RN to BSN Degree Completion Program

APU’s accelerated RN to BSN program for registered nurses sharpens clinical skills and focuses on organizational, managerial, and communication abilities that lead to more thorough patient care and increased leadership responsibility.

40 units


The RN to BSN degree completion program (also available online) comprises the following:

Note: A total of 120 units is required to complete the BSN degree.

Prerequisite Courses 1
General Education Requirements 1
Electives 2, 3
Accelerated RN to BSN Courses
RNRS 321Health Assessment5
RNRS 327Nursing Research and Statistics4
RNRS 368Pathophysiology5
RNRS 396Professional Practice: Ethics, Issues, and Spirituality in Health Care 46
RNRS 458Writing 3: Evidence-Based Practice, Theory, and Clinical Pathways 55
RNRS 469Improving Patient Outcomes: Quality, Safety, and Risk Management5
RNRS 479Population Health and Public Health Nursing4
RNRS 480Community Health and Care Transitions4
RNRS 482PClinical Practicum 62
Total Units40

Concurrent Enrollment Option

The 40-unit RN-BSN Concurrent Enrollment Option allows students to begin RN-BSN program coursework during their first semester of nursing school in an external Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) program; this is in contrast to the RN-BSN bachelor’s completion program (for students who have graduated from an ADN program) and the Summer Bridge Option (for students enrolled in an ADN program who begin degree completion courses during the summer). Dual-enrollment students need to be enrolled in an ADN program and must maintain a 3.0 GPA during their combined coursework. Two letters of recommendation are required from ADN program faculty.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Utilizes Christian worldview to integrate beliefs, values, ethics and service in personal and professional life.
  2. Provides nursing care utilizing professional knowledge and core competencies (critical thinking, communication, assessment and technical skills) derived from a foundation of nursing science, general education and religious studies.
  3. Demonstrates initiative for continual personal and professional growth and development.
  4. Acts as a patient and family educator and advocate to promote optimal health and well-being.
  5. Functions independently and collaboratively, both as a leader and/or member of a health care team to manage and coordinate care.