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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a degree completion program specifically designed to advance the Licensed Registered Professional Nurse (RN) to an academic degree status of BSN. Students admitted to this program will be required to be a current RN with an unencumbered license through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) jurisdiction. The degree program will prepare the student to assume advanced roles in nursing management, client care, and education, as well as, provide a foundation for advanced academic study. The curriculum consists of coursework that will provide a framework for evidence-based practice and enhance complex clinical reasoning, decision making, and collaborative skills that contribute to patient safety and quality processes. The BSN program will assure that students attain knowledge of current practices in the field and enhance their ability to incorporate such practices into the health-care delivery system.

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements to Columbia College, students must provide official documentation verifying their status as a current RN with an unencumbered license through the NCSBN jurisdiction prior to pursuing the BSN degree. Transfer students will have coursework taken at a regionally accredited college or university, and complete with a grade of C or higher, evaluated for potential credit with Columbia College as per policy ( see Evaluation of Credit and Testing


Nursing Department

Degree requirements

General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs

  • For a complete list of general education courses click here. For additional information on general education requirements click here.

  • Ethics Course Requirement
  • PHIL 460 Biomedical Ethics or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Area Requirement
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology (highly recommended) 3 hrs

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • All courses that meet this requirement can be found here

Core Requirements 36 sem. hrs

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail. 15 hours of upper-level core coursework must be completed in residency.
  • MATH 250 Statistics I or 3 hrs
  • BIOL 324 Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or
  • PSYC 324 Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or
  • SOCI 324 Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences

  • CHEM 109 Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences or 3 hrs
  • CHEM 110 Chemistry I

    3 hrs

  • PHIL 330 Ethics or
  • PHIL 460 Biomedical Ethics

    3 hrs

  • NURS 212 Pharmacology for Nursing 3 hrs
  • NURS 310 Professional Nursing Practice 3 hrs
  • NURS 311 Pathophysiology 3 hrs
  • NURS 312 Principles and Applications of Human Nutrition 3 hrs
  • NURS 313 Health Assessment 3 hrs
  • NURS 409 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 hrs
  • NURS 410 Community Health Nursing 3 hrs
  • NURS 411 Community Health Nursing Assessment 3 hrs
  • NURS 413 Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice 3 hrs

General Electives 40-43 sem. hrs

Total Semester Hours: 120 hrs


This program is not available in class, but you may consider taking classes online.


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