Nursing: RN/BSN Completion Program

Major: Nursing
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0 quarter credits (for Registered Nurses)
Co-op Options: None

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The RN/BSN Completion program is an option for nurses from associate degree and diploma nursing programs looking to complete the bachelor of science degree in nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program continues the education of registered nurses to prepare them for the rapidly changing health care environment. Core courses prepare the graduate for population-based cases and the managed care environment. Support courses, electives, and study in an area of the student’s choosing build on foundational educational experiences to facilitate the examination of critical issues from a variety of perspectives.

A BSN is awarded at the completion of the program. Qualified students are encouraged to submatriculate in the MSN program (RN/BSN/MSN pathway) while enrolled in the BSN program.

For more information about this completion program at Drexel, visit the RN/BSN Completion Program page.

Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

Admission Requirements

  • RN licensure (provisional acceptance will generally be offered pending successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination)
  • Official college transcripts
  • College grade point average of 2.0 or better
  • High school degree or equivalent

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in nursing program, students must have completed 60.0 semester hours (90.0 quarter credits) of college prerequisites, as follows, with a grade of C or better. Students may transfer in up to 135.0 quarter credits. Remaining credits will be evaluated on an individual basis. To graduate, students must have completed 180.0 quarter credits.

The required 60.0 semester hours include:

English (includes one semester of composition)6.0
Humanities (studio courses not acceptable)3.0
Anatomy and Physiology8.0
Growth and Development3.0
Total Credits60.0

Students must be graduates of nursing programs that are both regionally accredited and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education for Nursing (ACEN) or the National League for Nursing Commission for Education Accreditation (CNEA). Students who meet the criteria of the Pennsylvania Nursing Articulation Model will receive credit for 30.0 semester hours (45.0 quarter credits) of nursing, which may be applied toward the program entrance requirements. 

Degree Requirements

The College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty uses a variety of teaching and learning methods to facilitate the achievement of a student’s personal objectives. Most courses incorporate e-mail and Internet assignments as well as a variety of innovative, active learning assignments. Courses are offered in several stimulating educational formats, including in an online format.

Students should contact their Academic Advisor for any changes to their plans of study prior to registration due to ongoing curriculum updates.

ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Or transfer in 2 English courses (3 semester credits from a semester school) must include one semester of composition)
Humanities Electives3.0
Intro to Sociology3.0
General Psychology3.0
Developmental Psychology3.0
Nursing Electives45.0
Anatomy & Physiology I & II (w/ Labs)10.0
Microbiology w/ Lab5.0
Science Elective3.0
Into to Computer Science of Communication 3.0
Statistics of the Health Sciences4.0
Health Care Economics, Macro, or Micro4.0
Health Care Ethics I or Advanced Health Care Ethics3.0
Social Science Electives3.0
Science Electives6.0
Pharmacology or Advanced Physiology or Pathophysiology 5.0
Open Electives23.0
NURS 324Intro to Online Learning:Tools for Success3.0
NURS 325 [WI] Critical Issues in Nursing3.0
NURS 330 [WI] Research Basis of Nursing4.0
NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice3.0
NURS 340Transformational Leadership3.0
NURS 346Health Assessment6.0
NURS 375Nurses Building a Healthy Community6.0
NURS 380Complex Systems of Care: Technology, Patient Safety & Quality4.0
NURS 407 [WI] Issues in Aging and Longevity4.0
NURS 460Global Health & Policy Issues6.0
NURS 465Senior Capstone in Nursing3.0
Total Credits180.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
NURS 324Intro to Online Learning:Tools for Success3.0
NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice3.0
 Term Credits6.0
NURS 346Health Assessment6.0
 Term Credits6.0
NURS 325 [WI] Critical Issues in Nursing3.0
NURS 380Complex Systems of Care: Technology, Patient Safety & Quality4.0
 Term Credits7.0
NURS 340Transformational Leadership3.0
NURS 330 [WI] *Research Basis of Nursing4.0
 Term Credits7.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
NURS 375Nurses Building a Healthy Community6.0
 Term Credits6.0
NURS 460Global Health & Policy Issues6.0
 Term Credits6.0
NURS 407 [WI] Issues in Aging and Longevity4.0
NURS 465Senior Capstone in Nursing3.0
 Term Credits7.0
Total Credit: 45.0

 Statistics of Health Sciences is a prerequisite to NURS 330 [WI] Research Basis of Nursing.

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