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Program Requirements

North Park's RN-to-BSN degree-completion program requires just 7 nursing courses (24 semester hours). You’ll also take some classes from North Park's Core Curriculum program, including biblical studies and personal development courses, and will have to meet requirements for supporting coursework from other disciplines. Some of these requirements may be met by transfer credit or testing. This degree-completion program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Licensed RNs must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours through North Park University to earn a BSN, and you must have a total of at least 120 semester hours for graduation. Typically, RN students completing their bachelor's degree meet most of the course requirements by transferring credits (up to 90) from previous coursework. Thirty semester hour credits from your clinical coursework in your RN program will be held in escrow by North Park and applied to your transcript after successfully completing NURS 3210: Concepts of Professional Nursing. Learn more.

Required Nursing Courses: 24 semester hours (sh)

NURS 3000 – Pathophysiology: RN
Examines physiologic changes occurring as a result of disease processes. Presents concepts of disease causality cell metabolism, injury and death, infection, and inflammation. Uses a systems approach.

NURS 3030 – Health Assessment
Integrates knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences to focus on holistic health assessment of adults. Includes assessment of spiritual, cultural, developmental, and nutritional aspects. Considers ethnic variables of normal assessment. Course culminates with students performing and recording a complete health assessment. Students will describe the role of the nurse in health assessment.

NURS 3210 – Concepts of Professional Nursing: RN
A bridge course designed for Registered Nurses. Selected units may be taught on-line. Discusses ways in which nursing practice, personal experience, and liberal arts education interface with nursing professionalism. Introduces theories of adult learning styles, critical thinking, group dynamics, and personal/professional development. Applies theoretical principles to professional writing and presentations. Examines current legal issues, multiculturalism, and healthcare policy. Integrates personal values, Christian perspective, and caring in nursing. Explores students' personal experiences in various healthcare settings.

NURS 3540 – Ethics in Health Care
Issues and dilemmas in the health care system serve as a basis for examination of theories and principles of ethics. The spiritual domain is considered a valued context for decision-making.

NURS 4240 – The Research Process in Professional Nursing
Introduces elements of the research process with emphasis on becoming a consumer of research. Focus is on relevance of research findings to evidenced-based quality health care. Considers ethical issues in research.

NURS 4510 – Community Health Nursing: RN
Designed for registered nurses, the course synthesizes knowledge of the science and practice of community health nursing, and is built upon and connected to the University urban, international and Christian distinctives. Focuses on patterns that influence wellness and potential barriers that place individuals, families or communities at risk for major health problems. Includes health care delivery system and its effects on underserved consumers and professionals, community assessment, epidemiology, violence in the community, environmental & occupational health, world health issues, and home health hospice care. Applies theory and practice in community settings.

NURS 4530 – Management/Leadership in Nursing: RN
Designed for registered nurses as a culminating nursing course. Focuses on synthesis of nursing knowledge, integrating management and leadership principles and addressing professional challenges and opportunities in nursing. Individualized practice opportunities in clinical settings.

Required Supporting Courses

These requirements may be met by transfer credit.

  • Introduction to Psychology (3 sh)
  • Human Lifespan Psychology (4 sh)
  • Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology (3 sh)
  • Microbiology (4 sh)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (6 sh)
  • Chemistry (4 sh)
  • Statistics (4 sh)

Program Requirements