University of Southern Indiana

RN-BSN Curriculum


What classes will I need to take?

RN-BSN students must complete:

The RN-BSN curriculum includes general education courses, required non-nursing courses, and nursing courses. You can receive up to 36 credits for nursing classes from your ASN or Diploma program. Many of the classes you have already taken will transfer into USI and will meet some of the program requirements. 

RN-BSN Curriculum:

  • University Core Curriculum Requirements - See list of classes that meet these requirements in the University Bulletin: UCC Requirements 
    • New core curriculum: Core 39 coming Fall 2014
    • UCC requirements include some classes specifically required by the program:
      • English I & II
      • Speech
      • Introduction to psychology
      • Social science (sociology)
      • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
      • Chemistry 
      • Nutrition (test-out available)
      • Ethics
  •  Required Non-Nursing Classes
    • Medical Microbiology
    • Statistics
  • Nursing Classes:
    • 27 credits of nursing classes which build on your previous nursing classes and professional experience.
    • Up to 36 credits for previous nursing classes
  • RN-BSN Nursing classes:
    • NURS 247 - Health Assessment Credits: 3
    • NURS 353 - Nursing Research Credits: 3
    • NURS 451 - Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice Credits: 3
    • NURS 455 - Community Health Nursing Credits: 4 *
    • NURS 467 - Professional Nursing and Healthcare Issues Credits: 3
    • NURS 488 - Nursing Management in the Care of Adults Credits: 7 *
    • NURS 492 - Clinical Synthesis Credits: 4 *
    • *Test out or validation available for some classes.
  • Nursing Elective Classes: Two electives are required that support professional nursing practice.

Minimum of 30 credits earned at USI required for BSN degree

Total: 130 credits

Individualized study plans will be developed to fit your life: one class at a time, full time, or anything in between. RN-BSN Study Plan

What transfers in from my ADN or Diploma Nursing Program?

  • Nursing credits: Up to 36 hours of Departmental Credit will be offered for the ASN or Diploma Nursing courses with a valid RN License and acceptance to the RN-BSN Program
  • Support classes: Many of your support classes taken during your ASN or diploma program will transfer in and meet university requirements.
    • You can look at classes on the website to determine how your classes will transfer to USI. Your nursing classes transfer in as block so you do not worry about how they transfer. TransferIN

You can use this in many ways, but here is my quick and easy way to look up classes.

      • Click on: College Students (at the top)
      • USelect (midway down on right side)
      • Choose Quick Equivalencies (left side under the heading Look for a Course…)
      • A screen will come up that will allow you to indicate you are transferring to USI and choose where classes are coming up.
      • Choose classes you have taken to determine how they come into USI


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