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Program Requirements

North Park’s RN-to-BSN degree-completion program, delivered in a blended format, offers the best of both worlds in education: You will have have face-to-face classes, with the flexibility of completing almost half of your courses online. In addition to the nine required nursing courses, you’ll have to complete requirements for supporting nursing coursework and the University core curriculum. Most of these requirements may be met by transfer credit or testing.

The program can be completed in as little as 18 months, yet you will be able to determine your own pace of study. The average student completes the degree in two years while keeping a full-time job. Learn more.

Major Requirements

24 credits of nursing coursework
At least 30 credits taken at North Park
120 credits for graduation

Course Descriptions

Course is designed for practicing RNs and will build on content from initial nursing education program, including anatomy and physiology courses that are foundational in exploring human dysfunction. Major pathophysiology concepts are explored using a physiological systems approach. Theories relating etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations are used to study common disease processes.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Designed for registered nurses, the course synthesizes knowledge of the science and practice of community/public health nursing, and is built upon and connected to the University urban, intercultural and Christian distinctives. Focuses on patterns that influence wellness and potential barriers that place populations and communities at risk for major health problems. Includes the health care delivery system and its effects (especially on underserved consumers), chronic and communicable conditions, violence, community empowerment, environmental health, global health issues, and disaster prevention and response.


Designed for registered nurses the course is built upon and connected to the University urban, intercultural and Christian distinctives. Focuses on practice at the microsystem level within an everchanging healthcare system. Communication/collaboration with the interprofessional team, coordination of care, continuous quality improvement, and principles and models of leadership will be considered.


This is a culminating course designed for the RN-BSN student to provide direct experience in a microsystem in a health care practice setting. Students, in collaboration with nursing faculty and practicum liaison, will plan and implement an evidence- based quality improvement project consistent with the professional leadership role.

For a complete list of all course offerings, review the academic catalog.

Supporting Nursing Courses

These requirements may be met by transfer credit.

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