Bachelor of Science in Nursing

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine published The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, an expansive report that examines the immediate and long-term affects of healthcare reform and how nursing professionals will serve an integral role in providing more people with quality medical care.

One notable recommendation is that 80 percent of the nation's nursing workforce should have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree by 2020.

Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation is successfully preparing dedicated nurses like you for the healthcare challenges ahead. The RN-BSN Program includes online interactive assignments allowing students to integrate new knowledge into their practice. Assignments vary by course, but may include papers, presentations, quizzes, and practical application activities. Students will strengthen their skills in oral and written communication, teamwork, computer use, and clinical reasoning and problem solving. Full-time, distinguished nursing faculty with expertise in their practice area have tailored this respected program to an online format that makes earning your BSN convenient and affordable. Faculty are experts at online teaching and are also involved in research and service to the community.

Program Requirements

ASU’s RN to BSN online program (45 credits) consists of upper–division nursing courses (38 credits) and upper–division general studies requirements (7 credits.) Course are 7.5 weeks in length and can be completed in as few as 15 months. Time to completion can extend to 18-24 months, depending on the number of courses taken per session.


Students who have signed a Pathway agreement with an Arizona community college need to complete all the required prerequisite courses at their community college.

Students who have not signed a Pathway agreement with an Arizona community college must complete the following prerequisite courses before enrolling in the RN to BSN program.

  • ENG 101 – Composition 1
  • ENG 102 – Composition 2
  • STATISTICS – Must be approved by an RN-BSN advisor

Co–requisite Courses

Students who have not signed a Pathway agreement with an Arizona community college must complete the following co–requisite courses before taking NUR 464 Capstone: The Synthesis of Professional Nursing. Co–requisite courses may be taken concurrently with upper division nurse courses. They include:

  • BIO 201 – Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 202 – Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
  • MIC 205 – Microbiology (3 credits)
  • CHM 101 – Introduction to Chemistry (4 credits)
  • PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology or CDE 232 – Human Development (3 credits)
  • MAT 142 – College of Math (3 credits)
  • Other General Studies Requirements

Core Courses

ASU’s RN to BSN degree program consists of 10 core courses totaling 38 credits.

TWC 361 Writing for Health Care Management (3 credits)
Course Description: Effective communication practices—including an emphasis on how to professionally communicate to scholarly and workplace audiences—are the focus of this course. Students learn how to leverage information technology through proficient data management using appropriate tools, sources and formatting style.
NUR 391 Professional Nursing Theory (4 credits)
Course Description: The theoretical basis for nursing is presented through an exploration of professional socialization, nursing theories and contemporary healthcare issues. The course emphasizes clear oral and written communication consistent with the American Psychological Association (APA) format, and fulfills the upper division requirement for literacy and critical inquiry general studies.
NUR 392 Health Promotion Across the Life Span (4 credits)
Course Description: Promoting good health across an individual’s entire lifespan—including the role and impact of nurses in promoting life–long health—is the focus of this course. Students learn how to apply health promotion at the individual and family unit level through wellness assessments and health promotion plans. Current concepts, theories and research regarding health promotion, health behaviors and behavioral change are also examined.
NUR 315 Nursing Research and Application to Practice (3 credits)
Course Description: Nursing research and application to practice provides students with the foundation to discover the research process and to apply the basic steps of the research process. It also provides tools to evaluate research studies and other types of evidence, and to integrate this evidence into nursing practice. This course fulfills the upper division literacy and critical inquiry general studies requirement.
NUR 460 Art of Nursing (4 credits)
Course Description: This course explores social values and facets of the human experience to promote empathy and the therapeutic use of self in nursing practice. Students will examine personal and professional values and beliefs and their relationship to past, present and future nursing issues. Using critical thinking, creativity, personality and personal experience, students learn to integrate patterns of knowing into nursing practice. This course is approved for upper division humanities.
NUR 440 Community/Public Health Nursing in the United States (4 credits)
Course Description: Key facets of nursing and their application are examined—including epidemiology, biostatistics, community assessment, community/population planning, population centered health promotion, risk reduction and environmental health. The course also builds upon the core professional values of community/public health nursing–community/population as a client, prevention, partnership, healthy environment and diversity.
NUR 444 Innovation in Nursing (4 credits)
Course Description: Students explore the role of innovation in the practice of nursing. An overview of the nurse’s unique role regarding sending and receiving information in a technology–based world of healthcare is also examined.
NUR 445 Nursing Management in Health Care (4 credits)
Course Description: The dimensions of management—collaborative work teams, problem solving, delegation and effective communication within health care organizations—are all examined in this course. Managing conflict and change, as well as the importance of maintaining a safe environment for patients and workers are also discussed. Legislative, regulatory, and public policy concepts related to management will be examined, along with economic and time management issues.
NUR 495 Public and Global Health in Nursing (4 credits)
Course Description: This course analyzes public health concepts, theories and practice with an emphasis on the health of clients in a global environment. Core public health functions, domestic and international health care delivery systems, public health and health policy, conceptual and scientific frameworks for community/public health nursing practice, epidemiology and global health issues are among the topics that will be examined.
NUR 464 Capstone: The Synthesis of Professional Nursing (4 credits)
Course Description: In this course students will analyze current nursing practice, implement and evaluate a project to facilitate positive health outcomes in a practice area, and examine the underlying concepts to facilitate transition to the professional nursing role. This course integrates and synthesizes the elements of the culture of nursing; ethical and socio-political concepts related to nursing; standards of practice, and the Code for Nurses within the context of personal, professional, and societal needs. The development of a personal philosophy of nursing practice will be applied and outlined in a trajectory for professional development.

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