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RN-to-BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences


Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN Degree Program Online | Courses - Capella University

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits†
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits†
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits

ART2000 Art History Survey 6 quarter credits
HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
HUM3300 Perspectives on World Religions 6 quarter credits
LIT2001 Introduction to Literature: Short Stories 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2051 Bioethics and Society 3 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits

BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
CHM1000 Chemistry for Changing Times 6 quarter credits
CHM1050 Chemistry and the Environment 3 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT1051 Pre-Calculus 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2050 Statistical Literacy 3 quarter credits
MAT2051* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits

ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS1000 Immigrants in the American City 3 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
HIS4100 Critical Aspects of American History 3 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
POL2000 Globalization 6 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits

Required Courses

NHS4000 Developing a Health Care Perspective 6 quarter credits
BSN4002 Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration 6 quarter credits
BSN4004 Nursing Research and Informatics 6 quarter credits
BSN4006 Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulations 6 quarter credits
BSN4008 Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes 6 quarter credits
BSN4010 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations 6 quarter credits
BSN4012 Nursing Leadership and Management 6 quarter credits
BSN4014 Global Perspectives of Community and Public Service 6 quarter credits
BSN4016 Pharmacology for Patient Safety 6 quarter credits
BSN4017 Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals 6 quarter credits

Capstone Course

6 quarter credits

BSN4020 Nursing Capstone Project 6 quarter credits

Elective Courses - Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

Additional Program Requirements - 30 quarter credits

Credits taken in foundation nursing courses and undergraduate nursing skills coursework totaling 30 quarter credits.

Total 180 quarter credits

Combined Option

Learners enrolled in the Combined BSN/MSN Nursing option complete the following master’s-level courses in lieu of BSN4006 and BSN4012.

Master’s-level courses - 12 quarter credits for GuidedPath or 6 program points for FlexPath

NHS5004 Communication, Collaboration, and Case Analysis for Master’s Learners GuidedPath - 4 quarter credits; FlexPath - 2 program points
NHS6004 Health Care Law and Policy GuidedPath - 4 quarter credits; FlexPath - 2 program points
MSN6011 Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health GuidedPath - 4 quarter credits; FlexPath - 2 program points

These courses are taken in addition to the general education and remaining required courses.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Admission to the Combined BSN/MSN option requires learners to have a current, unrestricted RN license.

Washington residents are not eligible to enroll in this program.

The BSN degree program requires learners to maintain a current, independently verifiable, and unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

FlexPath Self-Paced Learning Option

If you’re highly motivated, looking to potentially save time and money, and crave the freedom and flexibility of setting your own pace, you may want to consider FlexPath, available for this program in April 2017. Rather than face weekly deadlines, you’ll work at your own pace to complete a series of assessments for each course.

There’s no limit to the number of courses you can complete per session—you’ll still pay the same flat tuition rate every 12 weeks.

Learn more about FlexPath self-paced learning

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RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

Finish both your BSN and MSN in just over three years—while saving thousands in tuition costs. Learn more about our RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN Degree Program Online | Courses - Capella University

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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