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RN to BSN Program Structure

The RN to BSN program is designed to be flexible and there is no single correct way to progress through the program. Below is a flowchart showing how to progress through the program. Please refer to your degree plan for your specific course requirements.

rn-bsn program flowchart

For the general courses it is up to the student to decide how to complete them. Some students will take all, or the majority of the general courses, before starting the nursing courses. Other students take the nursing and general courses concurrently together.

If you have not already read our overview of Schedule and Load, please do so. We do not recommend students take more than the suggested course load. Please note that students are allowed to take two nursing courses concurrently (excluding NURS 3345 and NURS 4685), however, this is not recommended for most students.

Example Scenarios

Given the following situation, Sally Maverick can finish her program one of a few ways.

Situation: Sally Maverick has 8 general courses (including Statistics and Technical Writing), the upper division elective, the nursing upper division elective, and the 8 RN to BSN courses to complete for graduation.

Scenario A: Sally only wants to take one course at a time.

Because the general and nursing courses are of different lengths and have different start dates it is difficult to alternate between general and nursing courses without overlap. It would be best for Sally to complete all her general courses first before starting her nursing courses.

Scenario A - One Class at a Time
Year Month Class
Months on this table correspond to start dates.
In this scenario, however, classes will not overlap.
Year 1 Janurary General Course
Year 1 March General Course
Year 1 June General Course
Year 1 August General Course
Year 1 October General Course
Year 2 January General Course
Year 2 March General Course
Year 2 May ENGL 2338 Technical Writing (5 weeks)
Year 2 July NURS 3345 Professional Nursing (10 weeks)
Year 2 September 3xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 2 November 3xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 3 Janurary 3xxx or 4xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 3 February 3xxx or 4xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 3 April 3xxx or 4xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 3 May 4xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 3 July Nursing Upper Division Elective
Year 3 September Nursing Upper Division Elective
Year 3 October Capstone
Scenario B: Sally wants to complete the program quickly and does not mind overlapping classes.

This challenging scenario is nonetheless possible for students who have a mature academic discipline and time available to dedicate to their program.

Scenario B - Overlapping Classes
Year Month Class
Months on this table correspond to start dates.
In this scenario, classes will overlap.
Year 1 Janurary ENGL 2338 Technical Writing (5 weeks)
& NURS 3345 Professional Nursing (10 weeks)
Year 1 March Math 1308 (prereq to Nursing Research)
Year 1 May 3xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 1 June General Course
Year 1 July 3xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 1 August 3xxx or 4xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
& General Course
Year 1 September 3xxx or 4xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 1 October General Course
Year 1 November 4xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
Year 2 January 4xxx RN-BSN Nursing Course
& General Course
Year 2 February Nursing Upper Division Elective
Year 2 March Nursing Upper Division Elective
& General Course
Year 2 June General Course
Year 2 July Capstone