RN to BSN in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is designed for registered nurses who wants to advance their careers, become more marketable, and open doors to leadership opportunities.

RN to BSN Degree Overview

The shortage of Bachelor’s-prepared RNs continues be a pressing concern for many hospitals and care centers across the nation. Magnet Recognition® from the ANCC helps answer the call by encouraging registered nurses to attain their BSN to increase the proportion of bachelor-prepared professionals to 80% by 2020. Hospitals with a high percentage of BSN-prepared RNs has better patient outcomes in several categories (Blegen, Goode, Hye Park, Vaughn & Spetz, 2013).

The RN to BSN program builds upon your nursing experience and skills while providing the flexibility to study while you work. 

  • 3 starts a year
  • Full-time or Part-time program
  • Full-time students complete the core curriculum in 1 year
  • Attend one 3-day immersion virtual or in person in Irvine, California
  • Online lectures, demonstrations and exercises, as well as leadership and community health practicum experiences near your home or work
  • Apply to the BSN-DNP after the RN-BSN degree program completion, and finish both programs in as little as 48 months


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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Goal statement
    • Three online recommendation forms (preferred) or 3 letters of recommendation with waiver forms.
    • Self evaluation
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
    Application Deadlines
    • Spring 1, 2022: Oct. 15, 2021
    • Summer 1, 2022: Feb. 15, 2022
    • Fall 1 2022: Jun. 15, 2022

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

    Entry Option 1 or 2 (full or part-time options)
    • Must have an ADN or ASN from a regionally accredited college or university.  Must also have an ADN or ASN from an ACEN, CCNE, BRN approved nursing program
    • Hold an unencumbered RN license in the state where you plan to do your practicums
    • OR have evidence of a scheduled NCLEX date (which must be passed by the end of the first session enrolled in the RN-BSN program)
    Entry Option 3 or 4 Community College Dual Enrollment

    Must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited institution and nationally accredited ADN or ASN program.

    Must have an ADN or ASN from a regionally accredited college or university.  Must also have an ADN or ASN from an ACEN, CCNE, BRN approved nursing program


    Program Curriculum

    • Basic Skills (12 Credits) *


      ENGU 103 - Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric


      ENGU 104 - Written Communication II: Writing About Literature


      Quantitative Reasoning


      Oral Communication


      Breadth Requirements (30 credits) *




      Select 9 credits from three different areas:






      Fine Arts


      Foreign Languages




      Liberal Studies




      Religious Studies


      Natural Sciences (12 credits):


      Select 12 credits


      Social Sciences (9 credits):


      Select 9 credits from 3 different areas:


      Criminal Justice


      Early Childhood Education








      Organizational Leadership


      Political Science/Legal Studies




      Social Science


      Social Work





      Students in the RN to BSN degree program must meet the minimum 42 general education credits. Credits are satisfied with the Basic Skill and Breadth Requirements sections.

    • ENGU 104 Written Communication: Writing About Literature


      CHMU 101 Introduction to Chemistry (with a lab)


      MATU 203 Introduction to Statistics


      PSYU 320 Human Development across the Lifespan


      Humanities (Foreign Language or Sign Language preferred)



      These credits may be embedded in the block transfer and/or satisfy General Education Requirements for course content. However, if these credits are not embedded in the block transfer, additional credits may be required to meet the 120 total credit hours for the degree.

    • NURU 400 Transitions to Inquiry Based Practice: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice


      NURU 401 Nursing's Public Image and Professional Issues


      NURU 403 Managing Health Care Reform


      NURU 404 Healthcare Communication and Collaboration


      NURU 405 Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice


      NURU 406 Improving Patient Health Care Outcomes: Quality Care & Patient Safety


      NURU 407 Cultural and Spiritual Diversity in Health and Nursing


      NURU 408 Information, Patient Care, and Decision-Support System Technology


      NURU 409 Understanding Health Issues and Health Delivery in the Community Setting


      NURU 410 Practicum in the Community Setting (96 required practicum hours)


      NURU 411 Transformational Leadership and Management in Nursing


      NURU 412 Practicum in Transformational Leadership and Management in Nursing (80 required practicum hours)



    University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees at University of Massachusetts Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    RN to BSN

    Do I need to live in or near Irvine, California, to complete my degree?

    No.  Coursework is delivered online with one immersion for RN-BSN students virtually or at the Irvine, California, campus.  Clinical practicum or mentored experiences are attended in the student’s home community. 

    How many credit hours is the RN-BSN degree?

    The University of Massachusetts Global RN to BSN is 36 credits.  In the full-time program, students take two 3-credit courses in each session for one year.  Part-time students take one 3-credit course each session for two years.  Community college students take two 3-credit courses during the summer before their final clinical year of their associate degree and complete the remainder of the credits after graduation with a full-time or part-time option.

    Does the nursing program offer fully online degrees?

    All nursing programs in the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions are delivered using a blend of online learning and clinical practicum or mentored experiences in a variety of healthcare settings.  During online sessions, students will engage in instructor-guided or self-directed study using live and recorded lectures, demonstrations, tutorials and other activities. This blend of teaching methods provides a rich and engaging learning experience for busy professionals who must juggle school, work and family.

     The RN-BSN program also requires one 3-day Immersion session at the Irvine, California, campus at the beginning of the program. The immersion can be attended virtually.

    What is the length of the RN-BSN program and how do “sessions” compare to a traditional academic semester?

    UMass Global has six sessions each year, two in the fall trimester, two in the spring trimester and two in the summer trimester. Each trimester is considered a unit of eligibility for financial aid. Each session is 8 weeks long. These shorter sessions allow students to focus their study on a small number of courses and still complete a degree in one to three years of study.

    What are the academic and professional entry requirements for the RN-BSN program?

    To enter the RN to BSN program, you must have completed an associate degree in nursing, have an unencumbered RN license or have a NCLEX date.

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