RN to BSN Online Option Curriculum

The RN to BSN curriculum includes 7 nursing courses and 7 liberal arts & sciences courses, with no additional courses required for graduation. Designed by RNs for RNs, the curriculum is meant to challenge your thinking about nursing and your role as a professional nurse as well as help you prepare for expanded roles. Experiential learning activities enhance the curriculum as you apply knowledge in the classroom and in your current role.

Curriculum Overview

  • 3 full-time semesters (which may be completed in as few as 12 months while you continue to work)
  • 129 credit hours required for graduation (60 liberal arts and sciences; 69 nursing)1
  • RNs receive 82 proficiency credits upon acceptance2
  • Curriculum consists of 7 nursing courses and 7 liberal arts and sciences courses
  • Practice experiences in the RN to BSN option involve a variety of activities that include direct care and indirect care experiences  
  • Option of the CCNE accredited* BSN program
Course Structure
  • Coursework is 100% online, on your time with no mandatory login times
  • 8 week sessions, with 2 sessions per semester. Semesters begin in January, May and September
  • No courses required above and beyond our curriculum before entering the program

Download the RN to BSN Curriculum Plan (PDF).

RN to BSN Online Course Descriptions

7 Nursing Courses (24 Credits)

NR-351: Transitions in Professional Nursing – 3 Credits (Theory 3)

This course, designed for the RN student entering the BSN program, introduces the student to the philosophy, theory and roles of the professional nurse across the educational continuum in the context of contemporary and future professional nursing practice. This course provides the student with tools for success as an online RN to BSN student using a variety of learning opportunities related to the evolving roles of the professional nurse.

NR-305: Health Assessment— 4 Credits (Theory 4)

This course, for RN to BSN option students, examines the principles and techniques of nursing assessments focusing on patient history-taking, review of systems, physical examination techniques and documentation of findings. Utilization of assessment findings in clinical decision making is discussed throughout the course. 

NR-361: RN Information Systems in Healthcare – 3 Credits (Theory 3)

The focus of this course is the understanding of health information systems to ethically manage data, information, knowledge and technology to communicate effectively; provide safe and effective patient care; and utilize appropriate databases to search for evidence based on research to enhance the quality of patient care and inform practice decisions. Development of competencies in using patient care technologies and information management systems is emphasized. 

NR-439: Evidence-Based Practice— 3 Credits (Theory 3)

The research process and its contributions to the professional nursing practice are explored. The skills related to understanding published research findings and using best evidence as the basis for professional nursing practice are developed.

NR-443: RN Community Health Nursing— 4 Credits (Theory 4)*

Theory and concepts of community/public/global health utilizing levels of prevention are presented in this course. The P/CHN (public/community health nursing) role as a partner with the community shape conditions supportive of health is emphasized through application of the nursing process, beginning with the assessment of the community’s health, wellness needs, and available resources. Planning, organization and delivery of services for population at risk are tied to Healthy People 2020 goals with an introduction to political and sociocultural aspects of community, demographic and epidemiological methods. 
*Students who reside in the state of Tennessee will take NR-435: Community Health Nursing – 5 Credits (Theory 3, Clinical 2) in lieu of NR-443 . Theory and concepts of community/public/global health utilizing levels of prevention are presented. The role of the Community Health Nurse (CHN) in determining predictive factors that influence health will be explored. This course will investigate the needs of aggregates in the community setting including promoting health and preventing illness; planning for disasters; addressing environmental health problems; and managing information and communication technology. Planning, organization, and delivery of services for populations at risk are tied to Healthy People 2020 goals with an introduction to political and sociocultural aspects of community, demographic, and epidemiological methods. Communication, collaboration, and teamwork strategies will be explored along with application of evidence-based practice. This course is designed to expand the scope of nursing practice for senior RN to BSN students. Clinical experiences are scheduled with approved nurse preceptors in community settings for students to assist them in applying community-health principles and implementing relevant concepts in non-acute care settings.

NR-447: RN Collaborative Healthcare – 4 Credits (Theory 4)

This course, for RN to BSN option students, is designed to expand the scope of nursing practice. The course and selected managerial experiential learning activities provided to RN to BSN option students, focuses on leadership and management aspects of the professional nurse. The emphasis is on the role of the nurse in providing nursing care within the healthcare setting.

NR-451: RN Capstone Course— 3 Credits (Theory 3)

Specifically for RN to BSN option students, this is a synthesis course and requires senior students to demonstrate mastery of skills learned in liberal arts and sciences as well as nursing courses. Special emphasis is placed on the implementation of change in response to identification of needs/problems in selected healthcare settings. The major assignment is an evidence-based project that grows out of the student’s interest in specific patient populations, professional nursing roles and/or healthcare settings. 

7 Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (23 Credits)

ENGL-147: Advanced English Composition – 3 Credits

This course builds on the conventions and techniques of composition through critical reading requirements and longer, more sophisticated reports, including a library research paper. Assignments require revising and editing for an intended audience. Students are also taught search methods for accessing a variety of print and electronic resources. Eligibility to enroll in this course is limited to students enrolled in Chamberlain College of Nursing.  

MATH-221: Statistics for Decision Making – 4 Credits*

This course provides tools used for statistical analysis and decision making in business. The course includes both descriptive statistics and inferential concepts used to draw conclusions about a population. Research techniques, such as sampling and experiment design, are included for both single and multiple sample groups. 

*MATH-114 is a pre-requisite for MATH-221. If MATH-114 has not been fulfilled, it will be added to the individual’s plan of study and will become part of the student’s graduation requirements. MATH-114 can be taken in lieu of one of the humanities elective.

SOCS-350: Cultural Diversity in the Professions – 3 Credits

Students explore cross-cultural issues and diversity to create a Positive foundation for understanding and working effectively with others. Cultural issues, including values, beliefs and practices that affect individuals, groups and communities are discussed. Case studies and other applications are examined particularly as they relate to the workplace and professional practice. Experiential learning designed to increase understanding and appreciation of differing cultures is also included. 

ECON-312: Principles of Economics  3 Credits

This course introduces basic concepts and issues in microeconomics, macroeconomics and international trade. Microeconomic concepts such as supply and demand and the theory of the firm serve as foundations for analyzing macroeconomic issues. Macroeconomic topics include Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and fiscal and monetary policy as well as international topics such as trade and exchange rates. The course emphasizes analyzing and applying economic variables of real-world issues. 

History Elective (Choose one)

HIST-405: United States History
HIST-410: Contemporary History

Humanities Elective (Choose one)

HUMN-303: Introduction to the Humanities
HUMN-451: 20th-Century Fine Arts
LTRE-421: Studies in Literature
RELI-448: Comparative Religions

Read more about the RN to BSN admission requirements.

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How It Works

All RN to BSN courses are offered every 8 weeks. You can choose to be a full-time student, which means you will take at least two classes per 8-week session or you can choose to go part-time, meaning you take one course per eight-week session. You admissions representative and your student services team can help you choose the path that best fits your schedule and career goals.

No matter which option you initially choose, you can change the number of courses you take on a session by session basis or even not take classes for a session or two. Your admissions representative and your student services team will go over the options that best suit your needs. Once enrolled, be sure to speak with your student services team if you plan to switch between full and part time study as this may impact your financial award (if applicable).

Once you apply to Chamberlain you will receive an official written transcript evaluation that details which courses transferred. This allows you to know exactly what you need to take in order to graduate before you begin taking classes

Read more about the RN to BSN admission requirements.


Next Steps

The best way to learn more is to follow the steps below.

Step 1: Complete the inquiry form or call xxx

Step 2: Speak with an admissions representative about your goals and determine if Chamberlain’s RN to BSN option is right for you

After the interview, your admissions representative will complete the following on your behalf:

  • Submit your application
  • Gather your official transcripts
  • Provide a full transcript evaluation and plan of study
  • Enroll you in your first course
  • Introduce you to your student services team who will help you as you progress through the RN to BSN program

Frequently Asked Questions About Curriculum

When will I receive my transcript evaluation?

Transcript evaluations are conducted after you submit your application and we receive your official transcripts. Once Chamberlain receives your transcripts an evaluation is typically provided within four business days.

When should I start gathering my transcripts?

You do not need to request your transcripts unless asked to do so by your admissions representative. In many cases, Chamberlain is able to gather your transcripts on your behalf after you apply and sign a form that grants Chamberlain permission to do so.

How long are the courses?

Each course is 8 weeks in length.

How long is a semester?

Each semester is 16 weeks and is broken out into two 8 week sessions.

How often are courses offered?

Every course listed as part of the RN to BSN option is offered each session.

How do I go to class?

Going to class means logging into your course from a device connected to the internet such as a computer, tablet or smartphone. Your admissions representative can provide a course tour or you can view the Online Classroom Demonstration Video Series.

Why do I have to take liberal arts and sciences courses?

Liberal arts and sciences courses are a part of any bachelor’s degree program. They are meant to broaden and deepen your learning experience which will in turn enhance your professional practice as a nurse.

How does experiential learning work?

Experiential learning offers you the opportunity to connect experiences between your coursework and clinical work as a registered nurse. These experiences help you visualize how what you’ve learned could affect experiences that take place in the clinical work-setting.

Are there mandatory login times?

Course works is completed online – when you have time to go to class. There are requirements that must be met each week – and by certain times of the week – though the actual day and time of day you complete the work is up to you.

What are the class sizes?

Chamberlain faculty-to-student ratios average 1:25 (or less) in the classroom.

Tour a Chamberlain Online Course

Online classes are not only convenient and flexible, they also are easy to use. See for yourself by contacting an admission representative for a personalized tour. Call 877.751.5783 to schedule your tour today.

Each member of Chamberlain’s nursing faculty holds a master's or doctorate degree – read more about our instructors.

*The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791).

*Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, www.hlcommission.org).

130 for students residing in the state of Tennessee (60 liberal arts and sciences; 70 nursing) See Course Information below for more information.

2All registered nurses with a current, active RN license in the U.S. or from a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) may be awarded up to 82 proficiency credit hours through the Chamberlain College of Nursing Articulation Plan (CCAP). This includes 37 liberal arts and sciences credits and 45 nursing credits.

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Classes start January 4
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