Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs (RN-BSN) (Online Program)

The School of Nursing offers a flexible admission policy for RNs who hold an associate's degree or diploma, and who desire a bachelor's degree in nursing. Students are provided with individualized attention as they proceed through the nursing program. The program takes into account the rich background of experience of the RN in terms of both clinical and classroom settings.

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There is only one application required for the RN-BS in Nursing Program. Students must complete the Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Application and submit all required documentation for university review and acceptance. Those who have applied to the University will be reviewed by the School of Nursing RN-BS Admissions Committee. A separate letter of program acceptance will be sent to the student by the School of Nursing. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Eligible applicants will have completed all 9 nursing prerequisites, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7, provide all academic transcripts, and complete all parts of the undergraduate transfer university application. A minimum of a C+ is required in BIO200 and BIO201; a minimum of a C is required in ENG112, BIO120, MAT100 (or higher), MAT107, CHE101 (or higher), PSY100, and PSY219.

Upon completion of the RN Associate Degree Program, students will be required to provide official transcripts of their conferred RN degree and a copy of the RN license (after successful completion of the NLCEX). Students may be conditionally accepted to the RN-BS in Nursing program while completing their final semester in their RN Associate Degree Program and/or prior to NCLEX examination. However, all requirements must be complete, with proper documentation, prior to beginning the RN-BS in Nursing Program.

SCSU CT CC Equivalency
Writing Arguments (ENG112) English 102 or 200
Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 200) Biology 211
Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 201) Biology 212
Microbiology (BIO 120) Biology 235
Intermediate Algebra (MAT 100) or higher Math 136-139, 142
Elementary Statistics (MAT 107) Math 167
Chemistry in Cont. Issues (CHE 101) or higher Chemistry 111
General Psychology (PSY 100) Psychology 111
Life Span Development (PSY 219) Psychology 201


Students may take CLEP exams as a substitute for some liberal arts courses.

If you have taken courses at another college or university within the state of Connecticut, please use the Transfer Articulation Request Tool to search for course equivalencies from most CT colleges and universities.

To learn more about university credit transfers please refer to the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) & Southern Connecticut State University RN-BS Program Comparison Chart.

NUR457 Advanced Clinical Concepts: Selected Health Issues for Practice 3
NUR459 Leadership and Management in Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NUR460 Advanced Clinical Concepts I 3
NUR462 Health Assessment of RN/BS Students 3
NUR463 Concepts of Community Health Nursing for RN/BS Students 4
NUR467 Care Across the Continuum for Special Populations 3
NUR468 Promoting Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan 3
NUR469 Informatics and Quality Improvement: Application to Nursing 3
NUR470 Optimal Clinical Outcomes Through Evidence Based Practice in Nursing 2

In addition to the Nursing Prerequisite courses, students must also fulfill university requirements within SCSU's Liberal Education Program (LEP) and meet a minimum of 120 credits to graduate with a BS degree, 30 of which need to be completed at SCSU. Transfer work may apply to some or all of the following. Please keep in mind that unlike the prerequisite courses, the requirements listed below may be taken while enrolled in the nursing courses. Courses are offered in 8-week semesters. Please review the Undergraduate Course Catalog for course descriptions.

  • Critical Thinking
  • Multilingual Communication (Intermediate level)
  • Technological Fluency
  • Written Communication (ENG 112 equivalent)
  • American Experience
  • Creative Drive
  • Cultural Expression
  • Global Awareness
  • Natural World I: Physical
  • Conflict and Consensus
  • Time & Place
  • Capstone

* LEP requirements for students with a previous baccalaureate degree in another field are waived.

For further information please contact or 203-392-7000.