Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Program Curriculum

120 credits

RN - BSN Program Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an AAS, AS, or equivalent degree in Nursing
  • Current Registered Nurse license or recent AD graduate may take first semester classes but must pass NCLEX before continuing with the program

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

 *NOTE: Students who have completed BIOL 2320, BIOL 2325, BIOL 2420, and BIOL 2425 can fulfill GE Life Science and GE Laboratory Science by taking BIOL 1300 Evolution & Ecology (1 hour)

Course Prerequisite Requirements

MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3
NURS 3900

RN-BSN Program Requirements 

NURS 3100Professional Nursing Roles3
NURS 3200Health Assessment3
NURS 3600Nursing Research3
NURS 4020Community Health Nursing5
NURS 4030Nursing Policy & Ethics3
NURS 4040Nursing Leadership Management5
NURS 4600Senior Capstone6

RN - BSN Program Elective Requirements

Complete courses from the following list to earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits:
NURS 3300Transcultural Nursing3
NURS 3400Nursing Informatics3
NURS 3700Gerontological Nursing3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Discipline Core Requirement course.

Graduation Plan 1

Plan of Study Grid
3rd Year
Summer SemesterHours
NURS 3100 Professional Nursing Roles 3
NURS 3400 Nursing Informatics 3
NURS 3600 Nursing Research 3
NURS 3700 Gerontological Nursing 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
NURS 3300 Transcultural Nursing 3
NURS 4020 Community Health Nursing 5
NURS 4040 Nursing Leadership Management 5
Spring Semester
NURS 3200 Health Assessment 3
NURS 4030 Nursing Policy & Ethics 3
NURS 4600 Senior Capstone 6
 Total Hours37

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Requirements for admission to the RN to BSN program:  Include graduation from an accredited associate degree registered nurse program, current registered nurse license and completion of all nursing courses with a minimum of “C” grade and cumulative GPA of 3.0 in those courses, and personal references. Graduates of DSU ADN program may take the first semester courses, but licensure must be obtained before beginning the second semester and continuing the program.  Refer to for additional admission requirements and application information.

A previously earned degree may complete some or all of DSU’s General Education requirements. DSU’s General Education requirements must be fulfilled prior to BSN degree completion.