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Degree Requirements

The RN-to-BSN curriculum includes general education courses required by Lindenwood University and nursing courses to meet the major requirements.  Students are required to complete a total of at least 128 credit hours to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Nursing Major Courses

Nursing courses in the RN-to-BSN program are designed to build on the foundation of the general education courses and the basic nursing degree or diploma.  The following courses comprise the RN-BSN nursing curriculum:

  • NUR 31000 Professional Nursing (3 credits)
    • Pre-requisite to all other NUR courses
  • NUR 33000 Research & Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
    • MTH 14100 Basic Statistics is prerequisite or co-requisite
  • NUR 35000 Health Policy & Finance (3 credits)
  • NUR 37000 Patient Safety & Quality (3 credits)
  • NUR 37500 Introduction to Health Informatics (3 credits)
  • NUR 41000 Holistic Health Assessment (3 credits)
    • Successful completion of WPA pre-requisite
  • NUR 43000 Leadership & Management (4 credits)
    • All NUR 3XXXX level courses are prerequisites
  • NUR 45000 Community Health Nursing and Health Promotion (5 credits)
    • All NUR 3XXXX level courses are prerequisites
  • Nursing Electives (3 credits each)
    • Two nursing elective courses are required
    • Students select the nursing elective courses based on educational and career objectives
  • NUR 47000 Capstone (3 credits)
    • All NUR courses and general education requirements are prerequisites or co-requisites

General Education

General education courses provide the foundation for the specialized studies of the nursing major and support well-rounded development of student knowledge and skills. General education requirements may be completed through a variety of mechanisms, including transfer equivalency credit from the completion of the basic nursing degree or diploma. Each student will have an individual transcript evaluation completed by the Registrar and the faculty advisor to determine the general education plan of study. General education course requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are as follows:

  • English (6 credits) - must take both courses and pass WPA
    • ENG 15000 Strategies for University Writing (available OL)
    • ENG 17000 Research and Argumentation (available OL)
    • Complete the WPA (Writing Proficiency Assessment)
  • Communication (3 credits) – select one course from GE list
    • COM 10500 Group Dynamics & Effective Speaking, recommended
    • COM 11000 Fund of Oral Communication, recommended
    • SW 10000 Intercultural communication (available OL), recommended
  • Humanities (9 credits)
    • Literature, (6 credits) – select two courses from GE list
    • Humanities, Philosophy, or Religion (3 credits) – select one course from GE list
      • PHL 10200 Moral Life, recommended
      • PHL 24000 Bioethics, recommended
  • Fine Arts (3 credits) – select one course from GE list
  • American Government or American History (3 credits) - select one course from GE list
  • Culture and Civilization (3 credits) - select one of the following two courses
    • HIS 10000 World History Since 1500 (available OL)
    • HIS 22100 Global History Since 1500
  • Social Sciences (6 credits) – select two courses from different disciplines
    • PSY 10000 Principles of Psychology, recommended
    • SOC 10200 Basic Concepts of Sociology, recommended
  • Mathematics (6-9 credits) – must take at least two courses
    • MTH 14100 Basic Statistics (available OL)
    • MTH 12100 Contemporary Mathematics or equivalent
    • *students must take General Education Math Placement exam to determine if additional developmental math course will be required prior to MTH 14100
  • Natural Sciences (9 credits), one course must have lab, common RN science courses recommended noted below
    • BIO 23000 Microbiology for Health Sciences, recommended
    • BIO 22700 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, recommended
    • BIO 22800 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2, recommended
    • CHM 10000 Concepts in Chemistry, recommended

Additional information regarding general education requirements at Lindenwood University can be found in the Lindenwood University Undergraduate Catalog.

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