Complete Your Bachelor's Degree in Just Two Semesters

RN to BSN

As a registered nurse, you know the value of continuing education. College of Saint Mary's bachelor’s degree in nursing completion program is designed with working professionals in mind. Complete our two-semester course of study by attending class one day a week in a hybrid format. Or, if you prefer, take fewer courses and attend part-time. You’ll find our faculty flexible and attentive to your learning style. 

Once you’ve completed your RN-BSN, you’ll want to create a plan to earn your master’s degree at College of Saint Mary!

Required Courses for Your Major

Your plan of study will depend upon applicable college transfer credits. The following courses are the required nursing courses in the RN-BSN program:

Nursing Assessment

In this course, you will learn physical assessment skills and focus on history-taking, assessments of health and developmental factors — including psychosocial, cultural, intellectual, spiritual/moral, transition and environment — and how each factor affects the individual at various ages. 

Nursing Theories and Research

This course will provide an overview of nursing theories, prepare the student to critically evaluate nursing research and discuss the importance of evidence-based practice at the baccalaureate level. This course will examine the basic components of qualitative and quantitative research as well as the ethical considerations in nursing research.​

Population Based Community Health

This course builds on creative learning in nursing, humanities and natural and applied sciences. We will focus on health promotion, health maintenance and prevention of illness and injury for individuals, families, other groups and communities.  Concepts related to public health organization, epidemiology and vital statistics are integrated throughout the course.

Practicum: Population Based Community Health

In this practicum, you will have the opportunity to function with individuals, families and other groups and communities to develop competency in renizing and working with actual and potential health problems.

Leading and Managing in Health Care

You will have an opportunity to apply select leadership and management principles to nursing. We will examine select social, political, legal, ethical and communication factors that influence nursing and the health care system.

Practicum: Leading and Managing in Health Care 

In this practicum experience, you will have the opportunity to apply select leadership and management principles to nursing. We will examine select social, political, legal, ethical and communication factors which influence nursing and the health care system. 

Professional Roles and Issues in Nursing 

We will examine the baccalaureate-prepared nurse role related to various health care roles, including licensed practical, associate-, baccalaureate-, and masters- and doctorally-prepared nurses and other health care professional roles. You will be introduced to functions characteristic of the baccalaureate role and are encouraged to discuss applications to the current health care arena.

Capstone Seminar 

You will analyze and synthesize concepts obtained from previous courses and incorporate them into a final capstone project, entailing the development of evidenced based practice or quality improvement changes of a selected area of nursing practice.

Requirements to Complete Your Bachelor's in Nursing Degree

You must complete a total of 128 credit hours to complete the RN-BSN program through combining your transfer college credits and the credits you earn at College of Saint Mary. A total of 85 credit hours may be transferred.

  •  61 credit hours in your major (maximum transfer/validation credits allowed is 36 credits)
  •  49 credit hours in electives 
  •  12 credit hours in general education courses
  •    6 credit hours in RN-BSN supporting courses

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself, and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The bachelor’s in nursing degree programs have Nebraska State Board of Nursing Approval and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, 404-975-5000. 

 

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's RN-BSN Program

1. Be a graduate of an associate degree of nursing or nursing diploma program

2. Application materials for the nursing program are processed by the Office of Enrollment Services or NursingCAS and then submitted to the nursing program director for review

3. Applications are reviewed by the nursing program director upon receipt of all of the following:

  • Application form and application fee
  • Official copy of your high school transcript or GED with appropriate signatures
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

 

4.  Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

5. Provide verification of a registered nurse license in good standing (unencumbered) with the State of Nebraska or compact state

6. Meet our core performance standards (Policy 1.2) and nursing program requirements (Policy 1.3)

7. A personal interview may be requested by the program director

8. Applications are reviewed on the first day each month. If you meet the criteria for admission to the RN-BSN program, you will be notified of your acceptance in writing.

Academic Description

Complete Your Bachelor's Degree in Just Two Semesters

RN to BSN

As a registered nurse, you know the value of continuing education. College of Saint Mary's bachelor’s degree in nursing completion program is designed with working professionals in mind. Complete our two-semester course of study by attending class one day a week in a hybrid format. Or, if you prefer, take fewer courses and attend part-time. You’ll find our faculty flexible and attentive to your learning style. 

Once you’ve completed your RN-BSN, you’ll want to create a plan to earn your master’s degree at College of Saint Mary!

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself, and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The bachelor’s in nursing degree programs have Nebraska State Board of Nursing Approval and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, 404-975-5000. 

Admissions Requirements

 

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's RN-BSN Program

1. Be a graduate of an associate degree of nursing or nursing diploma program

2. Application materials for the nursing program are processed by the Office of Enrollment Services or NursingCAS and then submitted to the nursing program director for review

3. Applications are reviewed by the nursing program director upon receipt of all of the following:

  • Application form and application fee
  • Official copy of your high school transcript or GED with appropriate signatures
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

 

4.  Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

5. Provide verification of a registered nurse license in good standing (unencumbered) with the State of Nebraska or compact state

6. Meet our core performance standards (Policy 1.2) and nursing program requirements (Policy 1.3)

7. A personal interview may be requested by the program director

8. Applications are reviewed on the first day each month. If you meet the criteria for admission to the RN-BSN program, you will be notified of your acceptance in writing.

Curriculum

Required Courses for Your Major

Your plan of study will depend upon applicable college transfer credits. The following courses are the required nursing courses in the RN-BSN program:

Nursing Assessment

In this course, you will learn physical assessment skills and focus on history-taking, assessments of health and developmental factors — including psychosocial, cultural, intellectual, spiritual/moral, transition and environment — and how each factor affects the individual at various ages. 

Nursing Theories and Research

This course will provide an overview of nursing theories, prepare the student to critically evaluate nursing research and discuss the importance of evidence-based practice at the baccalaureate level. This course will examine the basic components of qualitative and quantitative research as well as the ethical considerations in nursing research.​

Population Based Community Health

This course builds on creative learning in nursing, humanities and natural and applied sciences. We will focus on health promotion, health maintenance and prevention of illness and injury for individuals, families, other groups and communities.  Concepts related to public health organization, epidemiology and vital statistics are integrated throughout the course.

Practicum: Population Based Community Health

In this practicum, you will have the opportunity to function with individuals, families and other groups and communities to develop competency in renizing and working with actual and potential health problems.

Leading and Managing in Health Care

You will have an opportunity to apply select leadership and management principles to nursing. We will examine select social, political, legal, ethical and communication factors that influence nursing and the health care system.

Practicum: Leading and Managing in Health Care 

In this practicum experience, you will have the opportunity to apply select leadership and management principles to nursing. We will examine select social, political, legal, ethical and communication factors which influence nursing and the health care system. 

Professional Roles and Issues in Nursing 

We will examine the baccalaureate-prepared nurse role related to various health care roles, including licensed practical, associate-, baccalaureate-, and masters- and doctorally-prepared nurses and other health care professional roles. You will be introduced to functions characteristic of the baccalaureate role and are encouraged to discuss applications to the current health care arena.

Capstone Seminar 

You will analyze and synthesize concepts obtained from previous courses and incorporate them into a final capstone project, entailing the development of evidenced based practice or quality improvement changes of a selected area of nursing practice.

Degree Requirements

Requirements to Complete Your Bachelor's in Nursing Degree

You must complete a total of 128 credit hours to complete the RN-BSN program through combining your transfer college credits and the credits you earn at College of Saint Mary. A total of 85 credit hours may be transferred.

  •  61 credit hours in your major (maximum transfer/validation credits allowed is 36 credits)
  •  49 credit hours in electives 
  •  12 credit hours in general education courses
  •    6 credit hours in RN-BSN supporting courses