Online RN to BSN Degree

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Advance Your Profession - Online RN to BSN

At Southern New Hampshire University we understand the pressures nurses face in balancing the competing pressures of work, school and their personal lives. This is why the online RN to BSN program has been designed with practicing nurses in mind. We recognize that nurses working in today’s complex healthcare environment need to demonstrate competencies in a number of areas, including evidence-based care, health promotion and disease prevention, and the use of technology and in enhancing their clinical and professional development. The online RN to BSN at SNHU delivers on these objectives.

We offer an affordable and transfer-friendly online RN to BSN program that maximizes prior course work toward earning your degree and further reduce our already low tuition costs. Unlike other programs, our five, 10-week nursing courses offer nurses sufficient time and the necessary flexibility for mastering course work while balancing your professional and personal life.

The RN to BSN curriculum was developed by experienced nursing faculty with advanced degrees. In addition, for those interested in continuing their education and earning an MSN degree, we offer seamless pathways to an MSN. The online Advanced Pathway RN to MSN option enables you to choose between Clinical Nurse Leader or Patient Quality and Safety concentrations.


  • An affordable online RN to BSN from a private, nonprofit university
  • A nursing curriculum built upon the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report competencies
  • The convenience and flexibility of online delivery from a pioneer in the distance education field
  • Accomplished faculty experienced in teaching nurses online
  • 24/7 access to SNHU’s virtual campus
  • Innovative nursing program and course design

RN to BSN Degree Curriculum

Our online bachelor's in nursing courses follow a unique, six-credit, 10-week structure. This structure serves to accommodate busy practicing nursing professionals and permit sufficient time to complete course work.

Our curriculum is built around a transformational model of individual development. The course work initially stresses enhancing the nursing professional's ability to manage themselves, then focuses on managing in a complex environment. Nurses then focus on developing the awareness, knowledge and proficiency reflected in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's 11 nursing competencies. Additional BA/BS Core courses also are required for a BSN.

Students may transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU.

Nursing Required Courses

NUR-310: Nursing Leadership and Management
This course explores the complex structures of organizations and the roles of nurses within health-care organizations. The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of how healthcare organizations are formed and how current and emerging factors influence the structure and function of the organization. The course will also integrate nurse leadership and management theories and skills. The emphasis will be on the nurse functioning within a complex organizational system to influence and improve organizational outcomes. Students will have the opportunity to develop leadership and management skills, including areas of critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, change and conflict management, teamwork and collaboration, delegation and competency, power and influence, resource management (planning, budget, staffing, and culturally diverse workforce), and career development. Must be enrolled in Nursing program.
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-320: Patient-Centered Assessments
In this course, students analyze effective health assessment methods, communication strategies, and interdisciplinary collaboration techniques used in a variety of health care settings. Students conduct comprehensive evidence-based health assessments encompassing environmental, genetic, multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors and consider the skills members of collaborative interdisciplinary teams need to promote evidence-based quality care for individuals, groups, communities, and diverse populations. Students also explore ways of adapting their communication style to meet the specific needs for their audience. Must be enrolled in Nursing program.
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-330: Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Undergraduate students will be introduced to theory-guided and evidenced-based nursing practice. Students will acquire the skills to become proficient consumers of nursing research. Focus is placed on understanding established research methodologies, ways of knowing in nursing, and developing the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to retrieve and understand published studies for application to evidence-based nursing practice.
NUR-410: Community and Global Health
In this course, students focus on developing the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to function as effective team members in public- or community serviced-based health care settings. Students consider collaborative and innovative strategies for enhancing and improving current health care system approaches based on national and global holistic needs assessments and identify ways to advocate for quality patient and community outcomes and apply tribal, community, and global wellness strategies to professional practice. Must be enrolled in Nursing program.
Must be enrolled in Nursing program
NUR-480: Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulation
Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in professional, healthcare practice. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the healthcare environment through the lens of the professional discipline. Students evaluate the impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care access disparities and examine ways to articulate the needs of individuals, communities, and vulnerable populations to consumers and appropriate officials. Students also focus on the importance of cultural competence and ethical decision-making within healthcare delivery systems. Must be enrolled in Nursing program.
Must be enrolled in Nursing program

Students may transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU.

Required Coursework

The BSN program is 120 credit hours. In addition to the completion of the five nursing courses outlined above, student will need to complete the following coursework at either Southern New Hampshire University or elsewhere. The following courses must be completed prior to the Nursing Required Courses.

BIO-210: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Discussion/comparison of the principles of mammalian form and function. Includes molecular and cellular mechanisms of major processes (such as muscle contraction, neural transmission, and signal transduction) and examines the structure and function of the 11 organ systems of the human body. Laboratory exercises (BIO-210L) to follow lecture topics.
BIO-210L: Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Anatomy and Physiology Lab is a counterpart to BIO-210, in which students will examine tissues, bones, muscles and the major organ systems. The laboratory is hands-on and will include use of microscopes, visual representation in models, videos and online dissection.
ENG-120: College Composition I
ENG 120 is a college-level writing course that introduces students to various forms of academic discourse. Students are required to prepare essays in a variety of rhetorical modes, including exposition, description and argumentation. In addition to out-of-class writing assignments, students will be required to compose in-class essays in response to readings and other prompts. ENG 120 introduces students to process-writing techniques, library research and MLA documentation procedures. The primary focus of ENG 120 is to help students acquire the writing skills they need to succeed in an academic environment. Enrollment is kept intentionally small, typically 15 students per section, to assure maximum benefit.
ENG-200: Sophomore Seminar
This is a theme-based seminar that builds on the skills learned in SNHU-101 and ENG-120, focusing on information literacy (the ability to locate and evaluate information) as well as written and oral communication skills. The theme of the course will vary according to the instructor, but in all sections, students will conduct extensive research on the topic and communicate their knowledge in a variety of oral presentations and writing assignments that will culminate in a research paper. To be taken during the student's sophomore year.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H and sophomore standing or honors
IHP-340: Statistics for Healthcare Professionals
This course explores the basic statistical concepts of inference, variability, and statistical significance. Statistical methods used to describe data, quantify relationships and to test for differences between means will be studied. Parametric statistics will be the main focus but some common nonparametric tests will be introduced. The course will focus on the interpretation of published research findings.
PSY-108: Introduction to Psychology
This course provides students an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students prepare for more advanced concepts in upper-level Psychology courses by learning the basics of how to evaluate research and exploring various areas of specialization within the discipline. Offered every semester.
PSY-211: Lifespan Development
The purpose of this course is to engage students in meaningful exploration of theories, basic concepts, and research methodologies in psychological development. Students will gain an understanding of patterns of human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional development and the interplay between these areas. This course will also explore the roles of environmental and genetic factors, culture and history, continuity and change in development. Offered every semester.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H

Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Therapeutic Nutrition
MAT ELE - Students may select one Mathematics elective
Fine Arts/Humanities ELE - Students may select one Fine Arts or Humanities elective (FAS, HIS, LIT, PHL)
Social/Behavioral Science ELE - Students may select one Social or Behavioral Science elective

Free Elective Credits: 12

Total Credits: 120

Bachelor's in Nursing Outcomes

Hospitals and other healthcare employers are increasingly seeking nurses with bachelor’s-level educations. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is urging that the number of BSN-prepared nurses increase to 80 percent by 2020, a sentiment echoed by the Tri-Council for Nursing as a means to enhance patient care and safety.

With SNHU's online RN to BSN degree, you will:

  • Conducts comprehensive and focused assessments of health and illness parameters in individuals, groups and vulnerable populations.
  • Incorporate concepts of patient safety, clinical management and quality improvement to improve patient outcomes.
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice interventions (e.g., information systems, patient care technologies) as appropriate for managing the acute and chronic care of patients promoting health across the lifespan.
  • Understand the scope and role of policy, finance and regulatory environments in relationship to individual and population outcomes.
  • Communicate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaboration for quality outcomes.
  • Apply knowledge of organizational behavior, nursing theory and systems as appropriate for the scope and role of one's own practice.
  • Apply and incorporate a basic understanding of the concepts of health promotion and disease as a means of improving health at the individual, population and community level.
  • Incorporate a holistic, caring, culturally appropriate nursing approach that contributes to the wellness and the health of individuals, groups and vulnerable populations.
  • Incorporate the qualities, skills, behaviors, and knowledge required to function as a patient advocate, practice high quality care, assess and evaluate patient outcomes, and provide leadership in improving care.
  • Integrate a holistic approach to local, regional, national and global dynamics in nursing and healthcare system delivery.

Advanced Pathway RN to MSN Option

For professional nurses with defined education goals, our online RN to MSN option offers a seamless pathway for advancing from an ADN through to a Master of Science in Nursing . The RN to MSN option saves you time and money and enables you to pursue your advanced nursing degrees without a break in continuity or momentum.

RN to MSN option students complete graduate-level course work in their BSN courses, resulting in the elimination of two graduate courses reducing the time for the overall program by as much at 20 weeks of class. RN to BSN students who apply to and are accepted into the advanced pathway RN to MSN option will select either the Clinical Nurse Leader or Patient Quality and Safety concentration.

BSN Admission Requirements

Students must have:

  • An earned associate degree in nursing from a state-approved or nationally accredited nursing program and a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • Evidence of unencumbered state RN licensure (due upon completion of the first BS in Nursing course).
  • Daily access to the internet

Students seeking the advanced pathway RN to MSN option must have an active unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If you have a GPA below 3.0 but higher than 2.67, you are eligible for provisional acceptance. You must achieve a grade of B+ or better in your first graduate nursing course to be fully accepted into the MSN program.

Students enrolled in Community College System of New Hampshire nursing programs should contact their CCSNH advisor to learn more about program admission requirements and tuition information.

RN to BSN students interested in the advanced pathway RN to MSN option should contact an SNHU admission representative or academic advisor to learn more about the separate admission requirements.

All RN to BSN students beginning their course of study or re-enrolling on or after June 2013 will be charged a learning resource fee of $89.00 upon registration in NUR 320 Patient-Centered Assessment.


SNHU is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Our online nursing programs are based on Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation requirements. SNHU is a provisional member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is seeking CCNE accreditation.