester.

Prerequisite: BIO 101, 102 or BIO 209, 210.

NURS 300RN – Theoretical Concepts for Nurs Practice 3 sem. hrs.

Foundation Course

The major focus of this course is the theoretical foundation of the discipline of nursing. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to reflect on providing effective care toclients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions with clients in diverse settings are identified to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are emphasized in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts provide the basis for the delivery of nursing care. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care are promoted. Leadership skills necessary to promote health in a variety of settings are discussed. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among healthcare professionals. Ethical decision making integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. The course is offered twice a year. First course RN option.

NURS 301RN – Health Assessment/Promotion Nursing Practice 4 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is health assessment and health promotion strategies with an emphasis on physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of adults. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to develop health promotion strategies with adults as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health or support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts provide the basis for delivery of nursing care to adults. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care with adults are promoted. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with adults. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among healthcare professionals. Ethical decision making with adults integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. The course is offered twice a year.

Prerequisite: NURS 300 RN.

NURS 302RN – Critical Thinking in Clinical Reasoning 5 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to explore the critical thinking process and facilitate self-reflection in the use of the process. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to strengthen clinical decision making with clients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions are examined to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts provide the basis of critical thinking essential to the delivery of nursing care. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care are cultivated. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of quality improvement strategies. Informatics is emphasized as a source of nursing information and a means of communication among healthcare professionals. Ethical decision making integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. The course is offered twice a year.

Prerequisite: NURS 300RN.

NURS 340RN – Nursing with Families 3 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is to examine physiological, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual responses of the family system. Critical thinking in combination with the nursing process is utilized to develop health promotion strategies with families as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions focusing on families are initiated to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health, or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills are incorporated in an interdisciplinary approach to nursing care of families. Accountability and responsibility for incorporating evidence-based nursing practice in the delivery of nursing care for the family are cultivated. Leadership skills are developed and utilized in the implementation of health promotion strategies with families. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among healthcare professionals. Ethical decision making with families integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. The course is offered twice a year.

Prerequisite: 300RN level courses.

NURS 410RN – Nursing Research 3 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is an introduction to the research process applied to the practice of nursing. Critical thinking is utilized to evaluate published research for application to nursing practice with clients adapting to internal or external stressors. Therapeutic nursing intervention development through research will be explored in an effort to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health or to support death with dignity. Therapeutic communication skills related to the written expression of research ideas are fostered. The role of research in the development of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts is examined. Accountability and responsibility of the professional nurse as a consumer of research is emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation are explored as they relate to applying evidence-based nursing research in clinical practice. Informatics is emphasized as the source of information and a means to communicate research findings. Ethical and legal issues of informed consent, nonmaleficence, and confidentiality in research are evaluated. The course i offered twice a year.

Prerequisites: All NURS 300RN level courses, MATH 221.

NURS 420RN – DV:Population Focused Nursing 4 sem. hrs.

The primary focus of this course is the application of the nursing process with at-risk populations currently underserved in the community. Critical thinking skills and research through the nursing process are employed to appraise the health status of populations adapting to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and recognize health, or to support death with dignity with at-risk populations are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care of at-risk populations. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, science, and liberal arts provide the basis for promoting the health of populations, including cultural values, socio-economic conditions and political factors. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation of evidence-based nursing practice support principles of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention with populations. Leadership principles of collaboration and delegation specific to the community environment are integrated into the management of population focused nursing care. Informatics is emphasized as a means to assess and evaluate care of populations. Ethical decision making with populations integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. The course is offered twice a year.

Prerequisites: All NURS 300RN level courses.

NURS 430RN – Nursing Leadership 5 sem. hrs.

The major focus of this course is the development of the leadership role in nursing. Critical thinking and research through the nursing process are utilized to guide clinical judgement and clinical reasoning in meeting the needs of clients as they adapt to internal and external stressors. Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote, maintain, restore, and reorganize health, or to support death with dignity are evaluated while providing care as a nurse leader. Therapeutic communication skills are analyzed in an interprofessional and intraprofessional approach to nursing care with clients in a constantly changing environment of health care delivery and health care reform. Theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts that provide the foundation for the leadership role is emphasized. Leadership and management principles, including collaboration, fiscal planning, patient care delivery models, motivation, delegation, quality improvement, and health care safety are developed. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means of communication among healthcare professionals. Ethical decision making in the leadership role integrates values and principles fundamental to the discipline of nursing and is conducted within legal mandates of professional nursing. The course is offered twice a year.

Prerequisite: all 300 RN level courses.

NURS 450RN – Nursing Capstone 2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on utilizing the Byers School of Nursing curriculum model to guide graduating seniors' self-analysis of their development in the professional nursing role. The integration of critical thinking skills and research in the application of the nursing process is discussed. The delivery of therapeutic nursing intervention with diverse clients in an evolving healthcare environment is explored. Utilization of therapeutic communication skills at all levels of interaction within diverse healthcare environments is appraised. The integration of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, sciences, and liberal arts in the delivery of nursing care is emphasized. Accountability and responsibility for incorporation evidence-based nursing practice within individuals, families, and populations are emphasized. Leadership principles of collaboration and autonomy in professional nursing are encouraged. Informatics is emphasized as a source of information and a means to communicate aspects of professional nursing practice. Ethical, legal, and political issues pertinent to nursing in a dynamic healthcare environment are evaluated. Professional licensure procedure and preparation for the National Council of Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) are addressed. The course is offered every spring semester.

Prerequisites: Taken the semester of graduation.